As a student taking some classes in Art History and Museum Education, I have gone to dozens of exhibits, both archaeological and contemporary. Last semester I went to the Phi Foundation to see Yayoi Kusama’s newest works and I was impressed once again by the Phi Foundation. The curation and tour experience for the visitors is sublime. The layout was similar to exhibits I had gone to at the McCord museum: minimalistic and spacious. However, the Phi Foundation offered much better guided tours. I visited three times over the year and experienced tours with several guides. Each time they were so patient and excellent at engaging students in slow looking; something that is usually the biggest challenge for people new to museums, including myself. I loved the conversations that were generated in these quiet corners of the museum, such as in front of the iPhone shrine.
Unlike prior experiences, this was the first time I visited with non-art program students and surprisingly it has been my absolute favorite one. The perspectives that were offered from students from the social science and science programs were so insightful because their imagination saw further into the future than most. They were unafraid of these new technologies and embraced the human creativity and ingenuity that lay behind these pieces.
There is a creepy kind of absence and apathy people have in their face as they scroll through videos and images, and these apps know them so well. Like Tolentino writes, I want to be aware of how much space this takes up in my mind thus taking control of my time and life. We always rely on the fact that we are the controllers of the technologies we invent and use, but I find everyone around me is not aware of the ways they are letting go of the reigns.