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Multimedia Storytelling Fall 2016
Interview Ideas
Posted on September 2nd, 2016 at 8:46 pm by audreyfein

Story Pitches for Week 2

Story Idea One:

The Rose Art Museum Opening. The Rose will┬ádebut it’s Fall 2016 collection on September 10th. I want to interview either the Curator, Kim Contay, or the Acting Director, Kristin Parker. I want to ask them about what goes on behind the scenes in making an exhibition happen. Who are the artists? How you find them? How do you put together an exhibition that people will be interested in? What is the subject matter? When do you start the planning process? Physically, what does the Rose do to adapt to what each artist’s vision is? How do we get more students to go to the museum? The Rose is an amazing place that very few students take advantage of even though it’s free and right on campus. There is some amazing art there. I want to take photos of either Kim or Kristin inside the museum explaining everything to me (this can happen after the actual event given the time frame of this class) and then I want to attend the event and take photos of them in action to put together into one piece.


Story Idea Two:

The Brandeis Librarians. Right now the Brandeis library is under construction. But what goes on behind the scenes? What do librarians do all day? How does the preservation process work? What kind of resources and materials does Brandeis own? Where are they all kept? I want to interview either Leslie Reicher, the Preservations Officer, or Maggie McNeely, the University Archivist. I think it would be interesting to get their perspective on old documents and the importance of primary sources.

Comments so far:

Link Here | September 16, 2016,

Your first story pitch is excellent. I would recommend trying to stay as focused as possible on the current show. Try to do as much research about the pieces on display as possible before your interview, so that you can ask the curator or director some specific questions about the artists as your discussion proceeds. Your other questions are great. On the topic of getting more students to come to the Rose, I would suggest asking the curator or director about their thoughts on how the work currently on display might appeal to Brandeis undergrads, what they should look for in it, what it says about the current cultural moment or recent history–those sorts of things. Try to tease out your interview subject’s own aesthetic views and way of thinking about art and art education.

Comment by Mark Dellelo

Link Here | September 16, 2016,

Your second story pitch is good, too, though I would suggest focusing it around a specific collection or preservation project. Perhaps you can do some research, or find out from one of the librarians ahead of time what they have been working on recently, and then shape your discussion around that.

Comment by Mark Dellelo

Link Here | September 20, 2016,

Hi Audrey,
I like the questions you thought of to ask Kim or Kristin. I would try to weave those into either Kim or Kristin’s personal narrative. It would be good to focus on an individual and let the audience learn about the Rose through Kim/Kristin’s story. Maybe you could talk about what it means for the Rose to be part of a university versus an independent museum.

Comment by jacobsk

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