“Makers make museums matter.” – Don Undeen
The Creative Museum Project, which is nearing completion at the moment, has over the past years investigated and experimented with the relation between makers (creative communities) and museums in Europe. Although its findings are not yet final (stay tuned for a final event later this year!), after a successful meeting last week I’d like to share some insights.
Makers are part of the DIY culture and typically have a focus on technology (code, robotics, design, etc.), which they use solve problems creatively. When makers and museums work together, the result is often a creative interpretation of the collection or a typical museum fiction (like education) that makes it more accessible to a wider audience. E.g. projection mapping of Islamic collections, a chair that dances like nobody is watching, or an Olympic torch that acts as a personalized tour guide for families (a project I worked on during MuseoMix Nice in 2015).
Having studied and worked on connections between makers and museums for years, my conclusion is that the mix very well.
If you want to see for yourself, download the Creative Museum analysis of best practices (PDF), which presents a long list of projects where museums and creative communities (including makers) have worked together. Continue ReadingRead More »