Tag Archives: culture

Open for Disruption

I wrote a new blog article for Create Hub, exploring the apparent stasis of innovation in the established culture sector. Probably familiar territory to anyone exposed to my rants on a regular basis, but I sometimes think of the challenge as being particular to an industry that delivers content through bricks and mortar buildings. The digital proposition is that maybe that content could be shaped for other modes of delivery, and maybe that might suit some members of the audience better.

Cue crys of “But Theatre will never change” “The smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd“. Exit stage left.

“This year’s report shows that while the positive impact of technology on organisations remains high, there is a gap between the ambition of arts and cultural organisations in relation to digital technology and their ability to execute on those ambitions.” Sam Mitchell, Native, NESTA

Rant on at Create Hub

Time Won’t Give Me Time

I wrote a tired-and-emotional blog article as part of a series on Sam Fry’s Create Hub site.

The article takes a few simultaneous views at work in the culture industry, commuting, mobile office solutions and the value of play.

Here’s a snippet, you can head over to Create Hub for the rest:

Over the last year, I held three jobs simultaneously, produced twelve live streamed concerts and performances, one artist development lab, five podcasts, developed two training schemes, wrote two guest blog articles, programmed two seasons of educational digital media courses, maintained two websites, mentored three commissioned artist works to performance stage, hosted six networking events, filmed and edited one artist video piece, created six promotional videos, delivered three conference presentations, moved house once, had a baby. And I didn’t even mention the day to day meetings and admin.

All Boy George had to do was sing about heartbreak and karma.


Culture Broadcasting

I wrote a blog piece for the Sound And Music organisation recently, outlining the approach I took to develop the Gene Pool  artist network meeting into a series of efficient radio, podcast and live streamed broadcasting projects.

“In 2004, I began hosting a small artist networking group with invited guest speakers, using the name the Gene Pool. Anyone who works outside of a large metropolitan area will know how hard it is to motivate people to regularly get out and engage in a wider discussion about the cultural landscape and the creative practice of other artists.

The guest speakers were great, generous with their time, and provided excellent insights and examples of work. The audience for them rarely went above 10 people.

I wanted to turn those 10 people into 1000 people, and the way I did it started a train of thought which is still developing and full of potential now”

Read the rest on Sound And Music