The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, “a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into β€” room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists” – is working on an online, interactive archive of its previous installations. I saw a demo of it this weekend at Webwise:

http://www.imlswebwise.org/content/%E2%80%9Cparticipate-active-archive%E2%80%9D

They are using Collective Access as the back-end right now (and are working with them to create a front-end, but it’s not ready yet). At the moment, users can post their reactions to current installations to the archive using a webcam in the museum, and they hope to allow users to do it from home in the future. They’re creating a participatory archive because they believe the artworks in their museum are only complete with people’s reactions to it.

Though it’s a different context, the work they’re doing could be really relevant to allowing users of the Folklife archive to contribute their own stories, videos, etc.

The archive is not yet online but you can see the museum’s website here: http://www.mattress.org/

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