A New Class I’m Teaching: Inspired Social Media

*While this class already took place, we will be offering online documentation and worksheets from the class soon. Stay tuned!   On the evening of Monday, November 10, I will be teaching a class on social media at the Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley along with my friend and colleague extraordinaire, Kathryn Jaller. Kathy is currently owning content strategy at Chronicle Books, after recently departing from her role managing digital + social media at the… Read More →

Big news! I’m becoming a free(lance) agent.

In a month, I’ll be leaving my position at SFMOMA in order to pursue creative projects and freelance work at the intersection of art + technology. This is a big change, but the time has come for me to shift gears, and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s next. During my time at the museum, I have worked on so many fulfilling projects. I began as an intern in what… Read More →

Unpacking Our SXSW Panel, “Everyone’s a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter?”

In just a week, I’ll be presenting the panel, Everyone’s a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter? at South by Southwest Interactive with Kathryn Jaller of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Sarah Bailey Hogarty of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Jennifer Yin of the Asian Art Museum. Woooh, deep breath! In preparing for this opportunity to represent a museum’s perspective at SXSW Interactive–a predominantly tech-focused, innovation-obsessed conference–it has been interesting to think about… Read More →

Copyright/Social Media FAQs: Defining Best Practices for Museums

As our culture of social sharing has reached its boiling point, the lid has officially been blown off of traditional notions of copyright and intellectual property law. From the get-go, social media sites have imposed opaque policies that make it nearly impossible to understand exactly what is happening when you publish a post to their platform. While some extreme legal cases involving social media and copyright law have been settled in court… Read More →

SXSW Proposal: “Everyone’s a Curator: Do Museums Still Matter?”

In the age of social media, everyone is a curator (or at least they think they are). Media-rich networks have empowered anyone with an interest in art to both disseminate and publish their own creative images and groupings of artworks—essentially, creative Internet users have the ability to assume the roles of curator, artist, and critic, all at the same time. Where do museums fit into this picture, and how can… Read More →

Social Media: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU; IT’S ABOUT US.

We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us. – Marshall McLuhan Social media. Oh, how you torture me so. I can honestly say that I’ve never had more of a love/hate relationship with something as I currently have with the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and every other platform now in the mix. I’m in love with the idea of social media; with… Read More →

#HiveSalon on July 2: How can we harness the creative advantage of the Internet?

Q: The internet allows us to tap into a collective intelligence, but now that we’re all plugged in, there is nothing psychedelic about it. We have all the information we need, but are we any wiser for it? What’s missing? A: The missing piece is between your ears… You seek salvation in the external world, but that world is yours to make. When are you going to learn to control,… Read More →

Why don’t techies care about art?

Recently I’ve noticed the relationship between the art world and tech world becoming a bit strained. As techies earn more and more money at younger ages, the established art world looks older and stiffer by comparison. Of course, the art world is old – a visit to almost any museum will prove that, and any liberal arts graduate will remember the likely pairing of the two words art and history. When put in… Read More →

Ambiguity in the Age of the Internet

As long as there have been men and they have lived, they have all felt this tragic ambiguity of their condition, but as long as there have been philosophers and they have thought, most of them have tried to mask it.  – Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity Normally I love the Internet, but sometimes I get the sense that an overwhelming tidal wave of all that it encapsulates has… Read More →

And now, for the 2012 archives…

This year I’ve had the pleasure of being ridiculously busy. Lots of productive things have happened in the meantime, and I wanted to use this space as a repository for bits of text/media that are currently scattered across the Internet that I would like to keep around. If I had a more dynamic tagging structure for this blog, I would tag this post RELENTLESSLY SELF-CENTERED, so be warned. I was… Read More →