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VDRDC Hosts Expert Panels on Description at the Multimodal Approaches to Learning Conference - The MET Museum in New York

posted Oct 11, 2012, 12:03 PM by Korie Boctor
Friday - Sunday, October 26-28, 2012
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center
will be hosting two roundtable panel discussions at the Multimodal Approaches to Learning Conference. The conference is co-organized by Art Beyond Sight and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Video Description Research and Development Center, as well as a group of description experts with a unique blend of skills and backgrounds, will be participating in the panel. Friday's panel is titled, "The Evolving Technology of Description" - how mobile technologies are changing exhibit descriptions. This panel will include experts from the VDRDC, the National Center for Accessible Media, Touch Graphics, and more. Saturday's panel is on the "Voice of Description" - how the delivery of description impacts the museum experience.  This panel will include experts from the VDRDC, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bridge Multimedia, the Smithsonian Institution, and more.


The Art of Description, Part I: The Evolving Technology of Description
Friday, October 26th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
(North Classroom)
How mobile technologies and modern sensing techniques are changing exhibit description.
Chair: Josh Miele, The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center
Participants: Halsey Burgund, sound artist, musician; Larry Goldberg, Director, National Center for Accessible Media; Steven Landau, Creative Director, Touch Graphics, Inc.

The Art of Description, Part II: The Voice of Description
Saturday, October 27th from 2:50-3:50 p.m.
(the Studio)   
How the narrator, the language, and the delivery impact the non-visual museum experience.
Chair: Josh Miele, The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center
Participants: Amanda Cachia, curator; Lou Giansante, producer and writer; Carolyn Halpin-Healy, contractual educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, executive director, Arts & Minds; Matthew Kaplowitz, Executive Director, Bridge Multimedia; Nancy Proctor, Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives, Smithsonian Institution


This conference has been a forum for cross-disciplinary creative thinking and the exchange of ideas. It continues to foster dialogue between diverse disciplines, such as neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education, museum studies, disability and cultural studies, technology, architecture, product design, and media art. The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center is delighted to be contributing its expertise to this world-class interdisciplinary meeting of artistic and scientific minds. 

For more information, visit the Multimodal Approaches to Learning Conference website
Contact information: Marie Clapot, 212 334 8723; aeb@artbeyondsight.org
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