I just wrote a blog article which has just been published over at Create Hub, the news site which covers the use of technology in the art, creative and cultural industries.
Online audiences like to control their experiences. They enjoy short spurts of play and lots of interaction. So, how do you bring the experiences of watching and listening to cultural performances to the online world?
In July 2014, I joined forces with Richard Kingdom of greenhouse to create the UPstream seed fund to explore this further.
Catching the same wave that saw the Nesta funded pilot of NT Live in 2010, I shaped an idea to develop an agile, creative project which recasts arts organisations as multi-platform cultural broadcasters.
This programme focuses on live streaming video to not only reach new audiences but to explore new possibilities for performance that makes use of the real time, interactive nature of the internet.
Read more on Create Hub
During last Summer, I had a few brainwaves and drafted a proposal for a venue-based digital broadcasting scheme. At the heart of it is a research question to investigate whether medium scale producers of arts and cultural work can move beyond the tradition of the theatrical stage and reinvent themselves as part of an emerging content economy.
After a few twists and turns along the way, Arts Council England South East have accepted the project and offered to financially support it’s development with a grant of £141,000 over three years. In these times of austerity, when arts and culture organisations are being put under a great deal of stress with radical cuts to their public subsidy, this is a great sign that good progressive ideas can still gain some traction, and that ACE Still have the flexibility to recognise and support a development project that tackles emerging and somewhat untested approaches to audiences and technology.
With the background of my Gene Pool:Digital Culture podcast productions and several other unsuccessful applications to ACE for development support, my thinking on this topic has been bubbling away for some time – the title of a recent episode featuring artists that are exploring live steams, social media and viral marketing is the same as the one used for this blog post. Continue reading Beyond The Stage
The commercial foundation, social relevance and stability of the funded arts sector under question with Dan Eastmond, MD of the new Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture in Windsor.
With a background in commercial entertainments, a new management company relaunched the Old Court venue in 2008 with a vision of a courageous, fluid and future facing strategy to respond to the needs of catering and venue hires and reposition themselves as an open and responsive creative.
Dan Eastmond contributed a blog article to Arts Professional magazine January 2011 which covers many elements discussed in this episode.
Firestation Arts & Culture
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Gene Pool#42: Firestation Arts & Culture