CODE | WORDS Technology and Theory in the Museum brings together leading museum thinkers and practitioners to explore emerging issues about the nature of museums in the light of the dramatic and ongoing impact of digital technologies.

The authors aim to inspire change, and to demonstrate the important relationship between emerging digital practices and museum theory.

A proportion of the sales of CODE | WORDS will support the Museum Computer Network Scholarship Fund.

Check out some of the nice things smart people have said about the book:

Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The CODE | WORDS experiment contains some of the most exciting, important and wide-ranging thinking about museums and their global role that has happened this century. This groundbreaking book is a refreshingly clear-headed collection of stories rooted in some of the most interesting work being done in the field today.

Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, author of The Participatory Museum:
CODE | WORDS resembles the jumbled digital landscape it surveys; an interlocking series of essays, anchored in case studies around the world, linking strategy, technology, and psychology. Like the future, it is experimental, uncertain, and brilliant.

Jim Richardson, Founder, MuseumNext:
CODE | WORDS brings together exciting new ideas and challenging thought leadership from some of the most interesting museum innovators of our time.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums Trust:
At last a book which brings together technological and social innovation in museums. Some welcome ideas which see collaboration and connectivity as cornerstones to address global challenges of inequity and climate change.

John Reeve, Institute of Education, University of London:
This is a refreshing new approach to the interface of technologies, museums and especially younger museum professionals. I will be recommending it to my MA students who come to London from all over the world to prepare for a career in museums, galleries and heritage.

Jane Finnis, Chief Executive, Culture24:
Daring, intelligent and provocative, an absolute must for all forward-thinking museums.

Laurent Gaveau, Director, The Lab, Google Cultural Institute:
CODE | WORDS is an engaging and timely exploration of contemporary issues that face museums around the globe; how to engage with digital technologies and the changes they make possible.


Reprogram: Technology, innovation and culture in a new era of museums

My CODE|WORDS essay, “The Virtues of Promiscuity” is included in the second volume of the Reprogram series. Technology, innovation and culture in a new era of museums, is a collection of essays, articles and lectures transcripts featuring emerging discussions on open access to collections, ethical stances the institution faces in accounting for the demands of society, and shifts in understanding the public value of museums.


MONA: Less is More

I published an exhibition critique in the National Association of Museum Exhibitions (NAME)’s journal, Exhibitionist, as part of their Spring 2013 volume called, Meaning Making Revisited I critiqued the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania, as one of three reviews that focus on MONA and it’s groundbreaking practices.


I published an article in Curator: The Museum Journal that came out in October, 2012 which explores the contentious relationship between cultural heritage professionals and commercial entities engaged in exploiting underwater archeological sites. More and more often, museums are drawn into this conflict through hosting traveling exhibitions. This article explores the ethical issues in two shipwreck exhibitions, Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds, and Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, and the specific responses museums have made to address the ethical issues around commercial exploitation of cultural heritage. The article calls for museums to be more thoughtful and deliberate consumers, and embrace their potential as safe venues for exploring ethical dilemmas these sites embody. Unfortunately, it’s stuck behind a paywall, so you’ll have to find a copy on your own. Most big libraries should have a copy. If you get really stuck, send me a note and I’ll see what I can do.


Mobile Apps for Museums

I contributed a chapter to the AAM Press e-book, Mobile Apps for Museums: The AAM Guide to Planning and Strategy, edited by Nancy Proctor, head of mobile strategy and initiatives for the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to Nancy, the book’s contributing authors include Jane Burton, Allegra Burnette, Ted Forbes, Kate Haley Goldman, Ann Isaacson, Sheila McGuire, Ed Rodley, Peter Samis, Scott Sayre, Margriet Schavemaker, Koven Smith, Robert Stein and Kris Wetterlund.

Excitingly, the book is now also a freely-accessible website! MobileAppsForMuseums is a site devoted to the discussion, exploration, and knowledge-sharing about the use and development of mobile technology for museums.

Jump in and share what you have learned and what you are working on, or just share your thoughts on mobile, on museums, or any related topics. Things change fast in the world of mobile. Help us keep the information up to date and stay tuned for new chapters to be added as new topics arise!


Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

I had the pleasure of soliciting the authors for this companion book to the Museum of Science’s exhibition of the same name, editing the essays and contributing a couple of pieces myself.  A perfect souvenir for visitors to the exhibition, currently on its second U.S. tour, as well as the millions who have made Star Wars one of the most successful epics in entertainment history, this is a book guaranteed to delight film fans and the technologically savvy alike.

The book probes the amazing interface between movie magic and practical science in a series of essays.  Star Wars designers and builders discuss their creative process and inspirations, while real world scientists and engineers present advances made right here on Earth that are every bit as exciting as anything in the movies.  These exciting advances, often fraught with peril, are explored by the book’s technological experts, who consider the risky implications and possible consequences of their inventions.


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