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Peter Samis on Mobile Multimedia

Posted on | June 28, 2009 | 5 Comments

Peter Samis is to museums as James Brown is to soul,” was tweeted earlier this year from the American Association of Museums (AAM) conference in Philadelphia. There is no doubt that Peter’s spirit has inspired my work in museum interpretation ever since my first multimedia tour projects with Tate Modern, and his educational mission and ethics remain a touchstone as I often ask, ‘what would Peter do’ to tell this story, to communicate this message, to reach this audience better?

In this podcast, Peter recounts his experiences with mobile multimedia at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from 2000/2001 to the present day. He also speaks candidly about the future of mobile, companies and business models in the industry, as well as the ‘open source’ project that’s being pursued collaboratively on the Museum Mobile wiki. In closing, he answers questions from Dave Patten of the Science Museum in London, MoMA Learning (Beth Harris, Director of Digital Learning), and educator at the St Louis Art Museum and Michael Mouw from the Minnesota Historical Society.

Be sure to check out SFMOMA’s multimedia programs, podcasts, and in particular, writings by student contributor, Radford Leon, from Herbert Hoover Middle School, celebrated by Peter in this interview.

Peter & I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on our conversation!

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5 Responses to “Peter Samis on Mobile Multimedia”

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  5. Beth Harris
    June 30th, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

    Wow! I finally had some time to listen to this interview. There is a lot to think about here. I was particularly interested in Peter’s thoughts about new business models for content development for tours – more in-house developed and maintained content, less of the very polished fully produced tours. Makes sense. The means of production are now not very expensive and content is relatively easy to create.

    Of course the question is what constitutes good content! I agree — the artist interview is key, but often I have learned more from a good teacher (whether that was an educator or curator) than from the artist — so I think that depends. I also think that when we do interviews we need to ask the right questions of artists and curators and other museum professionals, questions that our museum visitors want asked – so who does the interview and asks the questions is important. But that’s all obvious!

    Also, I wonder if we should start thinking about conversations instead of interviews, and how we would articulate the difference between the two…

    I was also very interested in the response to my own question about the future of the museum exhibition subsite. Smaller features on more works of art in the collection also makes a lot of sense!

    It’s good to hear how thinking about the visitor experience as educators (!) is what drives the technology!

    Thanks Nancy and Peter! I will be listening to this again! Lots of good stuff…

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