Context over Content in LA

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By HOLLAND COTTER, Published: August 26, 2008, New York Times NEW YORK TIMES LINK LOS ANGELES — The Latin American collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is back on view after three years’ absence. And the reinstallation opens with a piquant flourish in a display of ancient pre-Columbian art that doubles as a solo show for a …

“The Deep” at the Hong Kong Science Museum

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A friend recommended that I visit the Hong Kong Science Center. Went on a Wednesday night, Wednesday is the free night at the Museum. Lots of families and young couples on dates. I started at the top floor and worked my way from the third floor to the basement. The Museum has lots Exploratorium Cookbook exhibits. As I was leaving …

Hong Kong Wetlands Park – “Wise Use of Money?”

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In preparation for my trip to China, I was looking for information about the new Hong Kong Wetlands Park and came across this very interesting critique: Hong Kong Outdoors Website In the interest of full disclosure, I worked on the project for Academy Studios, who fabricated the artificial trees, plants and rock work. I am excited to give my critique …

Asia Tourism and Attraction Summit and the IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo

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Over the next two weeks I will be in China for the “The Asia Tourism and Attraction Summit” at the Mandarin Oriental, Macau; the second conference “The IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo” is at the Venetian, Macau. IAAPA Asia Attractions Expo “Asian Attractions Expo is the one-stop event in Asia for the leisure and attractions industry. Visitors to the show have …

Engaging constable: revealing art with new technology

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Great research on interactivity in Museums: ACM Digital Library “Museums increasingly deploy new technologies to enhance visitors’ experience of their exhibitions. They primarily rely on touch-screen computer systems, PDAs and digital audio-guides. Tate Britain recently employed two innovative systems in one of their major exhibitions of John Constable’s work; a gestural interface and a touch-screen panel, both connected to large …

Maker Faire 2008

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More than 20,000 people at Maker Faire, hope you made it. See post below from CNET May 4, 2008 12:24 PM PDT Maker Faire more popular than ever Posted by Daniel Terdiman | 4 comments There were huge crowds at Maker Faire 2008. While no attendance figures were known yet, there were rumors that the event’s ticket pre-sales had doubled …

Constructivism Learning Theory

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Modern interactive learning in science centers and children’s museums is based on Constructivist Learning Theory. Below is an excerpt from Wikepedia: “Formalization of the theory of constructivism is generally attributed to Jean Paiget, who articulated mechanisms by which knowledge is internalized by learners. He suggested that through processes of accommodation and assimilation, individuals construct new knowledge from their experiences. When …

Interactive Exhibit Philosophy

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I came across an excellent article by Kthryne McGrath. Below is an excerpt: “By setting up a problem to be solved, demanding interaction, producing effects from direct actions and allowing variations of approach, cognitive development in children is enhanced. Hands-On Children’s Museums encourage contextually relevant reasoning. These museums are successful, concrete examples of interactive, participatory learning. As reflected in their …