Author Archives: Eric Dorfman

About Eric Dorfman

Dr Eric Dorfman is Executive Director of Eklektus Inc.

Virtual Eve and the Future of Museums

More fundamentally, are we beginning to enter a period where objectless exhibitions are seen as acceptable for museums? Continue reading

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ICOM Conference in Shanghai

Entertainment at the conference. That was big too.

I’ve just come back from the general conference of the International Council of Museums in Shanghai, held from the 7th to the 12th of November. Continue reading

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Halloween: the ultimate participatory visitor experience

What is (or could be) a visitor experience? Eric Dorfman links the traditions of his childhood Halloween celebrations with the world of museums. Continue reading

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Solar Decathlon

Solar Decathlon students Nick Officer, Ben Jagersma, Anna Farrow and Eli Nuttall

As museum professionals, many of us spend a lot of time thinking about what makes effective, memorable visitor experiences. Continue reading

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Knitting in New Plymouth: some news from our participatory art scene

Knitting as art, but not as Granny knew it

I was at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth over the weekend and stumbled on a wonderful peace of interactive soft sculpture. Continue reading

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An international view of regional museums

Vitra Design Museum, Berlin

The last few weekends we’ve been visiting some of the regional museums in our area. It’s been a great excuse to explore places we wouldn’t normally have a reason to go, and to learn historical stories told with the authenticity of local voices. Continue reading

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Interactivity and the Diamond Necklace

On August 15th we partnered with the St James Theatre here in Wellington to host an evening of interactive theatre. Continue reading

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Intangible Natural Heritage

When I mention ‘intangible natural heritage’ I frequently get a blank look, even from museum professionals. Continue reading

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Sustainability in Museum Operations – are we doing enough?

Museums have had the traditional function of storing, organising and interpreting the world’s artefacts. However, they are now being given the additional role of safeguarding the world from which these objects originate Continue reading

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Virtual Museums – the way of the future in a sustainable world?

Second Life, a free 3D virtual world where 16 and a half million users worldwide socialize, connect and create using voice and text chat. It is, in essence, a virtual museum. Continue reading

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