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It's Art Week on the CFM Blog!
Center for the Future of Museums
On Tuesday, Jonathan Monaghan — our "artist interpreting the future of museums" at the Alliance's 2013 Annual Meeting — looked at museums, 3-D printing and "the Post-Audience Era." Today, Buzzfeed's Jeff Greenspan looks at the Selfless Portraits project (get a stranger to draw your profile pic on Facebook).
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  Children's Museum of Richmond's Second Satellite Features Soft Play Area for the Youngest Visitors

“The museum is based on the concept that children learn through play,” says Michelle Rosman, Director of Community and Media Relations. “The PLAYTIME equipment helps with gross motor skills, tactile development and even language development.” More
 


Trends


US text messaging volume declined by 5 percent last year
Marketing Charts
Texting is the most common activity on a mobile phone after talking, accounting for roughly 1 in every 7 minutes spent on a mobile phone, but texting may be on the decline: Last year, Americans texted each other 2.19 trillion times, down 4.9 percent from the prior year, after at least three consecutive years of growth.
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  Space Shuttle Atlantis Harnesses STEM

Space Shuttle Atlantis opens June 29 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This ground-breaking attraction – part science center, part themed attraction, part museum – will showcase STEM learning in never-before-seen interactives and hands-on demonstrations, with the chance to get as close as possible to one of the world’s technological marvels. MORE
 


Staples becomes 1st major US retailer to sell 3-D printers
Inhabitat
Staples is set to go beyond stocking regular old inkjets and paper — the United States' largest office supply store just announced that it will be the first major retailer to offer 3-D printers for sale. Customers can already visit the Staples e-commerce site and order 3-D System's Cube 3-D printer online, and by the end of June the retailer will offer desktop 3-D printers in select stores.
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New York City Museum videos receive 49 million views on social media
It's News To You
Museums, zoos and botanic gardens around New York have racked up 48.8 million views on their public YouTube channels since 2007. ♦ Brief analysis plus a link to the most visited NYC museum video of all.
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Are smartphones ruining art?
New Statesman
Art critic Sarah Howell argues that "until the majority of performances and installations are created with smartphone technology in mind, pictures and videos published on social media networks are merely dumbed-down replicas of the original cultural product. Unrepresentative and misleading, they devalue the original production. I would love to see technology further incorporated into the arts, but otherwise, smartphone filming has no place in artistic performances."
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Sherry Turkle: We're losing the raw, human part of being with each other
The Guardian
MIT scholar Sherry Turkle has spent more than three decades studying the way people interact with machines, and is growing increasingly worried about the amount of human interaction people are happy to delegate to robots or carry out over phones and computers.
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Projections


The fuzzy now
Open the Future
Futurist Jamais Cascio explores the idea of the "the 'fuzzy now' — the stretch of time before and after the present day in which there seems to be little if any significant change. The length of the fuzzy now period corresponds to how much disruptive, dislocative change is taking place." As part of a thought experiment, he suggests that the "fuzzy now" extends about 10 years backward and five years forward.
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What group do you belong to?
UA Magazine
United Micro Kingdom (UmK): A Design Fiction presents a fictional future for the United Kingdom from the perspective of designers and educators, Dunne and Raby. In this thought experiment, the United Kingdom of the future has been divided among four different groups, each with its own territory. On their land these groups of people have been free to experiment with different forms of governance, technology and social models. We are told that over time this has led to the rise of four isolated and distinct factions: Bioliberals, Digitarians, Communo-nuclearists and Anarcho-evolutionists. ♦ Presented as an exhibit at London's Design Museum.
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  CASE STUDY: THE BRITISH LIBRARY

BiblioBoard Creator empowers museums and cultural institutions to create award-winning native Apps for Web, Apple iPad®, Kindle Fire® HD, and Android® tablets from a single free interface. No technical expertise or App developers required. See a demo of how BiblioBoard is helping the The British Library become mobile.
 


Museum Innovations


Wanda Corn on the future of museums
Stanford Alumni via YouTube
VideoBriefStanford University art historian Wanda Corn "encourages us to reconsider what falls within the spectrum of 'Fine Arts' in the Americas as she draws our attention to more recent exhibitions that have led to the creation of new paradigms in Fine Art Galleries, increasing the appeal of museums to a larger audience."
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A 'new Louvre' north of Paris
The New York Times
The Louvre-Lens is in a former mining town with a population of 36,000 that is only an hour and 10 minutes from Paris on the TGV rail line but feels spiritually more distant with each passing slag heap. The institution also creates a new vision for experiencing the Louvre. "The Louvre-Lens isn't a branch or annex of the Louvre in Paris," the director Xavier Dectot said. "It's a new Louvre with the same collection seen differently. With all the encyclopedic museums, you have a tectonic way of looking at art. We insist on what's common and similar instead of what's different."
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Why pop-up spaces unite talent
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In this interview, branding consultant Adam Katz argues that, "In the future, more temporary cultural venues will be developed by [commercial] brands, and these will increasingly involve arts programming, education and new participatory technologies alongside entertainment. ... I think that the BMW Guggenheim Lab, The Creators Project and the GE Garages are just a few interesting examples of how brand initiated pop-ups can invigorate communities and support new creative work." ♦ The rest of the interview underscores how pop-up museums and pop-up retail spaces may be merging into a third kind of ephemeral urban space.
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World Naked Bike Ride and Portland Art Museum: An au naturel pairing
The Oregonian
It's the perfect mash-up of counter-culture and high culture, Portland-style: The World Naked Bike Ride and the Portland Art Museum are teaming up this year. Talk about naked ambition. Both sides see the benefit of joining forces. For the museum, its new exhibit "Cyclepedia" is opening — a collection of 36 weird and wonderful bikes highlighting innovative design through the decades.
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Tools for the Future


New Google Giving app promotes small gifts
Chronicle of Philanthropy
The technology giant is testing a new mobile application, One Today, that highlights a new nonprofit every day and allows people to contribute $1 to any group that captures their interest. They can also share projects with their friends via social media and match the $1 gifts people in their networks make.
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Finger-free phones, full body gesturing, and our 'touchscreen' future
Ars Technica
In the days of Y2K, Palm Pilots were a big deal. Five years ago? The iPhone debuted and the corresponding touchscreen explosion hasn't slowed up since. ♦ What's next? "Natural interactions with technology based on voice, gesture and touch." Good for interactive living rooms, appliances, games, cars ... and maybe museums? The article includes many examples of emerging technologies.
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Regal to let deaf moviegoers see what they've been missing
Los Angeles Times
The nation's largest theater chain is having nearly 6,000 theater screens equipped with closed-captioning glasses that could transform the theatrical experience for millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons who have shunned going to the cinema because previous aids were too clunky or embarrassing to use. ♦ How long before some museum adopts this technology?
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