Website Work

As part of my masters thesis on digital reciprocation from Tufts University, I
 piloted 
a website project called 
“Maori 
Art 
Search.” The 
website  
focused 
on 
100 
Maori 
art works 
from
 five 
university 
art
 collections 
in 
New 
England. 
These 
museums 

included: 
The 
Fleming 
Museum
 at 
the 
University 
of 
Vermont, 
the
 Yale 
Peabody 
Museum
 of 
Natural 
History, 
the 
Peabody 
Museum
 of 
Archeology 
and
 Ethnology 
at 
Harvard, 

the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University and 

the 
Hood 
Museum
 at 
Dartmouth 
College.

The main goal of the project was 
to
 explore 
the 
role
 of 
digital
 collaborative 
research 
as 
a 
way 
of 
connecting
 New 
Zealand 
students from
 
Gisborne 
New 
Zealand, 
to objects of 
their

 cultural
 heritage in museum collections abroad
. The
 project’s objective was 
to 
provide 
both
 a
 venue 
for 
open 
cross
 cultural
 dialogue
 and 
aid
 museums 
in 
their
 representation 
of 
Maori 
material.

Students  contributed
 to
 the 
website 
in 
three 
ways:

• By uploading 
video 
projects 
demonstrating the use of the art objects in
 contemporary 
practice.

• By contributing to
 an 
ongoing 
threads 
of 
discussion
 about 
each 
work 
of 
art.

• Finally,
 students 
can curate 
virtual 
exhibitions 
using 
images 
from
 the
 database.

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Project 2- Global Fellows deYoung Museum (work in progress)

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Design and wire frame mock-ups for project proposal

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Project 3- Artist Fellows deYoung Museum

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ArtWorkSpace Concept

Using the Kimball Education Gallery as a literal and virtual template, the website will take its graphic form from the floorplan of the Kimball. The landing page will be organized according to the floorplan, with each artist’s menu area occupying a bay—as if they were all working together in the Kimball, separated only by the glass walls. To begin, the top two bays will house Paper and Blade and Lexa Walsh respectively. The third bay will serve as a “conversation” area, where we will build in a comment, question area for users to engage with the artists via the site.

Within each bay, there will be a work table that will have various components from the artist’s practice, e.g. scissors, paper, spray paint, a computer, a map, etc. Each of these components will be a menu item that will open up a lightroom experience with more information, e.g. a video, an image gallery, or an artist statement. As the project progresses, the objects in the work space will multiply, taking up more of the table and beyond.

The lowest bay, where there are often couches and conversational areas set up, will serve as a virtual salon wherein artists, users, and community members can comment on the site, the work, and other relevant topics using a “discuss” module, or a comment thread.

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