How Curators use the web- Why the Asian Museums couldn’t be international one

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Soojung Yi, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Republic of Korea, Soojung Yi, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Republic of Korea

While I have been working for 3 museum in Korea until now, I witnessed the wide gap between the vision(to become one of the international museum in the globalized world) and the harsh reality (website only with Korean texts, weird english font, rarely update museum website... and so on) except a few institution. If someone from Europe or America want to reach the information of the museums or the artists, it is almost "mission impossible"(sometimes, even for the local people, it is hard to find the information they need.)

As there is the gap between the virtual worldmap which was imagined by the press coverage and the real worldmap, there is also the gap between the museums in the reality and the imagined museums via the activities on the web. For example, the small alternative space in India or Hongkong runs their website actively on the web. On the opposite, most public museums(national, municipal ones) in Asia(Korea, Japan or China) provide only a few information in English on the web. They don't invest enough human resources, budgets for the web. However they aim one of the international museums which compete Tate, MoMA, or Guggenheim, their visions are destined to be failed.

While SNS spreads all of our lives, the curators of the museum don't update their museum activities to the current version. Even they still record their exhibition or education activities only with still images in the PC. There are many global platform like youtube, FB, instagram besides their old-fashioned website.

It is the time for the curators in Korea(Asia) have to focus on the potentials of web in order to promote their activities and accomplishment.



So I would like to discuss the current situation of the museums(Korea and its neighboring countries) about this issue.

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While I have been working for 3 museum in Korea until now, I witnessed the wide gap between the vision(to become one of the international museum in the globalized world) and the harsh reality (website only with Korean texts, weird english font, rarely update museum website... and so on) except a few institution. If someone from Europe or America want to reach the information of the museums or the artists, it is almost "mission impossible"(sometimes, even for the local people, it is hard to find the information they need.) As there is the gap between the virtual worldmap which was imagined by the press coverage and the real worldmap, there is also the gap between the museums in the reality and the imagined museums via the activities on the web. For example, the small alternative space in India or Hongkong runs their website actively on the web. On the opposite, most public museums(national, municipal ones) in Asia(Korea, Japan or China) provide only a few information in English on the web. They don't invest enough human resources, budgets for the web. However they aim one of the international museums which compete Tate, MoMA, or Guggenheim, their visions are destined to be failed. While SNS spreads all of our lives, the curators of the museum don't update their museum activities to the current version. Even they still record their exhibition or education activities only with still images in the PC. There are many global platform like youtube, FB, instagram besides their old-fashioned website. It is the time for the curators in Korea(Asia) have to focus on the potentials of web in order to promote their activities and accomplishment. So I would like to discuss the current situation of the museums(Korea and its neighboring countries) about this issue.