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  • corilinville 4:12 am on November 5, 2011 Permalink  

    mobile app number 1 

    I went to the National Museum of the American Indian today and since the George Heye Center has only been opened since 1994 it’s pretty new and they have some nice touch screens and picture screens (which I actually liked better than the mobile app). The mobile app that they have goes with the Infinity of Nations exhibition. It’s available at the apple app store, just type in infinity of nations and it should pop up, and its free! and it looks really cool, right? and has really cool features.


    But I have a MAJOR bone to pick.
    The people at the museum to not promote this app AT ALL.
    Nowhere, and i repeat, NOWHERE, do they mention this app in the museum or in the exhibit. I looked at all three entrances of the exhibition. I made it my goal to try and find where there was a place where it would tell me where this app was. I couldn’t find anything, so I asked one of the nice security men who works in there. He said he had never heard of this before. Then I asked a nice boy about our age who was also viewing the exhibit if he had heard of an app for the exhibit and he said he hadn’t either. So then I went to the big guns and went to the front and asked one of the volunteers and her response- “You’re the first person I’ve ever talked to who has ever downloaded it on their own before!”. (In my head I was thinking, ok….something is not good with this system). So I asked her if they gave out Iphones and she said that they did and they gave out headphones with them but you had to give a piece of federal id in exchange.
    I don’t think anyone knows about this. But it really did not seem to matter. Everyone seemed extremely content without using any technology. Because even though there were computers, I was the only one who used one the whole hour I was there. Even though there were touch screens, I did not see anyone use one. The only technology that I saw anyone use was cameras to take pictures. And that was enough. So even though it is great to have participatory activities, it’s not always what makes an exhibition great because with this the artifacts should do the talking, not the mobile app.

    And when you go on the website all i ended up finding…
    Go to that link, go to the bottom of the page, hover your mouse over the part that says northwest coast, and it tells you that you can download the app.


    Also, that is basically all that the app is, and it has more info than the app does. And there are computers in the exhibit space that have this on it so you can play with it. Which, it is fun to do, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just the computer program smushed down. Here’s some fun pictures and some of the items that it talked about in the app!

    But I’m really sad to say that I actually don’t feel like this app is needed. Because when I downloaded it onto my phone last night I was actually really excited about it and going into the exhibit and figuring everything out. But then once I got there I realized…eh, not all that exciting. It’s pictures of things that are already displayed. And they have these computer stations that do the same thing, and unless people really really hate reading and really like listening to people, the app just repeats what the exhibition already says. I will say that the app does have a fun family feature where it’s like a hide a seek but you could just do that yourselves. so again, repetitive. And if apps really cost thousands and thousands of dollars to make, I feel like someone did something wrong with this one.

    Hopefully the Natural History apps will make me happier

    • sdaugherty28 10:14 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I downloaded the Infinity of Nations app, but did not end up visiting that Museum. The app does look really cool and I had high hopes for the exhibit. I’m disappointed that it does not add anything to the exhibit. 😦

      • corilinville 4:40 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        that’s at least how I felt. But I’m REALLY into the native american stuff and the George Heye Center so i went through the exhibition and really looked at everything and read all of the stuff. So if you didn’t want to do that and you just wanted to go through everything really quickly and listen to it, then I guess the app would work for that. But seeing as how im a museum professions person I guess I’m a little bias in that, why put all that stuff up if people are just going to pass by it and just use the app?

  • annaanna21 3:43 am on November 5, 2011 Permalink

    Data In, Data Out a new exhibition at the Walsh Gallery curated by Ms. Jeanne Brasile 

    Thursday on November the 5th there was an opening of a new exhibition titled ” Data In Data Out”. The exhibition took place at the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University curated by Ms. Jeanne Brasile ( the director of a Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University).
    I think It was a really great exhibition mainly focusing on subjects like social media, Data interpretation, Algorithm Process, Digital Codes and technology era approaches and the perception of individual artist on this very issues.
    I wanted to post some pictures from the exhibition which I think might be a very interesting view of a multi-media world.
    P.S. For a more precise explanation about the exhibition please read the information from the picture posted by me about “Data In’ Data Out” exhibition information sheet.

  • allysonjo7787 1:16 am on November 5, 2011 Permalink  

    Brooklyn Museum— Double the Mobile Apps visit:

    There are two options with mobile learning at the Brooklyn Museum. Here is a wall posting about the options:

    The first is the QR codes. You start when you enter with a little tag that takes you to a website explaining the program:

    I think I did something wrong, or it wasn’t working correctly, because according to my boss it is supposed to give you clues around the museum to find all of the QR codes in an order. It’s very possible I just didn’t do it right, but I couldn’t get to the directions page, so I had my own fun. I think at some point the security guards were going to call my boss and say, “We have an Egyptian intern on the loose.” I looked that crazy.

    Here are the ones I found:

    Now some of these did what I thought they were supposed to- redirect my phone to a page of more information about the piece. But, because there is a campaign of RajArumugam poetry, some of the QR codes were just links to poems. And some of them had nothing to do with the painting or item the QR code was under/next to. I thought that the ones that did redirect to more information were helpful and informative. The QR that redirected for The Dinner Party was the best because I could take the phone with extra information around with me when viewing the actual items.

    This is what the hand out looks like at the museum for more information:


    The second mobile option at the Brooklyn Museum is the ultra convenient dial in for more information tour guide. Here is what the handout looks like:

    I enjoyed this part the most for a few reasons:

    A. The guide gives one major topic to “call in to” for each floor. And for the third floor the Egyptian gallery is highlighted. YAY!

    B. It was easy. For me, this was the biggest draw for me. So simple: you call the number, and dial the four digit extension with a #. A normal person’s voice comes on and explains some extra curatorial tid-bits.

    C. The hand out that I picked up was very easy to follow. And compared to the scavenger hunt that I went on with the QR codes, I would take the dial in option any day.

    D. The program says that the cost of the dial in is only the minutes for the carrier, and no additional costs. The handout explains that each extra information call is no more than 2 minutes. This is a huge bonus for people as I think they won’t be turned off my the feature because it isn’t costing them anything extra.

    E. I have to be honest, of the 100 of so items you can call in to, I didn’t call them all. But, the ones I did call were working, well spoken, informative, and worth the while.

    I hope others can venture to Brooklyn so we can discuss and see if they could get the QR codes hunt to work!

    • ktkeckeisen 1:33 am on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Allyson, I had no problems getting the Gallery Tag! game to work and I was hooked on it! I spent at least an hour more at the museum because of the game. I’m going to write up my own thing about my experience, but I really had fun.

      • allysonjo7787 1:39 pm on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, like I said, I probably did something wrong. But I still had a good time.

        • lleamuseum 8:47 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink

          I am glad to see that they used QR codes because this works with both i phone and android. A lot of the apps if you don’t have an iphone then you cant use the app.

    • sdaugherty28 10:16 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wish I would have seen the mobile brochure when I visited. Nice pictures!

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