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New Media: An exciting opportunity for cultural institutions!

New media are pushing the boundaries of cultural institutions by providing them with new tools to play with.

But most of all, new media are the opportunity to reach a broader and younger audience.

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Even though lots of museums have understood how interesting it is to embed their educational mission in new media, they remain a bit confused on how to use the technology on purpose.

Then why not starting by using new media to ask for people’s advice like the Smithsonian (“the world’s largest museum complex and research organization”) did:

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This interesting initiative generated great content! Look at that it’s really worth it!

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Here is a guide based on a new book by Nina Simon providing advice on how the museums should work on their relationships with their community

The participatory museum

Nina Simon also feeds a blog: Museum 2.0 (you might like this recommendation that Harris gave to me)

  • To go further…

For those who would like to learn more I strongly recommend to look at the Brooklyn Museum who has become a reference in terms of new media strategy

Also the web site Museum and the Web 2010 has really great academic resources on the topic.

Music/Video Mash Ups: Although flittering with Copyright’s shackles, do they promote/cause change or are they just l’art pour l’art?

Mashup culture continues to expand in our increasing digital age of Web 2.o.  These videos, music videos, or songs are becoming more popular because of how they can be easily distributed throughout the web.  What these newly recycled creations of taking the old and making something unique has the ability to empower individuals to not just consume media but to actively participate in entirely new and amazing ways depending on the technical know-how and how media-production savvy a person is.  There are so many tools available to cut, copy, splice, mash, blend, synergize, and recreate today.  What I’d like to try to uncover more of and unravel are a mix of the inherent copyright dangers that one faces, how one can circumvent these, and if one’s mashup makes more than just a statement.  In a wonderful online article from the NYTimes written by Michiko Kakutani, he references, artist and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, about Texts without Contexts.  He writes, “Lanier, 49, astutely points out in his new book, You Are Not a Gadget, of how online collectivism, social networking and popular software designs are changing the way people think and process information, a question of what becomes of originality and imagination in a world that prizes “metaness” and regards the mash-up as “more important than the sources who were mashed.”  Kakutani also mentioned in his article another Google phenomenon called – Google Wave – have you heard about it???

Here’s my next quasi-political mash-up using other mash-ups to get across my travelogue message of mashups political statements and if mashups in general can affect copyright changes with regards to some of the sites listed below.  Much respect and thanks for DJ Spooky.

How do we change culture?

“Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do — all of us — though not all of us know it yet. Reality cannot be copyrighted.” – David Shields in Reality Hunger

“Artists no longer work in the bub­ble of a record­ing stu­dio. The stu­dio is the net­work.” … “The 20th cen­tury was the era of mass pro­duc­tion. The 21st cen­tury is the era of mass cus­tomiza­tion,” -DJ Spooky

“audience is as antique a term as record, the one archaically passive, the other archaically physical. The record, not the remix, is the anomaly today. The remix is the very nature of the digital.” - William Gibson (2005) Wired.com

Fair Use & Copyright- The risks to recycling and reappropiating> mashup

Fair use is the right, in some circumstances, to quote copyrighted material without asking permission or paying for it. Fair use enables the creation of new culture, and keeps current copyright holders from being private censors.

Can we make more than just a statement through mash-up videos/music remixes?

- www.politicalremixvideo.com >> Political Remix Video (PRV) is a genre of transformative guerilla media production whereby creators critique power structures, deconstruct social myths and challenge dominate media messages through re-cutting and re-framing fragments of mainstream media and the popular culture.

- www.rebelliouspixels.com>> Hi my name is Jonathan McIntosh. I’m a video remix artist, a photographer, a new media teacher, a consultant and an activist. I’ve also worked on numerous media and social justice related projects in the United States and around the world. In my spare time I help co-edit the blog Political Remix Video and I’m a member of the Open Video Alliance. I also do some freelance work building and customizing WordPress websites– mostly for non-profit organizations.

- www.barelypolitical.com >> Barely Political is the leading political satire site on the web. Here’s some history: Barely Political launched in June 2007 with the debut video “I’ve Got a Crush on Obama” featuring Obama Girl. That quickly made us one of the most talked about and blogged about political satire sites online. Since launching, Barely Political videos have been seen over 150 million times worldwide, and featured on shows including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show and The Colbert Report. President Barack Obama called Barely Political videos an “example of the fertile imagination of the Internet,” and he’s really important.

- http://opensourcecinema.org/ >> Open Source Cinema lets you create your own videos online, remix media that you have on your computer, as well as remix other people’s media from places like YouTube and Flickr. You can also connect with others by sending personal messages, commenting on remixes, or even joining projects that others have created.

To the class:

Also, if the class would be interested, we could maybe try to enter this competition and make our own media mashup: “Sunlight Labs Offering $5K for Best Government Data Mashups”


Museums to Go 2 options…

For the 4th travelogue I would love to work on two new phenomena that I recently observed regarding the impact of Digital Media on Museums. Here are my 2 options

1# By using new media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, iPhone applications and so on, museums can now provide their audience with a new experience of Art without necessarily having to be present at the museum. Their websites offers a very dense content: pictures, videos, audio guided tours, artists and curators interviews… that are not only completing the actual show but are also very interesting in themselves. Recently some museums are trying new experiment: next Tuesday for the first time the Whitney Museum in New York is organizing the first online Twitter Tour. I will try to know how it is promoted, how it is organized and how it went. I could do a summary on SlideShares and create some other kind of content like podcasts and pictures. I would like to compare this new experience of museums with the traditional one…

2#Museums’ audience is carrying new electronic device that have implemented a new relation to the Art displayed. Visitors can now record films or take pictures and share them. They are relays of the work of art. But, by doing that, people also produce content for themselves… Look at what has just happened in Marina Abramovic current show “The artist is present” where the artist Amir Baradaran has created his own work of art out of the show. This raises not only copyrights issues for museums but also a new kind of competition…

Let me know what you think!

Trust me not! – Post 01 Travelogue 2

Trust me not

A quest for truth on the wings of lies

Half Truth
“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes,” Mark Twain said nearly a hundred years before the world wide web was developed.  From Mary Antoinette’s lesbian orgies in Versailles to Snapple’s secret ties with the KKK, throughout history, people blinded by half truths have helped spread rumors, defamation and disinformation  in good faith.
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But now, with our feet dug into the digital age where information wants to be free, where facts cannot be monopolized, and where Google is a verb, it is theoretically much easier for people to verify facts. As we talk about newspapers being replaced by blogs, data being chained into perspectives, and truth becoming organic and multidimentional, a fundamental question is, do people actually verify the facts they read online?
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In my virtual journey, I have decided to travel around the social-media world on the wings of lies.
Like Odysseus, I will wonder without a destination in mind.  I will use Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and any other social media I come across to spread rumours, disinformation and defamation. Each lie I post will have information that can clearly and easily be verified as incorrect.
Like Dorothy, I will have make friends in the virtual world along the way. I will talk to bloggers, youtube publishers, digg users and so on, and ask them to help me with my goal.
Like Gulliver, I will document how people behave. Based on the comments, as many as I can track on each of those lies, I will not only figure how many people did or did not verify the facts but also how they behave in either case.
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I don’t know where this experiment will lead me, but I am curious. “The quest for truth,” said former US president George W Bush, “begins with lies.”
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.