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Tying Up Loose Ends

An old post, Reacting to Objects: Mindfulness, Tech and Emotion, was featured over on Freshly Pressed last week, sparking conversation and a tonne of new followers. Hello to you all! You’re a great reason to come back and summarize my latest activities, woven around a prevailing theme. Read more

What’s the Difference between a Selfie and a Self-Portrait?

The global museum sector is celebrating the second MuseumSelfie Day this week, as organised by CultureThemes. In preparation, Annelisa Stephan, Manager for Digital Engagement at The Getty, approached Arpad Kovacs, Assistant Curator of Photography, and yours truly with a question I was surprised to find I hadn’t considered before. Read more

A to Z of the Human Condition: I is for Individuality

Alli Burness:

Where I write about basic theory behind the selfie on the wonderful Wellcome Collection blog

Originally posted on Wellcome Collection Blog:

We invited you, as fellow experts on the #HumanCondition, to add your own idiosyncrasies to our current exhibition by submitting photographs on Instagram for a few of the themes explored in the gallery. As a thank you for your wonderful pictures, this series explores those themes and finds out the roles they play in making us human. This week, Alli Burness takes a look at our collective reflection as she explores the (in)famous selfie.

Selfies receive a lot of bad press. For some, they’re the manifestation of a self-obsessed, narcissistic society. We’re impelled to step back from significant or sombre moments in our lives to share selfies online. These images taken in front of the Mona Lisa, at funerals or even at Auschwitz visualise uncaring, thoughtless moments. But I think there is more to selfies than meets the eye.

Today, the sharing of lived experience is part…

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How to Get to Know a Collection (and Fast)?

This time last year, I travelled into Rome by train while having a conversation with Tim Sherratt in Canberra. Tim had built a Twitter bot enabling the Trove historic newspaper database to talk. Finally, I could have a conversation with a collection.

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Museum Advocacy in Practice: Digital Invasions

The Digital Invasions concept came to Sydney last Saturday, 3 May. Despite the weather, six of us headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA Australia) and the Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Foundation Museum. Read more

Critical Response: Conversations in Museums

After being home only a handful of weeks, I’ve since travelled again to New York City and Baltimore to attend the Museums and the Web (MW) Conference. I met many people I connected with online during the course of my journey last year and many more inspiring people.  Read more

Objects of Remembrance: a Networked Us and Photos of Art

During my brief return to Australia, I’ve repeatedly explained how strongly my journeys have been shaped by social media. Many times, my path has been directed by social media connections and at other times, they’ve had a significant role in helping me process places and experiences.

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Matching Museums to a New Reality

My journey hasn’t included obvious destinations in a museum pilgrimage. Typical choices might have been New York, London, more of Europe. Instead of traveling to major museum centers, I’ve gone off the grid for short periods.

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