(in press) The distributed museum is already here–it’s just not very evenly distributed

I have a chapter appearing in a forthcoming book edited by Hannah Lewi, Wally Smith, Dirk vom Lehn, and Steven Cooke. The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites presents a fascinating picture of the ways in which today’s cultural institutions are undergoing a transformation through innovative applications of digital technology.

My contribution, “The distributed museum is already here–it’s just not very evenly distributed” play’s off William Gibson’s quote about the future, and argues that the idea of the distributed museum has great utility to understand the dialectics impacting museum practice and explore how they are (or are not) manifesting in museums. I explore three early descriptions (Proctor 2010, Bautista and Balsamo 2011, Dewdney, Dibosa, and Walsh 2013) of the distributed museum and add five additional dialectical relationships that characterize the problematic state of 21st century museum practice.