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Field Trips

A conversation between museum technologists and local artists, Field Trips are meant to fuel critical dialogue and provocative conversations on art, ideas, and culture, particularly on the impact of the Internet on cultural spaces. One part roundtable discussion and one part tour, Field Trips take attendees out of the conference bubble to explore lesser-known spaces and engage in substantive talks with the artists and professionals incubating the local art scene.
 

Held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Field Trips are half-day optional sessions that provide museum professionals the opportunity to evolve perspectives and make connections across communities and disciplines. Attendees must sign up for their field trip of choice at registration and pay an additional fee to participate.

Advanced Registration Required!

  • Field Trips are optional and must be purchased in addition to the conference registration.
  • Fee is $50 per Field Trip, which includes snacks, and beverages.
  • Space is limited so make sure you make your selection early.

FIELD TRIP 1: #MuseSocial tour of Balboa Park

Join #musesocial professionals from San Diego on a tour of Balboa Park!

Casa del Prado in Balboa Park

Balboa Park is where culture and nature meet! Over 12,000 acres, visitors can experience everything from gardens to forests, fountains to playgrounds, and sweeping architecture from Spanish Colonial Revival to mid-century Modern. More than 16 museums—featuring dinosaurs to space travel, science to the study of humankind, photographs to old masters, and automobiles to orchids—span the heart of the Park. Open to all working across social media, this interdisciplinary tour is a combination of networking, site-seeing/behind-the-scenes experiences, and research. Attendees will tour a selection of Balboa Park sites and connect with local social media staff and learn about their initiatives, successes, and failures, while also having the opportunity to share their own experiences from their respective institutions. The event will conclude with a happy hour in Balboa Park, further chance to network and share ideas.


Who's leading this Field Trip?

  • Alexis Light – Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing, The Frick Collection
  • Jonathan Munar – Director of Digital, Art21

What will you get out of attending this Field Trip?

After attending this Field Trip, participants will walk away with fresh perspectives on the ways social media can be used to enhance audience engagement, and a deeper network of colleagues working in the field.


Start time: 9:00 AM depart from the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa 
End time: 12:30 PM back at the Hilton Hotel
Transportation: included
Capacity: Limited to 20 participants
Price: $50 per person (includes snacks, and beverages)


FIELD TRIP 2: Non-computational adventures in science: A guide for social engagement


San Diego / Los Angeles based collaborators and conceptual artists Debby and Larry Kline challenge viewers’ preconceptions through social interaction, participation and performance, and many of their works explore the connections between art and technology.  Debby and Larry have a background in museum work including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Chicago Art Institute; The Indianapolis Museum of Art; and the California Center for the Arts, which has influenced their artistic work.  The Klines' recent work directly explores and employs technology as a medium, ranging from "Mining a Museum: Finding Hierarchies" (2017), at the San Diego Art Institute, which uses technology as a tool to foster connections between visitors and collection objects, to artist residencies at the San Diego Natural History Museum and the UCSD School of Medicine. In this MCN Field Trip, join the Klines for a conversation about using art to ask and answer questions, the hierarchy of art, the attention of the viewer, how we interact with objects and our environments, and power of context. Our conversations will be hosted at the San Diego Art Institute, the only contemporary cultural institution in Balboa Park.

San Diego Art Institute facade

Who's leading this Field Trip?

  • Melissa Fournier – Head of Imaging and Intellectual Property, Yale Center for British Art
  • Debby and Larry Kline – Artists

What will you get out of attending this Field Trip?

After attending this Field Trip, participants (whether museum technologists, curators, educators, or collection professionals) will be inspired to explore the incorporation of current artistic practice into museum work, and to use both technology and community conversation to engage and connect visitors with their collections.

Start time: 1:00 for PM depart from the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa 
End time: 4:30 PM back at the Hilton Hotel
Transportation: included
Capacity: Limited to 20 participants
Price: $50 per person (includes snacks, and beverages)

 

Questions about Field Trips? Contact conference@mcn.edu.

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