THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL: CITY MUSEUMS AND CONTEMPORARY URBAN LIFE
The CAMOC conference that took place in Berlin in 2011, with its theme
“Participative Strategies in Capturing the Changing Urban World,” is part
of a larger discussion that museums in general—and city museums in particular—
have been having recently about our collections and whether they
are serving our current needs. We have been assessing our collections—what
we own versus what we wish we owned—and we are noticing a disconnect.
Most of our collections were formed at the turn of the twentieth century, and
we’re having a lot of trouble making them fit the stories we want to tell about
our cities here in the twenty-first century. So, we’re experimenting with contemporary
collecting, and participatory collecting, in an attempt to make our
collections more inclusive and more representative. This is important work
and we need to do more of it.
Anderson, C. (2006). The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More. NewYork, NY: Hyperion.
Logan, J. (2009, August 29). Scents in the City. The New York Times. Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/08/29/opinion/20090829-smell-mapfea-ture.html?scp=1&sq=manhattan%20smells&st=cse.
Nold, C. (2007). San Francisco Emotion Map. Retrieved from http://www.sf.biomapping.net/.
Rosenzweig, R. & Thelen, D. (2000). The Presence of the Past. New York, NY: Columbia University Press