I’m in a quandry. I’m producing podcasts for my favorite museum and I want to make them very accessible. I’ve taken the time to add the transcript for each podcast to the lyrics metadata of each mp3…only to discover that the most current iPods deny me the joy of seeing the transcript/lyrics.
Update: Workshop in Austin is sold out.
I wanted to let y’all know about a wonderful 3 day Digital Storytelling Workshop that is being hosted at UT March 19-21st. This is the first ever Center for Digital Storytelling open workshop in Texas! Joe Lambert will lead this experience. Joe is the founder of the Digital Storytelling movement and author of Digital Storytelling-Capturing Lives, Creating Community. I had the good fortune to attend Joe’s sessions within the last year with some folks from the Blanton Museum. Joe’s workshop inspired us to create the Geometry of Hope Interactive Exhibit using the techniques we learned in this workshop + Pachyderm (the open source multimedia authoring tool).
If you have a story to tell…what are you waiting for?
Have you see the SXSWi logo this year? It looks like a lightning bolt and now I know why! Iâ€™ve just returned from the SXSWi Southwestern Connections party at the Beauty Bar. Iâ€™m still buzzing from the creative energy that flowed freely tonight.
In SXSWi style, I wandered around the room and introduce myself to people I didnâ€™t know. This is how I connected with a Burner named Sparky.
Some works of art are instantly accessible. Take the slides at the Tate Modern (aka the Unilever Series: Carston HÃ¶ller). You don’t need to read a label or know the title of this exhibit to connect with it. You can just experience it.
I believe Carsten’s slide is a challenge to all museums to invite your visitors inside the art…to create opportunities for people to be transformed by their experience.
Friday’s are perfect for fieldtrips. Time to get out of the office and explore technology in the real world. This morning I found myself at Whole Foods with Megan checking out the iPod audio tour of the store. What? An audio tour of a grocery store? Mmmmmhmmmm. And, let me say, Whole Foods is more like a food exploratorium than a grocery store.
How is it that a museum can touch me so deeply? Perhaps it is because Iâ€™m still new to the adventure that contemporary art offers. Where an initial impression might be â€œDear Lord, what is that?â€ or perhaps a good hard laughâ€¦like when I approached Spatial Concept â€˜Waitingâ€™ by Lucio Fontana.
Just a quick note to say I’m headed to Europe for adventure, romance and museum technology. You just knew I couldn’t plan a vacation without a geek moment!
I’m all about universal accessibility. I get a real jolt when I can break down barriers between people and information. But a collegue asked me a question today that has me perplexed.
How do I caption a work of art that is a video?