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The big challenge: get porous

Check out my latest talk for the Arts Council’s Music and New Media Strategy day – it’s all about porosity. Listen to the MP3 here.

“Americano to stay, and 30 minutes on iTunes, please!”

Wired Magazine report Apple’s announcement that they’re going to be setting up 6000 Starbucks Coffee Shops as wi-fi retail iTunes stores. This seems an important move for Apple, gaining them real-life retail square footage. The real-life aspect of this is key: it’s helping bridge the digital divide that currently means iPod customers with broadband-less or […]

From arts broadcasting to arts media

The rise of arts media and the increasing maturity of the online medium itself present a major opportunity to extend the reach and impact of the arts as never before. From arts broadcasting towards arts media, written by Anthony Lilley (Chief Executive of Magic Lantern Productions), looks at the way in which the arts and […]

National Theatre’s YouTube channel launches

The UK’s National Theatre have been experimenting with advertising their shows and venue via a YouTube channel. I love the video showing you how to actually get there from London’s Waterloo East station through the concrete rabbit warren of the South Bank – a speeded up walk highlighting the landmarks and signs to look out […]

Logging onto Culture

Logging On: Culture Participation and the Web, is the new Demos report by John Holden that finds that culture and technology are becoming more interactive as the number of online users continues to grow. The report also provides an overview of the work of Culture Online, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) funded […]

Collaborative Creativity

TED have released a few conference talks that are of interest to the arts and cultural sector. In this 20 minute deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn’t just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can’t. He describes the rising role […]

Mobile comes of age for the cultural sector

In this article, I take a look at some of the latest online advertising and mobile phone usage statistics, and contemplates what they might mean for the cultural sector. As well as effective models for online advertising emerging; the much reported teething problems of delivering mobile content (around data costs, device restraints and slow networks) […]

Innovation Nation

The emergence of mass innovation and creativity because of technology have challenging implications for the professional arts and cultural sector – especially in relation to our traditional roles of gatekeeper and guide. Silicon has become like steel or plastic: it’s in everything and it is convenient and easy for the consumer to use. As a […]

Museums in Second Life

I’ve been able to visit the International Spaceflight Museum in Second Life over the last few days and am amazed at the effort they have spent building it and making interactive exhibits. I’ve met number of cultural organisations who have mentioned that they’re developing projects in Second Life – which I can’t wait to visit. […]

Playstation’s Digital and Cultural Echoes

The Guardian picked up a <a href=”http://media.guardian.co.uk/mediaguardian/story/0,,2000468,00.html”>story</a> about Sony Playstation 3’s advertising campaign that proves a belief in the idea that users will generate the content that other users most want to see; and that viral word of mouth is still the best form advertising. They have chosen 10 “cultural content” providers (using the term […]

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