MONA: Less is More

I published an exhibition critique in the National Association of Museum Exhibitions (NAME)’s journal, Exhibitionist, as part of their Spring 2013 volume called, Meaning Making Revisited I critiqued the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania, as one of three reviews that focus on MONA and it’s groundbreaking practices.


I published an article in Curator: The Museum Journal that came out in October, 2012 which explores the contentious relationship between cultural heritage professionals and commercial entities engaged in exploiting underwater archeological sites. More and more often, museums are drawn into this conflict through hosting traveling exhibitions. This article explores the ethical issues in two shipwreck exhibitions, Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds, and Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, and the specific responses museums have made to address the ethical issues around commercial exploitation of cultural heritage. The article calls for museums to be more thoughtful and deliberate consumers, and embrace their potential as safe venues for exploring ethical dilemmas these sites embody. Unfortunately, it’s stuck behind a paywall, so you’ll have to find a copy on your own. Most big libraries should have a copy. If you get really stuck, send me a note and I’ll see what I can do.


Mobile Apps for Museums

I contributed a chapter to the AAM Press e-book, Mobile Apps for Museums: The AAM Guide to Planning and Strategy, edited by Nancy Proctor, head of mobile strategy and initiatives for the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to Nancy, the book’s contributing authors include Jane Burton, Allegra Burnette, Ted Forbes, Kate Haley Goldman, Ann Isaacson, Sheila McGuire, Ed Rodley, Peter Samis, Scott Sayre, Margriet Schavemaker, Koven Smith, Robert Stein and Kris Wetterlund.

Excitingly, the book is now also a freely-accessible website! MobileAppsForMuseums is a site devoted to the discussion, exploration, and knowledge-sharing about the use and development of mobile technology for museums.

Jump in and share what you have learned and what you are working on, or just share your thoughts on mobile, on museums, or any related topics. Things change fast in the world of mobile. Help us keep the information up to date and stay tuned for new chapters to be added as new topics arise!


Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

I had the pleasure of soliciting the authors for this companion book to the Museum of Science’s exhibition of the same name, editing the essays and contributing a couple of pieces myself.  A perfect souvenir for visitors to the exhibition, currently on its second U.S. tour, as well as the millions who have made Star Wars one of the most successful epics in entertainment history, this is a book guaranteed to delight film fans and the technologically savvy alike.

The book probes the amazing interface between movie magic and practical science in a series of essays.  Star Wars designers and builders discuss their creative process and inspirations, while real world scientists and engineers present advances made right here on Earth that are every bit as exciting as anything in the movies.  These exciting advances, often fraught with peril, are explored by the book’s technological experts, who consider the risky implications and possible consequences of their inventions.

2 responses to “Publications

  1. So AAM’s website seems completely broken for the nonce. When they fix their links, I’ll post the new link to the Mobile Apps book.

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