On (digital) leadership

Illustration by Katie Shelly, © 2019

At their core, museums are about change — even if that change is simply keeping old artefacts in a state of suspended animation for the future. In the more conservative museums, that ‘holding in stasis’ is a pushback against the acceleration of the present. In the most radical of museums it is about harnessing the speed of the present and redirecting its energy towards the urgency of addressing inequality, climate collapse, rising fascism.

The most conservative thing that a museum can do is actually to ‘meet existing user needs’. That’s what we have plenty of market driven entertainment and leisure companies for.

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Seb Chan

Seb Chan

I’m currently the Chief Experience Officer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Previously Cooper Hewitt (NYC) & Powerhouse Museum (Syd).