I’m celebrating 4 years at the IMA today and it’s hard not to reflect on that. It may not be a very long time in terms of a career, but it makes for a lot of audio, video and web projects, not to mention exhibitions and new innovative projects.
The first in-house video I worked on at the IMA was re-editing an African Pottery Techniques documentary shot in Burkina Faso. At the time, it was a pretty big step for the museum – to actually do this in-house, quickly, easily and for free. When I compare that to our latest video release on Orly Genger’s installation “Whole”, I kind of laugh. We shot this video in HD, incorporated Time Lapse, used a lift for certain shots and then published to YouTube. Check it out below.
My colleague Dan Dark recently recorded the Christmas at Lilly House tour with the LH Director, Bradley Brooks in an afternoon. Dan then finalized and edited in the space of a few hours, then uploaded it to our Guide by Cell account. Visitors to Lilly House can access this content by using their cell phone. Our first Christmas at Lilly House involved a lot more time editing and recording, and incorporated the Dell DJ Ditty mp3 players. I am actually laughing….but it worked at the time. We plan on increasing our audio content across all of IMA’s collections in 2009, and I am incredibly excited about some of the concepts we are planning. But I can’t discuss those yet…
imamuseum.org/blog is almost a year old. It’s been a really exciting year for the blog with some superb posts from all over the museum. I’m proud when I think that internally, the IMA supports a variety of areas blogging. Where else can you go and hear directly from conservation, security, horticulture or an artist duo? We’ve come a long way from the Felix Gonzalez-Torres blog (did anyone ever see that?) we setup a few years ago, and our imamuseum.org drupal based blog just a year ago. Sometime we get it wrong. Sometimes we get it right.
I’m also reflecting on past projects because I can’t quite share some of the upcoming projects in 2009, yet. I’m dying to, and the second I can I will post. The main change in the digital content we produce is an increased focus on the contemporary world. The Toby, Contemporary department as well as the opening of 100 Acres in 2009, presents access to cutting edge artists, performers and academics. That means content opportunities that will become audio guides, videos, and web projects. It’s gonna be a big year, and we plan on making ’09 the best for the museum visitor and technology-focused experiences. It’s all about keeping the momentum.
And in closing, this is Despi’s last day at the museum. She’s been an integral part of the IMA and New Media, a dedicated professional, supportive colleague, and more importantly, a friend. Best of luck Darnell!
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