Hey! I’m Suse Cairns–an Australian museum geek and academic, living in Baltimore and working in the Museum Studies Program at The George Washington University. Until recently, I was Director of Audience Experience at The Baltimore Museum of Art.
Welcome to my digital think-space.
I use this blog to think through issues around museums, technology and ideas, join the debate about the future of museums, and connect with others in the field. Many of the things I explore here are ideas in sketch; emergent questions that I don’t yet have answers to. Rather than being fully formed or resolved, they are incomplete and open. To that end, I
welcome love debate, comment and discussion.
I am a regular presenter at conferences including Museums & the Web (USA), Museums Australia, INTERCOM, MCN (USA), and the National Digital Forum (NZ). My work has been published in CURATOR The Museum Journal, on the Museums Association UK website, and other websites and publications. Additionally, I have teaching experience at The University of Newcastle.
I am currently on the Executive Committee on the Board of the Museum Computer Network, as well as Program Co-Chair for the annual MCN Conference. In 2012, I was a member of the Advisory Board for the NMC Horizon Report – Museum Edition (2012/2013). I was on the working party for the Open Knowledge Foundation Network Australia and a member of the Program Committee for the UK Museum Computer Group conference. From 2012-2013, I wrote a regular From the Blogs column for the Museums and Galleries NSW enews.
In 2012, I was awarded the Inaugural Margaret Olley Friends of the University Postgraduate Scholarship for Fine Art. I have received grants from ArtsNSW and the Kress Foundation, and in 2011, was awarded the UoN Ltd. Annual Student Art Prize.
I hold a PhD (Creative Arts) and a BFA (Hons – 1st class, Faculty Medal) from The University of Newcastle, Australia, and a BArts (Comms – Print Journalism) from Charles Sturt University. Since moving to Baltimore in 2014, I’ve fallen in love with the city I now call home. You should visit me here sometime.
Find me on Twitter or connect here. You can also explore my other museum+innovation projects–Museopunks – a monthly museum podcast for the progressive museum, and CODE | WORDS: Technology and theory in the museum, an online experiment in online publishing and discourse (now also a book).
This blog is filled with my own opinions, and does not speak for any of the institutions I am associated with.