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Nina Simon and "The Participatory Museum"

This month we're very pleased to welcome Nina Simon, author of the Museum 2.0 blog and the recently released book The Participatory Museum. Nina has been writing about audience-centered, participatory experiences in cultural institutions for several years, as well as leading workshops and developing participatory programs for a variety of museums. In her book, The Participatory Museum, she examines several participation techniques and looks at case studies of their implementation. During this talk, she'll be discussing several of these techniques, and inviting representatives from two of the institutions discussed in her book, the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum, to take part in the conversation.

Schedule:

Doors - 7pm
Discussion - 7:15-8:15pm
Reception - 8:15-9:30pm


Speakers:

Nina Simon is an independent experience designer with expertise in participatory design, gaming, and social technology. She is the principal of Museum 2.0, a design firm that works with museums, libraries, and cultural institutions worldwide to create dynamic, audience-driven exhibitions and educational programs.

Shelley Bernstein is the Chief of Technology at the Brooklyn Museum where she works to further the Museum's community-oriented mission through projects that include all kinds of tech stuff and social media. She co-created 1stfans and organized Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition in 2008.

Josh Greenberg is the New York Public Library’s Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship.He received his PhD in 2004 from the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. Before joining NYPL, he was Associate Director of Research Projects at George Mason University's Center for History and New Media.

Special thanks to the Whitney Museum and The New York Times for making this meetup possible!

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  • Christine M.

    I agree with Charlie and Bea, it was a good conversation but not the one I was expecting. I almost felt like Nina was just trying to sell books. Could have used more Tech talk, I can't believe there was no discussion of BrklynMuse considering Shelley was there.

    May 24, 2010

  • Charlie O.

    I agree with Bea Atienza - it was ridiculous how anti-tech the speakers were (they refused to even discuss it and were clearly un-and-misinformed about even basic technology). Complete disappointment to me. In this day and age (whether or not you "like" or "dislike" the convergence of technology with creative fields, the fact that you cannot or, worse, will not have the discussion makes you irrelevant.)

    May 23, 2010

  • Kevin L.

    Wish I were there! :)

    May 23, 2010

  • Cynthia V.

    Thanks for organizing Julia ;-) Enjoyed Nina Simon's presentation at the Whitney and discussions with interesting people at the reception.

    May 21, 2010

  • Barry H.

    I think it would have made sense to have a curator, archivist, or librarian on the panel. Otherwise, great.

    May 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Appreciated the cross conversation of folks from different disciplines, loved the examples and found the discussion provocative in terms of my work in museum education. (I am concerned that there don't seem to be many museum educators represented in this discussion! Our fault for not getting involved.)

    May 18, 2010

  • Ryan Anthony D.

    Nina is a very engaging presenter. She discussed many examples of museums and cultural institutions that make valiant attempts to encourage their visitors to participate. I appreciated that some examples were "lo-fi" using a minimal amount of technology. The presentation made me wonder how artists could further collaborate with galleries & museums to encourage participation. I also am curious how Nina's theories could work with the existing staff structure for museums and cultural institutions. Many of her examples seemed to involve people who selflessly volunteered their time to set up the programming. Is this a model that becomes sustainable over time, or should management try to recognize these efforts upfront within current job responsibilities and future positions?

    May 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great. thanks for organizing. I walked away with some pretty great thoughts to ponder.

    May 18, 2010

  • Julie T

    Great conversation about how to engage audience and a good reminder that Technology is not always the best answer.

    May 18, 2010

  • Daniel W.

    One of the best arts tech meetups yet.

    May 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great subject matter-well-informed speaker & panel- great to become aware of participatoryevents going on here in NYC!

    May 18, 2010

  • Bea A.

    Good talk but why was it was more about culture and museums, not really about tech. Some speakers were in fact averse to technology.

    May 17, 2010

  • Janice K.

    Dynamic speaker passionate about her mission to transform museums,

    May 17, 2010

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