The Purpose for the Audience Blog Post

     Our audience that this project is presenting to will probably cater towards young adults and teens in the museum. I believe this for two reasons. First of all, this generation of people from the age of around 25 and younger seem to have been born with an IPhone glued to their hands. So that being said they are probably more likely to be the one who want their iPhone put to good use (hence augmented reality). The other reason I narrow it down to the younger age is because they are old enough to want to learn more than what’s presented to them and are probably more willing to do some research (actually reading the essays and documents we present to them). Our project will appeal to the young adult and teenagers in because we will have an alternative media which offers a different way of presenting the information. To liven things up we plan on both bringing a time laps video and using multiple images for visual reference. This will help things appear to be more visually friendly and inviting to the viewer.

     The purpose of this project is to bring the viewer with a more in-depth understanding and appreciation for baskets and basket weaving. Generally, when it comes to crafts in museums they get overlooked and ignored because the information given is broad and it feels disconnected from the audience. Doing things like showing a video to them will hopefully bridge that gap. In turn the audience will walk away seeing baskets not just as something that is relevant in today’s times, but also something that feels so close to them that they know that they could try weaving also.

     I believe that the museum will gain from our project because, as previously stated, we plan on going more in-depth in to the topic at hand.  We are expanding the topic of native Alaskan baskets in that We will be going into both history and how the product gets made, which is the two main areas that people want to know about when it comes to cultural crafts.

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5 thoughts on “The Purpose for the Audience Blog Post

  1. I like your point about how teens and young adults will be more likely to download the app and want to use the extra technology. A time-lapse video should be pretty cool to watch, because I don’t think many people have any idea how basket weaving is done. How long is the video going to end up being? I’m not sure if there is any information on this or not, but it would be pretty cool if there was someone known as the fastest basket weaver in the world, and you could include a little bit of info on them. I’m sure there are some experts that are extremely quick in making baskets.

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    • but it’s something I shied away from for a number of reasons.
      First of all, in order to appreciate the fastest basket weaver, we have to assume that the people looking at this information already knows and appreciates basket weaving (at least a little bit) so they can be in aw with how fast someone can make a basket. This doesn’t work because the museum is set up to talk to people with zero knowledge about such things. So it might make more sense just to keep the information in general aspects. The second reason that I might not in clued the quickest time is because of how baskets are looked at in today’s life and culture. Basketry is mostly seen as an art form now days. So if someone boasts about their speed people don’t think of it as “wow your fast” rather they might think of it as a crummy project. But with that in mind, people do relate to time and how much of it is spent doing something. So what I could do is instead of including the fastest time, I could include the longest time or the biggest project ever known in basket weaving (something that might pop up on a world records book). That might get the audience to stop and ponder about the length of time it took to make it with relations to how long it takes them to do something.

      It’s possible that I’m completely wrong but that is my thoughts at the moment.
      Also the time-lapse isn’t actually my part of the project so information about the length is unknown to me.

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      • oops there is a sentence missing at the beginning.
        “Finding out about the fastest baskets weavers in the world would be an interesting thing to talk about “

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  2. Younger people would definitely be more inclined to use their phones in a museum. For basket weaving, it would be good to use a lot of visual content and a time lapse video is a great choice. For those who end being interested in basket weaving, how can they get started? What tools do they need? Informing others on how they can start making their own baskets would be helpful.

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  3. I definitely agree that crafts such as basket weaving can be looked over, I myself didn’t even know about the baskets in the museum until you project (sad I know). I liked the idea of showing a basket getting made. It makes the craft much more interesting when you see it in action.
    Younger people definitely do seem to be the people that have the smartphones and because of it I think that it does help to narrow the audience. I agree that knowing random cool facts such as world records can be interesting so therefore engaging.

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