@MarDixon Passionate about culture. Champion for the next generation of Cultural visitors. Defender of Libraries. Digital, Wearable Tech Enthusiast. Sharing knowledge. Troublemaker and/or advocate, depending on what you need.
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    October 3rd, 2014mardixonCulture, International

    Yesterday I attended Museums Ideas conference in London and it although I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, it sort of confirmed things:

    We’re having a movement. Years from now we’re going to look back at this time and say ‘Remember the Maker Movement?’ Or maybe we need to come up with a better collective name for this move to digital, social open, participatory in museums era.  Wait – let’s crowd-source what the label should be!

    And that is what I’m referring to.

    communityI’m part of the maker community.
    I’m part of the wearable tech community.
    I’m part of the museum community.
    I’m part of the library community.
    I’m part of … you get the point.

    We seem to be really cognizant of making everyone feel part of something these days. That’s a good thing! However, as it is early days for this movement, we’re all being ever so polite about it.  Everyone is allowed into ALL communities.

    I’m Project Coordinator (and Founder) of MuseomixUK. This is a movement that started in France 2011 and has grown and grown. As I write this I’m in Paris at a meeting with all the communities to discuss progress, plans and issues. I firmly believe that we should listen to the public and allow different sectors to help rethinking, redesign, remake and remix museums. I also believe museums should be more open to using digital, social, wearable tech. when appropriate.

    However….

    I don’t believe this is right for ALL museums or cultural venues. And this is the issue I have right now with this movement of museums to give ownership to collection and exhibitions to the public.

    While it’s fun, neat and participatory, it’s dangerous. MuseomixUK is a year long production. We communicate and work with the museum and everyone involved has to apply. This is not a weekend drop-in hack where anyone can show.  Curators and content experts are involved in the whole process. 

    And that difference matters.

    We know who we are working with and talking to. We know what the museums would like. We facilitate these conversations but don’t allow barriers.

    Today’s Movement:
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    Everyone has the right answer. But wait, what is the question?

    Please don’t get me wrong, I think it is brilliant what we are doing.  I am just afraid of what is going to happen when this bubble burst and we hit our plateau.  We need to be thinking beyond today (not trying to guess the next tech or wearable but embracing them) and remember the core mission of each museum.

    There will never be a one-size fits all to these things. 

    I’ll write more on the digital/tech thing later but I wrote about some of that already here

     

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    March 10th, 2013mardixonCulture, International

    Whenever I tell someone I’m working on MuseoMix UK for November, the first obvious question I get is:

    What is MuseoMix?

    ubiquity31Officially (on the website) it states:

    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

    For me, MuseoMix is an experience. For others, it’s an ethos. For others it’s a project.

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