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Don Undeen

Don Undeen is the senior manager of MediaLab in the Digital Media Department.

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Art, Robots, and Chocolate at the Fall 2014 Media Lab Expo

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media

Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015

Each semester Media Lab works with a group of college and graduate interns, exploring the ways that technology impacts, and is impacted by, the Museum experience. Media Lab interns are encouraged to think outside of the box, to engage deeply with the Museum's staff, collection, and visitors, and come up with novel prototypes that encourage conversation and spur new thinking about the relationship between contemporary digital practice and centuries of artistic tradition. At the conclusion of the internship, participants present their projects to the public at the Media Lab Expo. Visitors can try out hands-on demos and talk to the creators themselves about their work and ideas.

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Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Collaboration Workshop: Web Accessibility for Museums

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media; and Rebecca McGinnis, Senior Museum Educator, Access and Community Programs

Posted: Monday, December 8, 2014

Digital Underground finishes its Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Workshop series by taking a look at a project that addresses the need for clear, practical guidelines for creating accessible websites. In the end, the participants in this project produced two documents that can serve as guidelines for coding accessible websites and developing verbal descriptions of art objects. We caught up with the team to ask them some questions about their goals in this workshop, and what they discovered about the museum experience while engaged in the workshop.

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Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Collaboration Workshop: Accessible Wayfinding

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media; and Rebecca McGinnis, Senior Museum Educator, Access and Community Programs

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Digital Underground continues its Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Workshop series by taking a look at a project that tackled the thorny problem of accessible wayfinding in a large, overwhelming museum such as the Met. Not only did the participants in this group develop a paper prototype outlining a user interface for wayfinding, they also did the practical work of walking through the Museum's first floor and identifying multiple points of accessibility metadata (stairs, lighting, acoustics, flooring, etc.) for every room. This effort led directly to a follow-up project during the following semester by Media Lab Intern Yuliya Parchina-Kottas, which you can read more about in her Digital Underground post. We caught up with this workshop team to discuss the inspiration for their project, and how the workshop helped them to better understand the museum experience.

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Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Collaboration Workshop: Eye on Art

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media; and Rebecca McGinnis, Senior Museum Educator, Access and Community Programs

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

During the Fall 2013 semester, the Met and Parsons The New School for Design forged a new partnership, Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Collaboration Workshop, to explore possibilities for using technology to improve the museum experience for visitors with disabilities. Our first featured project from that workshop, Eye on Art, focused on developing an eye-tracking system that would enhance the experiences of nonverbal and mobility-challenged art lovers. We recently sat down with the student participants to discuss their inspiration for this project, and the challenges they encountered in the process.

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Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Collaboration Workshop

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media; and Rebecca McGinnis, Senior Museum Educator, Access and Community Programs

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014

What expectations do people with disabilities have when they visit museums? How are museums adapting new technologies to better serve our visitors, whatever their abilities and interests? How can the Met take a leadership role in introducing standards for inclusivity to the next generation of museum technologists? These are some of the questions we asked ourselves when embarking on the Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Collaboration Workshop.

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Media Lab Intern Spotlight: Yuliya Parshina-Kottas's Accessible Wayfinding

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media; and Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, Former Media Lab Intern, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Yuliya Parshina-Kottas is a recent graduate of the ITP program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After a decade of working as an animator and designer for children's television, advertising, and multimedia museum exhibits, she is venturing bravely into the world of user experience, interaction design, and creative coding. I am thrilled to have Yuliya introduce her recent Media Lab project, Accessible Wayfinding, here on Digital Underground.

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Creative Technologist Spotlight: Ancient Play at Children's Museum of the Arts

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media; and Ana Marva Fernández, Digital Artist and Educator

Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ana Marva Fernández is a Brooklyn-based Mexican-American artist whose installations include found objects, photographs, and rapid-prototype works which explore the implications of art in society as we move towards the future. Her work tends to reference the tensions found in Mexico's political landscape, intertwined with a playful use of mystical characters. A guest artist at the Met's 3D Hackathon in 2012, Ana has produced a variety of works using the Met's collection as a starting point for her vision.

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Creative Technology Feature: Ryan Kittleson's Extruded Rembrandt

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ryan Kittleson is a tech-friendly artist living in Brooklyn, New York, whose 3D models have been used in animations at Disney World and Sea World, as well as the renowned display windows at Sak's Fifth Avenue. Originally a self-taught digital-graphics artist, Ryan has served on the faculty of Full Sail University teaching character modeling, and continues to provide educational resources focused on the wonders of digital sculpture through Lynda.com.

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Creative Technologist Interview: Daniele Frazier's Implied Water

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media

Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It should come as no surprise at this point that I'm interested in digital modeling and 3D printing; I like the idea that objects in the Met's collection can be used as inspiration and raw material for new works. For that reason, when I recognized a model of a Met object at 3D Notion, a recent exhibition of 3D-printed works at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, I was immediately intrigued.

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Creative Technologist Interview: Jonathan Monaghan's Leda and the Marsyas

Don Undeen, Senior Manager of MediaLab, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

At the Met, we've been experimenting with ways that museum visitors can use 3D scanning, hacking, and printing to enhance their experience of works of art. In light of our recent explorations, we caught up with Jonathan Monaghan, a creative technologist who participated in our 3D Hackathon back in 2012, to ask him some questions about one of the works he created that weekend and about his work with 3D printing and CGI animation.

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The Digital Media Department leads the creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of multimedia content to support the viewing and understanding of the Met's collection and exhibitions, both within the galleries and online. This blog discusses a few of the activities of the department, and invites your questions and comments about the Museum's digital initiatives.


Above: Jim Campbell (American, born 1956). Motion and Rest #2 (detail), 2002. Light-emitting-diodes (LED) and custom electronics. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Henry Nias Foundation Inc. Gift, 2004 (2004.105). © Jim Campbell