From MAPH to the Smart Museum: Diego Arispe-Bazan

September 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Smart Museum is on campus and always free.

Here’s a thoughtful piece from Diego Arispe-Bazan (MAPH 2011), who worked as a MAPH intern at the Smart Museum on campus after graduation. Diego talks about his work, focusing on the introduction of new technologies into the gallery experience and curatorial practice.

Here’s an excerpt:

The debate on interpretive technologies was lively among the Smart interns. It centered on the issue of how multiplicity in experience could be flattened out. The argument is not without basis: interpretive technology, used indiscriminately, can turn a gallery into an arcade. In fact, certain visitors who shared this view eschewed the iPads entirely. However, through my observation and the comments gathered from the museum guards, it became clear that those who chose to pick up the iPads were eager to embrace the integration of interactive digital media into the gallery experience.

You can read the rest here.

Life after Combat: a guest post from Eric McMillan (MAPH 2010)

September 15th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Eric McMillan’s unit, capturing an arms cache in Iraq (2007)

In response to Nick Fox’s (MAPH 2011) thoughts about military service in the wake of 9/11 Eric McMillan (MAPH 2010) offers a guest reflection on life after combat. Eric was honorably discharged from the US Army having attained the rank of Captain and is working on a book about the life of a soldier. He lives with his wife in Seattle.

Walking from my apartment to campus was like planning a patrol. First, I determined a route I would take. Then I planned an alternate route, a contingency route, an emergency route. I could never get over how many kids I saw walking around listening to iPods instead of paying attention to their surroundings. Every morning, I laid out my packing list and prepared as if I were going outside the wire. As I walked, I watched people’s hands, classified them as “threat/ no threat,” peered around every alleyway before crossing them, watched windows on the second stories of the street. I did this all year in the sun and the rain and snow. It was habit. It was survival. It was what I knew.  » Read the rest of this entry «

“A Career Shaped by 9/11″

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Mike Wilson (MAPH ’11) was this year’s MAPH intern at WBEZ’s show 848. Last week, he traveled up to Minnesota, where fellow MAPH ’11 grad and former Army Ranger Nick Fox reflected on a military career shaped by the events of September 11, 2001. Nick’s words speak for themselves. Hope you check it out.

Nick is one of many former military officers and enlisted men and women who have come to the program after serving. Many thanks to all of you. We have you in our thoughts.

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