Wondering what the title is talking about? So was I until Carol Robinson explained her virtual museum for medieval afterlives of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re an academic, student or just plain old interested person; involved in literature, art, music, dance, digital media, creative arts, writing, illustrating, animating, IT, technical and virtual worlds…; be you a medievalist, historian, expert in popular culture, involved in fandom, or whatever, then this project is of interest to YOU.
Carol tells us more below. In addition, go to www.medievalelectronicmultimedia.org/unicorn.html
And read my next post in which I reveal my secret lives!
Carol Robinson: The UNICORN stands for the following, and more:
~The Universal Neomedieval and Illustrative Cyberspace Opportunity for Realistic Needs
~The Unbounded Neverland and Infinite Collection of Online Retroactive Neomedievalism
Updates & Plans:
Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization is excited to announce plans for building a virtual museum. If you are interested in joining us in this venture, send inquiry to Dr. Carol L. Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We propose an approach that addresses the exciting scholastic opportunities provided by online technology while fighting to maintain the dignity and diligence established by more traditional scholarship. We propose to build a virtual museum that is also a library, which has a Great Hall for special exhibits and conferences, provides classrooms and workrooms, and even has a store. In short, it would provide a three dimensional style environment for both research and pedagogical purposes.
The advantages of a platform such as this include: instant updating of information, access to books and journals, access to video, images, and other digital multimedia, and a digital virtual space for conferences and meetings to hold discourse. Scholarship relies more and more upon audio-visual sources, and this museum-library-store could easily link scholars to film clips, musical passages, artwork, and artifacts, as well as to sites outside, such as Chaucer MetaPage or Google Scholar.
Such a platform, too, would allow for more frequent and constructive engagement on both formal (conference) and informal levels and on a global scale. Indeed, it was recently discussed that the focus of medievalism studies is mostly limited to Europe and North America; a venue such as what we are proposing would encourage and support a more global examination of scholarship.
The unicorn Rotunda is not a circle; it is actually a sphere, with halls constantly being added, constantly under construction, to all sides of it. The Great Hall is intended for multiple special uses, including the annual Cloud Conference. Note that the inside of the museum (a castle) is much, much larger than the outside (“walls”) will suggest.
This museum is as much a library of information as it is a display of artifacts (photographed, facsimiled, and/or simulated). Its intention is to be supportive of other scholarly and pedagogical endeavors and to encourage collaborations. It is primarily intended for the “smart phone generation” with the goal of creating a diverse, accessible, and inclusive environment of neomedieval proportions. Most of the exhibits in each hall will be free and open to everyone.