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Extending the museum narrative

April 3, 2012

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A very quick thought. A friend linked me to a post on Seth Godin’s marketing blog today, and although that post didn’t particularly resonate with me, another one did. In Extending the Narrative, Godin discusses the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. The socialite walks into the ski shop and buys a $3000 […]

Concrete, clear & specific: Practical ideas for building digital practices into museums

March 19, 2012

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The museum blogosphere has lately been enlivened with posts about risk, leadership and incorporating digital into core museum operations – all questions that relate to the problems of dealing with institutional change in museums in response to the changing social/technological environment. Last week, I had coffee with Janet Carding, Director of the Royal Ontario Museum, and […]

For museums to make the ‘digital shift’, does the art/artefact market itself have to change?

March 11, 2012

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Seb Chan has just written a great post positing the idea that museums will not truly begin to incorporate the digital into their core operations and institutional DNA until they have significant born digital collections. He writes: Born-digital no longer requires ‘buildings’ and that’s when things becomes interesting. He’s right – it is interesting. However, […]

Thinking differently and making change

February 15, 2012

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Museums are pretty strange. They exist simultaneously as a conceptual space, an actual physical place and as a kind of practice, which means there is constantly a sense of redrawing the borders of what a museum is, and why a museum is. Because the context in which museums exist is always fluctuating, museums too are […]

What is your dangerous idea about museums?

December 27, 2011

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A number of years ago, I acquired the book What is Your Dangerous Idea?, in which significant thinkers addressed the question “What do you believe is true, even though you cannot prove it?” According to the book’s preface, the question comes from psychologist Steven Pinker, who wrote: The history of science is replete with discoveries […]

Why should I believe anything you tell me, you nameless and faceless institution?!?

December 3, 2011

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I had the exceptional good fortune at MCN2011 of coming away with dozens of unanswered questions, and more than a handful of lovely people with whom to try to figure out the answers. My hands have barely left my keyboard in the last couple of weeks, as I’ve tried to capture ideas, exchange emails and […]

Initial takeaways from MCN2011

November 22, 2011

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I wrote this post on the plane on the way home from MCN2011, trying to wrangle some sense from the myriad of stimulating and interesting conversations and sessions. It captures my first takeaways from the conference, and is something I will no doubt expand on in coming weeks. This was a very interesting conference. Much […]

Biophilia – Björk

October 16, 2011

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Björk’s app album Biophilia is pretty well the coolest thing I’ve come across in ages. I downloaded the app this afternoon, and promptly lost myself exploring music and music-making, games and visuals. Have a listen to David Attenborough’s introduction to the app/album below: This is everything that an app should be. It just spills over […]

The Internet, GLAMs and the production of new knowledge

October 10, 2011

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In line with my involvement in the Digital Culture Public Sphere in the last week, one major question that has been surfacing time and time again during the discussions: How do we pitch GLAM organisations as being for the future, rather than simply about old things, and nostalgia? Or, in other words, how can we […]