12th Army Corps passing - one complete slurp of mud
General Slocum’s 12th Army Corps just now passed the door on their way to Harpers Ferry. Just from Gettysburg. They were at the battles on the 2d & 3d July. William M. Mullin is among them & is now in the house. He belonged to the 1st Eastern Shore (Maryland) Regiment.
Wednesday July 8, 1863 -9 ¾ o’clock AM
General Geary’s Division (12th Army Corps) are now passing the door from Gettysburg to Williamsport. They are marching in the street— one complete slurp of mud. It was raining nearly all day yesterday & night & this morning. It has been raining & is now raining. Most too bad for the poor soldiers and yet they all appear to be lively, singing & cracking jokes.
Everyday, millions of innocent children are unwillingly part of a terrible dictatorship. The government takes them away from their families and brings them to cramped, crowded buildings where they are treated as slaves in terrible conditions. For seven hours a day, they are indoctrinated to love their current conditions and support their government and society. As if this was not enough, they are often held for another two hours to exert themselves almost to the point of physical exhaustion, and sometimes injury. Then, when at home, during the short few hours which they are permitted to see their families they are forced to do additional mind-numbing work which they finish and return the following day.
This isn’t some repressive government in some far-off country. It’s happening right here: we call it school.
“If you want to do something sharp and innovative, you have to know what went on before. Museums are custodians of epiphanies, and these epiphanies enter the central nervous system and deep recesses of the mind.”—
Maria Mortati’s presentation and notes from her AAM 2012 panel, which presented an “Elastic Manifesto.”
It was created to inspire, ground in reality and support museums and artists interested in experimental projects, and make the case that at this moment, museums are particularly ripe for this type of work.
I’m loving this call for experimentation right now and glad to be at an organization that encourages taking risks.
I especially appreciated that the author made sure to quote someone who questions exclusively using digital media to collaborate with museumgoers. Powerfully interactive doesn’t necessarily require a cord!
Mar Dixon, social media and audience development consultant, raised the point that in rushing ahead to dress up our museums for a more personal and connected experience, we risk neglecting those who don’t own a tablet or smartphone.
"Will this force smaller museums to come up with apps?" asked Mar. "I worry that volunteer led museums are going to get pushed aside – I love the concept and support it, but how can we make it feasible for all?"
Yes, you read that right, the museum is literally setting fire to objects in its collection.
Casoria is a small town in the Naples hinterland known mostly as a hotbed of the local mafia. But last month, it achieved a different kind of notoriety when Antonio Manfredi, director of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) launched his provocative challenge to the Italian Ministry of Culture.
Manfredi’s “art war” consists of setting works of art on fire to protest cuts to Italy’s arts budget. He’s pledged to incinerate two or three pieces of art each week from a museum collection housing about 1,000 exhibits.
Last year, industrial designer Dean Benstead unveiled the 02 Pursuit — a prototype for a motorcycle ruled not by gas or electricity, but by compressed air. Just last month, Google announced to the public its secret…