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Your Art, My Art
"The New York Times today came out with a list of "the 25 works of art made after 1970 that define the contemporary age, by anyone, anywhere." What struck me as most significant was how little any of the works meant to me. Most of them I had never heard of. All of them spoke of an experience or a way of experiencing the world that is alien to me. The list feels like a collection of paper cut-outs that proclaim themselves to be the definitive representation of the digital age. Now to be clear: I am neither an artist nor an art critic, and though I've spent my fair share of time in a museum, I could hardly be said to be educated about art. "
art  contemporary  2h20c  significance  museum 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
Collecting the World — James Delbourgo | Harvard University Press
"In 1759 the British Museum opened its doors to the general public—the first free national museum in the world. James Delbourgo’s biography of Hans Sloane recounts the story behind its creation, told through the life of a figure with an insatiable ambition to pit universal knowledge against superstition and the means to realize his dream. Born in northern Ireland in 1660, Sloane amassed a fortune as a London society physician, becoming a member of the Whig establishment and president of the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians. His wealth and contacts enabled him to assemble an encyclopedic collection of specimens and objects—the most famous cabinet of curiosities of its time. For Sloane, however, collecting a world of objects meant collecting a world of people, including slaves. His marriage to the heir of sugar plantations in Jamaica gave Sloane access to the experiences of planters and the folkways of their human property. With few curbs on his passion for collecting, he established a network of agents to supply artifacts from China, India, North America, the Caribbean, and beyond. Wampum beads, rare manuscripts, a shoe made from human skin—nothing was off limits to Sloane’s imagination. This splendidly illustrated volume offers a new perspective on the entanglements of global scientific discovery with imperialism in the eighteenth century. The first biography of Sloane based on the full range of his writings and collections, Collecting the World tells the rich and complex story of one of the Enlightenment’s most controversial luminaries."
book  publisher  museum  history  imperialism  museology 
august 2018 by tsuomela
Nomenclature | Communities
"Robert G. Chenhall’s nomenclature for classifying man-made objects is the standard cataloging tool for thousands of museums and historical organizations across the United States and Canada. Nomenclature’s lexicon of object names, arranged hierarchically within functionally defined categories, has become a de facto standard within the community of history museums in North America."
museum  museology  classification  description  cataloging  metadata  standards 
march 2018 by tsuomela
Council of Canadian Academies | CCA | Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions
"Memory institutions (libraries, archives, museums and galleries) are confronted with many challenges, from technological change, resource challenges, and shifting public expectations. Cultural documents are frequently “born digital”, while older materials need to be digitized for better public access. Furthermore, memory institutions of all types face the difficult task of preserving digital files in formats that will remain accessible over the long- term. As one of the most wired populations in the world, Canadians expect their heritage to be accessible and discoverable online. Today, past content and digital information is not always accessible. New ways of acquiring, preserving, and accessing materials are straining the resources of memory institutions but they are also creating new opportunities to present holdings, collaborate amongst one another, and engage the public."
report  country(Canada)  memory-institutions  archives  museum  digital  opportunity 
july 2015 by tsuomela
Participatory Cultural Heritage: A Tale of Two Institutions' Use of Social Media
"The purpose of this study is to examine how and to what extent cultural heritage institutions (CHIs) are currently using social media to create a culture of participation around their digital collections and services. An environmental scan of New Zealand CHIs with a social media initiative was conducted and four cases with considerable activities, participatory communication and user-generated contents were investigated. Two of these case studies are reported in this paper. The two sites were chosen, firstly, on the basis of their having levels of participatory activity significant enough to merit in-depth analyses; and, second, on their ability to provide contrasting examples of different approaches and practices. The purpose of the comparison is to highlight the different nature and extent of participatory culture and user generated/contributed contents. While one of the sites belongs to a major national institution, the other represents a regional, community-level initiative. Further, while one site employs a self-hosted Web 2.0 platform, the other utilises a third-party platform. Finally, while one is aimed primarily at displaying and promoting images from an archival collection while enabling user commenting, the other actively seeks contributions to share and co-construct local history stories. "
social-media  culture  heritage  museum  cultural-heritage-institution  user-generated-content  archives 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Association of Science - Technology Centers
"The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals."
professional-association  museum  museology  science  informal  education  outreach 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Fabricating science, technology and nature « through the looking glass
My point is that we all do a lot of fictional work to have non-fictional discussion and fabricate things in order to debate things we hold as truths. It’s normal, it’s necessary and to think otherwise is just a bit limiting. The trick is to consider which bit of reality we want to communicate, and stay as true to that as you can.
sts  science  technology  fabrication  artifact  museum  museology 
june 2012 by tsuomela
PLoS ONE: Assessing Public Engagement with Science in a University Primate Research Centre in a National Zoo
"Recent years have seen increasing encouragement by research institutions and funding bodies for scientists to actively engage with the public, who ultimately finance their work. Animal behaviour as a discipline possesses several features, including its inherent accessibility and appeal to the public, that may help it occupy a particularly successful niche within these developments. It has also established a repertoire of quantitative behavioural methodologies that can be used to document the public's responses to engagement initiatives. This kind of assessment is becoming increasingly important considering the enormous effort now being put into public engagement projects, whose effects are more often assumed than demonstrated. Here we report our first attempts to quantify relevant aspects of the behaviour of a sample of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who pass through the ‘Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre’ in Edinburgh Zoo. This University research centre actively encourages the public to view ongoing primate research and associated science engagement activities. Focal follows of visitors and scan sampling showed substantial ‘dwell times’ in the Centre by common zoo standards and the addition of new engagement elements in a second year was accompanied by significantly increased overall dwell times, tripling for the most committed two thirds of visitors. Larger groups of visitors were found to spend more time in the Centre than smaller ones. Viewing live, active science was the most effective activity, shown to be enhanced by novel presentations of carefully constructed explanatory materials. The findings emphasise the importance and potential of zoos as public engagement centres for the biological sciences."
science  public-understanding  engagement  assessment  measurement  museum  zoo 
april 2012 by tsuomela
MASS MoCA - Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly
At MASS MoCA the artist has applied her atmospheric veils of paint to four mounds of soil which seem to spill from the upper balcony into the enormous space below. Stacks of Styrofoam shards rise out of the seductive mountains of color, mirroring the white of the gallery walls -- the metaphorical canvas of Grosse's tremendous painting. While the sprawling installation provokes associations with a psychedelic, glacial landscape, Grosse's work is not representational.
art  sculpture  design  modern-art  state(Massachusetts)  museum  contemporary  2011 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Museum Materialities: Objects, Engagements, Interpretations (Paperback) - Routledge
"This is an innovative interdisciplinary book about objects and people within museums and galleries. It addresses fundamental issues of human sensory, emotional and aesthetic experience of objects. The chapters explore ways and contexts in which things and people mutually interact, and raise questions about how objects carry meaning and feeling, the distinctions between objects and persons, particular qualities of the museum as context for person-object engagements, and the active and embodied role of the museum visitor. "
book  publisher  museology  museum  objects  materiality  education  informal  learning 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The museographer and the object
"the room also reminded me of the degree to which being in a house filled with things makes me think differently about the history of medicine. This might not exactly be a groundbreaking insight, but is bears repeating often. The material environment we occupy is foundational for our cognitive states."
museum  objects  curation  material  culture  history  awareness 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Smithsonian: Museum Studies
The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS) assists the museum community in acquiring and strengthening its understandings and practices of museology. This website is one of the Center's tools for serving the educational and informational needs of the field.
museum  museum(Smithsonian)  education  pedagogy  museology 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Alice Bell
I'm a Science Communication Lecturer at Imperial College, London. This blog reflects my personal views.

My work touches on a range of science and society issues, but I'm especially interested in young people's relationships with science, science on the internet and science policy.

I have a background in history of science, sociology of education and children's literature, and maintain an interest in all these areas.
weblog-individual  science  communication  sts  museology  museum  education  pedagogy  teaching  policy 
july 2010 by tsuomela
American Association for State and Local History
AASLH began in 1904, under the wing of the American Historical Association. Then called the Conference of State and Local Historical Societies, AASLH broke out on its own in December of 1940 to become the American Association for State and Local History
history  professional-association  associations  state  local  regional  museum  organizations 
may 2010 by tsuomela
The Royal Institution of Great Britain | Home page
This is the Royal Institution, where science meets the world.
At the RI you can explore two centuries of great scientific breakthroughs, and discover the newest big ideas about our universe and everything in it.
We're a museum, an events space, a place to eat and drink, and much more.
science  lectures  education  research  museum  britain  uk 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Welcome To The Occupation: Art For Art's Sake / Apology For Apology's Sake
In an attempt to absorb it all (trying to seat patrons quickly at a restaurant / experiencing painting by listening) a little piece of what made something great
(dining experience / letting just your eyes fill you with wonder) is lost.
museum  experience  business  efficiency 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The Museum of Mathematics
Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics.
mathematics  education  museum 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Green Museum - Environmental Art Museum
Much environmental art is ephemeral (made to disappear or transform), designed for a particular place (and can't be moved) or involves collaborations between artists and others, such as scientists, educators or community groups (distributed ownership). These variables can make exhibiting this work difficult for traditional museums so we created an online museum for global the environmental art movement.
art  environment  museum  ecology  gallery  green  nature  installation  sustainability  public  landscape  contemporary 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Explore the combined collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center through hundreds of new features in ArtsConnectEd. Search over 100,000 resources in the Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources. Save and customize items in the redesigned Art Collector. Comment, tag and rate everything!
art  museum  museum(Walker)  minnesota  minneapolis  education  reference  community  tools  digital  lessons  image  gallery  curriculum 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments
Practitioners in informal science settings--museums, after-school programs, science and technology centers, media enterprises, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens--are interested in finding out what learning looks like, how to measure it, and what they can do to ensure that people of all ages, from different backgrounds and cultures, have a positive learning experience.

Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments, is designed to make that task easier. Based on the National Research Council study, Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits, this book is a tool that provides case studies, illustrative examples, and probing questions for practitioners. In short, this book makes valuable research accessible to those working in informal science: educators, museum professionals, university faculty, youth leaders, media specialists, publishers, broadcast journalists, and many others.
science  education  museum  pedagogy  informal  learning  individual  book  publisher 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Flavorwire » Blog Archive » Daily Dose Pick: Richard Barnes
Barnes has spent over a decade cataloging the way we amass, conserve, and display elements of the natural world. His new monograph, Animal Logic, matches his images of the objects behind an exhibition — “partially wrapped specimens, anatomical models, exploded skulls, and taxidermied animals in shipping crates” — with counterparts from the real world inhabited by living wildlife.
art  photography  animals  museum  book  review 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Museum 2.0: Deliberately Unsustainable Business Models
Argues that museums need to "support the community with reliable, consistent services and supreme awesomeness." The last of which is left as an incredible gaping hole. Is it really so bad for museums to plod along? Isn't that a feature rather than a bug for an institution that has CONSERVATION as one of its major goals to plod along through economic thick and thin?
museum  culture  archive  conservation 
march 2009 by tsuomela | Saved by Science
Behind-the-scenes slideshow of the collections at the Museum of Natural History.
museum  collecting  collection  behind-the-scenes  natural-history  photography  slideshow 
february 2009 by tsuomela
ICA Home | Tara Donovan
With sensitivity to texture, volume, and the inherent physical properties of materials, Donovan transforms large quantities of mass-produced items—toothpicks, adhesive tape, straws, buttons, pins, plastic cups and Mylar—into stunning sculptural objects and installations.
museum  exhibition  art  contemporary  sculpture 
december 2008 by tsuomela
IMLS - Grant Applicants
Institute of Museum and Library Studies
grants  museum  library  government 
july 2008 by tsuomela
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