Museomix is inspired by the open, participative and networked practices that have emerged from the web. It?s an event-driven community of museum innovators that harnesses their collective energies over three days, and enables them to change the museum from within.
The Museomix project was founded in 2011 by five very different persons and entities working in the culture and innovation sectors: the agencies Nod-a and Buzzeum, the research laboratory Erasme, Samuel Bausson and Julien Dorra. It is now driven by an active community of art and history enthusiasts, museum staff, innovators, designers, coders, community organizers, makers and tinkerers that grows each year, including The French Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Why is Museomix here?
If we are not satisfied with the way museums work, why not make the museum we would love to visit and work for? Why not make it a creative platform? This is the question we asked when setting up Museomix.
We love museums, but sometimes it feels like museums don?t really love us back. They are filled with rules, shushing guards, admonitions against photography. They can give us a sense that we?re somewhere we don?t belong, where our rights and agency are diminished, where we are more limited than usual to do, or play, as we please.
Museum professionals ? especially those working in digital and the web ? are frequently frustrated: there are many new possibilities for mediation and the museum experience. They are discussed in conferences and prototyped in workshops. But when museum professionals try to bring these ideas back to their own museums, innovation can seem out of reach.
Museomix was born out of this frustration. It?s a way to bridge the gap between participatory web culture and institutional museum culture, between peer-to-peer logic and pyramidal organisation.
Museomix wants to demonstrate that museums can work differently, and that a disruptive experience can initiate change throughout an organisation.
Over three days Museomix make it happen for real in museums where people can be creative and have an immediate impact.
Beyond visitors: reaching out to museum user communities
Visitors want many things out of their museum visit: students, teachers, parents and children; designers, artists and photographers; tourists and researchers; amateurs and bloggers ? all have different motivations to visit.
If you look closely at their habits and practices, you?ll find that they are much more than visitors: they are really museum users.
Beyond simply watching, they seek diverse experiences: photographing, drawing, posing, dancing, learning, loitering, meeting, eating ? experiences that they like to share with friends, and that they can?t always have in museums.
Museomix opens the door to people who want to make a place for themselves. Museomix lets visitors imagine a cultural space that let them become engaged users and evolves with them.
The Museomix community shares a vision of today?s museum, co-edited in 2012:
a museum that is open and inclusive to people, their uses, and the use of their content;
a museum that is connected, and works outside-in with its user communities;
a participatory museum, where contemplating is one of many ways to relate artworks, where people can share and create ? a read-write museum.
Museomix allows users to own their experiences. Users help museums to change.