Evaluating the impact of ‘Second Moon’: the questionnaire

Second Moon

Did you experience Katie Paterson’s artwork ‘Second Moon’ – in an exhibition, at an event, or through using the ‘Second Moon’ App? Are you willing to reflect on your experience through a short online questionnaire?

The questionnaire has been designed by researchers here at ICCHS as part of a wider study, developed in collaboration with Locus+ and Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives, exploring the impact of ‘Second Moon’ on UK and international audiences. The feedback captured in the questionnaire will be used for academic purposes and will be shared with the project partners, their funders and the public. Personal information captured as part of the study will remain anonymous.

Happy to share your experiences with us? Please click here to go to the online questionnaire.

‘Second Moon’ is an artwork by award winning artist Katie Paterson. It tracked the journey of a small moon fragment as it circled the Earth on a year long man-made orbit via commercial airfreight, from September 2013-September 2014. ‘Second Moon’ was commissioned by Locus+ in partnership with Newcastle University and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. ‘Second Moon’ made its final landing at Newcastle’s Great North Museum on Saturday 20th September.

For more information about this study please contact Rebecca Farley, r.farley@newcastle.ac.uk, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University.



ICCHS Research Seminar Series 2014-15: opens with a session by Janet Marstine

Janet Marstine, from the University of Leicester is the first visiting speaker in our 2014-15 series of ICCHS Research Seminars.

ICCHS Research Seminar,  Wednesday 29 October, 1-2pm, Room 1.06, 18 Windsor Terrace

Janet Marstine: The Value of ‘Ordinary’ Ethics in Visitor Generated Content: Developing Shared Authority in Museum Policy and Practice.

Ordinary ethics, defined by anthropologist Michael Lambek as the judgments we all make every day through our speech and actions, is embedded in museums’ visitor-generated content. Janet Marstine’s talk will argue that museums might better recognise the value of ordinary ethics as embodied by visitor-generated content and utilise this discourse to help shape ethics policy and practice. Analysing the case study of Ansuman Biswas’ 2009 ‘Manchester Hermit’ project, Janet will demonstrate that ordinary ethics, captured through visitor-generated content, has the capacity to create shared authority between museums and communities in negotiating difficult ethical issues.

Dr. Janet Marstine is Programme Director in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester and is a specialist in museum ethics. Janet is currently developing a new book for the Routledge Museum Meanings series, Critical Practice: Artists, museums, ethics, which investigates the museological implications of artists’ interventions. Her previous publications of museum ethics include: 

Marstine, Janet, Bauer, Alexander and Haines, Chelsea. (eds.). 2013. New Directions in Museum Ethics. London and New York: Routledge.

Marstine, Janet. (ed.) (2011). Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum. London and New York. Routledge.

All welcome. No need to book. Please just come along!

Keep visiting this blog for details of future events in the Research Seminar Series – to be announced soon.

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The end of Britishness? ICCHS research into identity, heritage and museums in the context of the Scottish Referendum.

Photo of couple dancing at a ceilidh..

Couple dancing at a ceilidh. Photo: Abdelhamid Alhassi (2011).

After months of intense debate and speculation, Scottish voters have woken today to the news that Scotland will remain in the United Kingdom. Announcements from politicians in both Holyrood and Westminster this morning show that, despite the majority No vote, the results have major implications for people living on both sides of the Border, particularly as questions of Englishness and political representation become more prominent.

Discussions of heritage and a shared sense of identity (whether Scottish or British) have been present within both the Yes Scotland and Better Together campaigns and it will be fascinating to watch whether discussions of cultural distinctiveness or similarity continue in the next few years. A number of research projects undertaken by staff at ICCHS have examined the relationship between heritage and identity in the UK and European context that further our understanding of these issues.

Katherine Lloyd’s PhD research analyses the way in which young people in Scotland negotiate issues of place and heritage in the formation of national identity. Her work unpicks common assumptions about the relationship between British and Scottish identities for the younger generation, by examining the multiple and shifting forms of place identification amongst this group. It also explores the role of ethnicity in shaping understandings of identity and considers the responses of young people to the visual ‘tartan and turban’ imagery frequently associated with so-called ‘New Scots’. In doing so, it interrogates the clear cut distinctions made between so-called ‘civic’ and ‘ethnic’ forms of Scottishness frequently seen in political debates. See Kat’s recent article ‘Beyond the rhetoric of an “inclusive national identity”: Understanding the potential impact of Scottish museums on public attitudes to issues of identity, citizenship and belonging in an age of migrations’ in the special Scottish Issue Cultural Trends: 23 (3).

Rhiannon Mason’s book Museums, Nations, Identities examines the role of museums in the formation of national identity in Wales. Other articles examine broader questions of the representation of various aspects of Britishness, Englishness and Scottishness. More recently, she has also looked at questions of postnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and globalisation and the implications of these pressures for the future of national museums.

Whatever your thoughts on the results of the referendum, this is an exciting time for research on heritage and national identity in the UK and wider European context – watch this space for further updates and analysis!

Seminar: ‘Generous Interfaces for Cultural Collections’ – 29th September

A seminar by Mitchell Whitelaw organised by Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice (NICAP)

Monday Sept 29th 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Doctoral Training Suite (Room 5.65)

5th Floor Daysh Building

After a decade or more of digitisation, the collections of galleries, archives, libraries and museums are increasingly available in digital form. In this seminar Australian academic Mitchell Whitelaw will argue that our interfaces have not kept up; the standard search-and-list approach demands a query, shows too little, and discourages exploration. In this talk Whitelaw will introduce and demonstrate what he calls “generous interfaces”: rich, explorable, browsable representations of cultural collections.

Mitchell Whitelaw is an academic, writer and practitioner with interests in new media art and culture, especially generative systems and data-aesthetics. His work has appeared in journals including Leonardo, Digital Creativity, Fibreculture, and Senses and Society. In 2004 his work on a-life art was published in the book Metacreation: Art and Artificial Life (MIT Press, 2004). His current work spans generative art and design, digital materiality, and data visualisation. Mitchell is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, where he leads the Digital Treasures program in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.

All Welcome – please feel free to bring your lunch with you.

For more information about the seminar and NICAP activities contact mel.whewell@ncl.ac.uk

Second Moon Evaluation – Call for research participants

Second Moon

Are you interested in digital art?

Are you interested in science and the movement of the planets?

Researchers in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University are looking for 12 people to take part in a diary study recording personal experiences of using the Second Moon App, designed by award winning artist Katie Paterson.

As a thank you for helping us with our evaluation each participant will be offered a free family ticket to visit the amazing Great North Museum Planetarium.

What is the ‘Second Moon’ App?

In September 2013 Second Moon launched on a year-long airfreight journey moving in an anti clockwise direction across the UK, China, Australia and the USA. Orbiting at approximately twice the speed of our moon, Second Moon will orbit Earth 30 times over the year. On 26th August it will start out on its final orbit. The Second Moon App tracks this orbit in real time and visualizes it in relation to your current location, the Moon’s location and the orbits’ of the other planets in our solar system. 
Second Moon was commissioned by Locus+ in partnership with Newcastle University and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. www.secondmoon.org.uk

What do we want you to do?

We need people who can commit to recording their experiences of using the App over a two to three week period between 25 August-20 September 2014. To take part in the project you need to have access to a smartphone or tablet.

Interested in taking part?

Download the Participant Information Sheet Second Moon App Evaluation

Deadline to register as a participant: Monday 8 September.

ICCHS researchers co-author a chapter for ‘The Versatile Image’

The Versatile ImageICCHS PhD researcher Bronwen Colquhoun and her supervisor, Dr. Areti Galani have contributed a chapter to a new book entitled ‘The Versatile Image: Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet,’ published by Leuven University Press. The publication was officially launched earlier this month at the Mining Institute in Newcastle upon Tyne, with a seminar that focused on the opportunities and challenges for photographers, curators and audiences of photography in the digital age. Organised by the North East Photography Network, the seminar included contributions from: visual storyteller and photography writer David Campbell; photographic historian, writer and curator Alexandra Moschovi; and a keynote talk from Netherlands-based photographic artist Willem Popelier.

Bronwen and Areti’s book chapter, ‘Flickr The Commons: Historic Photographic Collections through the Eyes of an Online Community of Interest’ is based on Bronwen’s PhD research that looks at how cultural institutions are placing photographic collections on the image-sharing website, Flickr The Commons, in order to engage with different communities of interest. The publication features a range of contributors including photographers, curators, artists and academics:

‘With the advent of digital technologies and the Internet, photography can, at last, fulfill its promise and forgotten potential as both a versatile medium and an adaptable creative practice. This multidisciplinary volume provides new insights into the shifting cultures affecting the production, collection, usage, and circulation of photographic images on interactive World Wide Web platforms.

International contributors from across the arts and humanities consider fundamental concepts that are associated with the practical applications of convergent technologies and media, focusing on the role of digital and mobile cultures and image-making in the everyday life of citizens and their experience of today’s ‘hypervisual’ digital universe, while exploring how contemporary artists creatively interact with such new photographic contexts. Accompanied by a specially commissioned photo-essay, the volume is an important new resource for photographers, artists, and curators as well as academics.’

(Leuven University Press, 2014)



ICCHS student presents at Edinburgh ‘Moving Mountains’ conference

Screen shotLast week ICCHS PhD researcher Rebecca Farley joined an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists and architects presenting at Edinburgh University’s ‘Moving Mountains’ conference.

‘Moving Mountains – Studies in Place, Society and Cultural Representation’ was organised jointly by the University of Edinburgh Art History department and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Taking place over three days the conference was delivered as an open discussion on the impact of mountains and mountain landscapes on visual art, architecture and wider culture and society. Keynote speakers included Veronica della Dora, Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London and Tim Ingold, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen and Professor Eamonn O’Carragain, from University College, Cork.

Rebecca’s presentation, ‘Why is there a mountain in my metro station?’ was a contribution to the panel looking at the relationships between art, architectural space and the concept of ‘the mountain’. Focusing on one of the case study public artworks that she is investigating as part of her PhD research the paper told the story of three mountain-scape mosaics by the British artist Keith Grant commissioned by Nexus for Gateshead Metro Station in the early 1980s. It explored how this triptych of artworks has been incorporated into the architectural, visual, material and perceptual grain of everyday city space.

Visit the ‘Moving Mountains’ website for further information about the conference including all the presentation abstracts and speaker biographies.

Visit Rebecca’s academia.edu profile for more information about Rebecca and details of her PhD research project.