Archive for January, 2007

First a Friend, Then an Audience, Now a Fan

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

A number of requests have come in for a quick “cheat” sheet of the major social networking sites. Producers and artists are always looking for ways to connect to their current audiences — and develop new ones. These kinds of sites are a popular way to share information, photos, and videos.

Here’s a list of the majors. If you want more extensive information (including a comprehensive list, population size, etc. just let us know.)

Of course, one of the best networks for the performing arts is where you are right now — check out the tools for you.

In a next round, we will give you the world on music sharing sites — maybe with a little surprise. In the meantime, if you are in a musical mood, have fun with Ruben’s latest playlist.

Socializing Sites:

  • MySpace: http://myspace.com/
    Music sharing has helped make this site the biggest social network.
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/
    For the university crowd.
  • LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/
    Choice for the professionals, particularly in the US.
  • DeviantART: http://www.deviantart.com/
    A social site in the arts space.
  • Second Life: http://secondlife.com/
    Developing a vibrant arts community via its in-world art galleries, and more.
  • Tribe: http://tribe.net/
    The arts define many of the tribes, as members network based on common interests.

Photo Sharing Sites:

  • Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/
  • Yahoo! Photos: http://photos.yahoo.com/
  • Webshots: http://www.webshots.com/
  • OurMedia: http://www.ourmedia.org/
  • The Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/index.php

Video Sharing Sites:

  • YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/
  • Google Video: http://video.google.com/
  • DailyMotion: http://www.dailymotion.com/
  • OurMedia: http://www.ourmedia.org/
  • The Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/index.php
  • iFilm: http://www.ifilm.com/
  • Blinkx: http://www.blinkx.com

- Bill Reichblum

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Interview: Mike Ross

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Photo: Mike RossMike Ross is the director of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently in his tenth year at Krannert, Ross came to the center from the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, where the theatre became known as a hotbed of innovative programming. Ross is a board member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, active with the American and Illinois Arts Alliances, and is at the forefront of the integration of performing arts centers with universities.

In this interview, Mike talks about the opportunities for integrating professional arts into an university environment, and how these rivers of experience will come together in a better way in the future.

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Interview: Douglas Rushkoff

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Photo: Douglas RushkoffDouglas Rushkoff is one of the “thought leaders” at the intersection of culture, technology, and education. Winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Rushkoff’s teaching, writing, and documentaries focus on the ways people, culture and institutions create, share and influence each other’s values. His ten best-selling books have been translated into thirty languages.

In this interview, Doug talks about the relationship between online commerce and activity with the performing arts, including what his “screenagers” (kids who have never known a world without video games and the Internet) might be producing on stage in the years to come.

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Interview: Andrew Zolli

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Photo: Andrew ZolliAndrew Zolli is a foresight and global trends consultant whose firm, Z + Partners, helps global companies and institutions see, understand and respond to complex change. As curator of the annual Pop!Tech conference, Andrew creates an elite annual gathering of thought leaders who explore the social impact of technology and the shape of things to come. Recently named one of the Fellows of the National Geographic Society, where he is leading development of a global initiative to envision new scenarios for life in 2040-2050, he has served as Futurist-in-Residence at both Popular Science and American Demographics magazines, as well as Public Radio’s Marketplace. In addition to his work with larger multinational organizations, Andrew advises a number of cutting-edge not-for-profit, public policy and venture-backed startups. He currently serves on the boards of WorldChanging.com, a leading online resource tracking the future of sustainability, and Blurb, a revolutionary publishing company.

In this interview, Andrew sees the intersections of art and life today, and imagines the world to come. What’s it going to be like in 2050?

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Online in the Big City

Monday, January 15th, 2007

This week KadmusArts will be part of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters‘ annual conference in New York for six thousand presenters (theatres, concert halls, cultural centers), artists, and their management companies.

Calling the gathering a “conference” does not quite do it justice. Throughout the day and night there are performances spread around the city to introduce the latest work and projects being developed for touring. The weekend is focused on the exhibition hall for meeting with artists and/or their representatives to make touring connections. There are also organized activities for new leaders in the field, as well as targeted arts work such as world music.

Of course, there are also luncheons, speakers, workshops, and panels. KadmusArts is part of the workshop “Going online to Promote, Distribute, and Protect,” for artists on using new technologies and web sites (such as KadmusArts).

Our panel, open to everyone at the conference, is “Creating Culture: How 21st century online networks, tools and technologies propel innovation in the studio, sustain performing arts venues, and build new audiences.” (This might win an award for the longest title, but then again, it is also a long session.) Joining the panel will be Lane Czaplinski from On the Boards, Sean Elwood of Creative Capital, Tamara Turner of CD Baby, and Ben Roe of RoeDeo Productions.

If you have any ideas of web sites, tools, or technologies to introduce to the field, do let us know so we can include it in these sessions, as well as the scheduled follow-up sessions that have been organized for us during the conference. As you can add to the site at any time, send in the ideas at any time during the week — we are good at improvising. This is a great way to show the reach and imagination of what is happening in the online community, in the rehearsal room, and onstage.

It is rather amazing to think of all these new options available to artists and audiences. A simple case in point: we will be doing these presentations in New York City, based on all that we have developed from our small studio in the countryside of Vermont, with over 5,000 festivals and their artists and audiences around the world. Pretty cool.

- Bill Reichblum

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