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Conversations in the Digital Age

Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013

«As I discussed in my first Digital Underground post, my Met colleagues do a lot of terrific digital and multimedia work. In an effort to get more attention to some of this work, I occasionally do interviews with the press. Recently, I was a guest on "Conversations in the Digital Age with Jim Zirin," a show that looks at "how the Internet is transforming the global landscape."»

Mr. Zirin, a lawyer and friend of the Met, has been hosting his show, which runs on WNYE-TV in NYC and a variety of satellite and cable systems, for 15 years now. We had a 30-minute conversation about digital initiatives at the Met and he showed excerpts of some of our videos.

As you can see from browsing our website and from watching the YouTube version below, the answer to the episode's title question—"Has the Met Gone Digital?"—is a resounding yes.

Below is a a reminder of some of our digital initiatives—hope you'll take a look. And please keep the feedback coming: sree@metmuseum.org or @Sree on Twitter.

82nd & Fifth (One work, one curator, two minutes at a time)
Connections (Met staff members offer personal perspectives on works of art)
Collections (including Artwork of the Day)
Met Media
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Apps & Games
Met Around the World

Department(s): Digital Media

Comments

  • Daniel D. Teoli Jr says:

    I am happy the Metropolitan is taking a lead position in advancing digital media within the Museum. As a photographer I see many a museum complain of a lack of storage space for new acquisitions. I hope as museums get more comfortable with dealing with digital media they will start to collect photography via high-res digital files and incorporate them into their permanent collection.

    Of course, special concerns would need to be met if the museum did collect digitally could ‘print on demand’ as their exhibition needs required. But all the language can be addressed in the Deed of Gift. How much simpler it would be for a museum to print up a photograph instead of going through all the gyrations required to borrow it.

    The ink jet technology we have is outstanding.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Left_Silver_Gelatin_Print_-_Right_Hahnemuehle_Ink_Jet_Print%27_Copyright_2013_Daniel_Teoli_Jr..jpg

    It equals and betters an Eastman Kodak Dye Transfer print

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:150_%27Dye_Transfer_Scans%27_2012_Daniel_D._Teoli_Jr_LLR.jpg

    And an ink jet print is extremely fade resistant compared to a fade prone dye transfer.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dye_Transfer_Fade_Test_2012_Daniel_D._Teoli_Jr_mr.jpg

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:154_%27Ink_Jet_Fade_Tests%272012_Daniel_D._Teoli_Jr_LLR.jpg

    Ink jet prints are cheap enough that the prints can be destroyed after exhibition or what ever use the museum had in mind. In short, digital files can be used as would any physical print in the permanent collection.

    Sure my suggestion is groundbreaking. But that may be the direction photography collectioning need to go. If the overloaded museums wish to be open to collecting the work of the future photographers out there that have yet to freeze time.

    Best Regards,

    Daniel D. Teoli Jr


    http://danielteolijr.tumblr.com/

    http://biographyofdanieldteolijr.tumblr.com/

    Posted: December 20, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

  • TANCREDO CORTAZZI OLIVEIRA says:

    THIS IS FANTASTIC.
    CONGRATULATIONS FOR THIS ... METROPOLITAM WITH MORE TECHNOLOGY.. IT´S A GIFT FOR US.

    Posted: December 27, 2013, 10:16 p.m.

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Sree Sreenivasan is the Museum's chief digital officer.

About this Blog

The Digital Media Department leads the creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of multimedia content to support the viewing and understanding of the Met's collection and exhibitions, both within the galleries and online. This blog discusses a few of the activities of the department, and invites your questions and comments about the Museum's digital initiatives.


Above: Jim Campbell (American, born 1956). Motion and Rest #2 (detail), 2002. Light-emitting-diodes (LED) and custom electronics. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Henry Nias Foundation Inc. Gift, 2004 (2004.105). © Jim Campbell