Showcase lecture: Hacking the Museum
|Dates:||2 May 2012|
|Times:||15:00 - 16:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|How much:||Drop-in, free, adults|
3-4.30pm. With Chris Speed, The University of Edinburgh.
This talk will reflect upon the temporal characteristics of the emerging phenomenon known as the Internet of Things. As objects become individually tagged with unique identities through the addition of small electronic chips or bar codes, their history is recorded and made available to others across a network. The advent of this ever-growing catalogue of histories and connections means that every object will require a firewall around it to stop people placing stories and information upon it. This means that objects in museums are likely to be ‘hacked’ by the public, and curators will lose control of what a particular artefact means in a collection.
Chris Speed will reflect on the work that he and his team have developed in their relationship with the National Museum of Scotland, who kindly let them tag items in the Scotland: A Changing Nation exhibition, and allowed the public to write personal stories on to them.
Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how digital technology can engage with the fields of architecture and human geography through art work and funded research projects.
A joint Centre for Museology and Showcase event.
Price: Drop-in, free, adults
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