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This Is Our Playground: Museums and Digital Research and Development

Murphy, Oonagh and Hook, Alan (2012) This Is Our Playground: Museums and Digital Research and Development. [Body of work]

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URL: http://www.thisisourplayground.co.uk/

Abstract

This Is Our Playground is a series of projects created to address approaches to Digital Research and Development in the Museum Sector. This body of work centers around a piece of action research which took place on the 25th April 2012. This Hackday was developed to help address approaches within the sector to digital development methodologies and the production and ownership of new forms of content for the Museums Sector.

Item Type:Body of work
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Media, Film & Journalism
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
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Foursquare Major Chair - Crescent Arts Center, Belfasthttp://foursquaremayorchair.tumblr.com/Installation: The foursquare mayor chair is an artistic intervention and an academic research project. Created by Alan Hook and Oonagh Murphy the project is a playful installation that challenges how visitors engage with art centres, museums and festivals by placing one visitor at a time in the ceremonial role of foursquare mayor chair mayor. More than simply an engaging artistic intervention, the foursquare mayor chair provides cultural organisations with a new way to increase visitor dwell time and prompt repeat visits.To check-in visitors need to physically visit the cultural venue in which the foursquare mayor chair is located, to become mayor visitors need to check-in regularly. Someone might go to see a show one evening, and because they want to become mayor will then go out of their way to pop in for a coffee the next day. The project also seeks to change how visitors engage with cultural organisations by acting as a catalyst for a deeper relationship between visitors and venues. The foursquare mayor chair encourages visitors to see cultural venues as places to hang out, meet friends, read a book, and grab a coffee. Our mayor will be made to feel especially welcome, and will be encouraged to bring friends and relatives for afternoon tea, or host colleagues for an informal meeting in their foursquare mayor chair parlour.Alongside the direct impact of increased footfall from foursquare users host organisations will also benefit from increased social media buzz. When a visitor checks-in on foursquare they are prompted to share their check-in on Facebook and Twitter. This provides a valuable personal endorsement from visitors for the host venue. Visitors can leave tips, and photos to document their visit and these are then shared with other foursquare users and the Facebook and Twitter friends and followers of that visitor. Foursquare is the social network for people that like to go out and do stuff. The very people that arts organisations want to engage with.The competitive element of foursquare prompts friendly rivalries between friends and strangers, this project will not only exploit competition within individual host venues but will also play on it to create a competitive element between venues. Once the chair moves location the mayorship will also move, however to maintain their position as mayor the visitor will need to physically go to the new host organisation and check-in. This provides a unique opportunity for host organisations to cross fertilise audiences.The foursquare mayor chair is a transmedia project that plays on the digital concept of ‘foursqaure mayor’ and extends it into a real world setting, a project tumblr and twitter feed provide further opportunities to create a rich multi format narrative. Physically the installation will include a throne like chair, and a cordoned off VIP seating area. Each mayor will receive a certificate of mayorship in exchange for agreeing to let us mount their photo as part of the installation. Each venue will offer a unique reward to the mayor from free tea & coffee, to complimentary theatre tickets. As the project develops the foursquare mayor chair can be scaled up, and tailored to the specific needs of each host organisation.UNSPECIFIED30 days - 07/04/12 > 07/05/12
Foursquare Major Chair - Void, Derryhttp://foursquaremayorchair.tumblr.com/Installation: The foursquare mayor chair is an artistic intervention and an academic research project. Created by Alan Hook and Oonagh Murphy the project is a playful installation that challenges how visitors engage with art centres, museums and festivals by placing one visitor at a time in the ceremonial role of foursquare mayor chair mayor. More than simply an engaging artistic intervention, the foursquare mayor chair provides cultural organisations with a new way to increase visitor dwell time and prompt repeat visits.To check-in visitors need to physically visit the cultural venue in which the foursquare mayor chair is located, to become mayor visitors need to check-in regularly. Someone might go to see a show one evening, and because they want to become mayor will then go out of their way to pop in for a coffee the next day. The project also seeks to change how visitors engage with cultural organisations by acting as a catalyst for a deeper relationship between visitors and venues. The foursquare mayor chair encourages visitors to see cultural venues as places to hang out, meet friends, read a book, and grab a coffee. Our mayor will be made to feel especially welcome, and will be encouraged to bring friends and relatives for afternoon tea, or host colleagues for an informal meeting in their foursquare mayor chair parlour.Alongside the direct impact of increased footfall from foursquare users host organisations will also benefit from increased social media buzz. When a visitor checks-in on foursquare they are prompted to share their check-in on Facebook and Twitter. This provides a valuable personal endorsement from visitors for the host venue. Visitors can leave tips, and photos to document their visit and these are then shared with other foursquare users and the Facebook and Twitter friends and followers of that visitor. Foursquare is the social network for people that like to go out and do stuff. The very people that arts organisations want to engage with.The competitive element of foursquare prompts friendly rivalries between friends and strangers, this project will not only exploit competition within individual host venues but will also play on it to create a competitive element between venues. Once the chair moves location the mayorship will also move, however to maintain their position as mayor the visitor will need to physically go to the new host organisation and check-in. This provides a unique opportunity for host organisations to cross fertilise audiences.The foursquare mayor chair is a transmedia project that plays on the digital concept of ‘foursqaure mayor’ and extends it into a real world setting, a project tumblr and twitter feed provide further opportunities to create a rich multi format narrative. Physically the installation will include a throne like chair, and a cordoned off VIP seating area. Each mayor will receive a certificate of mayorship in exchange for agreeing to let us mount their photo as part of the installation. Each venue will offer a unique reward to the mayor from free tea & coffee, to complimentary theatre tickets. As the project develops the foursquare mayor chair can be scaled up, and tailored to the specific needs of each host organisation.UNSPECIFIED30 Days - 22/06/12 > 22/07/12
Foursquare Major Chair - Queens Film Theatre, Belfasthttp://foursquaremayorchair.tumblr.com/Installation: The foursquare mayor chair is an artistic intervention and an academic research project. Created by Alan Hook and Oonagh Murphy the project is a playful installation that challenges how visitors engage with art centres, museums and festivals by placing one visitor at a time in the ceremonial role of foursquare mayor chair mayor. More than simply an engaging artistic intervention, the foursquare mayor chair provides cultural organisations with a new way to increase visitor dwell time and prompt repeat visits.To check-in visitors need to physically visit the cultural venue in which the foursquare mayor chair is located, to become mayor visitors need to check-in regularly. Someone might go to see a show one evening, and because they want to become mayor will then go out of their way to pop in for a coffee the next day. The project also seeks to change how visitors engage with cultural organisations by acting as a catalyst for a deeper relationship between visitors and venues. The foursquare mayor chair encourages visitors to see cultural venues as places to hang out, meet friends, read a book, and grab a coffee. Our mayor will be made to feel especially welcome, and will be encouraged to bring friends and relatives for afternoon tea, or host colleagues for an informal meeting in their foursquare mayor chair parlour.Alongside the direct impact of increased footfall from foursquare users host organisations will also benefit from increased social media buzz. When a visitor checks-in on foursquare they are prompted to share their check-in on Facebook and Twitter. This provides a valuable personal endorsement from visitors for the host venue. Visitors can leave tips, and photos to document their visit and these are then shared with other foursquare users and the Facebook and Twitter friends and followers of that visitor. Foursquare is the social network for people that like to go out and do stuff. The very people that arts organisations want to engage with.The competitive element of foursquare prompts friendly rivalries between friends and strangers, this project will not only exploit competition within individual host venues but will also play on it to create a competitive element between venues. Once the chair moves location the mayorship will also move, however to maintain their position as mayor the visitor will need to physically go to the new host organisation and check-in. This provides a unique opportunity for host organisations to cross fertilise audiences.The foursquare mayor chair is a transmedia project that plays on the digital concept of ‘foursqaure mayor’ and extends it into a real world setting, a project tumblr and twitter feed provide further opportunities to create a rich multi format narrative. Physically the installation will include a throne like chair, and a cordoned off VIP seating area. Each mayor will receive a certificate of mayorship in exchange for agreeing to let us mount their photo as part of the installation. Each venue will offer a unique reward to the mayor from free tea & coffee, to complimentary theatre tickets. As the project develops the foursquare mayor chair can be scaled up, and tailored to the specific needs of each host organisation.UNSPECIFIED17 Days - 19/10/12 > 04/11/12
Managing Employability in a Changing Landscape: This Is Our Playground: Recognizing the Value of Students as InnovatorsPoster PresentationPoster Presentation: (Alan_Hook_Employability_Poster.pdf) was part of the Managing Employability in a Changing Landscape conferencve held at the University of Ulster on the 9th May 2013 as part of the Northern Ireland Buisness Festival and presented new approaches to thinking about employability from the research undertaken through the project.1189 x 841 mmUNSPECIFIED
MW2013: This is Our Playground: Recognising the value of students as innovatorshttp://mw2013.museumsandtheweb.com/paper/this-is-our-playground-recognising-the-value-of-students-as-innovators/Museums and The Web Conference Paper: ‘What we need is a hybrid, a fusion of the critical stance of cultural theory with the constructive attitude of the visual designer. This new media critic that we are imagining wants to make something, but what she wants to make will lead her viewers or readers to reevaluate their formal and cultural assumptions’. - Bolter, J. D. (2004) “Theory and Practice of New Media Studies”On the 25th April 2012 the University of Ulster hosted a hack day in the Ulster Museum for students on the Interactive Media Arts BA (hons) and Museum Studies MA, this event saw students develop innovative interactive experiences within the context of a traditional museum setting. Students worked in teams with mentors to develop playful ludic interactions which worked with (and sometimes against) the museum's collections and displays.The interactive experiences that students developed are designed to question the notion of play in the museum, recontextualising the collections and gallery spaces to create new modes for the public to investigate and interrogate the spaces of the museum as an institution and develop new dialogues with the exhibits.These ‘experiences’ act as a tangible example of how time constrained prototyping can facilitate innovative responses to museum collections and presents a case for museums to develop and implement interactive experiences in a faster and more efficient manner. The Hack Day marked the culmination of ‘This is our Playground’ a semester long collaborative research project which explored interdisciplinary teaching and practice, through a series of workshops on digital literacy and designing for the cultural sector. As a result of this project National Museums Northern Ireland has begun to explore new ways to engage with students, and is in the process of developing an interactive media project that will build on the outcomes produced during the Hack Day.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
MCGPlayhttp://www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/mcgplay/MCGPlay was a one day symposium drawing together researchers, both academic and industry to discuss the impact that play and games can have on museum spaces. This symposium worked to disseminate research from the projects to a community of practice in the Arts and Museums sector in Northern IrelandUNSPECIFIED1 day
Date:25 April 2012
ID Code:26480
Deposited By: Mr Alan Hook
Deposited On:10 Sep 2013 07:07
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:14

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