MIST: museum interfaces, spaces, technologies
Building on a 2007 AHRC-funded pilot workshop project, 'Discursive Formations' led by the Digital Studio (Department of Architecture) at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and on a 2008 AHRC BT-Goldsmiths workshop in Martlesham Heath, MIST explored how new technologies, at the intersections of material and digital culture, open the way for new forms of museum spectatorship, making our cultural heritage more interesting and engaging as well as reaching new audiences. MIST was a BT-AHRC sponsored collaboration between the University of Cambridge (Department of Architecture) and Goldsmiths (Computer Science).
How can the 21st-century museum reconcile the oppositions between Populist/Elitist; Experiential/Static; Fun/Serious; Entertaining/Educational; Play/Work; Interactive/Contemplative; Sensory/Mental; Immersive/Passive; Participation/Observation; Celebration/Edification; Social/Solitary; High-tech+media/artifacts; Discovery+multiple viewpoints/Authoritative+institutional viewpoint; Boisterous/Quiet - identified by art historian Chris Bruce, Director of the Washington State University Museum of Art and former Director of the Experience Music Project (Seattle) (in New Museum, Theory & Practice, ed. Janet Marstine, Blackwells, 2006: pp134/5)?
At the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge and the Fitzwilliam Museum over two days, around 25 invited participants - Architects, Artists, Engineers, Computer Scientists, Museologists and Performers - addressed and debated these oppositions, through presentations, performance and discussions.