BBC: Vienna selfie museum aims to make art more enticing. “An Instagram-friendly museum is opening in Vienna, with interactive spaces for young people to create their own art. Filled with brightly-coloured walls and giant objects, it has everything needed for the perfect selfie.”
The Public’s Radio: Museum says not everything glittered in Dutch ‘Golden Age’. “Not everything glittered in the 17th century when what is now the Netherlands was a mercantile, military and artistic superpower, so a Dutch museum has decided to stop calling that era the ‘Golden Age.’ In a statement this week, Amsterdam Museum curator Tom van der Molen said the term is strongly linked to national pride over prosperity and peace but ‘ignores the many negative sides of the 17th century, such as poverty, war, forced labor and human trafficking.'”
Xinhua: Australian artefacts go global in new digital archive. “Some of Australia’s most precious artefacts will be available to history buffs all around the world via a new online archive, storing thousands of digitised images from six museum’s collections. Authorities revealed on Tuesday that following a successful trial, six regional galleries from across the state of Victoria will partake in a broad rollout of the initiative.”
Nerd4 .life: WunderBO, a new online video game that promotes Bologna and its museums. “WunderBOi s a game to learn about and explore the cultural heritage of Bologna, an adventure full of puzzles, trivia and hidden object in which the player is called to collect the remains coming from the Medieval Civic Museum and the Museum of Palazzo Poggi in Bologna for the descrambling of a real Wunderkammer , or ‘wonder room’ (the Wunderkammer is unfenomeno collectors of the seventeenth century, typical of the area, cultural centre-european mixed natural and artificial objects, with a particular penchant for the bizarre and the wonderful).”
Sikh Sangat News: World’s First Anglo Sikh Virtual Museum (ASVM) Launched. “Thursday 8th August saw the launch of a new ground breaking Anglo Sikh Virtual Museum (ASVM), a revolutionary project bringing to life Sikh relics and artefacts, at New Walk Museum in Leicester UK…. New objects will be added to the website, culminating in a full interactive 3d Sikh online museum in 2020.”
EGM: The Uncertain Future of Video Game History. “In April 2015, P.T. became the most high-profile casualty of digital distribution in recent memory. Released in August 2014 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive ‘playable teaser’ for Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s Silent Hills, P.T. became a phenomenon in its own right. Critics showered the brief horror experience with accolades, and YouTubers churned out hundreds of reaction videos. Then, in the wake of a highly public falling out between Kojima and Konami, the publisher cancelled Silent Hills and eventually removed P.T. from the PlayStation Store. Players who didn’t already have a copy downloaded to their consoles lost access to the title forever.” Fascinating deep dive.
Korea Herald: National Museum of Korean Literature to be more than repository of books. “The museum hopes to develop into a cultural complex, allowing visitors to enjoy diverse contents related to literature. For instance, the museum’s auditorium will function as a venue for performances related to Korean literature. The institution also asserted the need to digitize data. It will make digital copies of works and preserve them for future research. It hopes to open up a digital library before the official launch of the library.”