The MediaLab is a small team within the Creative Development Group in the Digital Media Department.
Our job, broadly speaking, is to explore the impact that technology can have on the museum experience. More specifically, we do this by working with New York's creative technology community, to develop prototypes and proofs-of-concept that we share with Met staff to get feedback and fuel conversation. We run an ambitious internship program, bring in volunteers, collaborate with local schools, and partner with startups that see a benefit in working with our amazing collection, incredible staff, and vast space. Our projects are low-budget, open-source, and rapidly iterated.
The MediaLab's work looks at the relationship between culture and technology through a variety of lenses:The application of new technology to the in-gallery visitor experience.The influence of the arts on the practice of creative technology.Hands-on, collaborative learning enabled by digital tools.Building a community of creative interaction with our collection.
Museum content and expertise as raw material and inspiration for new media art.The development of digital tools to aid in scholarly practice.
The goal of this presentation is to provide useful, actionable tips on how to bring some "MediaLab Thinking" into your own museum. With limited time and resources, how can your institution encourage diverse perspectives, attract technical talent, and generate useful ideas that have value to both the museum and our visitors? What expectations shoudld we have for our prototypes, and how do we take them to the next level? How do we expand our definition of what a museum can be, while preserving and elevating our core principles? We'll share some of our successful projects, but also the processes, constraints, and opportunities that led to them. We also hope to listen to our audience, to discover ways that our MediaLab can better serve the broader museum community.