We’ve debated this baby and I reported on it last fall, but for those who didn’t follow the links over to the Dallas Museum of Art’s site to see it or who still don’t understand what an Arts Network is, here’s the helpful, explanatory video. All you have to do is follow the jump
The Arts Network is the DMA’s very ambitious effort to bring all of its information out front for use by visitors. Basically, it’s a wireless system for providing the available data on a particular work or exhibition. You can access the network at home (or anywhere else) through the internet, but if you’re actually at the DMA and have a web-connected device (laptop, cellphone, PDA, Tickle Me Elmo), your position in front of the artwork in question would be located by a GPS system. Whatever the museum has related to that work could be called up — whether it’s ordinary background information, a curatorial essay from an exhibition catalog, perhaps an archived interview with the artist or the video record of a lecture about him. That way, if you’re a scholar you can get beyond the basic info, but if you’re a first-time visitor, you can get what you need, too.