I’ve had 4 conversations in the last week, and its a conversation that I seem to have every 6 months, about art (or objects) and museums. The first conversation of this go around came after visiting the More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I really liked a lot of the pieces in the exhibit (and one piece in particular that used museum exhibit creation as its medium) but what I liked equally as much was the curation of the exhibit. Most of the pieces were accompanied by a small didactic which provided a bit of context about the piece. Not telling you what to think or feel, but giving a little bit of background to direct your experience with the piece. The conversations always circle back to the artist’s intent, the viewers experience, blah blah. I’m sure you’ve had this conversation before.
This morning, I saw this TED Talk by Jay Silver come across my Facebook feed. I’ve played with the MayKey MayKey a little bit and its been on the floor of the museum with a banana piano and ice-controlled Pacman, but I hadn’t thought much about it. After watching this video, hearing more about what led to the project, and how Jay and Erik are thinking about the MayKey MayKey, I’m excited to explore with it more.