Meeting at the V & A

14 12 2011

William Morris Café at the V&A. Photo: MTG

Last week Jac and I met with Leanne Manfredi (Programme Manager: Higher Education and Creative Industries) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Jac and I talked about the Create Curate Collaborate! project and our plans for bringing students to the V&A to inspire their creative writing. The focus is on students as researchers, and considering the process rather than the end product. Students will have their own mapping of the V&A to work from, but will then be brought back together at different points, some of the ‘learning spaces’ that might work are:

  1. Norfolk House Music Room
  2. Clore Study Area
Some of the resources and ideas that Leanne mentioned to us were:

“meaning and understanding of the V&A through the personal stories of its curators”

“a collaboration between comedy promoters One Green Firework, music promoters Duel in the Deep and UCL, London’s Global University”

A recent event was held at the V&A on Craft: http://brightclub.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/bright-club-craft-27th-september-at-the-v-and-a/

“a creative space for exploring innovative approaches to the study of design and objects”

Actions: planning our visit with the students for early February, and we need to book a room for end of May now!!

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Minute Madness

14 12 2011

This post is about lessons learned from my first experience of ‘minute madness’ – a one minute presentation given in a group of about 30 people last week at the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC).

Lessons Learned

  • 60 seconds is a surprisingly long time – next time I would think of it in terms of 3 x 20 seconds (i.e. 3 pecha kucha slides)
  • the best PowerPoint slides were simple –  even though people normally read PowerPoint slides whilst presenters are talking, the 1-minute focuses much more on the presenter and much less on the slide
  • include an image and key contact detail e.g. URL or email address on the slide
  • trying to get your point across in 1 minute means the focus is not on the information but rather on: 1. a hook OR something crazy to grab attention and be memorable – the stranger the better; 2. remembering to give your contact details