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- Taubman Museum of Art http://www.taubmanmuseum.com/main/
- New direction http://www.taubmanmuseum.com/main/new-direction
- Arianna Huffington on Museums 2.0 http://www.artfagcity.com/2010/12/28/arianna-huffington-on-museums-2-0/
- From Picassos to Sarcophagi, Guided by Phone Apps (October 1, 2010) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/arts/design/02apps.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
- Brooklyn Museum Apps for iPhone and Droid http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/blogosphere/bloggers/2010/07/27/brooklyn-museum-mobile-web-on-iphone-and-droid/
- American Museum of Natural History recently introduced its own iPhone app (AMNH Explorer) http://www.amnh.org/news/2010/07/museum-launches-groundbreaking-explorer-app-to-rave-reviews/ Trailer (really good, quick) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3quWNKB6w8
- Museum of Modern Art’s iPhone app (MoMA)
- uses camera
- encourages creation
Also asking about this here http://ask.metafilter.com/170550/Mobile-Apps-for-Museums
"Yeah There's An App For That: Mobile for Arts Organizations" http://www.livestream.com/nampconference2010/video?clipId=pla_41d32e65-1ea1-41f6-be88-3febdb5e04da (starts at 9 minutes)
- "Most apps are logistical and get you to the Arts organization, less apps that do engagement"
- Make it easy
- Can be expensive
- Take donations via the phone?
- make a game of the art somehow?
- text message feedback
- website for instant and mobile polling (service): http://www.polleverywhere.com/
Interesting post by Sarah Dines: http://travelandcultureapps.com/2010/10/03/in-praise-of-the-humble-audio-guide/#comment-44
So why haven't museum apps delivered the kind of meaningful experiences that their precursors [i.e. audio tours] did, and still do? It seems to be a combination of things:
- the internal museum teams responsible for museum apps tend to be more tech/feature focused than content/experience focused
- museum teams responsible for apps have not adopted the concept that content and the content/in-museum experience is primary, and
- too many museum professionals are looking for their 15 minutes of fame
A nice summary on Mashable about their picks for historic mobile tours: http://mashable.com/2010/09/26/mobile-apps-historical-tours/
Q: So when thinking about the experience of a museum, how is that approached? I'm familiar with experience design for software or maybe retail, how do you prioritize the various things you want to do -- communicate, entertain, educate? what's a good source for planning an exhibit, or for evaluating the success of an exhibit?
A: There is no short answer. You want to educate and entertain as well as frame the experience (make it comfortable & accessible) and try to engage so that there just isn't a transfer of information, but make it so that people feel like participants and see themselves reflected in the exhibit.
I think the best example of a truly successful exhibit is the Holocaust Museum's permanent exhibit. It doesn't matter who you are, you are moved by that exhibit -- they have created a rich experience for the visitor.
Getting back to the mobile device -- There was a lot of talk at one point about creating a device where the visitor could collect and share his/her experience at the museum(s). A kind of be your own curator type thing. I thought that was very intriguing, especially if you could learn more about the objects and their history latter when you got home and be able to share your collection with your friends and family maybe even add pictures of you at SI.
the theme behind this conference reminded me that there's tons of stuff out there on "enhancing museum-goers experience" -- it's a heavily-researched field
Aside: do you have any opinions on the use of technology in art museums?
- MCASD does a nice job with their cell phone recordings. Pieces in the museum have a code # associated with them. You call an 800 #, punch in the code, and hear a short recording from the artist talking about the work. You can opt to stay on hold & enter in another code so you don't have to keep redialing.
- I think Walker Art Center in Minneapolis did some cool stuff too -- but they have tons of money from Target.
- For a broader opinion, I'd say that museums are jumping on the bandwagon because they have to. Tech is sexy in museums when it's used right. Done wrong it comes across as just the latest fad.
- Take a look at these people, their sites, and their #FFs:
Indianapolis Museum of Art has done some ground-breaking stuff with their dashboard: http://dashboard.imamuseum.org/
A company called Collectrium demo'd an iPhone app at Art San Diego, but it was clunky & didn't go over well. I'd recommend thinking of tech in broader terms than just apps. Not every museum-goer will have an iPhone.
For your radar screen: http://www.artmarketmonitor.com/2010/11/12/art-sy-starts-a-frenzy-raises-questions/
From: H-Net/NCPH Discussion List on Public History [mailto:H-PUBLIC@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of H-Public editors Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:52 PM To: H-PUBLIC@H-NET.MSU.EDU Subject: Food for Thought: iPhone App to Create Historical Walking Tours: Beta Testers Wanted iPhone App to Create Historical Walking Tours: Beta Testers Wanted Donald Davis and Peter Grand are collaborating on a new iPhone app.* The app allows the user (i.e. you) to create and distribute walking tours using only the tools on the iPhone. Since the app is at the beta stage, they are looking for people with iPhones who would like to give the app a try. Here's how it works. Once you have the beta license (see below), you open the app. A Google-type map appears and, since the iPhone knows where you are, it zooms down to your current location. Let's say this is Washington Square Park in New York. If you developed a tour that surveys the area, this would give you a chance to speak about the local native American village of Sapokanikan on the banks of the Hudson; if you wanted to talk about African American history, you could note that the "Little Africa" just south of the Square grew up around early farms of free blacks; labor history would touch on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire two blocks away and its effect on workplace safety; Gay history could touch on the Stonewall Riots; cultural history could touch on novelists (Henry James), playwrights (Eugene O'Neill), music (Almanac Singers, Dylan, jazz greats); and so on. Or you could choose to probe more deeply into any of these subjects. With the app open, you go to a Create tab to make the first stop on the tour. You gave the stop a title. You can take a picture using the iPhone (or soon, upload historical pictures free of copyright) that will be attached to the stop. And you can speak into the iPhone like a tape recorder. (It is probably best if you work from a prepared text, although some may be able to do this extemporaneously.) You can add whatever text you like. Now, with a title, a picture, text, and audio, you have a complete stop and can upload it to the server directly from your iPhone. The app allows you to group a series of stops together into a single, coherent tour. Once you have uploaded the tour stops to the server, they are viewable and downloadable to anyone else in the world with the app. Ubiquity will be a crucial aspect of the app. As more people start to use it, you will be able to go anywhere, open up the app, and (due to the wonders of GPS) see the tours that are available in the vicinity. You can download them on the spot and start taking the tour immediately. The GPS guides the person taking the tour from stop to stop. What kind of walking tours are they looking for? Imagine that you are in New York, or Nashville, or Naples. Who do you most wish you had at your elbow, dragging you along, and telling you about everything that you should know about the place? Imagine the tour they would give you. Or, stated simply, create the tour you wish you could take. Technical stuff. Since this is in beta, there are a limited number of initial licenses, and the tours will initially be viewable only to those with a license. That said, they are looking forward to a Version 1.0 launch later this summer, at which point it will be downloadable to anyone through the Apple app store. They do plan to make it available on other platforms (iPad, Android, etcetera) later. Tours will initially be free. In the future, they contemplate developing a version in which some tours may have a fee to download and in which the producers of tours will be able to earn money based on downloads of their paid tours. Mobile technology is evolving very fast and this is the first application dedicated to allowing the user to create walking tours. So hopefully it will be educational, fun, and maybe even a little exciting. If you are interested in being a beta tester, you can write to me at email@example.com or directly to Donald Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org * Donald Davis is a Professor of Economics at Columbia University. * Peter Grand is President of Peter Grand, Inc, and has been developing software for nearly twenty-five years. http://www.armstrong.edu/Liberal_Arts/history/history_ella_howard
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:25 PM Subject: Two more SI mobile launches! NPM Mobile & GoSmithsonian Trek They're coming fast & thick now! Today the Postal Museum launched their mobile website: http://npm.si.edu/mobile AND GoSmithsonian launched its mobile SCVNGR game, the GoSmithsonian Trek around 9 SI sites on the Mall: The Smithsonian Castle, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian African Art Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden! The Postal Museum was one of my first loves at the Smithsonian. I was drawn there initially because of their early multimedia tour (ca. 2004/5 as I recall? - pre-SIGuide), which turned out to be one of the best in the industry at the time. I soon discovered why: the Museum's smart & creative team really knew how to lead visitors in by making them feel welcome and relaxed, and then surprise and delight them with all the amazing stories that follow out of US Postal History. In other words: their focus wasn't on the technology, but on the content and the user experience. The Postal Museum's mobile website sits squarely within this great NPM tradition: it is a portal into the essential info that a mobile visitor needs when out & about, but also links through to deeper content on the Museum's main website for those who want to know more. A very nice balance, and don't miss the Ben Franklin video! Many at SI have been testing SCVNGR in recent months, and Saturday offers an opportunity to really see how this mobile game works around the Mall. From 10-2pm you can play against some of the brightest and most energetic young minds in DC. Check-in 9:30 a.m. At the Castle, and bring your friends THEY (not SI staff) may win an iPad! You will be able to see images and maps during the course of the game, send pictures and share your adventures of playing the game with your friends. It's free to play: just download the SCVNGR app from the iPhone App Store
Choose "goSmithsonian" from the "Trek" menu. Be sure to RSVP: http://youngbenefactors.org/ticketing/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=220865
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Tate Trumps uses the Tate Modern's Wi-Fi connection to activate the game whereby you have to virtually collect pieces of art from within the gallery. Unfortunately you do this by typing in a code that is associated with the piece rather than by using augmented reality or anything like that. But it's still pretty interactive never-the-less. Up to three players can play and the aim is to collect art that you think would out-Trump your opponents in one of three different game categories - battle, mood or collect. You collect seven pieces of art and no two players can select the same piece, so get your running shoes on and your map at the ready if your targeting a particular piece. When you meet up with your opponents later on, you simply pit your selected works against them in the time honoured Trumps tradition. If you don't agree that your piece should have been outdone by another's then you can even make a complaint via the app to the Tate Trumps team. The app is free, and, could add a bit of fun to your Tate Modern outing. Get it from the app store now, but remember, you need to actually go to the Tate for it to work. Tate Trumps uses the Tate Modern's Wi-Fi connection to activate the game whereby you have to virtually collect pieces of art from within the gallery. Unfortunately you do this by typing in a code that is associated with the piece rather than by using augmented reality or anything like that. But it's still pretty interactive never-the-less. Up to three players can play and the aim is to collect art that you think would out-Trump your opponents in one of three different game categories - battle, mood or collect. You collect seven pieces of art and no two players can select the same piece, so get your running shoes on and your map at the ready if your targeting a particular piece. When you meet up with your opponents later on, you simply pit your selected works against them in the time honoured Trumps tradition. If you don't agree that your piece should have been outdone by another's then you can even make a complaint via the app to the Tate Trumps team. The app is free, and, could add a bit of fun to your Tate Modern outing. Get it from the app store now, but remember, you need to actually go to the Tate for it to work.