Chatbots – Artificial Intelligence in the Museum

In my article about the MuseumNext Tech event in Berlin last autumn, I was also writing about a chatbot project at four House Museums in Milan. The Museum and the Web Newsletter has now linked to various articles around the topic of how chatbots are used in museums:  Chatbots in Museums: Hype or Opportunity? How Museums Are Using Chatbots Robots… Continue Reading

Do we still need to talk about digitizing the museum?

Switzerland normally isn’t exactly cutting edge when it comes to cultural trends. However this isn’t only for the bad. It seems that Switzerland so far has withstood the trend of severe austerity measures in the arts & culture secture that countries like Denmark (-2% per year!), the Netherlands and the U.K. have seen over the recent years. The Plateforme 10… Continue Reading

MuseumTech at the Jewish Museum Berlin, 30 Nov 2017

This very focussed one-day event by the organizers of MuseumNext was called MuseumTech but it was actually much more than the geeky tech event one might have expected. In a time when the digital becomes ever more ubiquitous, for museums, questions about technology become intertwined with strategic aims, topics such as outreach and accessibility as well as with the ultimate… Continue Reading

Joseph Beuys meets Harry Potter and Crumpy Cat

Any links between the fictional character Harry Potter and the charismatic German artist Joseph Beuys seem extremely farfetched if not for Schloss Moyland with its neo-gothic facade. It hosts the biggest collection of the work of Beuys but could easily be mistaken as Hogwarts, where the young student of wizardry (Harry Potter, not Beuys) had to survive quite a few… Continue Reading

MuseumNext Conference 2015 in Geneva/Switzerland (19.–21. of April)

Probably the most important European conference on future developments in the museum sector: „The 2015 edition of MuseumNext will take place in the Swiss city of Geneva between 19 – 21 April 2015. MuseumNext Geneva will serve as a platform to discuss what’s next for all aspects of the museum, including architecture, exhibitions, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose and leadership. The event… Continue Reading