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Digital Underground

Creative Technologist Interview: Jonathan Monaghan's Leda and the Marsyas

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of Media Lab, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

At the Met, we've been experimenting with ways that museum visitors can use 3D scanning, hacking, and printing to enhance their experience of works of art. In light of our recent explorations, we caught up with Jonathan Monaghan, a creative technologist who participated in our 3D Hackathon back in 2012, to ask him some questions about one of the works he created that weekend and about his work with 3D printing and CGI animation.

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The Making of 82nd & Fifth

Howard Silver, Media Producer for Special Projects, Digital Media

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Each week this year, our web series 82nd & Fifth has brought you a little deeper into the world of the Met. In the close to ninety episodes we've posted so far, you've gotten to hear Museum curators talk about works of art that changed the way they see the world. We've produced a short video to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how our team of editors, producers, and photographers creates each two-minute episode.

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Good Photographs Make for Great Digital 3D Models

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of Media Lab, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In my last post, I introduced some of the work we're doing at the Museum with 3D scanning, modeling, and printing. I hope I piqued your interest in photographing objects in the galleries and turning those images into digital 3D models for use in your own artistic creations. Today I'm going to talk about the photography process: how to get the best images for use with the 3D-modeling program 123D Catch, and how to take pictures of an object without putting it at risk of unintended contact.

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New Ways to Connect with the Met

Annie Dolmatch, Associate Website Managing Editor

Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013

Last month we launched two new sections of metmuseum.org: Met Blogs, which collects and presents posts from blogs across the site, and Community, which highlights our activity on a wide array of social media channels. These new sections are designed to invite visitors to find new ways to connect with the Museum.

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Seeing the Met through Glass

Neal Stimler, Associate Digital Asset Specialist

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013

You've probably heard a lot about Google Glass, the mobile wearable technology created by Google that enables users to capture images and video, to receive email, SMS messages, and social media updates, and to find directions or browse the Internet. Although it's arguably the most famous, it's only one of many new mobile devices that has emerged in a field of wearable cameras, smart watches, and wristbands. We can all imagine how to use these devices in our daily lives, but what about inside a museum?

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3D Scanning, Hacking, and Printing in Art Museums, for the Masses

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of Media Lab, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

3D Printing. You've heard the term everywhere lately, from Popular Science magazine to tech blogs, to President Obama's State of the Union address. Advocates of this technology claim that 3D printers will revolutionize manufacturing, health care, education, design, space exploration, time travel, and countless other fields. While they may not help us travel back in time, 3D printers sure are neat, and new applications of these tools are being developed every day.

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Digital Archives: A Visual History

Stephanie Post, Senior Digital Asset Specialist, Digital Media

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013

In addition to images of works of art, the Met's digital archive also documents the Museum's buildings, inside and outside, as they've expanded and changed over time to accommodate works of art and visitors. A veritable treasure trove of visual history, these images offer clues to familiar museum experiences: a child's rebellious stance; a visitor's self-consciousness at being caught on film; managing an oversized coat.

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Welcome to Digital Underground

Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013

Welcome to Digital Underground, one of many blogs at the Met.

"Blogs at the Met," you say? Perhaps, like many folks, you aren't yet aware of all the awesome digital output of the Museum. My goal in this post as well as in the weeks, months, and years ahead is to share with you all the digital work that goes on at the Met and The Cloisters.

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The Museum's Blogs

Eileen Willis, Senior Website Managing Editor

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013

Digital Underground, dedicated to the ongoing activities of the Digital Media Department, is the newest addition to the Museum's growing list of blogs.

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Introducing the Media Lab

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of Media Lab, Digital Media

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013

In the Met's Media Lab, we explore ways that new technology can affect the museum experience for our staff and visitors, in our galleries, classrooms, and online. As digitally mediated experiences play an ever greater role in our lives, it's important that museums—the great repositories of the world's cultural expression—stay abreast of these developments.

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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 collections 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