Encountering Space, Art Daily, and Flickr+Streetview

This next set of MIDEA spotlights shines on three more interesting projects or applications of technology for museums. We are always looking for new things to spotlight, and you can tell us where to focus an upcoming feature via our online form.

The Dallas Museum of Art (MIDEA profile) is creating exhibits based on photos shared with the DMA’s flickr photograph pools- places where photographers who share their photos online can submit ones that match two upcoming themes. The Texas Space pool seeks photographs that illustrate the sense of space in photos taken anywhere in the state. Photos selected from this pool will be on display in the DMA’s Center for Creative Commons (C3) exhibition on Encountering Space which opens September 25, 2010 through January 2011.

The DMA is also soliciting images the same way for a Spring 2011 exhibit on Filled Space:

Artists sometimes choose to fill up the space of a work of art, rather than leaving empty areas. Photograph a space you find that is filled up.

Anyone can share photos with this group pool at http://www.flickr.com/groups/dmafilled/

Learn more at the Center for Creative Commons site.

ArtDaily uses one of the oldest internet technologies to share news from art museums around the world- plain old email. If you sign up for their mailing list, each day you will get a full multimedia spread highlighting the activities from an expansive range of art museums.

Billing itself as the “first art newspaper on the net”, ArtDaily has been sharing information about museums since 1996.

Learn more about ArtDaily.

Paul Hagon, a Senior Web Designer, at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, created tis fascinating mashup of historical photos from the Flickr Commons plotted on a Google map, in an interface that then presents a view of the current locations.

His Then and Now site provides a place to explore the locations of photos shared from the Powerhouse Museum, the State Library of New South Wales, the National Library of New Zealand, the New York Public Library, and State Records NSW.

It is an interesting way to compare the way a place looked in photos from another era to how the same place appears now. In a way, it is like getting the experience of the Museum of London’s StreetMuseum iPhone app without having to go to London.

Hagon’s perspective on his work speaks to this example his approach:

I find cultural institutions fascinating because of what they bring to society, they are rich resources of information and provide vast potential for exploring hidden treasures. I enjoy making these items available and telling their stories in ways that may not be the most obvious. I like to use technology in a relevant way to enrich the way we can interact with these resources.

Explore the Then and Now site.

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