When is Ask a Curator?
It’s an all day event on September 18th
What is Ask a Curator?
It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to. #Askacurator is open to everyone: Museums, galleries, National Trust, Theatres, and more. You can ask anything that you’re curious about or want more information on.
- What’s it’ like to be a curator?
- How do you decide what to display?
- What is the most unique object in your collection?
As some curators won’t know *all* the answers straight away, it might be they have to get back to you if it is a specific question about the museum/gallery. However, if it is a general question, you might find another museum’s curator could answer it.
How to get involved?
Use the hashtag #AskaCurator on Twitter. You can ask questions to specific museums using the @MUSEUMNAME or you can ask general questions using #AskaCurator.
Please fill out this simple form which will export your information to a spreadsheet to share. On the day you can schedule the time you are going to be there or you can dip in and out and answer questions when you get them. Others also decide to spend the day asking questions not just to their Museum but the general questions that are asked (last year, Bears in Museums asked who had Bears in Museums…. it was one of the top questions!)
In other words, curators spend as much or as little time as they want.
It’s also a good idea to let your followers know you’re taking part. Some curators will write a blog or tweet they are taking part in #askacurator.
Just come to twitter on the day and ask the questions. What I like to do is keep an eye on the countries and museums taking part and find a few unique ones that I want to know more about. You can set yourself a goal of asking a question to every country even!
Who can get involved?
EVERYONE! You just need to sign up for Twitter account if you haven’t yet. Curators can answer questions to other museums and/or general questions (how to questions, etc). Everyone is allowed to interrupt – this is Twitter after all!
I find using Tweetdeck or HootSuite makes following the conversation easier.
Hope this write up helps with some of the questions about what Ask A Curator is. If you still have questions please ask away or you can tweet using the tag
Why should you take part?
Many museums and art galleries who took part back in 2010 will testify to the great platform it gave them and large exposure that they would not have been able to achieve without #AskACurator. This is true for both large and smaller venues.
A few months ago, I heard about We Are Museums, a 2-day event for professionals of culture and innovation being organized in Vilinus Lithuania by Diane Drubay, founder of Buzzeum based in Paris. I signed up to go immediately and then checked on the map to see where I was going.
All I really knew about We are Museums was Diane was bringing together diverse speakers to share ‘the same passion about art, innovation and culture, like all the dots which form a nebula, the image we chose to embody the conference’.
We are Museums did that and more.
The conference was more than just speakers – We are Museums arranged for lots of fringe and activities to give everyone the opportunity to network – not just sit and listen.
While every speaker added value to the conference, the following were my takeaways:Tags: Conference, International, museums
Straight after MuseumNext, I had to fly to Lisbon for a project. By the time I got home from travelling for 10 days, all the Takeway and items I was going to talk about have been covered (and much more eloquently than I would have done!):
- Oonagh Murphy Museum Next 2013
- Claire Ross Museum Next
- Tony Butler A few reflections on social and tech innovation #museumnext 2013
- Andrew Lewis Ideas from Museumnext 2013
- Museumnext Collaborative document
- MuseumNext Tumblr of slides and more
If you’re like me, you probably missed the Welcome note from Jim. In it, he describes the challenges he faced from his first MuseumNext 5 years ago. Even with having a heavy hitter like Nina Simon the interest wasn’t there. But soon it went International with the first brave delegate from the Netherlands.
And it has grown and grown ever since.Tags: amsterdam, Culture, digital, International, MuseumNext, museums
There have been a few fabulous and very detailed post on Museum on the Web which I’m not going to try and compete with. Instead, after being home for a few weeks (and finally getting over jet lag) these are the items that still are prominent with me.
Facebook killed 25% of the website
While in the Tate web assessment session, we were asked to come up with a profile of an average visitor to a website. Originally we had a personal website but soon realized the profile required a more established website and as Guggenheim was within our group, they were duly elected. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Conference, International, museums, mw2013, USA
I’ve been trying to figure out how best to share my findings from the Denmark Museum Conference. There was so much insight over the 3 days, with the added bonus of having a tour of a few museums which included curators talk.
Full Storify here of all the tweets used with the tag #paatvaers
Tags: denmark, International, museomix, outreach
Whenever I tell someone I’m working on MuseoMix UK for November, the first obvious question I get is:
What is MuseoMix?
For three days the participants co-create and test new ways of approaching exhibitions.
We bring together museum professionals, actors of the innovation and the digital world, lovers of art and science, and other lovers of education and culture. This community mixes his views and embodies his ideas around a model museum whose vision is:
- more open and inclusive, where everyone can find “his” place
- networked and connected with diverse communities of visitors online and onsite.
- a living laboratory that grows with its users
Tags: digital, France, International, museomix, participatory
For me, MuseoMix is an experience. For others, it’s an ethos. For others it’s a project.
For my part, it was a hard day to try and capture in tweets or for this post so instead I went and made audio boos to capture the spirit of the teams, visitors and and support team involved in MuseoMix.Tags: France, International, museomix, Museum
Day two started at 8.30 with many have been here since doors opened at 8. A slow start was not an option – creative juices were already flowing and needing the outlet that the good night’s rest clearly instigated.The morning (and majority of the day) saw all the times transforming their presentations with Playmobil into realistic objects. In other words, this is when things got serious.Throughout the day teams went from conceptual and theory to tangible and workable. Not every project pushed boundaries, and that was ok! What I liked is some teams knew when less was more – a value we often forget in today’s fast pace, hyper-technological world. Could some teams reached higher? Possibly but they are dealing with time constraints – another factor that is known but not appreciated until day 2.There are 10 teams, each working with a mixture of diverse personality and knowledge. Day One was all about collaboration and agreeing on a project. This included coming to a decision on which of the 10 issues identified by the museum and museomixers to choose from. Cross-over is allowed, in other words, 2 teams can work on the same project. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: France, International, museomix, Museum
The conference started off with the usual sign-in procedure. However, the badges were made via laser cut printers which are part of FabLab… what is Fablab? They are part of the Resource team…. Yep, this is Museomix – and the ethos gets thrown at your straight away.
The concept is simple: Provide a venue that needs a good shake up in it’s collection/exhibition and way of thinking, invite museum people from around the country to apply to volunteer for 3 (long) days to create a better space, better way of thinking and better visitor experience. Chuck in some cutting edge technology (not that expensive), a few specific issues (via the Museum itself), a blank canvas and Playmobil.
Ok, perhaps it’s not that simple – it is very much under the same umbrella as an Unconference but on a much grander scale.Tags: France, International, museomix, museums
Museomix is a 3 day event which brings diverse participants from all over France together to brainstorm on new thinking. What would happen if you were provided a blank canvas to create a new visitor experience?
Museomix allows free thinking without restrictions.
Participants will be put into various teams: thinkers, creators, testers – a true visionary process with no rigid outcome to aim for (the teams will set their own goals which I’m sure will be higher than anything anyone could set prior to starting). Each team will have a mixture of makers, developers, designers, museum people –producing a true Dream Team of creative thinkers.
I first heard of Museomix last year when I caught a few Tweets from Claire Seguret from Musee de Cluny who was taking part. I tried my best to follow along with my limited (ok, non-existent!) French as it sounded like an amazing event.
Fast forward to MuseumNext 2012 in Barcelona where I was able to hear Samuel Bausson from Museum de Toulouse share Museomix: remix your museum. Samuel talked about how Museomix 2011 was about this euphoric museum – where visitors are at the front of the design, not an after-thought.
I knew I wanted to learn more about Museomix.
I am very fortunate to have a place at Museomix 2012 where I’ll be sharing my findings via social media (Twitter via #museomix, Facebook and blogging on Museomix Tumblr. I’ll be translating the participant’s adventures over the three days – along with sharing my own thoughts on my site. Hopefully, I will be the eyes for those that can’t be there. Please feel free to contact me if I’m clarification is needed. I remember what it was like last year to follow along not knowing what it was about but knowing it was something exciting.
MuseoMix is taking place at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. For those in France, there will be a chance for professionals and students to come to see the progress (please see website for more information).
Looking forward to taking you on this amazing journey with me!