GATEWAY PROJECT: A FULBRIGHT BLOG





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This blog is an archive for my research, interviews with designers and museum staff, and travel experiences as I explore multilingual design practices in Taiwan and the US.
Fulbright research abroad in Taipei, Taiwan began in March 2021.   

这个博客是关于我个人在旅行交流经验中用中英文做研究访问博物馆陈列设计师和员工的记录。

2021年三月到輔仁大學开始我富布赖特的国外研究。




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UPDATE: 博物館的理念 A VISION FOR MUSEUMS





Language: 中文
Date: Oct 21, 2021
Listening to: Before You Gotta Go by Courtney Barnett
 

博物館對觀眾有什麼責任,特別對少數民族和原住民觀眾?現代的展覽視覺設計期待怎麼改變嗎?我們博物館設計師必須一起討論那些問題和發展自己的“博物館的理念”


What responsibilities do museums have to their audience, especially towards people of color and indigenous folk? How have the expectations for exhibition visual design changed in the current age? As museum designers, we should discuss these issues together and develop our own “Vision for Museums”.

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REFLECTION: CHINESE VOCAB WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY FULBRIGHT EXPERIENCE





Language: English
Date: Sept 26, 2021
Listening to: The Jordan Lake Sessions (Vol 1) by the Mountain Goats
 
As September slips quietly away, I have started to give the calendar suspicious looks because, by the numbers, I have only 9 weeks left in Taiwan. That can’t possibly be right, right? I have been taking it slow in Taipei for the last half of September, tackling end-of-grant challenges like starting to shoot off job applications into the HR abyss and budgeting my stipend to stretch until November 29. But October, the best month for new beginnings as Thomas Merton would point out, is spread out in front of me with thirty one days full of promise (and hopefully cooler weather). So in honor of my last months in Taiwan and the yearly poetic justice that is the month of October, I have gone through my list of new Chinese vocabulary and picked out my favorite words and phrases that describe this past year.


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ESSAY SERIES: THE FIRST PUBLIC MUSEUM





Language: English
Date: Sept 17, 2021
Listening to: Survivor by 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats


 
THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM (1683)

In 17th century Europe, where could you go to see cultural artifacts, new medical treatments, and mystical objects from faraway lands? You would have to know a guy… and most likely be a guy. European colonization of Asia and the New World  created a demand for “exotic” objects that flowed into the private homes of wealthy, educated men. Curio cabinets were a sign of wealth and gentlemanly scholarship, as it was in vogue to be familiar with many scientific disciplines. The most popular scholarships were natural history, medicine, mathematics, alchemy, astrology and magic. An upperclass sub-culture sprung up around acquiring valuable “rarities” and then welcoming friends and scholars into your house to tour the collection (Ntoulia). When the Ashmolean Museum opened its collection of rarities to the public in 1683, it set into motion museum practices that continue to echo in our contemporary institutions.


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VISIT: CHI MEI MUSEUM





Language: English
Date: Aug 11, 2021
Listening to: Crush On by

李浩瑋

Image: CNN
 
When I stepped off the local train into the sleepy Bao-an Station in Tainan, I automatically reached for my phone to check Google maps. Traveling alone is mostly walking around with one eye on your map app and one eye on your battery level, anyway. But as I was about to step out of the station and into the ever-present August rainfall of southern Taiwan, I was stopped by a large stand up poster to the right side of the station door. “奇美博物館怎麼去?” “Ways to get to Chi Mei Museum” and then a following explanation in both Chinese and English on how to get there by walking, biking, or driving. No need for the map app after all, just take a right at the light and walk for 10 minutes. Hoping I didn’t seem like too much of a tourist, I took a picture of the sign and grinned behind my mask. Museums are back, baby.


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PROJECT UPDATE: SEGD ACADEMIC SUMMIT 2021





Language: English
Date: July 18, 2021
Listening to: Ginkgo Biloba episode of The Anthropocene Reviewed Podcast


 
Last month I was honored to be able to present the latest publication from the Gateway Project, “The Rise of the Designer Diplomat,” at the Society for Experiential Graphic Design’s Academic Summit 2021. I presented alongside many other talented designers and really enjoyed the panel discussion after the presentations. This is a short post to share my finished paper and explore the panel discussion questions in more depth. 

SEGD, thank you for choosing the Gateway Project to present at 2021 Academic Summit!


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