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VIDEO: Museopunks at MCN2013

In the first Museopunks at MCN live session, we tackle the topic of “Museums as Digital Citizens”. Many thanks to Parce Que Films for filming and MCN for inviting us to be a part of the conference. [ YouTube Link ]

Episode two takes on the concepts of “Inspiration, Muses and Forces that Inspire Creative Digital Work.” [ YouTube Link ]

The third and final episode confronts the ways technology is impacting our perception of and existence with the world around us. [ YouTube Link ]

Intergalactic, Planetary →

I’m really proud of this month’s episode of Museopunks. This time around Suse and I (and our guests) take on the topic of born digital objects and how museums are/can/could care for these objects in terms of sustainable preservation and conservation efforts.

The conversation is free-flowing in this episode, and I think that has a lot to do with the knowledge and expertise of our guests: Seb Chan and Aaron Cope of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and Dale Kronkright, Head of Conservation at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.

You subscribe to the Museopunks feed via iTunes or stream via the interwebs here.

The Shape of Punk to Come →

In this month’s episode of the Museopunks podcast, Suse and I kick off a multi-part series on the topic of future scanning. We chat with Bridget McKenzie, of Flow Associates, about her progressive ideas related to the concept and dive deep into some methodologies organizations can use to start envisioning themselves decades down the road — not only coping with the future, but thriving within it.

We also drop our first references to Refused and European Badgers, as you do.

You can stream all Museopunks episodes on the website or subscribe in iTunes and other podcatchers. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Museopunks 02: Flip the Script →

Suse and I just pushed episode 2 of Museopunks. I’m super happy with how it turned out and think the design- and design thinking-focused discussion was inspiring.

In this episode, the Punks dig into one of the “secret themes” that emerged out of Museums and the Web 2013: design. They talk to web strategy consultant and design thinking facilitator Dana Mitroff Silvers and Scott Gillam, Manager, Web Presence of Canadian Museum for Human Rights, about just how museums can think about design, and what role empathy plays in this process.

Thanks so much to Dana and Scott for taking the time to chat with us.

Museopunks: The Podcast →

I recently wrote about how the punk ethos influences nearly all aspects of my life. From fatherhood to my work in museums, it touches everything. While that post seemed to emerge out of the blue, I’ve been contemplating the topic for quite some time in anticipation of an exciting new project that blends the punk ethos with my passion for museum technology.

Today, I’m super excited to announce Museopunks, a podcast for the progressive museum. Museopunks will be published monthly and I’m very lucky to have an amazing co-host in Suse Cairns, who you may know from her thought provoking Museumgeek blog.

Each month, Suse and I will chat with some brilliant people who help push the museum sector forward in interesting ways. This month’s topic is “Museums and Scale” and we speak with Michael Edson, Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian, and Paul Rowe, CEO of Vernon Systems. Both guests share some interesting thoughts about how and why museums, from the very large to very small, can and should begin to operate at web scale.

You can listen to the podcast on the Museopunks website or subscribe via iTunes and other Podcatchers. I’m really happy with how the first episode turned out and welcome any thoughts, comments, questions or recommendations you might have. Happy listening!

Podcast 011: Go! with Shelley Bernstein

Shelley Bernstein is Chief of Technology at the Brooklyn Museum and, along with the amazing team there, the driving force behind the organization’s dynamic web presence. As chief of tech, she works to further the museum’s community-oriented mission through projects including free public wireless access, web-enabled comment books, projects for mobile devices and putting the Brooklyn Museum collection online.

In this episode, Shelley and I talk about the museum’s just-announced project Go: A Community-Curated Open Studio Project, her unique approach to online community engagement and how she maintains a healthy work-life balance.

Show Notes →

Podcast 010: Crowd Conservation with Richard McCoy

Richard McCoy is the Conservator of Objects and Variable Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, a columnist for the Art21 Blog and a Wikipedia enthusiast. Richard’s approaches to conservation and communication are very interesting and it was a pleasure, as always, to chat with him.

In this episode, Richard and I discuss what led him to the world of conservation, how participatory technologies can impact the conservation space and how to get a great CT scan of a Songye power figure.

Show Notes →