The Next Museum

By Samir Bhowmik | New Technologies and Approaches for the Museum of the Future

5 ways museums are using technology for new experiences

NEW YORK (AP) — Museums are always looking for ways to make their exhibitions more exciting. Now, new technologies are making that easier.<p>From 3-D scanning and 3-D printing, to virtual reality and special apps, these technologies are being applied in a multitude of ways. Still other technologies …

Franklin Institute Transforms Museum Experience With VR

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a leader in science and technology learning through hands-on exhibits, theaters and …

Virtual Reality

Dutch museum is incorporating Hololens for augmented reality exhibits

It was only a matter of time. We’ve already seen digital graffiti in an art museum, and now the exhibitors themselves are getting in on the action. …

Augmented Reality

Beige Walls And Dirty Couches: A MoMA Curator Critiques Its Very First Show

In 1929, MoMA staged its first exhibition. The space was very different from the pristine, white-walled museum we know today.<p>When MoMA opened its first show in 1929, the museum wasn’t even a museum. It was just six rented rooms on the 15th floor of the Heckscher Building in Midtown. Priceless …

Social media puts users in the driver's seat

<b>(CNN) —</b> What is email? Seems like a silly question. Before the explosion of social media, it was simply the way people communicated on the Internet.<p>But the effect was astounding: Email destroyed the firm, traditional, century-old separation of work and leisure. Thanks to email, people in the …

Social Media

The Next Great Display Technology? Water

An MIT prototype turns the water flowing from the faucet into a digital display.<p>For the past half century, displays have been made out of layers of glass, transistors, and circuitry. But as screen-based interaction consumes more and more of our daily lives, some designers are looking for ways to …

Skew

London’s V&A Museum of Childhood Brings Imaginary Friends to Life

Leading designers and production companies came together to shape every lizard-fox and three-eyed girl.<p>Children’s imaginary friends are the focus of a new campaign–and exhibition–for London’s V&A Museum of Childhood featuring photographs by Rankin and sculptures created by leading designers …

Beyond design trends: Timeless user interface techniques

Access to better internet connections and design tools are giving designers more flexibility to use techniques – such as video, custom typography and animation – that were off-limits a few years ago.<p>We are already starting to see some of the tactics that are likely to dominate the design scene, and …

How a City in France Got the World’s First Short-Story Vending Machines

When Jess Mateychuk entered the tourism office in Grenoble, France, he wasn’t looking for information about the city. “I finally found them!” the twenty-one-year-old exchange student from Winnipeg, Canada, said with excitement. He was referring to the city’s recent cultural innovation turned …

Green Party

Explore an Invisible Museum in Augmented Reality

This art doesn’t look like much—until you see it through a tablet.<p>Virtual reality draws a clear line in the sand—you're in the real world, you put on this headset, and now you're in a different world. But augmented reality technology allows you to straddle that line, keeping one foot in both worlds …

When Buildings Design Themselves

<i>Automation could revolutionize architecture--by eliminating architects.</i><p><i>Source: madan.org.il</i><p>Seven years ago, in my then-column for <i>Architect</i> magazine, I wrote that computerized automation eventually could fulfill the ultimate aims of green building by achieving dramatically better performance. Now …

Herzog & de Meuron

Mobile Virtual Reality Is The Ghost Of Christmas Past

The worlds of gaming, sports, live music, commerce and adult entertainment are all primed for a revolutionary consumption shift with the advent of virtual reality (VR). Fantasy shall become reality; a new age of immersive entertainment lies just around the corner.<p>And just as the world progressed …

Virtual Reality

Getting Real About Virtual Reality

Hacking together a VR experience* to see firsthand what’s involved, revealed just how close we are to something great, but there are five areas that need to fall into place for VR to become a technology we all use daily.<p><b>The medium</b> <b>needs to be defined</b><p>As I started to think about the kind of immersive …

Virtual Reality

The Master Algorithm: A world remade by machines that learn

Pedro Domingos's new book is a compelling but rather unquestioning insider view of the search for the ultimate in machine learning

Machine Learning

Rijks Emotions

Banksy: ‘I think a museum is a bad place to look at art’

In an exclusive, rare interview the notorious artist tells us about his new theme park project, Dismaland, and shares his thoughts on the contemporary art world<p>Banksy’s Dismaland: ‘amusements and anarchism’ in artist’s biggest project yet Banksy’s Dismaland: ‘a theme park unsuitable for children’ – …

People Love Art Museums — But Has The Art Itself Become Irrelevant?

How much is a visible work of genius worth? In May, a 1955 painting by Pablo Picasso was sold at auction for more than $179 million, the highest price at auction ever. And attendance at major art museums is booming.<p>"The art world has never been healthier, if you measure the intensity of the human …

British Museum uses virtual reality to transport visitors to the bronze age

Virtual reality experience takes visitors back in time using real objects and state of the art 3D gadgets<p>Visitors to the British Museum are invited to walk into a 4,000-year-old roundhouse this weekend, where the fire is lit, the floor swept and some enigmatic objects lie waiting to be …

Museums are using virtual reality to preserve the past – before it's too late

Cultural institutions are steeped in history and tradition, but they are also uniquely placed to take advantage of some of the latest technology. …

Museums

CH25: Alex Kalman

On the surface, Alex Kalman might seem like an unlikely candidate for the CH25 list of those designing the future. Mmuseumm, the Lilliputian “modern natural history museum” that he co-founded in 2012—with exhibits like potato-chip bags from around the world and moss—appears to be little more than …

Design

High Tech Art Toys and Experiences Emerge at NEW INC

Visit a showcase of immersive new gadgets from New Museum's art-tech incubator.<p>One year ago, the New Museum launched NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator for art, tech, and design. Last night at Red Bull Studios in Chelsea, the inaugural class of creative collaborators and practitioners …

This IRL Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Game Lets You Recreate a Smashed Masterpiece

Walk through the IRL video game at the Met for the next two weeks.<p>In 2002, the pedestal at the Metropolitan Art Museum holding Tullio Lombardo's marble statue <i>Adam</i> collapsed beneath it, causing the masterpiece to fall and shatter into dozens of pieces. Today, you can interact with an avatar clone of …

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.<p>Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the …

Which Famous Paintings Are The Most 'Creative'? This Formula Might Have The Answer

Salvador Dalí's unique paintings might be explained by his eccentric personality; Wassily Kandinsky's eye for color might be explained by synesthesia. We tell these stories about artists because the idea of the creative genius is appealing, but might creativity be a more formulaic process than …

Artists

From Social Networks To Market Networks

Most people didn’t notice last month when a 35-person company in San Francisco called HoneyBook announced a $22 million Series B*.<p>What was unusual about the deal is that nearly all the best-known Silicon Valley VCs competed for it. That’s because HoneyBook is a prime example of an important new …

Networking

Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created using existing techniques can usually burn skin, …

Beyond “Storage Wars” of the 1 percent: A not-so-radical proposal for the art museum of the future

A close reading of the new Whitney Museum reveals missed opportunities to connect more people with art<p>If I had a few billion dollars, I wouldn’t have a few billion dollars. I would give away a billion here or there, found a foundation to help save people, and underwrite cultural institutions, …

Estée Lauder

Google unveils Project Soli, a radar-based wearable to control anything

Leading into Google I/O, one session caught everyone’s attention. Google ATAP — the company’s skunkworks division tasked with creating cool new things we’ll all actually use — teased their session with talk of a new wearable that would “literally” blow our socks off.<p>Project Soli is that wearable, …