Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Go, John, Go
As some of you read here in the past, my friend John Maccabee's been developing ARGs for a while through his company City Mystery.
His most recent project Ghosts of a Chance, just got a FANTASTIC mention in a piece last night on NPR.
The NPR piece also covered Wikipedia Loves Art, which was all the twitter on twitter last week in museumish spheres.
Here's a sampling from one of the institutional instructions for Wikipedia Loves Art:
Guidelines for Shooting at the Brooklyn Museum:
Shots must be taken in existing light only (no flash) and tripods cannot be used.
We ask that you shoot each work twice. First time shoot the object with an index card in the frame that displays the object's accession number, your team name, and category name so we can assign points. Second time shoot the object again, but this time without the card. Submit both shots to this group. Brooklyn Museum staff will use the information on the index card to properly caption the image with the correct object information and credit line (less work for you!) and the second, clean shot will then be used for Wikipedia.
Shots must be tagged brooklynmuseum and your.team.name and category.name so we can easily sort them. Brooklyn Museum staff may add other tags as needed to help keep track during the hunt.
We would love to see you at one of our meet-ups. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or flickrmail us.
D'ja get that?...
The other freaky thing was that the one of the people interview I had JUST been "introduced" to by a friend through Facebook, like the night before -- Elizabeth Ellen Merritt.
Merritt's the Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Association of Museums.
The Center for the Future of Museums is working with things like superstruct to solve the worlds problems and see how group work can solve them thru wikis.
wow. ...say that 10 times fast!
All very interesting this bridging-digital-and-bricks-'nd-mortar stuff.
Also fascinating to see the blurring of lines between art/culture/media/profit/nfp/mission/pure fun/learning...etc., etc., etc.