Directors' blog

Links, thoughts and updates from the directors of Dim Sum Digital.

Archive for the ‘museums’ tag

#MW2014 Eric Brockmeyer of Disney Research keynote



First keynote about to start.

‘Trying to make magical experiences. Everything we do requires a story. Work is technology driven but has to be pitched as a story.’

Mix of engineers, scientists and artists working together.

Sub idea is to make everything interactive.

1. Make objects listen.
Created a sensor to recognise gestures. ‘Moving the input away from the mouse and keyboard’.
Stumbled upon the most interesting application for it as plants. That’s also great Disney story – talking inanimate objects, plants etc.
It didn’t start with the talking plants story.

2. Giving voice to objects
Add touch sensation to objects. People touching objects eg. a painting using conductive paint gave the person touching it different sensations at different points. Made hidden recordings playable by touching a persons ear.

3. Make air talk
Ended up with a way to, as an example, make curtains ripple during a scary film or papers move by themselves across a desk.

4. Make light talk
Controllable shadows such as boxing characters.
Collaborative gaming environment.

5. Make interactive devices rapidly
3d printed chess pieces. Touch surface screen and embedded cameras.


Written by sarahhartley

April 3rd, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Posted in Digital events

Tagged with ,

#MW2014 what’s the first rule of Computer Club


First session of the conference for me will be this session from the Imperial War Museum. Will liveblog and update notes here. Apparently we’re going to be making stuff.

We’ve just played a version if Grandmother’s footsteps to warm up.

We’re now running a bit of a twitter workshop.

IWM ran a session on Twitter at the museum to get people started. Took them five workshop helpers.

Participants here identifying social media knowledge as an issue for museum professionals.
We’re being sent off to make a short film using iMovie .



Presenters now talking about how they took their internal training into a session about gaming. Mark Sorrell went to the museum and helped people visualise what a game might be.

Advertised it internally using provocative posters on toilet cubicles.

They ran 4×4 groups using games in iPad, connect and music. It got great buyin and feedback internally.

Session drawing to a close now. Presenters are asking the group if there’s one session which could work at the delegates own organisations.

Filming using the tablet.
Twitter workshop for staff.
Getting leadership teams doing tablet filming.
Teaching twitter for people to hold events in twitter.

And we all get a sticker! Nice touch.

Written by sarahhartley

April 2nd, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Posted in Digital events,Uncategorized

Tagged with

Talk About Local and Guardian Local Unconference award winners


and the winner’s were……….

The following publishers of hyperlocal blogs, journalists and data junkies received (un)awards at an (un)glittering ceremony held down the pub following yesterday’s (un)conference.

While the light-hearted prizes themselves (including a broken walking stick, mugs and a very fetching plastic Marilyn) may be relatively worthless, the reasons for the awards, and the sincerity behind acknowledging achievement in these areas, shouldn’t be diminished.

The awards which were presented – with typical aplomb – by William Perrin from TAL were;

I was very happy to handover the following awards to people who have made a significant contribution in their area;

  • Most Inspirational site went to Josh Halliday for firing up young journalists with his doorstep project SR2.
  • Best local special interest website Greener Leith for its dedication to the local environment north of the border.
  • Best use of video East Salford direct tv - not just because there’s a general shortage of Mancunians in loud shirts on mainstream telly, but also because they do, as they say ‘ride the recession like a Blackpool donkey!’
  • Best use of a map – Openly Local for the hyperlocal map which tracks us all.
  • Best council coverage for PitsnPots by Tony Walley and Mike Rawlins for the site’s dogged Stoke City council coverage.

The awards finished a day which saw independent publishers coming from as far north as Edinburgh, as far south as the Isle of Wight and as far west as Cardiff.

It was a day of intelligent conversation, debate and lively catch-up. You can re-cap on the debates at the liveblog from myself and the beatbloggers here;

And I’ve already spotted these different takes on the event too;

Plus I’ve started this Twitter list of all those who attended if you’re missing, please do let me know.

Finally, there’s a few people I wanted to say a public thank you to for making the event run so smoothly – Linda and Holly at ntiLeeds, the entire TAL team and finally, let’s not forget the foodies, Bagel Nash, Leeds for a splendid lunch spread.

Votes needed for museum project

leave a comment

Do you visit museums?

If you’re like the majority of the public then then answer will be ” sometimes”.

But what is it that stops people going more often or from trying out new or different museums?

According to a Mori poll its because there’s “nothing of particlular interest to see”. A massive 41 % of those polled expressed this as their reason for not attending – but the paradox is obvious.

How can people know there’s nothing for them in the museum if they don’t know what’s there?

VOTE for this project here.

It’s the same dilemma that newspapers face when they undertake market research – how do know you don’t like the product if you’ve never tried it?

And so the Comunity as Curator project was born. We saw it as a way of using digital technologies to disrupt an online communities’ everyday search and share activity in order to expose the user to museum content they wouldn’t otherwise experience.

Since the crowdsourcing of the idea I carried out on this blog back in August, this project has caught the imagination of many.

Although quite an involved concept, applying some Web 2.0 thinking into the public engagement of museums seems to make sense to today’s online audiences.

The emails and tweets I received certainly helped shape the final bid which went forward to Manchester Beacon’s Mapping Creativity competition.

Community as Curator has now progressed to within a heartbeat of actually winning the £25k commission to see it become a reality.

And that’s why myself, and the rest of the team behind this bid, need your votes.

Have a look at the summary of the project here and see if you can give it your support. Votes are cast by clicking on the stars at the top of the page.

Alternatively, please leave a comment (you need to be registered to do this).

Whether or not museums are your passion, if you are interested in the democratisation of public institutions using digital tools, then this project could establish a model which could be applied to other areas.

So VOTE, please!

Crowdsourcing help begged for museum project

one comment

I’m using my blog to run a bit of a crowdsourcing project about museums because I think this has some relevance to online journalism thinking too.

The statement below is intended to form part of a funding bid. (Disclosure: yes, of course it’s someone rather close to me, husband the artist/curator Julian Hartley).

But this blogging by proxy does have journalistic relevance. In just the same way news organisations are struggling with engaging audiences, so are museums.

 Feel free to replace the terms “curator” with “editor”, the institution “musem” with another great institution “newspaper” and then let me know whether you think this activity worthwhile, too risky, great, rubbish or whatever.

Btw, @JulianHartley will be tweeting the progress of this project from now on and expect yet another Manchester blogger very soon!

Here’s the description;

Taking its direction from Manchester’s diverse online communities’ search and sharing activity, the Community as Curator project uses these habits as the curatorial frame with which to produce and share digital content specifically created from Museum collections in Manchester. 

Online searches and their translation into conversations across social media provides the curatorial context for interpreting the gallery’s collections.
As an alternative to the contemporary museological practice of authorial representation, this project situates power in the online constituency.
This project recognises that, if a connection can be made between an online users’ interests and Manchester’s cultural heritage, this in turn will facilitate the means for further accessing and engaging in the city’s cultural resources, particularly in those social groups more accustomed to a Flickrstream than a exhibition.   
Community as Curator reflects museums’ concern that the values of their collections are relevant to the diversity of Manchester’s communities – both on and offline. 

Written by sarahhartley

August 29th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Posted in Life

Tagged with , , ,