January, full of hope and the potential of another new year! I’ve spent a lovely holiday season relaxing with my family and friends and clearing out my head. Now, once more into the breach! I promised myself I’d take a look at my blogging practice and see what role it should play in my life in 2015. Seems I wasn’t alone. Seb Chan did a nice “What I did in 2014 while I wasn’t blogging” that is impressive to say the least. That boy works! And I look forward to hearing more about every item on his list. A more common theme was introspection, mingled with worry. Regan Forrest, one of my favorite Aussie museum bloggers wrote a reflection that’ll sound familiar to anyone who’s ever blogged. And, despite the worry, followed it up with her first post of 2015, doubling down on her committment to blogging. Go, Regan! And even Nina Simon, the hardest working woman in museum blogging, wasn’t immune to the feeling that it not only doesn’t get easier, but in fact gets harder the longer you’re at it. The whole post and comment thread are great, so read it. These three posts helped me to crystallize some the ideas/plans/dreams I have swirling around in my head for 2015. Being more mindful and deliberate about my blogging, in terms of topic, cadence, and substance. Four posts a month for twelve months and better editorial oversight and planning are coming. Being more proactive about following up with conversations that are happening elsewhere. It takes time. And effort. Waiting for the “You have X new comments” email from WordPress was a lot easier. And delivered that lab rat/food pellet reward much more effectively. Giving my attention to the side projects that have nourished me as much as my primary job. CODE|WORDS will soon see it’s eighth essay published, and Musetrain, an old experiment that Bruce Wyman, Seb and I started in 2012 has reawoken. It’ll be interesting to see where that goes. So, onwards into 2015! See you there!
A Series of Epistolary Romances: CODE | WORDS 2.0
CODE│WORDS is an ongoing effort to gather and harness the discourse occurring among the museum technology community.
The 2nd experiment is called A Series of Epistolary Romances. It consists of exchanges between authors on topics of import.
Interstitial Spaces in Museums by Bruce Wyman and Daniel Meyers
Museum as Platform by Rachel Ropeik and John Gordy.
Immersion, the Senses, and Embodied Experiences by Lesley Kadish and me!
Mindfulness, Intention and Museums by Rachel Ropeik and John Gordy.
Museums and Structural Change by Nikhil Trivedi and Suse Cairns.
Sticky Words by Robert Weisberg and Jennifer Foley.
CODE | WORDS: Theory and Technology in the Museum
CODE | WORDS: Technology and Theory in the Museum featuring:
Dark Matter, by Mike Edson
A Place For Everything, by John Russick
Museums... So What? by Rob Stein
Love you, love you not, by Luis Marcelo Mendes
The Virtues of Promiscuity, by me!
The Moon Belongs to Everyone, by Mike Murawski
Change, by Nick Poole
Towards the sociocratic museum, by Bridget McKenzie
Wanna Play?, by Merete Sanderhoff
Changing Museums, by Janet Carding
Museums & #BlackLivesMatter, by Aleia Brown & Adrianne Russell
... and a printed book, too!
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