MuseumNext Opening Keynote

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Keynote I gave at MuseumNext 2013 in Amsterdam. …

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

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  • 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
  • 5. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 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
  • 17. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 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
  • 33. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 34. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 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
  • 63. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 64. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 65. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 66. making peace with interpretative differencesMonday, 13 May 13
  • 67. using the networkMonday, 13 May 13
  • 68. connecting the collection outwardsMonday, 13 May 13
  • 69. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 70. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 71. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 72. “give everythingand everyone astable place on thenetwork”Monday, 13 May 13
  • 73. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 74. ‘discordances’Monday, 13 May 13
  • 75. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 76. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 77. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 78. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 79. code is open sourced on githubMonday, 13 May 13
  • 80. disambiguating undigitised objectsMonday, 13 May 13
  • 81. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 82. Monday, 13 May 13
  • 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