Hey. I’m Suse Cairns, and I am a museum geek. Welcome to my digital think-space.
I use this blog to think through issues around museums, technology and ideas, join the debate about the future of museums, and connect with others in the field. Many of the things I explore here are ideas in sketch; emergent questions that I don’t yet have answers to. Rather than being fully formed or resolved, they are incomplete and open. To that end, I
welcome love debate, comment and discussion.
Since starting my PhD two years ago, I have presented at conferences including Museums & the Web (USA), Museums Australia, INTERCOM, the Museum Computer Network Conference (USA), and the National Digital Forum (NZ). In 2011, I was an invited speaker at the Digital Culture Public Sphere, hosted by Senator Kate Lundy with Office of Minister Simon Crean. My work has been published in CURATOR The Museum Journal, Interpreting Australia Magazine, on the Museums Association UK website, and selected other websites. I also write a regular From the Blogs column for the Museums and Galleries NSW enews. In 2012, I was a member of the Advisory Board for the 2012 NMC Horizon Report – Museum Edition. I am currently on the working party for the Open Knowledge Foundation Network Australia and a member of the Program Committee for the Museum Computer Network conference.
I hold a BArts (Comms – Print Journalism) from Charles Sturt University and BFA (Hons – 1st class, awarded Faculty Medal) from The University of Newcastle. In 2012, I was awarded the Inaugural Margaret Olley Friends of the University Postgraduate Scholarship for Fine Art. I have received grants from ArtsNSW and the Kress Foundation, and in 2011, was awarded the UoN Ltd. Annual Student Art Prize.
In addition to my research, I work at Newcastle Art Gallery, and was a long-time volunteer with Emerging and Web Services at the Powerhouse Museum. Prior to museums, I worked in the music industry and higher education.
This blog is filled with my own opinions, and does not speak for any of the institutions I am associated with.