Visitor Stories as the Link to Other Cultures

Visitor Stories as the Link to Other Cultures

Here we come to the topic that launched me into this fascinating career: uses of technology that encourage compassionate awareness of other cultures. It’s the bridge that carried me from Harvard Ed School to Boston Children’s Museum, through the Teen Tokyo and Kids’ Bridge exhibits.experience is an essential part of the exhibit.¬† This experience, and the stories that come out of it, I think are the link sought after in so many...

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MW2010 Notes: Children/Family programs in the U.K.

I was struck this year at Museums and the Web by the quality (and quantity) of technology-facilitated programs for family audiences at museums in the U.K. Having grown as a staffer in the children's museum community here in the U.S., I've often wondered what we can learn from examples over the ocean. Now we have some nice models. Shelley Mannion and Lorna O'Brien presented work they are doing at the British Museum and the Victoria...

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CSI installation: Dublin

CSI installation: Dublin

I’m back, with jet lag, from the StoryKiosk installation in “CSI: The Experience” in Dublin. The installation is part of the popular exhibit developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History a couple years ago, now on its parallel tour through Europe. Very interesting to see how museum exhibits can fan their way out into other public venues beyond museum walls. In Dublin, the exhibit is running at the Ambassador...

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Twitter Experiment, Pt 2.

Some time ago I posted thoughts about potential use of Twitter in cultural exhibits (and had some good conversations with Shelley Mannion about her very interesting work with the Tibetan teens in Switzerland). The ability to quickly compare experiences among cultural groups seemed promising. I've continued to play with Twitter, and had an interesting experience this morning when I was in Harvard Square. I posted an entry about looking at...

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Refugee Life Exhibit

Refugee Life Exhibit

“Torn From Home,” the exhibit on refugee life developed at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, opened last week, and I’m pleased to have developed a StoryKiosk installation for this groundbreaking exhibit. Visitors experience walking through a refugee camp, and at the end they record their reflections on the experience. It is a challenging topic: visitors generally come to museums to learn and enjoy their time together...

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AAM session: museum video onscreen at ATM machines

I was struck during today’s presentation on “The Current State of Exhibit Media” at the AAM conference by some stunning videos from that National Palace Museum in Taiwan. Here are a couple samples below (I heard a translated version, and I think the first had to do with Buddhist text in the calligraphy as interpreted by a video artist. The second includes 3D characters that come to life from exhibits.) These are high-end...

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