Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Finding Inspiration Outside (While Trapped Inside)


As I am spending more and more time inside due to the COVID pandemic, my computer has become even more of a "window to the world" pointing me toward creative work outdoors around the world.

I hope you find inspiration in the works highlighted below.



Monstrum
Why play in a playhouse, if you can play in moon rockets, submarines, giant snail shells, clown heads, or Trojan horses? That's the question that motivates Monstrum, a group of designers and craftspeople creating unique playgrounds from their workshop in Copenhagen.  Click on over to the Monstrum website to see more images of their playful and beautiful work.






WindowSwap
Instead of staring out of your own window, click on over to the WindowSwap website to see views outside the windows of people from around the world. 







Your Rainbow Panorama
Here's a bit of museum/exhibit/design inspiration that evokes light, and the sun, and endless horizons: artist Olafur Eliasson's architectural installation entitled  "Your rainbow panorama."

Situated on top of the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum art museum in Aarhus, Denmark, Your rainbow panorama invites you to experience the familiar (a city skyline) in unfamiliar ways. Olafur Eliasson's creation consists of a 150-meter-long and three meter-wide circular walkway in glass in all the colors of the spectrum. 







One Day Poem Pavilion
Artist Jiyeon Song has created a sculptural structure that utilizes perforations carefully arranged throughout the top surfaces.  As light shines through the Pavilion's holes at different angles, legible text is created on the sidewalk underneath.  Different lines from a poem appear at different times of the day, due to the position of the sun.  What is super cool is that (again, due to the sun's position) one poem appears during the summer, and a different poem appears in the winter.







Miguel Marquez Outside
Michael Pederson is a street artist and photographer in Sydney, Australia. His blog Miguel Marquez Outside shows, among other projects, signs that Pederson has placed in public. They look official and offer rules, suggestions, and information about the area.

Many of Pederson's signs twist the traditional notion of informational signs (like those found in museums!)  I wonder how we could play with visitors' expectations in outdoor exhibits by using ideas like this?





Wind Map
Wind Map gives a real-time visualization of wind speeds in the U.S. It's like a giant video infographic! A more three-dimensional view of wind around the entire globe is available at the earth website





Of course, even during COVID times, the most refreshing and inspirational thing to do right now might be a short stroll around your neighborhood. So why not take a break from your computer and take a walk outside?



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Monday, September 7, 2020

Balancing Planning and Chance



I recently had the chance to speak with Jeanne Vergeront on my Museum FAQ YouTube series about finding the balance between planning and chance. 

Even though I've recorded dozens of video conversations with museum colleagues from around the world over the past few months, this is one of my favorites!

Balancing planning and chance seems like an especially timely topic given the impact of COVID-19 on every aspect of the world, including the operation of museums and the threatened livelihoods of many museum workers.

Jeanne provided three framing questions for museum workers to consider when trying to balance planning and chance:

1) What Do We Understand?

2) What Matters?

3) What's Possible?


Jeanne and I also discussed the need for both a feeling of assurance, as well as a pioneering spirit, in every organization -- and that each type of worker personality needs to acknowledge the importance of the other.

It's worth your while to check out Jeanne's original blog post that inspired our Museum FAQ conversation by clicking over to her "Museum Notes" site.

Also, head on over to the POW! YouTube site to view dozens of Museum FAQ conversations, including the video that Jeanne and I recorded.



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