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The Digital Future of Museums
Conversations and Provocations

ISBN 9781138589544
Published March 5, 2020 by Routledge
260 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Digital Future of Museums: Conversations and Provocations argues that museums today can neither ignore the importance of digital technologies when engaging their communities, nor fail to address the broader social, economic and cultural changes that shape their digital offerings.

Through moderated conversations with respected and inf luential museum practitioners, thinkers and experts in related fields, this book explores the role of digital technology in contemporary museum practice within Europe, the U.S., Australasia and Asia. It offers provocations and reflections about effective practice that will help prepare today’s museums for tomorrow, culminating in a set of competing possible visions for the future of the museum sector.

The Digital Future of Museums is essential reading for museum studies students and those who teach or write about the museum sector. It will also be of interest to those who work in, for, and with museums, as well as practitioners working in galleries, archives and libraries.

Table of Contents



Some Provocations on the Digital Future of Museums

Conversations on the Digital Future of Museums

Conversation #1: Seph Rodney + Robert J. Stein

Conversation #2: LaToya Devezin + Barbara Makuati-Afitu

Conversation #3: Lara Day + David Smith

Conversation #4: Sarah Brin + Adriel Luis

Conversation #5: Sarah Kenderdine + Merete Sanderhoff

Conversation #6: Kati Price + Loic Tallon

Conversation #7: Shelley Bernstein + Seb Chan

Conversation #8: Kate Livingston + Andrew McIntyre

Conversation #9: Brad Dunn + Daryl Karp

Conversation #10: Arthur Cohen + Tonya Nelson

Conversation #11: Tony Butler + Lori Fogarty

Conversation #12: Daniel Glaser + Takashi Kudo

Digital Practice in Museums: Where do we go from here?


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Keir Winesmith has been working at the intersection of technology, culture and place for the last 15 years. In 2018 he was featured in Fast Company ’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” for this work. The former director of digital departments at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia , he is currently CTO of Old Ways, New and Professor at UNSW Art & Design.

Suse Anderson is Assistant Professor, Museum Studies at The George Washington University, and co-producer and co-host of Museopunks – the podcast for the progressive museum. A former President of MCN (Museum Computer Network), Anderson teaches courses related to museums and technology, ethics and visitor experience. She holds a PhD from The University of Newcastle, Australia.