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  • annaanna21 10:47 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Mobile Apps : Natural History Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage photos 

    Here are some more pics of the exhibitions from our trip to AMNH and Museum of Jewish Heritage.


    The World’s Largest Dinosaurs(AMNH )

    Milstein hall of Ocean Life.

    “Great Canoe” the work of craftsmen from than one of the First Nations of British Columbia 1841-1931.

    Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies (AMNH ):

    Hall of Human Origins/Sackler Educational Laboratory for comparative Genomics and Human origins.

    The view of Statue of Liberty from the Museum of Jewish Heritage during sunset.

  • annaanna21 10:17 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Mobile Apps : Natural History Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage 

    This weekend I went to a Natural History Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage with Melanie , Amy and Corie. It was a great trip with lots of adventures but it took us two days instead of one as we were planning.

    First of all I would say that using Mobile Applications seems a really new technology source because not a lot of people around us were using it in any of the Museums. Actually to be more precise I have not seen other people using it except us that made us look like technology friendly people:) which was pretty nice I have to say.
    Natural History Museum had an incredible collection of course and we tried to see all the best of it but unlike most of the people instead of walking and reading the information tabs we did the tour with help of Mobile Apps. The collection included various incredible exhibitions starting form The World’s Largest Dinosaurs ending with Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies and so.on. When we got to the service desk it took us some time to figure out about accessing the service usually at an information desk they ask you to leave a credit card as an insurance just in case something happens to the phone but they do not charge you for any money so in couple of minutes all four of us were equipped with Ipodes and we were ready to go. We started our visit with a second floor and after a while I got accustomed to use the phone as a digital ” Tour Gide”. I loved it, it was a really great experience. The mobile App gave me every detailed information about objects of a collection with pictures and short descriptions with dates and all the history information. Although there was some exceptions like African Art Collection and Indian Collection department. Unfortunately I could find a very few information on my device about this two collections department and in some cases it would just provide a text about just one or two objects of a collection. What I liked about the menu a lot was that it had several internet service functions. It could actually be connected to an internet right away. Connection list included facebook, Twitter and various social websites and it was possible to send and share pictures or text information about collection’s objects. Also my favorite was a service that enabled to collect selected pictures with text by bookmarking them and then by just one click sending them to my mail.

    Although as long as it was fun and comfortable at one point it had some flaws because I suppose it is still a new approach to use mobiles in a Museum setting and it still is not perfect as a technology service. I wanted to send some bookmarks on my mail and when I pushed the bookmark and send button it took me to a different application which was something about choosing my mail account service form a list of different mail companies like AOL , Yahoo Gmail and so. on. But the problem was that I could not cancel the service and it just blocked the hole page and I could not use the mobile menu anymore. But luckily it was the end of our tour time so I had an advantage of using it anyway. I guess the system still needs to be worked at because it sometimes fails to accomplish the task. Also like Melanie mentioned it doesn’t have all the information on it about exhibition Items and Objects.

    Now about the Jewish Museum of Heritage. It was my first time to visit this Museum and I enjoyed it very much. The Museum had a wonderful exhibition called the ” Voices of Liberty ” that was a diverse interviews of Holocaust survivors, refugees, and others who chose to make the US their home and emigrated here long time ago. The Ipodes use here was focused on just Audio tour. The Ipodes were handed along with a set of headphones and it was very easy to use since with just one click you could listen to a recording while entering the room. The exhibition took place in one large room surrounded with huge glass walls and you could see an excellent view of Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island landscape.

    I think the experience of Mobiles in a Museum is really great because it can provide you with digital information recourse very quickly and also it is possible to stay connected with internet. As a new multimedia tours with their diverse voices and interactive functions Mobiles are one way that museums are literally passing control into the visitors’ hands. I mean providing a greater potential of connections that enable the visitor to select and categorize. A result of emerging technologies in the mobile industry, mobile experiences in museums today implements the newer multimedia tour as a variety of mobile applications that go further than the traditional tour model.

  • 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.

  • annaanna21 6:25 pm on October 29, 2011 Permalink

    Museums digital media and a perpetual beta way of communicating 

    I’ve read the article about “Museums digital media and a perpetual beta way of communicating” by Kjetil Sandvik. I think this article discuss one of the most controversial subject matter today in a world of Museum technology. I was always interested to know what would be the next challenge of technology services in a Museums. Of course there was always digital video cameras and computers engaged with various programs and it’s obvious how important this devices are in terms to engage visitors participation. But now the mobile phones are starting to become one of the most popular sources to communicate; get informed and even have a possibility to get certain education. Since Use of media now focuses on interactivity of people. Use of mobile technologies in exhibitions and different projects in a Museums is almost required service tied to digital technology. As it is stated in a text information becomes communication and communication becomes dialog. All of this leads to the   consequence that cross-media communication is something that is user generated it is a media collaboration; participation and co creation.

    I am delighted to learn that Handled guides was a well know practice for the Museums but now it includes Mobile Phones in it.

    According to a text explanation:
    “The use of perpetual beta way of thinking and mashups of exciting Web 2.0 applications instead of typical stand -alone system which are usually expensive make sure that the full potential of digital media is being put to use and that media system and a communication is adjusted and developed according to the wants and needs of the participants and co-creators.”

    As I’ve learned in this article about New Generation Mobile Phones like smart phones; iPhones; 3G mobiles all are equipped with Android that make use of this applications and combine them into mashups enabling this type of communication.

    Furthermore facilitation of communication has became as user-centered as possible. Like most of bloggers mentioned many programs are still on developmental stage like the program “The 23 Skulls ” designed specifically for iPhones and Smart Phones. This game represents an engaging adventurous discovery of a disappeared Museum Inspector it is a tale about history of Vejle and players are put in a role as journalist.

    I was particularly interested about this project because I realized how important it is to create the ways to engage people in participation. I always had a question why games are so popular today? Since I never was much of a gamer . Although reading this article made me encounter that the main aim is that they are so engaging and Museums can actually use them as a source of education. I think Like Joseph Gee calls “Game LIke Learning” stated in a text is an amazing way for people to gain self education. This represents a various challenges for Museums consumers to become users and then participants and co- creators.
    I liked the idea that learning has become as an individual matter and self-directing process .Which I find very innovative and interesting. Observing sometimes my little cousins playing computer games like “Skull 23” I realize that they were discovering a world in a different perspective by directing their interest and challenge through the engagement in the construction of a game idea itself.

    Also I think in terms of economy it is an innovation that consumer buys an experience and this system it creating dialog between supplier and a costumer.

    I assume it’s a compelling statement in a text “Continues interactive process of doing and undergoing of action and reflection ; from cause to consequence that provides a meaning to the individual in several context” and Thus causing ” the individual to change the perspective on self and or/the world around him”.

    P.S. I tried to researched this subject on an internet but I assume it is still very new and there is not much source about it. Although I found this video and advertisement for tourists having a possibility to use mobile devices and internet to engage with a city tour in Aarhus city Denmark.

  • annaanna21 2:51 am on October 18, 2011 Permalink

    Here is my Link:))

    It is about legendary Andy Warhol’s Museum:) I tried to redesign it. Also I wanted to write his Biography in the middle of the page but somehow my PC didn’t supported the copy and paste thing.


  • annaanna21 9:40 pm on October 16, 2011 Permalink
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    The 10th MAAM Annual Meetings special guest and lecturer was Nina Simon. 

    This year on October 10th MAAM Annual Meetings special guest and lecturer was Nina Simon. She was invited speaker for The annual Stephen E. Weil memorial lecture which was established at MAAM’s 2005 Annual Meeting in Baltimore to honor Stephen E.Weil’s contribution to the museum field.

    Nina Simon was presented as Executive Director of The Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, author of The Participatory Museum, and blogger at Museum 2.0.


    Nina Simon’s lecture was very inspiring for me in terms of hearing about various innovative subjects of how to change the Museum strategies how to lead to a way of participation activities and revolutionary changes in a Museum world.

    Furthermore she discussed about her ideas which she works on to develop at Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. Nina Simon mentioned that her favorite part in a museum is blackboard were people can live comments and she tries to read them every day. This way she can be engaged to visitors Ideas and views which are so important for her . She discussed that the Museum has a main goal to become a central gathering place for people who are passionate about art, ideas, and culture. Also she highlighted that her passion is to work with the residents and communities of Santa Cruz. In one of her speech that I think is beautify said she emphasizes : ” This vision is exciting, but its only as good as our ability to deliver on it. We know that lots of people in Santa Cruz county are not currently connected to the Museum, and we’re ready to do the hard work to engage new participants.” Also she suggested to visit a Museum web-site which I think is one of the most participatory museum websites and as a young Director writes itself on her web-site : ” This website is a test zone where we will be sharing new ideas and finding out how you want to be involved”.

    I was amazed by her Lecture and realized how the activities she works on are so important and she not only discuss them in her book “Participatory Museums” but works for making participation everyday activity and inspiration for today’s Museums. Reading her revealing book “Participatory Museums”, I have acknowledged that when people have welcoming places in their local communities to meet new people, engage with various ideas, and be creative, they can make significant civic and cultural change. I liked the phrase in her book which I think describes her Idea pretty straight : ” The cumulative effort of thousands of participatory institutions could change the world. Rather than being “nice to have,” these institutions can become must-haves for people seeking places for community and participation”.

    In conclusion both in her Lecture and In her book “Participatory Museums” Nina Simon discuss of how important it is for cultural institutions to engage visitors with heritage, connect them to new ideas, encourage critical thinking, support creativity, and inspire them to take positive action. Therefore it all can be proceeded through participatory practice.

    Here Is The Link of the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz Site where everyone can share their Ideas and comments : http://www.santacruzmah.org/future/.

  • annaanna21 6:32 pm on October 16, 2011 Permalink

    More Recourses From Visionary Art Museum 

    Giant whirligig by Vollis Simpson. He is a craftsman of brightly painted metal art.

    This is a pic and a Video of a giant whirligig outdoor sculptur part of AVAM collection.

    A Huge Bird’s Nest on the wall and a Musical Instrument Sculpture.

    A nice shiny bus “parked ”near the entrance:))

    Adam Kurtzman’s 11-foot golden Divine Hand

    Andrew Logan’s 8-foot Cosmic Galaxy Egg.

    Eugene Von Bruenchenhein “Out Of This World”. This Artist let his imagination go as far as possible and he was creating images which are amazing , dimensional and reveal the world that we have not seen before.

    Untitled (Seven Panels) by James Franklin Snodgrass, c.1990-94 from the Permanent Collection Gallery.


    Dick Brown’s mosaic Bluebird of Happiness;

  • annaanna21 5:00 pm on October 16, 2011 Permalink

    (AVAM) One of the Best Museums ever :) 

    Hello All

    I wanted to share my resources about Visionary Art Museum. I was very impressed by visiting this Museum and I think its wonderful in a way of its unique existence. As Amy mentioned in her blog post we went there while our visit to Baltiomore at MAAM meeting.

    Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) was founded by Rebecca Alban Hoffberger in 1995. As I researched more about the history of a museum I discovered the inspiration and great humanity hidden under a history of it’s establishment.

    Ms. Rebecca was working in the development department of Sinai Hospital’s (Baltimore) . A program geared toward aiding psychiatric patients in their return to the community and was called People Encouraging People. Just like that Ms. Rebecca began to develop the idea for a visionary museum, an idea that eventually blossomed into the American Visionary Art Museum. Therefore ,Ms. Hoffberger was interested in the artwork created by the patients in the People Encouraging People program, and found herself impressed with their imagination and looking to their strengths, not their illnesses.

    Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an inner personal vision that revels foremost in the incredibly creative art.

    The collections and exhibitions are one of the most impressive and incredible that I’ve ever seen.
    I would like to post some pictures from a current exhibition and also from a collection with brief notes.

    Please check if you’re interested the following Links:

    Permanent collection:


    Here are the pictures

    Link about Paul Lancaster : http://www.greyart.com/lancaster_bio.htm

  • annaanna21 3:50 am on October 10, 2011 Permalink
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    My own gallery 'Top 10 Most Beautiful Moments of Life' as a reflection of the Social Media show. Assignment for the past week. 


    I wanted to share with you my own little gallery which is Top 10 selection of photos uploaded by people on social sites under the theme “The Most Beautiful Moments Of Life” .

    According to this pics I think that the most beautiful moments are considered in numerous different ways due to individual preference and understanding. It is amazing how people from around the world can connect and share to each other their happy moments in life with the use of technology of social media sites and Internet in general.

    There is even a link on Facebook devoted particularly to upload the photos of most beautiful moments of peoples life. here is the link:- http://www.facebook.com/pages/٠-The-most-beautiful-moments-of-LIFE-٠/179754698704789?sk=info


  • annaanna21 11:50 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink
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    The Participatory Museum Reflection Docs. 

    It’s Amazing How much I’ve learned after reading the book of Nina Simon. It made me realize how adventurous and amaizing a Museum world can be if there will be a lot of collaborative works between Visitors ,Museum Professionals and Artists.

    I would like to post reflecting documents of a Participatory Museum that I’ve gathered and researched during my recent visit at Pace Gallery. I think they kind of reflect of how collaborative and adventurous are peoples participation in exhibitions.

    I thought the result of collaborative exhibition is excellent just like the author of the book mentions :” The best participatory experiences are not wide open. They are scaffold to help people feel comfortable engaging in the activity. There are many ways to scaffold experiences without prescribing the result”.

    So here are the examples of it from “Social Media Exhibition”

    1. Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar “We Feel Fine”

    This is a project about a computer program that measures the “emotional temperature” of people around the world in a real time by gathering sentences containing the phrase “I feel” or “I am Feeling” from newly posted blogs. An artist Jonathan Harris mentions in his interview about explaining his work that there are a lot of differences between people but all of them are similar when it comes to need of expressing their thoughts and emotions.
    Here is a very interesting Video of Jonathan Harris Interview:

    Here is the Computer Program “We Feel Fine” Link


    2. Here are the two Photos that I liked from a Photo Collection of Jonathan Harris.This are pics of different people reflecting different thoughts gathered from social web sites.

    • erinlbradford 12:10 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like those two photos!

    • chrislarry 3:02 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      More great resources around the Pace show. Thanks Anna!

    • annaanna21 6:22 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • annaanna21 10:13 pm on October 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you . I ‘ve uploaded more resources because I just think this exhibition was so diverse that it could be an example for modern art tendencies in general. I’m looking forward to see other upcoming exhibitions about technology or just any aspect of digital world:) It’s just so interesting and entertainig at the same time.

      • lleamuseum 3:05 am on October 3, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Initially I was not sure how I felt about Jonathan Harris’s work, but that video helped me to have a better understanding of how he created his peices. Along with art tendencies his work may also serve a larger social cause. If he can follow people based on mood because of words imagine how this could help people who have negative thought that lead to negative actions. It would allow people or agencies to intervene before it’s too late. I automatically thought of Soldiers who suffer from PTSD. Thank you for posting that video!

        • annaanna21 6:07 am on October 3, 2011 Permalink

          Thanks Lea :)) I’m glad you was interested with this Video. I think he is a very smart, flexible, creative artist who is also very openminded. I reaseched his work online cause I was also interested to hear the explanation of the work idea from the author iteslf:)

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