MWX2018 Open Platform Interviews
Coordinated by Hannah Turner (Simon Fraser University) with students from the Centre For Digital Media and Simon Fraser University, and MWX18 at the 2018 Museums and the Web Conference, Vancouver.
As part of the Spring 2018 course at the Centre For Digital Media called “Museums and Art Galleries in a Digital Age” students interviewed five local institutions about the issues, challenges, and opportunities of digital technologies and made five short films of these interviews. The questions raised by the students explore the histories and theory of memory institutions, and the shifts enacted by the use of new media to organize and exhibit physical and digital collections. From the digital preservation of archival collections, to the use of digital storytelling platforms in libraries, to the display and preservation of new media art in galleries; these short interviews highlight the individuals who are doing important work in the local community on a daily basis.
In addition to screening the resulting video interviews at the conference, an interview studio was set up as part of the MWX OPEN PLATFORM where conference attendees were invited to shed light on issues they are experiencing in the digital museum field. Provocations for the future include questions such as:
Are Augmented and Virtual Reality enhanced museum experiences here to stay?
What are public libraries doing in the digital age to engage their communities?
What does community engagement mean for art archives now?
Does digitization improve access for Indigenous communities?
How does a New Media gallery curate and exhibit Art that is alive?
Kate Hennessy, Associate Professor, School of Interactive Art and Technology, Simon Fraser University
Aynur Kadir, PhD Candidate, School of Interactive Art and Technology, Simon Fraser University
Brandon Hoare, Student, School of Interactive Art and Technology, Simon Fraser University and Independant Filmmaker
Vince Dziekan, Monash University
Background Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image # SIA2014-00280.
Music Credit: freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Meet_Podington_Bear_Box_Se