Questions of Practice: Curator Adriel Luis on Community Engagement and Technology

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Any given digital platform can host a diverse range of communities, sub-communities, and sub-sub-communities. The differences between cohorts can be stark, especially as new technologies push together people who have otherwise been distant from one another in physical space. Even when concealed by avatars and usernames, though, real people comprise those online communities, and those people have the capacity to, through digital technology, forge meaningful new connections with one another.

Adriel Luis, curator of digital and emerging practice at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, considers it part of his job to demonstrate how the digital and non-digital worlds are interconnected, and he shares his approach in these interview excerpts.

Is there more to online engagement than likes and retweets? Luis considers how cultural institutions can use digital technology to listen to and build global communities.

Questions of Practice: Curator Adriel Luis on Community Engagement and Technology

Curator Adriel Luis. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on October 30, 2018. 

The word “technology” has a long history and many facets. Luis tracks the evolution of the term and projects its future use.

Questions of Practice: Curator Adriel Luis on the Word "Technology"

Curator Adriel Luis. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on October 30, 2018.

In his role at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Adriel Luis and his team curate Culture Labs, an alternative to museum exhibitions that is built on community-centered beliefs. In 2018, Luis visited the Center to participate in a conversation about the effects of the internet on curating and community engagement with Dr. Suse Anderson, who served as the Center’s 2018–19 Visiting Technologist.

 

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