Vote Mississauga!

I don’t know if you guys have seen this or not, but the When You Work at a Museum website has been holding the most amazing museum dance off competition. The competition is up to Day 8, Round 1.

Two things:

  1. Museum people are totally fun…(and relevant)
  2. Vote for Mississauga in this round, it’s where my people are from in Canada.

Note to Self: Don’t Forget Podcasts

I ran across this “Project Showcase” on the NCPH website today. It reminded me that public history is so much more than working at museums and historic sites. Public history is also about taking academic conversation outside of the universities and to the public.

This also made me start to think about the podcast series that is going along with the travelling HAL exhibit. The whole thing seem so terribly vague, I’d like to learn more about it. Podcasting might also be something that we want to do aside from HAL as the exhibit comes closer. We could create a story series that highlights the stories of different people whose lives a have been affected by incarceration.

This would also work perfectly with our #learnfromlistening that we were wanting to attach to  our exhibit.

Van Gogh movie made entirely out of oil paintings

I know a few weeks ago we mentioned Van Gogh and the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam so when I saw this I thought it was the neatest thing ever. A company by the name of Breathru Films is creating a movie called “Loving Vincent” and its based around Vincent Van Gogh to celebrate his 163rd birthday. But the best part is that the entire film is made out of oil paintings. More than 85 artists are working on the paintings for this film. Not only is this a great way to celebrate Van Gogh’s work but its a great way to add life to his work as well.

Artist saves artifacts with 3D printing

Unfortunately there are several sculptures, statues, and artifacts that have been destroyed by ISIS and other terrorists groups. Although many of the originals are forever destroyed they hopefully won’t be completely lost. An artist by the name of Allahyari is using 3D printing to try and recreate some of these artifacts. Allahyari states that the point isn’t to try and replace them but to show that history cant be easily erased. This goes to show that it’s not the actual object that has power but the significance that people give an object that makes it powerful.


Librarian saves artifacts from Alqaeda

This man deserves a medal or a parade or something. Once Mr. Haidara realized his home land in Timbuktu was occupied by terrorists he was afraid that they would destroy or sell ancient artifacts and books from the city’s repositories. So with the help of archivists, tour guides, family and friends Mr. Haidara, a book restorer and archivists himself manged to sneak 50-80 crates worth of artifacts over the course of 8 months pass terrorist checkpoints and occupied territory to safe locations. Much of the works he saved were ancient manuscripts. If this man hadn’t of saved these pieces they would’ve been burnt and lost to history. So Thank You Mr. Haidara you are a hero to historians everywhere.

The ASK app at the Brooklyn Museum

This article popped in my Dispatches for the Future of Museums Feed. The Brooklyn Museum launched an iOS and Android app this year that allows visitors to ask a team of art historians questions about pieces displayed in the museum in real time. According to the article, when a question is asked through the app, it takes about 45 seconds for users to get a response. The app only works in the museum and has been streamlined to keep visitors engaged with the art and not their phones. After a question is asked, you receive a notification when the answer has been posted. On an internal level, the team of art historians utilize collection database information and other reference materials to create an in-house wiki about a particular artifact. If a question stumps the team, they let the user know that an email will be sent to them addressing the question. I appreciated this aspect of transparency and honesty. The team actually admits when they don’t have a ready  answer! Evaluations of the app indicate that “Since its launch, there have been about 4,000 conversations through the app. The museum is using data pulled from those exchanges to improve collection installations and exhibition design. It expects about 1% of visitors overall to use the app.” So not only does the app engage visitors, but it facilitates internal operational improvements.