I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship in 2012, my fellowship provided me with the opportunity to visit New York on a 5 week research trip. My research trip focused on two questions:
1. How are museums using social media to extend art history education?
2. Why are some museums more innovative than other?
To read my findings see my recently published report: Museums and Digital Engagement: A New York Perspective
Keen to develop new interactive experiences within a very traditional museum sector, the aim of this project was to train the next generation of museum professionals and interactive designers to produce site specific experiences. Building on the classroom based teaching students then took part in a 12 hour hack day at the Ulster Museum.
This is a collaborative project with Alan Hook, Alan is one of my PhD supervisors and is the Interactive Media Arts BA (hons) course director at University of Ulster. Following the hack day we have taken the students ‘Hacks’ to a number of strategic bodies and are looking at ways to roll out this format to museum professionals with a view to developing digitally engaged museum practice in Northern Ireland.
Hack day outcomes can now be found on our project blog
The idea for the Foursquare Mayor Chair came out of conversations around ‘This is Our Playground’. We wanted to create a prototype for an interactive experience on a micro budget using a 3rd party app. The Foursquare Mayor Chair allows visitors to check into an object, thus blurring the boundaries between digital and tangible experience. The project has a few components to it, a tumblr site, a chair, a twitter feed, a foursquare location these are all brought together through the existing game mechanics of foursquare.
The Foursqaure Mayor Chair has now retired, during its rein it visited The Crescent Arts Centre, The Void and QFT. You can see more info about this project on our project blog
Bored of having to travel to England for inspiration, I decided it was about time creative folk in Belfast got together and started to engage with digital technologies. In partnership with Karen O’Rawe from Audiences NI I developed an active and engaged group of like minded people under the hashtag #ArtsNI. We held 2 events, one at The Black Box and the other at Crescent Arts Centre in 2012. The events received no funding and instead relied on the generosity of speakers and venues all of who donated their time. These events sparked lots of debate and interesting partnerships.
Exploring the Irish Museum of Modern Art Online
Last year I carried out a multi platform web survey which explored where, when and how people engaged with IMMA online. The aim of this research was to shed new light on the complexity of the context in which visitors engage with museums online.
Taking a holistic approach to understanding online experiences the web survey sought to develop new thinking on the significance of visitor context on online experiences. Rather than focusing on web analytic’s this research focuses on when, where and how people engage with museums online.