Tag: exhibition

TweetsReview – 3

In the first of this TweetsReview series I explained – in Catalan at that time – why I decided to start the series. The story goes back a couple of months ago when I was involved in some discussions on the social media mix, i.e. the proper balance of all the 2.0 tools within a communication strategy. Participants agreed that Facebook and Twitter were very powerful, but that information was lost in a few hours and that it was quite difficult to recover interesting information distributed through these channels. In a blog, however, the information is kept and remains accessible over time. That’s why I started the series “TweetsReview” as a selection of my most interesting tweets during a certain period of time.

4 Jul The virtual Museum of the City. Great participatory feature: create and present electronic exhibits about cities. http://t.co/806PAju
This 100% virtual museum is, in its own words, “the world’s only virtual museum of cities, showing the things that make a city great: its design, its history, its transportation, its cultural influence”. It is basically a 1.0 website, but what I found most interesting is the “Get involved” feature: everyone is invited to build and submit an exhibit. I am curious to see the first exhibitions there!

29 Jun BBC’s new web: Your paintings – Uncovering the nation’s art collection. Featuring great social tagging! http://t.co/ZKsGUOd
BBC has launched a new web which aims at putting 200’000 pieces of UK’s art collection online. Very user-friendly, with guided video tours by experts and a great social tagging feature “Help tag the nation’s oil paintings”, starting in summer 2011. Yes, I am a big fan of social tagging and I wish more museum websites would propose it. The Brooklyn Museum is, as for many other 2.0 features, a fantastic example of social tagging.

24 Jun Wow! RT @artinfodotcom: A Museum That Does Take-Out?: How the Leeds #Art Gallery’s Public Lending Plan Works: http://t.co/rbE7n8C
I first couldn’t believe it: just go to the museum and take your favored painting back home for a while (and little money). So innovative! But…what about conservation issues? I cannot think of many museums that could seriously envisage such a scheme.

3 Jun Thomas #Hirschhorn ‘s website for his work at Swiss Pavilion @la_Biennale “to propose an inside view” http://bit.ly/liTlpu
Thomas Hirschhorn launched this specific website to give more background information on his work “Crystal of Resistance” exposed at the Venice Biennale 2011, Swiss Pavilion. I think it interesting to get an insight view of an artist’s creative process, for instance through 79 sketches online, well worth a browse. There is much more material: videos, studio and set-up pictures, etc. It really helps to get familiar with the work, even without travelling to Venice.

Thomas Hirschhorn’s Chrystal of Resistance

And finally, a recommendation to visit an exhibition in Barcelona:
17 Jun
L’efecte del cine. Somni. @FundaciolaCaixa BCN. Vídeos, pel•lícules i instal•lacions d’alta qualitat. Molt recomanable! http://t.co/GQxzglw
This exhibition at the CaixaForum in Barcelona gathers some fantastic works: video art, film and installations, all of high quality. I especially liked and installation by Anthony McCall You and I Horizontal II, 2006.

Installation by Anthony McCall

How to involve the public at an early stage of exhibition making

An example from Barcelona

Participation, together with interaction, has been a trendy topic in the museum world over the past recent years. It seems difficult nowadays to conceive an exhibition without any participatory element, even though many exhibitions and also websites remain a one-way oriented, museum-public, affair.

This cannot be said of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), which is preparing Global Screen, an exhibition to explore the power of the screen in today’s society. As an interesting feature, CCCB has started to involve the public well before the exhibition opens (in January 2012). Last week it organized a workshop allowing the public to become familiar with the issue and the exhibition itself.

During the first session, members of Telenoika, an “audiovisual creative open community” as they describe themselves, introduced us to the world of Vjing, video attacks and Mapping. The latter consists of video screenings on historic buildings. Check out a few exciting examples of Mapping created by Telenoika. What I found interesting was the re-definition of the screen, mainly understood as forming part of a cinema, TV, computer, mobile, etc. Telenoika deliberately extends the boundaries of the concept projecting on any surface, which can receive videos.

Members of Telenoika between many different screensMembers of Telenoika between many different screens

In the evening, the two curators Gilles Lipovetsky and Jean Serroy, talked about the seven areas, around which the exhibition will be structured:

–          History screen

–          Politics screen

–          Sport screen

–          Advertisement screen

–          Excess screen

–          Game screen

–          Surveillance screen

CCCB not only allows us to get to know the exhibition areas through their curators, but also launches a main participatory feature: everyone will be invited to send in videos and images related to the seven screens through an online platform starting in October. The process will be managed by the CCCB’s own research and innovation department, CCCBLab, and should culminate in a parallel exhibition, which later will be incorporated in the main exhibition. Through this participation, the users become co-curators of the exhibition.

I find this process most interesting. CCCB has already set up projects where people could send in pictures through an online platform, which then became part of the exhibition, such as The City of Horrors and the current online project: Brangulí was here. What about you?

It might have been the good experiences with these projects that led CCCB to go one step further in the case of Global Screen, involve users at an earlier stage and give them even more weight within the exhibition.

I only hope that users do not get tired of so much participation. It would be interesting to know if many people repeat participation and to what extent a different project is capable of capturing new users, and new visitors. Statistics, if well run and cared of, will tell us.

In any case, I’ll get my camera out, ready for participation.