Art museums are bastions of the greats. The works they feature are considered timeless pieces that speak to and inspire everyone. Yet many visitors are disengaged at art museums: wandering galleries as they seek out popular masterpieces to snap a photo and say that they’ve seen it. Even when visitors leave inspired, they may not have a space in which their creative juices can flow.
Why can’t museums be sites of inspiration and active creativity?
Desi Gonzalez, of the Andy Warhol Museum, recently explored this question in her paper, “Museum making: Creating with emerging technologies in art museums,” presented at the Museums and the Web conference in 2015.
Gonzalez looked at the emerging trend of “museum making” — initiatives that invite audiences to creatively produce within museum spaces. Active creativity within museums is an interesting trend, combining the roots of art museum practice with the hacker and maker movements to produce museum experiences that engage audiences and can increase institutional relevance. We’ve summarized her paper below, finding that when museums encourage new forms of creative production, the results are beneficial for the makers… and the museum.
“Museum making: Creating with emerging technologies in art museums” is a paper by Desi Gonzalez, Manager of Digital Engagement for The Andy Warhol Museum and a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, originally published on the Museums and Web website.
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