Matthew Connell‘s early interests in science and culture led to a 30+ year career as a museum curator specialising in computing and mathematics. We hear about Matthew’s early influences, his thoughts on the ongoing relevance of museums and material culture, and his concerns about the trappings of technology.
In 1991 Matthew joined the Powerhouse Museum as a Curator of Computing and Mathematics, and the photo above is Matthew with the computer collection at that time.
Now Matthew is Director of Curatorial, Collections and Programs for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Principal Curator for the Powerhouse Museum. He’s also an Adjunct Professor at UNSW’s iCinema Research Centre.
Photo credit: The above photo of Matthew is by Ryan Hernandez and is from the 2018 launch of the book, Time and Memory.
A concise 30 minute radio version of this conversation is available on demand at the 2SER show page.