Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Smithsonian and Penguin news

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Some times I think we can forget how much science and art and museums interact!  This article discusses the effect dressing up a robot like a little penguin has on the success of filming Penguin interactions

Typically, birds are quite freaked out by human presence. It is therefor often quite difficult for us as researchers to get a unbiased, in action, understanding of the animal. The robot here when dressed as a penguin, was generally accepted among the cute baby penguins. While trying starting communication with the penguins was difficult, this is one step closer to getting an inside look at the life of these birds.

I love that museums and cultural organizations like the Smithsonian take the time to share scientific  informational tidbits like this as well. It is wonderful to see an organization diversifying its experience; the Smithsonian shares information not only in museums but also through online information sites like this SMART NEWS page.

My favorite  museum experiences as a child and even now, were the ones where I learned something new in the process of experiencing. For example, the Butterfly exhibit at the Natural history museum!

Can any of you share any of your own favorite museum moments?


One comment on “Smithsonian and Penguin news

  1. torisharbaugh
    November 5, 2014

    First off, this penguin robot is SO cool. On the surface, the idea of dressing up a robot in a penguin costume seems so simple and a little juvenile, but it is actually so brilliant! I can’t wait to hear more about this.

    Anyway, my favorite museum moments are always when I can share an exciting museum experience with someone else. When I was in Vienna, I went to Beethoven’s birth home and fell in love with the exhibit. My other two friends were studying abroad at the same time and at a later point, we all went to this museum together and could bond about our deep appreciation for classical music and how much this museum related to us as musicians.

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