Mozfest: Arts and Culture
October 29, 2019Mozilla
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Over the last few years I've attended Mozfest at the brilliant Ravensbourne University in Greenwich (next to the Millenium Dome), first attending in 2017 at the suggestion of Prof Andrew Prescott, who thought it would be a fab place to meet people and spread digital museological ideas to a larger audience. I've been with my AHRC funded collaborators and made great friends and contacts there and been lucky to work with Phil van Kemenade and the Mozfest team to help organise the Arts and Culture salon.
My first visit to Mozfest was in 2017, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend with my AHRC funded friends Chiara Bonnachi, Elisabeth Galvin and Jennifer Wexler. I ran a session about 3d modelling and museums, which was attended by about 15 people. We discussed the processes involved and talked about 3d printing, rights, ethics and learned from others about what they would like to see in the future. We attended other people's sessions and forged a new friendship with Philo van Kemanade.
We then organised a stall at the evening science fair event, where we displayed some of our 3d printed objects from the British Museum African Rock Art project, engaged in discussion with attendees and made new friends.
For our second trip to Mozfest, I'd been let go by the British Museum by that point. Instead, I and colleagues attended and set up a pop up museum stand amongst other cultural heritage exhibits that we pulled together. We organised talks by various other people and grew the Arts and Culture community a bit further. Fab people who got involved included Andrew Prescott, Ed Silverton, Philo, Jennifer, Roy Raudenhauser, Steve Dey, Museum in a Box and many more.
By 2019, Philo had convinced the Mozfest organisers that Arts and Culture needed more space and the Arts and Culture Salon was formed. The space expanded to have stalls from various organisations including the Ure Museum from Reading, a University of Cambridge Museums pop up museum, art installations from Egor Kraft and Tom Schofield and a whole host of other things. We ran sessions on democracy and heritage, digital heritage, digital art, digital art and the environment and had a good flow of people visiting throughout the weekend
The 8th floor of #mozfest is for #artsculture. Curated by @phivk & me, we have some amazing cultural things (#3d #ai #decolonisation) from @FitzMuseum_UK @UreMuseum @britishmuseum @tomschofield @mnemoscene_ltd @UreMuseum @CamUnivMuseums @StirHeritage #meetthevotives @ahrcpress pic.twitter.com/2312nmhtyO— Daniel Pett (@DEJPett) October 26, 2019