Tuesday, April 23, 2013
This museum was very impressive, and highlighted the diversity of the population of Darwin both then and now.
There was excellent use of archival information, with different ways to access the different kinds of stories. You really could see the Defence of Darwin from a whole lot of angles.
They also had this booth, at the end of the exhibition, where you could add your story. There were simple instructions and you could obtain help of you needed it.
It seemed a very interesting way to capture oral history information, and to let people know that their stories were of interest.
I was also impressed with their free wifi, which when you accessed it, encouraged the downloading of the museum app (which was also mentioned on the sandwich board outside the museum).
They were making it really easy in the museum to find out about what was available online.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Wifi options (and I only found four) included Dili Beach Hotel (about 15 minutes walk from where I was living).
This has a beach view. You were given the wifi password once you had ordered something to eat or drink. I went here a few times (it was only near the end of my time in Dili that I had time to do this). I found people were bringing laptops or tablets and it was a social way to get internet access. I had internet access where I was living, which was great, but I used wifi to update my ebooks.
Other wifi access was at the other end of the beach. There were two small businesses (one a computer shop and the other a fast food place) which had wifi.
There was a third place (below) which was also beach front, and packed. It seemed there was a high demand for free public wifi in Dili. Libraries, few as there were, were not providing wifi (and not all the libraries had internet access themselves). This place below, always had lots of people using the wifi.
Friday, April 19, 2013
I had a very different experience when I visited the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) in Brisbane in early March. It was an amazing exhibition with many very exciting artists. The gallery had free wifi, which was clearly advertised. They provided links to access some art works like this recipe book (link is at end of this page), which could be downloaded using the gallery wifi.
I visited when some school students were there, and a high percentage of them were photographing and videoing the art works. Gallery staff were watching - so it was not some secret thing people should not be doing. These were amazing current art works, many of which should be around for decades, while some were temporary. I thought this open approach to photography was impressive.
It is important that photography in public spaces does not interfere with other people's use of the space, for example, use of tripods, or people being really slow, but it can be less intrusive that people looking at the exhibition (sometimes).
With photography becoming easier, and less obvious (particularly with smartphones) we need to educate people about photography in exhibitions, and if they really should not be taking photographs, give a clear and easy to understand reason why (and not treat them like criminals).
It was a lovely way to profile archives, but also to show a different way they can be viewed - as art works themselves.
I also thought it was a great way to encourage people thinking about the importance of archives, and in making archives literally more visible.
The library was also featured in the exhibition with this dramatic entrance way.
This was a great way to profile the library, but the connection to the exhibition worked really well - as well as looking impressive. It was great to walk through the ripped wall into the red space, and then into the library. You could also see the library through a glass wall into the gallery - so even when this exhibition is not on, it is not hidden away, but is an obvious part of the gallery space.
You can see some of my photographs of the spaces below.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
"Join the conversation
Tell us what you think about the 2013 season. Tweet us your thoughts to @The_Globe and include the hashtag #Globe2013. Or add your comments on our Facebook page."
I liked this because they were asking for feedback, and making it really easy to provide (as they gave the hashtag, twitter handle and link to Facebook page).
I also liked that they were ready for people to comment publicly both good and bad (although I have to admit the 2013 program sounds amazing).
Does your organisation seek feedback this publicly? And is it this easy?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This was also advertising for an art school, but it seemed relevant to work places. We need to think, make and then move to a new idea (while also often providing continuity for what was made).
I really liked the action focus.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
This is another way to make social media accessible. In a cafe, people will be looking at them menu, so putting the links to social media accounts seems to make sense.
Do you include information about the social media for your library in printed publications?
I saw this at a local haircutters, they were making it really easy to connect with them on social media, and even to find out their email address.
Does your library have signs about its social media within the library?