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Happy International Museum Day!

18 May

ICOM 2012 Poster for International Museum Day: Museums in a Changing World

As an intern in the museum world, this celebration is pretty near and dear to my heart. Thanks to the good people at ICOM (the International Council of Museums), countries from across the globe have banned together since 1977 in order to raise awareness on the importance of museums.

And to show how awesome museums are, some places dedicate more than a single day to this event – they make a whole month of it!

You may have noticed that yesterday, the Twittersphere was full of answers to #museospark’s question, “What inspires you about museums?” That question was part of a run-up for IMD and we got some great responses like;

Using Twitter to lead into IMD was perfect considering this year’s event theme is entitled “Museums in a Changing World” and is all about museums and technology.

Today, the world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of an increasingly unstable climate, all shared by social media. Modern museums must compete for an audible voice against the furious pace of this background.

Museums in a Changing World is recognition that institutions are faced with interpreting, and existing in, a field that is becoming increasingly fluid. Each may face a unique set of goals, interests and audiences.    – ICOM

The MIA has certainly undergone some changes within the past year. In previous posts I’ve already written about our incorporation of social platforms like Pinterest, and explained how smartphone applications like QR code scanners are changing the way people interact with exhibitions. We’ve also used Skype and YouTube to record interviews with some of the Inuit artists we exhibit (since physical travel is not always possible). And the fact that you’re reading this on a blog is another example of our digital interests.

Those are only some of the projects we’ve completed and continue to work on – but it’s just the beginning. There are still a lot of tech surprises to come…

For instance, did you know that in the digital alphabet AR comes after QR?

What that means is once you’ve figured out how to scan all those crazy shaped QR squares, you’re ready to move to the next level: Augmented Reality (AR). Museums are just getting into this so similar to how it took a while for people to figure out how to best use QR codes, there will again be a lot of experimentation with AR.

While the MIA plays around with their computers and smartphones (stay tuned for an upcoming “What’s the deal with…AR blog post) you’ll have to wait a little longer to see the end results. But in the meantime we’re offering some special tours and fun stuff to ring in IMD. Oh, and did I mention that today admission is FREE! So come celebrate International Museum Day with us 🙂

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant

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Next Conversation Series Announced!

30 Jan

As promised, the installment of of Skype Conversations series is Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, the Executive Director of Qaggiavuut! Society for a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre! If you’re not familiar, Qaggiavuut! promotes performing artists in Nunavut – from filmmakers to drum dancers and beyond – while raising funds to build Nunavut’s first performing arts centre. Laakkuluk is also a performer: you can read more about her work here.

There’s lots to talk about and we want your input! Do you want to know what kinds of performing artists are a part of Qaggiavuut? Anything about the history of performing arts in the Arctic? Want to know why they’re interested in a Performing Arts Centre? Laakkuluk and I will be speaking this Thursday at 2 PM (EST) so leave your questions in the comments and I will be sure to ask. Then check back for the video, which should be posted late that afternoon!

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

Conversation Series: Bart Hanna

30 Jan

As we’ve previously mentioned, January 12th was the official launch of the International Year of Co-Operatives (or IYC) in Canada. Co-operatives play a major role in the history of Inuit art and continue to make important contributions to not only art-making, but also Arctic communities as a whole.

To celebrate the launch, we were able to record the first in a year-long series of informal conversations with artists throughout the Arctic. Thanks to technological advances, I am able to speak to artists in their own communities via Skype and record those conversations to share with you.

Speaking to Bart Hanna via Skype

Iglulik artist Bart Hanna very kindly agreed to speak to us about his artistic process on the 12th and it was an absolute pleasure. He is one of the museum’s most talked-about artists and you can learn more about him on our virtual tour of the museum.

We are still working out the kinks in this system, as you can see in the video: our connection unfortunately dropped at the end of the interview and due to the dimensions of the recorded area, you can only see the top of my face in the video. We are working on ironing these out as we continue throughout the year.

These videos are also an opportunity for you, our visitors, to participate. When we confirm an interview, visitors are welcome to send us questions to ask a particular artists here in the blog comments, on Facebook, on Twitter or via email. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal who we are interviewing next just yet, but keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, is there anyone you’d like to see us speak to this year?

-Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator