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Mobile Technology & Curatorial Practice
May 2012


Curators are increasingly faced with the challenge of using mobile technology in new and imaginative ways. This webinar examined the interaction between mobile and art museums, exploring the most recent and inventive collection and exhibition apps; it also explored new mobile ways for engaging audiences such as gaming and interactive animation. The three presenters, Rob Stein (Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art), Jane Burton (Head of Creative Media, Tate Modern) and Reza Ali (independent technology specialist) are all in the forefront of developing new mobile strategies around art. Moderated by Simon Kelly, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint Louis Art Museum.

Presenters (listed alphabetically)

Syed Reza Ali s a computational designer/creative technologist/multi-faceted hybrid engineer who is interested in everything from design to biology to entrepreneurship. He is interested in human computer interaction (interaction design), architecture/product design, software, mobile technology/hacking, generative visuals, algorithmic art, data visualization, audio-visual interactive immersive environments, new media tools for DJs/VJs/Performers, Trans-Architecture, photography, graphic design, user interfaces, electronics, 3D animation, modeling, rendering and scripting. Some of his goals are to create content and interactive controllers for multimedia performance systems, to create new and fun models of interaction, to create form/visuals/sounds though algorithmic processes, to create real-time computer graphics for virtual worlds, and to explore the realm of science and mathematics to make complex phenomena understandable and intuitive.

Jane Burton is Head of Content and Creative Director for Tate Media, a division of the Tate. Projects she oversees include films about artists for TV and the Tate Channel, the weekly video podcast TateShots, and the recently announced Tate Movie – a collaboration with Aardman animation. In 2002, she launched multimedia tours at Tate Modern, winning a Bafta for innovation, and in 2008 piloted the UK’s first gallery tour for the iPhone. Current projects include ‘Tate Trumps’, a multi-player game for mobiles, and ‘Lost Art’, a virtual exhibition produced in collaboration with Channel 4. She initially joined Tate in 1999, as Tate Modern’s Curator of Interpretation, and previously worked as a journalist and editor for national newspapers.

Rob Stein is the Deputy Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Prior to his recent appointment at Dallas, Stein served as Deputy Director for Research, Technology, and Engagement at the Indianapolis Art Museum where he oversaw a broad segment of the museum’s professional staff, including departments of audience engagement, conservation, libraries and archives, public programs, publishing and media, information technology, and a software development team called IMA Lab. In 2010, he was involved in a comprehensive strategic planning process for the IMA and helped guide a significant reorganization of staff.

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