Kajsa Hartig

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Content curation – discovering art on Facebook #Blogg100

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939. The Met Museum.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The other day the Metropolitan Museum of Art posted on Facebook a beautiful piece of art by Japanese 17th centruty artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. I am grateful to be able to have historic art being presented to me, right in my living room, on my Facebook wall (which is MY own space that I have curated to be filled with content that I enjoy). Especially grateful since this work of art is not even on display – as is the case for most museum objects.

At the time I did not leave Facebook. Because when browsing Facebook I am not inclined to leave because someone suddenly posts a link to another website. I enjoy the art work and I share. Only when writing this blog post I go back to the Met Museum Facebook page and click on the link that leads me to their website and more information on the art work.

At the Met Museum website I can enlarge the image. Only then I discover that I can download the image. Then I have to search for terms and conditions, and discover that I can in fact use the image on my blog.

I check Wikipedia for more art work by Utagawa Kuniyoshi and find this:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Four cats in different poses.

On Wikipedia I know that I can re use the images any way I want to. This work of art is marked Public Domain.

This blog post is primarily not aimed at copyright issues and museum collections. Even though this deserves a couple of blog posts. I know all the details and problems having worked in the cultural heritage sector for almost twenty years.

Instead I want to pay attention to the social media in close encounter with museums, or vice versa. Through social media I can experience art, or cultural heritage, in my own devices whenever I choose to go online. I can curate my Twitter stream or Facebook wall so it is filled with my favorite content. This makes me more eager to actually commit to whomever delivers the best and most engaging content.

And as a museum we can highlight objects in our collections, communicate our online collections and build relationships with new audiences. Again, as I wrote in my previous blog post, I believe we will see much more of content curation in social media, and hopefully soon new and innovative ways of storytelling and different ways of tribal engagement.

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