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