Monday, March 4, 2013

Bits & Bytes

Long day at the China Museum of Digital Arts for a big forum we've organized on the Creative Economy. A dozen Brits and four Chinese, each from very different arts organizations (Tate, Sage Gateshead, RSC, Culture 24, Artfinder, Philharmonia, The Literary Platform, Nesta from Britain; two museums, a concert hall and a website from China) have been talking about how they use digital media in their work. Interesting stuff. Sometimes digital is simply a way to reach greater audiences; sometimes it's a way to do things differently, sometimes it simply is what they do (Culture24 - an online listings). 
On the Chinese side, the social networking sites Douban, Weibo, Renren etc play as big a role as Facebook & Twitter do for arts organizations in the West. And most museums have exhibitions that are digitally interactive. Some theatres and concert halls are filming their performances and streaming them on-line (but not yet in cinemas, like ROH or NT Live). It's all moving at a fast pace. I'm just trying to keep up with it all.   

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