Hi, please

What is a museum in 2010?

I definitely need to add some nice features to make my travelogue more rich.

Next week I will definitely work on the design.

Until then click below and let me take you to the question I want to address!

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  1. niharika 06:22, Mar 30th, 10

    This relates to my (incomplete) travelogue on Virtual Wanderlust… Imagine if we could experience a museum, a show, a virtual walk around monuments and a foreign city? How does this change our consumption of art and travel? After all one is observing and absorbing through a computer screen …. how does this effect or influence our engagement with these places and experiences??

  2. Leslie 09:47, Mar 30th, 10

    While I’m sure there’s still a lot of kinks to get out, it’s definitely a very cool thing to be able to access a museum from wherever you are, whenever you want. This could help to change and further educate society, especially for people who cannot easily physically access a museum. It will be cool to see how this develops in the future.

  3. HoniehLayla 10:09, Mar 30th, 10

    J –

    I love the idea of a virtual tour of museum. Do you mind explaining how a novice user of twitter, like myself, would go about access such a tour.

    Basically, would I be listening to a podcast while checking out twitter feeds and pics?

    I hope the museum can come to me!


  4. ElzbthMllr 10:35, Mar 30th, 10

    Very interesting subject…I’m also interested in how it works exactly from each of these platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc). Are they free or are there costs associated with it? I wonder why there is no podcast. I think it’s interesting that museums are willing to open themselves up a bit, I think it really speaks to their willingness to try to get new audiences and bring people into the museums that might not normally go there.

  5. Ryan 11:08, Mar 30th, 10

    Yeah, but how do these platforms benefit the museum financially? That’s what I was thinking. Of course its great for the issues of access, education, and experience in a completely different way, but I wonder how it takes away from actually traveling to the museum and getting the experience first-hand. What they should do is start charging so that they can make a profit. Giving it away for free just jeopardizes their financial responsibility. Although I do agree with Elizabeth about trying to get newer audiences. If the people aren’t willing to come to you, then go to them :)

    The slideshow could use a little music, maybe even a video of a twitter feed of the musuem, actual photos with twitter feeds of the museum. Nice progression of your media from the first one though. Keep it up.

  6. Alexandra 11:29, Mar 30th, 10

    Nice job! I think I disagree a little with Ryan’s comment about how the tours do or don’t benefit the museum financially. I think a museum’s primary role is to educate people about art. Many museums, if not MoMA, are funded by the government, especially outside the US, and even those that aren’t charge either a nominal entrance fee or have “suggested donation” like the Met and the Natural History Museum. I wonder if MoMA (or others) are for-profit endeavours? I’m not saying the museum shouldn’t be able to make money to sustain itself and promote other new enterprises, just that I think the bulk of their funding comes from donations, memberships, etc. I’d be interested in Juliet and Mushon’s point of view on this, since they are both affiliated with the MoMA and might have insider info!

    I do agree though that your slides could use some sort of soundtrack. Maybe next week!

  7. Harris 11:56, Mar 30th, 10

    Its interesting that the very practice of using new media to reach out to the audience, such as a twitter tour, is so remarkable that it qualifies in itself to be viewed – the museum is displaying itself as a wonder :)

  8. nadine 13:22, Mar 30th, 10

    Yes, could you get all the twitter feads together and lead us through the tour?
    I am a little bit skeptical about the Twitter tour. I wouldn’t be very much interested in simple descriptions of the art objects. I’d rather receive new inputs: for example, personal comments of the artist, the audience or museum staff.
    I would prefer a video-streamed virtual tour. What is the Madrid Prado and Google Earth project about?

  9. DanJee 15:10, Mar 30th, 10

    I think this is a very interesting and a growing concept. I remember seeing similar things about digital city tours: save the hotel reservations and plane tickets and the physical pain of walking around or cycling around a famous city, but rather to engage in a city tour with a voice-over guide and other people on-line. However, I am not sure if these virtual museums will ultimately work out. There is something visceral and real about seeing an artwork or an architecture in real life. Virtual museum or tour only utilizes two of our five sense: vision and audio. In order to make a full experience, and for virtual tour to completely take over, technology must develop ways to incorporate touch, smell, and taste.