MuseumNext Opening Keynote

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Keynote I gave at MuseumNext 2013 in Amsterdam.

It covers the journey I've been on since arriving at Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in its transformation from a historic house and decorative arts museum into a high tech, visitor-centred, 21st century design museum.

http://labs.cooperhewitt.org

MuseumNext Opening Keynote

  1. @sebchandirector of digital & emerging mediacooper-hewitt national design museum, nyclabs.cooperhewitt.org | freshandnew.orgMonday, 13 May 13
  2. formerly powerhouse museum, sydneyMonday, 13 May 13
  3. “the virtual museum”we (thought we) were in control“an encyclopaedic resource”2001:“authoritative”Monday, 13 May 13
  4. “the museum without walls”visitor is in control“museum as service provider”2011:our authority is entirely contextualMonday, 13 May 13
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  6. historic houseoffsite storagedesign shop~217,000 objects~200,000 visitors papaid admissionMonday, 13 May 13
  7. national design awardsnational design weekdesign thinking workshopsfor ~20,000 kids in nycschoolsteen mentoring schemeMonday, 13 May 13
  8. public talks streamed liveand archived on youtuberobust twitter, facebook,pinterest presenceactive collection blogMonday, 13 May 13
  9. ~75 full time staffMonday, 13 May 13
  10. locationMonday, 13 May 13
  11. technology acts as an amplifier.Monday, 13 May 13
  12. vectors of scalegeographic reachtemporal persistencedeepen contextMonday, 13 May 13
  13. rebuilding the museum is anopportunity to reinvent it - entirelyMonday, 13 May 13
  14. “from a zero techmuseum to a hightech museum. in ahistoric house.”Monday, 13 May 13
  15. “we are not an artmuseum. we are adesign museum.there is a difference”Monday, 13 May 13
  16. cooper-hewitt collection has alwaysbeen a ‘working museum’Monday, 13 May 13
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  18. 0.3% on display7% photographedMonday, 13 May 13
  19. Poster, "El Dominio del Fuego (The Domain of Fire)", Luis Vega .1972 Poster, "Otis Rush", 1967. Wes WilsonMonday, 13 May 13
  20. Drawing, "Striped Pattern, Textile Design", 1950–70. Tommi Parzinger.Monday, 13 May 13
  21. Birdcage In The Form Of A Church, mid-19th centuryMonday, 13 May 13
  22. Prototype For A Domestic Space Heater, 1973. Bill MoggridgeMonday, 13 May 13
  23. Tassel. Medium: linen Technique: braided and knotted.Sidewall, "Germinal", 1968.Monday, 13 May 13
  24. Button Showing West Indian Scene, late 18th century.Monday, 13 May 13
  25. Cricket Cage, late 19th century.Monday, 13 May 13
  26. Figure, "Cat and kitten", late 19th–early 20th century.Monday, 13 May 13
  27. 1. declare intentMonday, 13 May 13
  28. “embed digital inthe organisationand the fabric ofthe building.”Monday, 13 May 13
  29. 2. form the teamMonday, 13 May 13
  30. “hire peoplesmarter than you.invest in training.”Monday, 13 May 13
  31. 3. take irreversibleactionsMonday, 13 May 13
  32. richard littler’s scarfolk projectMonday, 13 May 13
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  35. data release on github.metadata as ‘cultural source code’.Monday, 13 May 13
  36. visualising the ‘shape’ of the collectionMonday, 13 May 13
  37. seeing acquisitions by timeMonday, 13 May 13
  38. 4. accelerateinhouseproductionMonday, 13 May 13
  39. “any utopian project has failurehardwired into it” (music writer john doran)Monday, 13 May 13
  40. “prototype asthe product”Monday, 13 May 13
  41. quick ushahidi-based event siteMonday, 13 May 13
  42. quick collection viewerMonday, 13 May 13
  43. prototype collection explorer sept 27Monday, 13 May 13
  44. “show what ispossible withminimum viableproducts”Monday, 13 May 13
  45. data informed & paper protoypingMonday, 13 May 13
  46. 5. promiscuouscollaborationMonday, 13 May 13
  47. 1500+ works google art projectMonday, 13 May 13
  48. 1500+ works on art.syMonday, 13 May 13
  49. national design awards on behanceMonday, 13 May 13
  50. national design awards on behanceMonday, 13 May 13
  51. national design week on lanyrdMonday, 13 May 13
  52. 6. set a rhythmof releasesMonday, 13 May 13
  53. digitised old cataloguesMonday, 13 May 13
  54. digitised old cataloguesMonday, 13 May 13
  55. range of quick low cost ebooksMonday, 13 May 13
  56. unofficial collection experimentsMonday, 13 May 13
  57. fun with berg’s little printerMonday, 13 May 13
  58. “institutionalwabi sabi”see http://bit.ly/14MTYrKMonday, 13 May 13
  59. 7. maintain focuson the long termchangeMonday, 13 May 13
  60. “new forms ofcuratorialpractice”Monday, 13 May 13
  61. “we no longertraffic in unique,rare, or naturallyinterestingobjects”Monday, 13 May 13
  62. Chair, "Aeron", 1992.Monday, 13 May 13
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  66. making peace with interpretative differencesMonday, 13 May 13
  67. using the networkMonday, 13 May 13
  68. connecting the collection outwardsMonday, 13 May 13
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  72. “give everythingand everyone astable place on thenetwork”Monday, 13 May 13
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  74. ‘discordances’Monday, 13 May 13
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  79. code is open sourced on githubMonday, 13 May 13
  80. disambiguating undigitised objectsMonday, 13 May 13
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  83. “emerging tools tocurate the world”Monday, 13 May 13
  84. how do you put abuilding on theinternet?Monday, 13 May 13
  85. what does abuilding affordthat a screendoes not?Monday, 13 May 13
  86. “what sort ofexperiences dowe desire?”Monday, 13 May 13
  87. social impact of device proliferationMonday, 13 May 13
  88. “understand thedesires of users”Monday, 13 May 13
  89. logistical impact of device proliferationsource: harald grovenMonday, 13 May 13
  90. machinereadablegalleries?Monday, 13 May 13
  91. “the building as the biggest user of our API”Monday, 13 May 13
  92. new types of ‘object’ we needto collect, preserve, exhibitMonday, 13 May 13
  93. how do you collect the interfacechanges of facebook?Monday, 13 May 13
  94. digital vitrinesas first classcitizens?Monday, 13 May 13
  95. smart objects?3d printing?temporal persistence?Monday, 13 May 13
  96. increased visitor diversityincreased dwell timesrepeat visitationvisitor satisfactioninternal innovationcollecting capacitymetrics of success for the whole museumMonday, 13 May 13
  97. 1. declare intent2. form the team3. take irreversible actions4. accelerate inhouse production5. promiscuous collaboration6. set a rhythm of release7. maintain focus on long termMonday, 13 May 13
  98. its the future.not only ofcooper-hewitt.Monday, 13 May 13
  99. @sebchandirector of digital & emerging mediacooper-hewitt national design museum, nyclabs.cooperhewitt.org | freshandnew.orgthanksMonday, 13 May 13

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