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The long hello.

March 7, 2015


Last week marked nine months since I moved to the USA, and in that time I have barely written. It seemsĀ an age since my blog was a critical part of my museum practice. But why? I’d long wondered whether my move into an institution full time would impact my work, and the obvious takeaway from […]

A newsy post: On coming to America and projects new and old.

May 22, 2014


Today has been my last Wednesday in Australia in the foreseeable future. On Sunday, I pack up my life and move to Baltimore, MD, to join Nancy Proctor as the Digital Content Manager at the Baltimore Museum of Art. I am on the cusp of some of the greatest change in my life, and I […]

Openness, creativity, and reflections on my PhD process

August 8, 2013


In recent weeks, I’ve made a major shift to my PhD process. After 2.5 years of exploration, I’ve moved into a period of consolidation. In other words, I’ve started writing in a far more formal capacity, with the hope of finishing my dissertation early next year. Following this change in approach, there has been a […]

Social obligation, crowdsourcing, and an experimental lecture

March 29, 2013


When I was asked to give a lecture on professional arts practice and technology at short notice a couple of weeks ago, I decided to use the opportunity to get a little experimental in my approach. This occurred in two ways. The first was that I reached out to my networks on Twitter, asked for […]

When failing isn’t awesome (or, notes on pain)

January 23, 2013


A couple of years ago, in the pre-PhD days, I was learning to mountain bike. This sport was not a natural fit for me. I have an easy propensity towards adrenalin, and rocketing down a hill at pace with trees lunging at me and lumps in the ground rearing up to try to catch my […]

My dangerous idea about museums 2013: the greatest threats to museums come from within

December 31, 2012


Around this time 2011, I wrote a post that asked for your dangerous idea about museums. As the new year looms large on the horizon (mere hours away), I thought I would revisit the question and include my own current dangerous thinking; this is a culmination of a year of thoughts and discussion. The greatest […]

A post, post travels.

December 13, 2012


I have been trying for days now to write a post that would sum up everything I took away from my travels in November, but am fast coming to the realisation that it is impossible. There were too many conversations, too many notes, too many museums. Fortunately I just (re)discovered a little impromptu video shout […]

writing about talking + talking about writing

October 8, 2012


I’ve been thinking about blogging and social media lately; about what it means to ‘grow up’ professionally in public, and about what the indiscriminate opportunity to publish – open to anyone, but grasped by relatively few – is doing to our professional dialogue. The longer I think about these issues, the less certain are my […]

Inside/Outside: Criticising museum practice

September 8, 2012


Given the ostensible parameters and protocols of the call for contributions to this volume, I am given to imagine myself as one of a group of contributors situated “outside” a (museum) “profession” and “looking in,” as a “scholar who has written books about museums but who [is] trained and work[s] in other disciplinary areas.” In […]

Follow up to: a museumgeek-in-residence

August 20, 2012


Wow! Time flies. I was just looking back over my posts of recent weeks, and realised I had not yet written an update to my post on being a museumgeek-in-residence whilst in the States this November. Eep. When I first came up with the idea of being a museologist-in-residence, I wasn’t absolutely sure that anyone […]


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