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Monday, December 1, 2014

Google Glass Moves into San Francisco Fine Art Museums

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

click to enlarge Just on my way to go look at some art about social justice! - GIUSEPPE COSTANTINO/SHUTTERSTOCK

While many San Francisco institutions have banned Google Glass over the course of 2014 — the fine art museums of San Francisco are embracing the face computers. According to a press release we received today, the de Young and Legion of Honor are incorporating the Google Glass experience into their exhibits, and first up is the new Keith Haring show; GuidiGO will provide access to in-depth interviews, audio recordings, and videos via the face computers — because reading the plaques and listening to the audio tour is pretty much akin to walking around with a newspaper and a walkman. 

The press release goes on to state: 
“'Wearing Glass in the gallery is like embarking on a multimedia journey, with visual archives, contextual music and testimonials revealing the artworks’ hidden stories. Within minutes, visitors completely forget they are even wearing Glass, as the screen subtly turns on only when needed,' said David Lerman, CEO of GuidiGO."
What is he even talking about? The general public forgets they're wearing ugly face computers? We highly doubt that. If not only from the pointing of fingers from the walkman crowd.  

Also, there's nothing like wearing an expensive face computer to learn about what the press release states is "the influences of graffiti and street life on [Haring's] aesthetic, and the social justice issues about which he was most concerned."

The de Young and Legion of Honor make up the largest public art institution in San Francisco, if anything they should act as a catalyst to expand art access to the City as a whole instead of isolating it to the top tier. They note their Google Glass endeavor is to "create a rich tour experience." And rich it is.  

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