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Workshop Participants

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Ailsa Barry, Natural History Museum, London

Following a background in Anthropology and Art, Ailsa Barry began developing new media installations for museums and galleries in 1992. She went on to produce a number of CD ROMs, before joining Microsoft Network. She joined the BBC in 1998, initially as the Online Editor for BBC Science. In 1999 she became Managing Editor for BBC Online. In this role she was involved in growing the BBC’s emerging Internet capabilities and strategies, and developing the online production team across the BBC. In 2001 Ailsa left the BBC to gain experience in commercial online publishing. In her role as Head of Content, Vizzavi, UK, she was responsible for developing content strategies for mobile and Internet. She joined the Natural History Museum in 2003.  As Head of Interactive Media she is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of new technology to deliver the Museum’s cultural and scientific resources through the Internet, mobile and new-media gallery installations.

Christine Leeson, Tower of London

Chris Leeson was originally a science graduate (Applied Biology) and after briefly working in research (molecular genetics), spent 17 years in the film business as a freelance writer and director of documentaries and corporates; she has always had a particular interest in looking at the way in which complex ideas are communicated to a lay audience. She then spent 7 years working as the communications manager for the probation service national employers' organisation, trying to bring a more creative approach to the way in which criminal justice issues are dealt with and communicated to the public and more recently (the last three weeks!) has shifted back into more familiar territory by taking on the role of Exhibitions Project Manager at the Tower of London (maternity cover). A shift, but not a million miles away from film making! Part of her role will be looking at/piloting new technology alternatives to more traditional audio guides for enhancing visitor experience within the context of the Historic Royal Palaces.


Titus Bicknell, Hendricks Investment Holdings, LLC

Apart from a fascinating stint at NBC Universal in 2007-8 working on the big screen, I have spent the last 10 years exploring the small screen both web and handheld. As Chief Engineer at Antenna Audio and subsequently Head of Mobile Technologies at Discovery Communications, I was fortunate to particate in ground breaking handheld projects at Tate Modern, the Louvre, Pompidou, the Intel Museum, and the Getty, among others. I have recently joined HIH to help develop technology solutions for a number of pedagogical experiences including the Gateway Canyons Resort and the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum.



Matthew Cock, Head of Web, Department of Learning and Audiences, British Museum, ENGLAND 

Matthew has worked on the British Museum's website since 1998. Recently the web team has also become responsible for the Museum's audioguides and the content of AV technology in the galleries, and are in the process of developing and realising a long-term strategy to bring into the Museum as much of the audio/multimedia guide development process as possible. 



Silvia Filippini Fantoni, University Paris I - Sorbonne, France 

Silvia Filippini Fantoni is completing her PhD at Sorbonne University on the use of personalization technologies in museums. She has presented the results of her research at international conferences and seminars and has worked on projects with the Louvre and the City of Science and Industry in France, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Tate Modern and the J. Paul Getty Museum. More recently Silvia was employed as an evaluator and a multimedia product manger at Antenna Audio. Silvia is currently also a Visiting Research Fellow at London South Bank University, where she works with Professor J. P. Bowen on research issues related to the use of technology in museums.


Jenna Fleming, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jenna is the Manager of New Media at the MFA in Boston, Massachusetts. At the MFA, Jenna manages interactive projects that focus on in-gallery and online interpretation, including a recent grant-funded project to develop multimedia handhelds. Prior to joining the MFA, Jenna worked as a Creative Director and Business Analyst for a technology consulting firm, providing information architecture and strategy services for clients such as Disney, Pergo and Harvard University. Jenna has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and graduate degree in Library and Information Science. (Email Jenna | Visit mfa.org


John Gordy, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

I am the Web Manager at NGA. Before that I was the Director of Outreach Technology at the United States Holocaust Museum and the Head of Visual Design at the Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

I am always searching for new ways to engage our audience and I look forward to learning from you all. 



Daniel Incandela, Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA

Daniel Incandela leads the award-winning New Media team at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Since 2004, he has built the department from the ground up; creating a team with a reputation as innovators in the field of museum technology.  Under his leadership the team has created dynamic content on YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, and iTunes in addition to IMA developed sites such as the IMA Blog.  All of these projects feature fresh approaches to digital content delivery that bridge the gap between art and its viewers. 



Clive Izard, Head of Creative Services , The British Library, London 

Following a career in television advertising and then video documentary production, Clive joined the Library to help the public and researchers interpret the collections using new technology.  Working with external developers Creative Services is responsible for the design and construction of exhibitions in the St Pancras building and the integration of interpretive technologies within them.  Clive oversaw the evolution of Turning the Pages and is now concentrating on the opportunities technology offers the researcher and the public as their requirements converge.



Doug McFarlane, Tate, Rainy Old London 

I have worked for Tate since 2004 and been the Digital Production Coordinator at Tate Media since 2006. I oversee the technical side of the audio-visual output on Tate's website as well being involved in the production of other digital projects for Tate Media, such as in-gallery films, tours and digital ads. In no particular order my areas of expertise are video, podcasting, web delivery and online communities. I oversee Tate's presence on Youtube and manage the delivery of audio tours as podcasts through the iTunes Store. I recently managed the production of the multimedia tour for the Gustav Klimt show at Tate Liverpool, which was delivered as a video podcast and wirelessly in-gallery via an iPhone-optimised website.


Dave Patten, Science Museum, London, ENGLAND 

I am Head of New Media at the Science Museum in London. My background is in electronics and software engineering. After completeing a 4 year electronics apprenticeship with the Ministry of Defence I spent 5 years in the National Health Service doing electronics and writing software. I joined the Science Museum in 1985, originally to do electronics but I quickly moved into developing software-based exhibits. Over the last 23 years I have managed many projects and developed numerous exhibits.For the past 9 years I have managed the New Media team at the Science Museum and I am responsible for setting the museum's strategic direction for new media and AV.I was also responsible for the technical development of 2 large new building projects at the Museum, The Wellcome Wing and the Dana Centre.As well as my work at the museum I am frequently asked to consult for other museum's and science centres and I reguarly speak at conferences.


Dan Porter, Museums Consultant/Graphic Facilitator, England


Dan is a museums consultant and content producer. He worked at Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst in Denmark and at Tate Modern before becoming a freelancer. He produced the award winning i-Map project for Tate Online and has recently written and produced an extensive audio tour for the Folkestone Triennial. He’s also worked widely as a strategic consultant, using rapidly conceived graphics to help capture discussion, map ideas and communicate strategy. Assignments have ranged from product design sessions with Nokia in Scandinavia to health initiative workshops with the World Health Organization in Africa. He will be ‘mind-mapping’ the ideas and insights that emerge from Thursday’s workshop.  


Kathryn Potts, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 

Kathryn Potts is Director of Education Initiatives at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She directs the Whitney Museum’s exhibition interpretation program, managing and creating content for exhibition wall texts, special exhibition and collection audio guides and "Whitney Focus," the Museum’s new video program featuring interviews with contemporary artists and commentary by museum curators. Kathryn recently completed an in-depth study of Whitney visitors and their preferences and behaviors in relation to different audio devices and technology platforms. Kathryn also oversees strategic planning and research for the Education Department and participates in the planning for the Whitney's new Renzo Piano-designed facility in Manhattan's Meatpacking District (scheduled to open in 2012). Kathryn joined the Museum in 1997. Before coming to the Whitney she held curatorial positions at the Jewish Museum, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Williams College Museum of Art.


Vincent Puig, Centre Pompidou, FRANCE

Since 1993, Vincent Puig has been pioneering new technologies in the cultural domain at Centre Pompidou. He first started as Director of Industrial relations at Ircam and designed new services for music software amateurs (Forum Ircam) and online sound processing (Studio On Line). He designed several R&D projects such as Semantic HIFI, a European project for the HIFI of the future in collaboration with Sony. In 2002, he launched Resonances (International Convention on Technologies for Music, 4 annual editions) and Ircam Hypermedia Studio dedicated to new forms of authoring and publication tools for “Guided listening”, Web radio programs and education tools such as Musique Lab in collaboration with French Ministries of Education and Culture. In April 2006, he became Deputy Director of Centre Pompidou Cultural Development Dpt. in charge of the newly founded Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) dedicated to cultural technologies such as annotation tools, collaborative Web and social networks and multimodal interfaces. 


Marie Rouhète, Centre Pompidou - Paris - France 

I have been Head of Education and Interpretation at the Centre Pompidou since March 2007. I am in charge of the new multimedia tours for the museum and for the exhibitions. Previously I worked for different arts organizations as Head of Education: for the Villa Arson, a national contemporary art centre in Nice; for the Fonds Regional d'art contemporain des Pays de la Loire in Nantes, and I was in charge of Interpretation at the Art Museum of Nantes. I also worked as an editor for six years in charge of the "Art and Culture" programme for the publisher of the National Education ministry. I edited art books for teachers.



Duncan Rowland, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, ENGLAND

Duncan received his Doctorate from St Andrews University (1998) where he developed computer graphics techniques and investigated human face perception. After a Post-Doc at Michigan State, working at a start-up venture in New Jersey, and as a lead-programmer in the commercial games industry, he returned to academia and founded the LiSC Research Centre at the University of Lincoln where he was the Reader in Social Computing. The Centre's diverse research activities center around social interactions between humans and digital devices/media and involve experts from diverse disciplines. Duncan has recently returned to the University of Nottingham as a Senior Research Fellow where he is now devoting his time solely to research. A current project he is directing is the Sillitoe Trail – a location-based cycle tour around Nottingham incorporating media from Alan Sillitoe's film “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning”, interviews with the author, and locations in Nottingham used in the film and of importance in the author's life. 



Koven J. Smith, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Noo Yawk

Koven J. Smith is the Associate Manager of Interpretive Technology at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his primary focus is the structuring and presentation of content about the Museum’s collections. Prior to arriving at the Met, Koven was a systems architect at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Koven also teaches information technology for the visual arts at New York University. When not laboring over various museum projects, Koven can be found working in his capacity as musical director for Ellen Cornfield Dance, or playing drums with various members of New York’s vibrant but elusive ukulele underground. (e-mail Koven)



Sayoko Tanaka, University of Tsukuba, JAPAN 

I’m Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design at the Institute of Art and Design, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences University of Tsukuba. I graduated from the Master’s Program in Art and Design at the University of Tsukuba and I have an experience working as a graphic designer.


I belong to “Japanese Cultural Policy and Future of Museums,” a group funded as a 4-year (2005-2008) project by a Japanese subsidy. We held a symposium “PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) for Museum Audiences” at the University of Tsukuba in October 2008 and invited Nancy Proctor of Antenna Audio and Ichiro Hisanaga of Louvre DNP Museum Lab in Japan to speak. I presented in the symposium my case studies of handhelds that were used at the Hako-Navi of National Museum of Ethnology (OSAKA), the Ubiquitous Art Tour of Midtown Tokyo, ITSUMO+ of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Digital Guide of the Samsung Museum of Art Leeum (Seoul), the Multimedia Tour at Tate Modern, and Podcasts at SFMOMA and the National Gallery.




Kevin Walker, London Knowledge Lab, ENGLAND 

Kevin Walker has worked in and with museums since 1996, including five years as Senior Software Designer for Exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and several years as independent consultant and designer. His permanent and temporary museum installations and web sites have won awards internationally and traveled worldwide. At the London Knowledge Lab he works on projects in technology-enhanced learning and international development. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. His Ph.D. research at the Institute of Education, University of London, has focused on personalized learning trails created by museum visitors using mobile technologies. He has published widely on education, technology and museum issues, and also writes a regular column for Educational Technology magazine. 



Gillian Wilson, Curator: Interpretation, Tate Modern 

I work in the Learning department at Tate Modern and have been involved in the development of handheld multimedia tours of the gallery since they were first piloted in 2002. I currently manage the multimedia tour programme at Tate Modern where we offer tours for different audiences - adults, families, deaf people and a pilot tour for schools - as well as tours for our larger-scale temporary exhibitions. As well as working in the mobile realm I commission and produce content for both digital and low tech interpretation resources that help visitors engage with Tate Modern's exhibitions and displays.

Comments (2)

vincent.puig@... said

at 12:47 pm on Jul 24, 2008

For the Workshop we can give the preliminary results of a study we conducted in the context of National research project called Cine Lab.
Part of the contribution tools we developped for this project are available during and after Centre Pompidou exhibition Traces du sacré and are visible at http://web.iri.centrepompidou.fr/traces
If you want to play with the vocal server and upload comments on the exhibition, please dial 00 33

Ben Bedwell said

at 8:37 am on Jul 29, 2008

Unfortunately I am out of the country for the week of the workshop/symposium, but I am keen to help with contributions to the Wiki; I don't want to clutter this page with the background of a non-attendee so would it make sense to have an additional page for bios of 'contributors'?

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