Pay to exhibit

November 22, 2006 § Leave a comment

The Museum of London is auctioning exhibition space on eBay. The highest bidder gets one square metre of space in which to display something that relates to London life. Place your bid

one square metre

Put anything you like in there so long as it tells us something about your London:
Your wedding dress
Something you saved from a fire
A memento from Live Aid at Wembley
A poem
A menu from the day your grandparents’ café opened
A trophy you won boxing at York Hall in Bethnal Green
Photographs of the day you waited in the rain at the premier of Star Wars
What you bought with your first pay cheque
The letter that finally granted you asylum
Video footage of an unforgettable day
A placard from a Trafalgar Square demo

An original Christmas present idea perhaps? Certainly an interesting use of web 2.0 by the Museum of London. I’ll be interested to see what ends up in the glass box and who puts it in there. This project bears a resemblance the V&A’s Every Object Tells a Story, an online project (no cost!) where visitors are asked to upload a picture of an object that is personally meaningful to them and write a short narrative around it. The V&A try to empower the museum visitor as co-creator of meaning, the Museum of London are doing the same thing – but at a price of course.

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Finished the MA

November 21, 2006 § Leave a comment

I submitted my final research paper at the end of last week and have been absent from the computer since then. I’d like to publish it here but have to check that that does not contravene any rules of submission before I do so.

Web 2.0?

November 6, 2006 § Leave a comment

At 20:17 (GMT – 05:00) on the 28th February 2005 the first definition of web 2.0 appeared on Wikipedia ‘the free [online] encyclopaedia’. The entry was a little over one hundred words but quickly evolved into a much longer article with a history of over 500 versions to date. It is notable that the controversial and shifting definition of web 2.0 itself mirrors the changeable nature of information and knowledge within the social networks that it enables, of which Wikipedia is the most prominent example. Also, that each time web 2.0 is discussed, the meaning is co-opted to meet the needs of the writer and their argument. For my purposes I like the following two points from Wikipedia’s latest edit (at the time of writing this) at 15:28 (GMT – 05:00), November 3rd 2006:

• The transition of websites from isolated information silos to sources of content and functionality, thus becoming computing platforms serving web applications to end users
• A social phenomenon embracing an approach to generating and distributing Web content itself, characterized by open communication, decentralization of authority, freedom to share and re-use, and “the market as a conversation”
(Wikipedia, 15:28 (GMT – 05:00), November 3rd 2006)

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