A digital laboratory in a museum: how the MLab Creaform has a transformative impact on our public, our community and our staff (Foyer)


Thursday, April 04, 2019: 6:40pm - 7:40pm - Constitution: Demonstrations 1

Ana-Laura Baz, Musee de la civilisation, Canada

How can a museum explore new ways for a digital engagement with its exhibitions and collections? Are there new opportunities for museums to welcome the visitors and community creativity and experimentation? As we want to ignite innovation within the museum staff, which context can help us to reach this goal? Those questions led us to launch our own digital laboratory. The MLab Creaform was launched in April 2018 and is a huge success with its robots, computers, 3D printers and other technologies! In this communication, we will share what we learnt from an education, community engagement, exhibitions, collections and digital engagement perspectives. Oh! And it will also be an occasion to talk about museum’s transformations as that kind of museum experience change a lot of things.

We are building on all the fablab, medialab, livinglab and maker space culture.

We have hosted the first Museomix event in America in November 2013 and it was a huge experience for our community and our staff. This event gave us a new perspective on the ways to be a museum involved in it's community.

We are also really inspired by all the participation movement in museums : Nina Simons, Hack Museum, cultural hackatons, etc.