Samir Bhowmik

Aalto University

Twitter: @Samir_Bhowmik

Powering the Shareable Museum: A Social, Digital and Spatial Framework for Community Participation & Sustainability in Museums

The thesis explores a participatory and sustainable framework for sharing artifacts and narratives between museums and their user communities. It examines current mechanisms utilized by museums for sharing and exhibition of art heritage collections, fostering user communities and synchronizing digital and cloud assets with museum spaces. It investigates how the online social sharing of art and heritage and open access to digital collections affects energy issues and sustainable strategies. By analyses of various museum-installation projects and museum-energy experiments undertaken by the author, the thesis attempts to synthesize the learning outcomes into working principles for museums. The principles form part of a multi-dimensional social, digital and spatial framework and may help structure creative and collaborative processes in Museums that could be sustainable.