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Should museums still treat the physical space as the most important one? If so, why?

January 9, 2012


When, a couple of weeks ago, I asked what your dangerous idea about museums is, one of the responses really stuck out for me. Damien wrote: I do not think we should hasten into the virtual world. There is a place for online content and catalogues, without a doubt, but museums need to be physical […]

What is your dangerous idea about museums?

December 27, 2011


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


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


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 […]

mining the museumgeek – meta-museology in the art show

August 25, 2011


You museumers have something to answer for! You’ve started getting into my head and disturbing my otherwise sane thoughts and now I’ve spent the last three days installing my first “meta-museological” experiment in my local student gallery. Every year, my University Art Gallery holds an art prize focussed around a central theme. The exhibition usually […]

Who are you collecting for?

July 2, 2011


Who is your museum collection for? This might seem like a strange (and even silly) question for a museum geek. After all, I really hope that on some level the objects in your collection are for me! But since last week, when I asked  “if you have objects in your collection that could be useful […]

Visualising the museum collection

May 26, 2011


I’ve been thinking today about how we visualise knowledge and information. Since 1735 – when Carolus Linneas first published Systema Naturae  – we have relied on tree-like hierarchical classification schemes to define and enunciate the similarities and differences between things. These strict binary classifications provide us with an incredibly useful and logical way of relating […]

The end of scarcity and the economics of everything (including knowledge)

May 2, 2011


Earlier today I read an interesting piece by James L. McQuivey on titled Why the End of Scarcity Will Change the Economics of Everything [OPINION]. In it, he asks: what happens if the economics of scarcity are exchanged for the economics of plenty? For those industries that provide information or experience as a primary good, […]