Fresh & new(er) is one of the most widely read blogs on the interweb that deals with technology, ideas and experiecnes of Museums. Written by eminent Australian ex-patriate, Seb Chan - now Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York - Fresh & new(er) engages vibrant discussion of digital media and the future of museums.
I recently had the pelasure of getting into a rich conversation with Seb which has made its way into an extented interview post on Fresh & new(er).
“You’ve worked in a museum for a while so you know the scene. It must be of interest, and perhaps mirth, that museums seem to have cottoned on the idea that ‘story’ matters. But it is obviously more complicated than that… A number of us in museums have been thinking about exhibition design as ‘storytelling with physical space’. At the same time we know that people in the screen industries are attempting storytelling across both multiple screens and other media. Perhaps there is a potential intersection here?”
From there the discussion ranges across video games, epicodic forms, storyworlds and ‘binge viewing’. Seb asks big and challenging questions and I do my best to keep up.
For futher contemplation on the future of the museum, Seb presented a fascinating talk at TEDX Sydney entitled ‘Museums of the Future’.