Remote video visiting techniques for museums: a how-to guide
Image showing multiple camera views used in remote visiting; Zoom session with OBS software. Laura Peers and Anne-Marie Guérin, 2021.
In 2021, I worked with Anne-Marie Guérin at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University, Ontario, Canada, to explore how Zoom might be used to create opportunities for Indigenous communities to visit with ancestral items held in museums. Working with a group of Indigenous and settler ally artists in Winnipeg, MB, we held two visits by Zoom using multiple cameras--including digital magnifiers--firstly with Ancestors at the Agnes collections and then with the George Back collection of quillwork at Royal Museums Greenwich in London, UK.
All museums should be able to provide basic forms of digital access using live video, not simply by posting photographs online. I attach a guide offering basic techniques for making such visits happen in a good way.