Symposium at Museum of Vancouver: Illuminating Vancouver’s Neon Heritage

On April 10th, 2012, graduate and undergraduate students from my classes at SIAT “New Media and the Museum” (IAT888) and my Capstone Undergraduate Research group, will be presenting the results of their work conducted in collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver over the last two semesters.  Both classes have been doing research and applied projects related to the MOV’s Neon Vancouver |Ugly Vancouver exhibition, currently on display, and their upcoming virtual exhibit and mobile application about Vancouver’s neon history. The undergraduates will present a preliminary prototype of a narrative website that explores the history of one of the museum’s neon signs, the “Smilin’ Buddha”. PhD students from IAT 888 will give conference presentations that describe their individual research projects on issues related to new technologies, curatorial practice, visual representations, intangible cultural heritage, augmented reality and virtual reality in museums, all taking the neon exhibition as a starting point for their work.

The symposium is open to the public and will take place from 2:00-5:00 on Tuesday, April 10th,  in the Joyce Whalley room of the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chesnut Street, at Vanier Park). Our sincere thanks to Joan Seidl, Director of Collections & Exhibitions, and to Hanna Cho, Curator of Engagement and Dialogue, for their support of the students and their projects in this past year.

We hope to see you there!