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Reproducing the real thing?
Center for the Future of Museums    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What's so special about a new Van Gogh exhibit in Amsterdam? Maybe the fact that "not a single work in the exhibition is a 'real Van Gogh.' The works on display are photographic reproductions (partly) restored to their original colors and a set of 3-D animations inspired by Van Gogh's works and letters." This week on the CFM blog, guest blogger Jasper Visser explores the opportunities and challenges posed by reproductions.

Trends


Study: Presence of nonprofits linked to lower unemployment
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A new study released by the National Conference on Citizenship titled "Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds" suggests that the presence of an organized nonprofit sector is linked to a lower level of local unemployment. ♦ The correlation between nonprofit activity and employment levels is, not surprisingly, strongest for NPOs that promote civic engagement, provide job training or offer social services. But the research also suggests a significant relationship between lower unemployment and the density of arts and cultural organizations (like museums). More


Art of the Family Vacation


This national research project explores the interests and behaviors of families traveling with children. What do they seek? How do they plan? Why do they go? Key findings include a segmentation of families with children of different ages and genders. Learn More.


The tragic geography of disconnected youth
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Richard Florida describes recent research on the "more than one in seven young Americans [who] are 'disconnected' from work and from school." More

Study explodes the myth of Internet-based information overload
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Outlets ranging from The New York Times to Lifehack.org have addressed the consequences of too much online information. But now, there's proof that all this worry about information overload, message meltdown and attention crash is overinflated hyperventilating. A study out of Northwestern University finds that "very few Americans feel bogged down or overwhelmed by the volume of news and information at their fingertips and on their screens." More


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Report: States could have 60 percent obesity rate by 2030
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If the United States doesn't start getting its obesity problem in check, 13 states could have adult-obesity rates higher than 60 percent by 2030, according to a report released recently by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report estimates that every state could have an adult-obesity rate of 44 percent or higher within the next 20 years, assuming obesity rates continue increasing along their current trajectory. More

In Melbourne, Australia, designing future bodies
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Imagine you could take a pill that lets you sweat perfume; have an electronic tattoo that could be augmented by touch; or wear a dress that blushes and shivers with your emotions. No, this isn't the stuff of sci-fi dreams, it's the far-future designs of Melbourne body architect Lucy McRae. McRae imagines new ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies, and her visualizations are fascinating, often unnerving, possibilities of what our bodies might look like in the future. More

The Strong™ Museum Increases Revenue by $35,000
The Strong suspected that most visitors in prior years have left rather than park in a garage and walk to the museum in the winter. JCA Answers Analytics supported Strong Museum’s hypothesis and played a crucial role in its decision to introduce an incredibly valuable and profitable shuttle service.
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Museum Innovations


The future of museums, according to Milwaukee teens
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VideoBriefFourteen students from Milwaukee-area high schools spent the summer working at the Milwaukee Art Museum and thinking about the present and future of museums. Here's a summary (with videos) of how they responded to "two framing questions over the course of the program: Where and how do I see myself in the Museum? And: what do museums of the future look like?" More

Seb Chan on smart technology in museums
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Chan, now Director of Digital & Emerging Media at the Cooper-Hewitt in New York, talks about emerging museum technologies, the challenge of making those technologies "invisible," and the future of museums. "'Museums with attitude' might be back on the cards again. Except now this attitude comes with a commitment to access." More

Tools for the Future


Digital 'tip jar' lets customers leave change with a credit card
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"DipJar" is an electronic tip jar that a number of coffee shops in NYC are piloting. As more and more people are paying with credit cards, tips for baristas are dropping, so Ryder Kessler decided to update tipping technology so customers who don't carry cash can still show their appreciation for good service. The coffee shop can determine a preset tip amount and display it on the jar, and customers just need to "dip" their card to leave a small tip, making the process more convenient. ♦ Why not a donation jar for museums? More

What comes after the touchscreen?
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Much of the current crop of gadgetry runs on touchscreens, but it won't always be that way. We're already seeing a generation of gadgets that do away with screens entirely, starting with the early success of the Kinect. We've had a flood of prototypes, demos and art projects, any one of which could flourish into an industry — that is, once every laptop comes with a near-field depth camera. As for which will take off ... it's anyone's guess. More

Playing catch with Grover is the future of video gaming
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VideoBriefSesame Workshop has teamed up with Microsoft to create Kinect Sesame Street TV — one of the most innovative children's video games we've seen in a while. With the help of the Microsoft Kinect sensor, it puts kids (and adults) into the game, letting them engage and interact with their favorite characters. ♦ We expect to see more of this kind of interactive video in museum galleries. More

Innovative video tour lets virtual visitors choose
Oxford College at Emory University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefA new interactive video developed by the Oxford College Office of Enrollment Services gives a virtual tour of the Oxford campus, using an innovative design that lets visitors choose their own personal route. ♦ A series of videos with embedded links allow you create your own tour, in the spirit of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. More
 

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