For this assignment I went to the Anchorage Museum’s website and found a Museum Journal post about Artist Emma Hildebrand and her virtual artists-in-residence during the month of March that is hosted by the Anchorage Museum. The museum’s online journal is where to “Get the latest breaking news, fresh photos and top headlines from the Anchorage Museum blog,” and seems to be an actively updated place for many of the museum’s online/digital and smaller scale projects/programs. I selected this blog post because it is not something that I would typically consider a form of museum media but I believe that it fits.
The Anchorage museum’s blog post about the artist is in the form of an essay/interview of the artist by Francesca Du Brock, the Chief Curator of the Anchorage museum. It features images of the artist and her work, and highlights biographical information about the artist and her art practice. The post ends with information about the virtual artist-in-residence program, the artist’s social media account and an upcoming livestream studio demo.
The post is effective for me to appreciate the detailed photographs of the artist’s porcupine quill and caribou tufting work and it draws me in to investigate more about the artist and her arts practice. The only thing that might be helpful is to draw more attention to the information about the livestream studio demo, which seems a bit small on the end of the post.
The preservation of this blog post is something that I am a bit unsure about, as an actively updated and edited website I do see it being kept active for too long after, perhaps it will be archived on the site itself? As for saving it in other forms I am unsure as well, maybe screenshot of the page or PDF would be the best way to save this for future reference? Upon some research on this resource: https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard156.pdf
The best format for saving this type of media would be as a PDF/A which is:
“ an ISO-standardized version of the Portable Document Format specialized for use in the archiving and long-term preservation of electronic documents.”
Sounds perfect! Though I am not sure of the PDF/A’s uses in saving a blog post I would think that it would be the best route. As for making a physical copy, it could be useful to print and save one perhaps, some archival paper and ink would be needed as well as a storage area for museum media related to online programs.
This exercise has made me consider the question of who is saving this sort of information. As an artist, I have saved newspapers with my mentions in them but with online media I have not, I have most often just googled the event and found the post again. This might not be the best practice for me! Perhaps I should be saving these postings in a PDF, PDF/A or screenshot format for when I need to reference them again. This has definitely got me thinking about my own practices when it comes to saving media and how to adjust to better document my career.
Q: What is your favorite form or forms of museum media?