In issue 18 leading museum innovators explore the future of museums in our ongoing #FutureMuseum short essay project; John Coburn looks at the untapped potential of collections and what digital public reuse projects tell us about audiences and the future of museums; Kaywin Feldman argues that the most important path to a museums future success is its talent strategy and the importance of challenging institutional culture; Michael Edson explains that the Dark Matter of the Internet is open, social, peer-to-peer and read/write and why it’s the future of museums; Christian Rasmussen and Lisbeth Skjernov write about user involvement as a collection method and working with the public to share knowledge, collect objects and co-create exhibitions; Russell Dornan looks at why Instagram is a fascinating and important platform for museums to explore themselves as visual destinations; and Rose Hiscock makes the case for disruption, hybrid thinking, salons of the future and why museums should be in a constant process of reinvention. Projects include The Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, the new $422 Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the €92m transformation of the Musée de l’Homme in Paris.
• Clare Brown, Program Head, Master of Arts in Exhibition Design, George Washington University
• John Coburn, Digital Programmes Manager, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
• Bruno David, President, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris
• Russell Dornan, Web Editor, Wellcome Collection, London
• Kaywin Feldman, Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
• Peter Gorgels, Internet Manager, Rijksmuseum
• Ben Hamley, Manager of Audience Research, Strategy and Advocacy, Queensland Museum
• Rose Hiscock, Director, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
• Ellie Miles, Interpretation Officer, The British Museum
• Sascha Priewe, Managing Director, Royal Ontario Museum
• Christian Rasmussen, Project Assistant, Den Gamle By (The Old Town), Denmark
• Lisbeth Skjernov, Curator, Den Gamle By (The Old Town), Denmark
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