Approaching in System vs Thing

Advantages:

  • no limitation in contents, audience and space
  • easy customization
  • more involvement from the locals

One of the most obvious advantages in designing system about creating a museum that can be installed anywhere is that it has no limitation in reaching out to the audiences in different locations. Once the system is settled, it will be easier to share the information the art/culture is giving out to gain knowledge who are not able to go to or not familiar with going to museums.

Also, the contents can be freely created with the free flow thinking and it can be easily customized to fit the culture around the neighborhood/area. More involvement of the people are also positive thing.


Disadvantages:

  • No control over the contents. Professionally curated contents vs. anyone do it
  • Lack of support if special care is needed. Conservation, technical support, etc.

Disadvantage in this will be there is no control over the contents that are shown. This can simply means the use of good art and cultural references but it also means contents are carefully curated by a professional who have spent their time studying the culture and art, it is somewhat already proved that it is important to know.

Budget will also be an issue. If the work of art needs special conservation technique or high quality maintenance, it needs someone who knows it to take care of it. Even if it is shown in a digital format, it still needs some what technical supports which if museums are in charge of it, then they already have the resources to install or fix if any problem occurs. To be a system, those technical and physical resources have out of their own pocket or funded which can raise the bar in getting people involved.