Friday, January 12, 2007
Blogging Digital Exhibitions
Museum Anthropology Editorial Board member Kimberly Christen, whose blog Long Road was started about a month ago and announced here, continues to offer fresh and valuable insights on our work and its larger social contexts. In her most recent post, she discusses the usefulness of the Dane-zaa Moose Hunt digital exhibition, which I mentioned to her in correspondence recently. Among the organizers of this project is Amber Ridington, a doctoral student in folklore at Memorial University, who herself reviewed a digital exhibition on a Canadian First Nations theme (Drawing on Identity: Inkameep Day School and Art Collection) in Museum Anthropology 29(1), the issue in which we inaugurated a program of such reviews. That same inaugural collection of reviews included Kim's assessment of Ara Irititja: Protecting the Past, Accessing the Future—Indigenous Memories in a Digital Age. It is exciting that Museum Anthropology and the scholarly community that brings the journal to life are extending the conversation on digital exhibitions in fruitful ways. More importantly, it is wonderful that scholars like Amber and Kim have devoted considerable energy to building, in collaboration with many others, the kinds of new media projects that do good work in the world and make such conversations so exciting.