posted on: 12/05/2012 - 12:46pm by mdougherty
One of the more experimental projects we supported in Balboa Park this year was the Museum of Photographic Arts’ crowd-sourced exhibition project “Soapbox! The Audience Speaks.”
The project started in summer 2012 when visitors had the opportunity to rate 120 images from MOPA’s permanent collection. These images covered a broad spectrum of MOPA’s collection and contained many works that had never been on display. Participants could rate the images in MOPA’s gallery by using a touch-table interface developed using the Open Exhibits platform, or they could rate them from their personal computers through a web-based interface.
Knowing that it can take a while to assess 120 images, MOPA staff inserted badges and mini-rewards throughout the rating process, such as this video salute from Director Deborah Klochko and her pug.
As Joaquin Ortiz, MOPA’s Interim Director of Education, explained in a June 2012 UT San Diego article, visitor engagement exceeded expectations.
“Especially on weekends, it’s in constant use,” Ortiz said. “We weren’t expecting that. We always kind of undershoot these things (in terms of expectations), not...Read The Rest