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Thursday, November 5 • 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Museums beyond Meatspace: User Generated Museums in Virtual Worlds (and What We Can Learn from Them)

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Remember the hype about Second Life? The hype may be over, but virtual worlds are not.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide engage daily in creation, exploration and interaction within thousands of massive multi-user virtual worlds, user-generated worlds in which the presence of museums is pervasive. The overwhelming majority of these museums are created not by professional museum entities but by users not otherwise affiliated with museums.

Offering an astounding array of topics ranging from mermaids to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to the Marquis de Sade to a variety of less easily classifiable spaces, these user-generated museums may often feature the familiar marble columns of a traditional museum, but their function has been radically redefined to serve their unique cultural needs. In a world in which reproducibility is infinite, physical authenticity is meaningless, socialization is anonymous, physicality is representational and content is peer-generated, what role do museums play and how does it apply to their physical counterparts?

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Scott Sayre

Chief Digital, Information and Education Officer, Corning Museum of Glass
As Director of Digital Media, Information Technology and Education and Interpretation at the Corning Museum of Glass, I am responsible for developing new strategies for and overseeing the Museum’s educational and digital programs onsite and online. I am also an MCN Board Member... Read More →

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Jen Tobias

Assoc. Director of Exhibitions/Art Collections, Denver Botanic Gardens
Jen Tobias is the Associate Director of Exhibitions and Art Collections and Associate Curator of Art at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she works to combine art, science and creative technologies for meaningful and unexpected experiences. Tobias holds an MA with Distinction in Museum... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 3:45pm - 4:15pm CST
Harriet Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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