Posts Tagged: museum


Botanicus Interacticus from Disney Research

I’d love to explore applying this to hands-on museum objects. Maybe you’d pick up an object and see a video about how it would have been made and used. Touch different parts to see different processes or uses.


I’m not sure it will ever replace a mouse (especially since they put cacti into the mix), but I still find Botanicus Interacticus to be pretty exciting, right up there with tree cookie LPs. It seems strange at first, using plants to make music and art, but think about it … Pan’s pipes? Reeds. Early drums? Probably a gourd and some animal hide. Paints? Some definitely have plant-based pigments. When you look at it that way, it kind of makes sense to try and bridge the gap between plants and technology. And it sounds pretty, too. ~AR


Whoa. Touch a plant, control a computer, make music, make art, and a whole lot more. Pretty amazing stuff. Sure beats a mouse.

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Photo Set


Japanese artist Kenji Sugiyama creates incredibly detailed dioramas of museums inside empty pasta boxes. Sugiyama calls this series of work, which he began making in 1999, “Institute of Intimate Museums” and each tiny installation features museum exhibits complete with faux wooden floors, framed images lining the walls, and benches spaced along the center. Sugiyama’s work was recently on display at Scope Basel 2012.


“Museum senior conservator Jim DeYoung with the janitor, while fabricating its shipping crate. Duane Hanson (American, 1925-1996), Janitor, 1973. Photo by Terri White.” (Milwaukee Art Museum)


“Museum senior conservator Jim DeYoung with the janitor, while fabricating its shipping crate. Duane Hanson (American, 1925-1996), Janitor, 1973. Photo by Terri White.” (Milwaukee Art Museum)

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Behind the scenes of classic diorama installation at American Museum of Natural History in 1934.


From the archives: Museum staff at work on the Tiger Diorama in the Hall of Asian Mammals, February 1934

Explore all the photos from the Picturing the Museum collection here:

© AMNH Library/Image #281096

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The Elastic Manfesto or Why Museums are Ripe for Experimental Projects

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.


Museums of the future: providing the personal, collaborating with the crowd

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?"


OAH/NCPH Sessions “Chart the Future of Teaching the Past”

More evidence of a great trend that should benefit history museums more and more.


In Fiery Protest, Italian Museum Sets Art Ablaze

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.


On Sunday we had an amazing turnout for our regularly scheduled weekend walking tour. The only thing I did differently was to set out a makeshift sign at the corner of our street and the major cross street. I also mentioned on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, but I’ve done that before with no perceptible impact. Of course, it’s also on our website, online community calendars, etc. We had been planning to make more permanent signs, anyway, so it’ll be really interesting to see what happens when a sign is put out on a more regular basis.

Any creative ideas for how to advertise walking tours?