Museums in the Digital Age: Changing Meanings of Place, by Susana Smith Bautista

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Museums within the electronic Age: altering Meanings of position, group, and tradition showcases how using know-how in museums may be understood as elements without delay relating to the museums’ thought of group, neighborhood tradition, and position, even if those areas are in mid-America, city metropolises, or ethnically various and underserved groups.

Here, museum professional Susana Smith Bautista brings greater than 20 years of expertise in cultural institutes in la, ny, and Greece to suggest a social figuring out of why museums might be adopting know-how, and how it may be tailored according to their specific missions, groups, and areas. This booklet is well timed simply because we're in the course of the electronic age, that is swiftly altering as a result of swiftly altering advancements in know-how and society besides, with social diversifications of expertise. idea is usually racing to meet up with perform within the electronic age, yet thought continues to be a serious - and infrequently ignored - section of accompany the sensible software of expertise in museums.

In order to demonstrate those issues, the e-book provides 5 case stories of the main technologically complex paintings museums within the usa today:

  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • The Walker paintings Center
  • The San Francisco Museum of recent Art
  • The Museum of contemporary Art
  • The Brooklyn Museum

Each case examine ends with a classes discovered part to deliver those issues domestic.

While the case stories specialize in museums within the usa, and in addition on paintings museums, this e-book is proper to all kinds of museums and to museums worldwide, as they both face the problem of incorporating know-how into their associations. even though those case stories are all well-established and well-endowed museums, Bautista finds useful perception into the problems they face and the questions they're asking that are appropriate to even the smallest museum or group cultural center.

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131). The emergence of the Internet generated a more comprehensive study of networks and patterns of relationships. S. , 2000; Wellman & Hampton, 1999). Peter Lyman (2004) proposes the idea of a network-mediated community as a new public space that originally referred to basic Web functions such as chat groups, electronic mail, and listservs, but eventually created a sense of intimacy and belonging for its users. indb 19 10/31/13 8:51 AM 20 CHAPTER 2 problem with assigning the network concept to museums in the digital age.

We are where our devices are,” claim Gordon and de Souza e Silva. To describe this portable nature of social connectedness due to online and mobile technologies, sociologist Mary Chayko uses the term portable communities, which are “groupings that use small, wireless, easily transportable technologies of communication (portable technologies) to facilitate interpersonal connectedness and to make and share a collective identity and culture” (2008, p. 8). There are two main reasons why place has receded for the modern museum; one is due to technology and the other due to the primacy of experience.

Much like Putnam’s emphasis on the value of social capital, social network theory views social relationships in terms of nodes and links between individuals which are ultimately more important than individual attributes or agency. Social networks are structured to increase individual connections, provide information, and set policies. Again favoring the communal over the individual, Mark Granovetter (1983) proposes his idea about “the strength of weak ties” where a large network of weak ties is more powerful than a small network of strong ties in relation to innovation.

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