Fresh & New(er)

discussion of issues around digital media and museums by Seb Chan

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Fresh+New began as a blog written by Seb Chan during his time at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. The purpose of the site is to act as a repository and sounding board for discussions around digital media and its use in museums. It evolved from a team discussion tool and later into a sector resource.

Seb Chan is currently the Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. He is responsible for museum’s complete digital renewal during a time when the museum is rebuilding and transforming into a ’21st century museum’.

Until November 2011, he led the Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies department at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, where he oversaw the implemen- tation of Open Access and Creative Commons licensing policies and many projects exploring new ways for visitors and citizens to engage and contribute to the Powerhouse’s collection. Chan was a member of the Australian Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce and he has helped organisations and institutions all over the world strategise and implement cutting-edge technologies in the cultural sector as a cultural sector consultant.

In a parallel life he has been heavily involved in electronic arts and was the founder of Cyclic Defrost Magazine.

This site is for discussion purposes only and does not represent the official views of the any institution or organisation.