Speaker: Peter Samis
April 9-12, 2008
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Peter Samis

Associate Curator, Interpretation
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco CA
94707 USA

Peter Samis is Associate Curator, Interpretation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). He served as art historian/content expert for the first CD-ROM on modern art, and then spearheaded development of multimedia programs for SFMOMA's new building. Since then, SFMOMA’s Interactive Educational Technology (IET) programs have received awards from sources as diverse as the American Association of Museums, the Webbys, the National Educational Media Network, and I.D. and Communication Arts magazines. Points of Departure, the Museum’s 2001 exhibition that experimented with the integration of new technologies directly alongside the art in the SFMOMA galleries, was awarded AAM’s 2002 Gold Muse Award for best use of new technologies in an art museum setting. In 2006, SFMOMA’s IET team garnered three more Muse Awards, including one for SFMOMA Artcasts, the museum’s new podcast series. Samis holds a BA in Religion from Columbia College in New York, and an MA in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a permanent member of the open source Pachyderm 2.0 governing council, (www.pachyderm.org), serves on the steering committee for steve, the art museum social tagging initiative, and together with his team continues to produce innovative content for SFMOMA’s galleries, website, podcasts, and the Museum’s Koret Visitor Education Center.

Peter will present Who has the responsibility for saying what we see? mashing up Museum and Visitor voices, on-site and online. [Paper]