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The Experience Economy – It’s More Than The “Product”

“The experience of the product is bigger than the product itself,” said Donald Chesnut, who became Mastercard Inc.’s first chief experience officer in 2019. “It’s everything around it. How well does it work? How does the product feel?” Some 89% of companies employed a chief experience officer or an equivalent role in 2019, up from 61% in 2017, according to research and advisory firm Gartner Inc., which surveyed nearly 400 large companies in the U.S., Canada and U.K. about their customer expe...
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, MasterCard Inc, Gartner Inc, Donald Chesnut, U S Canada and U K, 02.25.20


Have Fun: Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images To Public

Featuring data and material from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo, the new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose—be it a postcard, a beer koozie or apair of bootie shorts. – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Audience, Visual, National Zoo, 02.25.20


Watching ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ With 18,000 Schoolkids At Madison Square Garden

“The classic story of Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer who defends a black man in a racist town, was told under the championship flags of the New York Knicks (who have played their own tragedy there for years) and the Rangers. And with a new venue and a younger audience came new standards of theater decorum: The middle and high school students groaned when things went badly for the protagonists and cheered shamelessly at insults lobbed at the town’s most virulent racists.” – The New York Time...
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Knicks, Audience, Madison Square Garden, Atticus Finch, 02.26.20


Louvre’s Leonardo 500 Show Demolishes Attendance Record

“[The exhibition] brought in 1,071,840 visitors over the four months it was on view. This figure easily smashed its previous attendance record of 540,000 visitors, which was held by a 2018 Eugène Delacroix retrospective.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, Eugène Delacroix, 02.25.20


The Globally Networked Museum – Could It Be The Museum Model For The 21st Century?

Greece and Britain have the opportunity to renew their respective stories by leading the way in creating a museum for the 21st century. How it would be organised would be open to discussions. But at a minimum, it would be a consortium of museums from around the world prepared to contribute works from their own collections to tell the story of human history. The exhibits would depict the way that past thought, religion, politics, art and history has formed a platform for each stage of hu...
Tags: Art, Greece, Britain, Audience, Visual, 02.20.20


The Streaming Wars Are Bringing On A New Media Dystopia

The return to piracy is both a bit of a meme and a bit of a reality. And its return is absolutely the result of a market that giant companies have built to intentionally trap customers into either a single-company ecosystem (one ISP, one easy streaming service) or an annoying, expensive patchwork. And while piracy signals discontent with the system, it’s quite unlikely that these companies will react by changing their approach, let alone lowering prices. – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 02.21.20


Is It Possible To Enjoy The Instagram “Museum” Without Your Phone?

Specifically, the Ice Cream “Museum,” which is all about shareable selfies. After all, what’s the point of going if not to take appealing pictures? – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Instagram, Audience, Visual, 02.21.20


Turns Out That People Who Are Likely To Pay For Streaming Services Are Also Likely To Pirate Shows

At least, that’s true in Australia, according to the results of a recent survey. The more services you subscribed to, the more likely you were to pirate. That’s a little weird, right? Well … “Electronic Frontiers Australia board member Justin Warren said people who were paying for multiple subscriptions were likely turning to piracy out of frustration at not being able to find what they wanted on the services they were paying for.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Australia, Audience, Justin Warren, 02.24.20, Well Electronic Frontiers Australia


As ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Ends, What Did It All Mean?

Asian Americans remember how excited – and worried – they were when the show was announced five years ago, after a two-decade drought for Asian American representation on network TV. Did the series live up to its hype? One writer says, “It felt like a dream.” (And it changed the media landscape demonstrably as well.) – Shondaland
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 02.21.20


Study: Arts Sector Digital Efforts Stall In Trying To Attract Audiences

Research from Arts Council England (ACE) and innovation foundation Nesta has revealed “a widening gulf” between large and small organisations’ capacity and capability to adopt – let alone maximise the potential of – digital technologies ranging from cameras and phones to distribution software and digital art. Some organisations may already feel “too far behind the adoption curve” to test new technologies, the authors say. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Nesta, Arts Council England ACE, 02.20.20


Attendance Isn’t A Good Enough Metric, So This Museum Is Trying To Measure Its Social Impact

“Working with a group of social scientists, the [Oakland Museum of California] devised an innovative plan to take stock of both its ability to connect with visitors and to foster connections between visitors themselves. The idea came after previous data collection efforts revealed a more thorough snapshot of the institution’s audience, which is one of the most diverse in the country.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Oakland Museum of California, 02.19.20


Another Job In The Arts You Hadn’t Thought Of: Narrating Porn For The Blind

Pornhub launched this particular initiative in increasing access for the disabled to the arts four years ago, hiring professional freelance writers to produce text and professional voice actors to read it. Here’s a Q&A with Kathryn Simpson, an art history Ph.D. who has written the narration for 35 Pornhub videos. – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Pornhub, Audience, 02.18.20, Kathryn Simpson


Revealed: YouTube’s Most-Watched Gaming Channels Are Infested With Bots

In January, all seven of the most-watched YouTube Gaming channels weren’t run by happy gamers livestreaming the game du jour. They were instead recorded, autoplaying videos advertising videogame cheats and hacks, sometimes attached to sketchy, credential-vacuuming websites, according to one analytics firm. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Youtube, Youtube Gaming, Audience, 02.18.20


Has Netflix Reached Its Max Audience?

“Our research shows that most pay TV households already have Netflix so even if cord-cutting accelerates, Netflix won’t get a whole slew of new customers. In [other] words, people are cutting the cord because they have Netflix. They don’t cut the cord and discover Netflix for the first time.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Audience, 02.18.20


This Could Be The Berkeley Public Library’s Most Treasured Collection

“The Berkeley Tool Lending Library is one of the Bay Area’s great public gifts, a free-to-use service for Berkeley residents looking for anything from saws to ladders to a hard-to-find screwdriver. You’d think a repository of free tools, some very expensive, would disappear frequently, but supervising librarian Dan Beringhele says theft is rare. It’s just that beloved.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Words, Berkeley, Audience, Bay Area, Berkeley Public Library, 02.16.20, Berkeley Tool Lending Library, Dan Beringhele


For South L.A., A Sort Of African-American High Line

It’s not an elevated park, and it’s not on disused train tracks (in fact, it’s tied in with a new light rail line), but Destination Crenshaw (as it’s called) will be a 1.3-mile-long public space along Crenshaw Boulevard, with landscaping, murals and other public art, and plazas — all intended as community gathering places to affirm the area’s African-American identity as the pressures of gentrification increase. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, CRENSHAW, Crenshaw Boulevard, 02.17.20


How A Theatre Powered The Downtown Revival Of Illinois’s Second-Largest City

That city is Aurora, an outer-ring suburb of Chicago with about 200,000 people, and the theatre is the twice-restored, 1,885-seat Paramount. in fact, writes Chris Jones, “with the exception of Cleveland, which has benefited immeasurably from the Playhouse Square Center, I’d argue that no Midwestern downtown has been more changed by a single arts organization.” – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Cleveland, Illinois, Paramount, Audience, Aurora, Chris Jones, 02.13.20, Playhouse Square Center


Living At The Intersection Of Dance, Social Media, And Teenage Life

Who profits when a 14-year-old Black teenager creates a dance and shares it – and it goes viral? Not she.”TikTok, one of the biggest video apps in the world, has become synonymous with dance culture. Yet many of its most popular dances, including the Renegade, Holy Moly Donut Shop, the Mmmxneil and Cookie Shop have come from young black creators on myriad smaller apps.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Audience, 02.13.20, Intersection Of Dance Social Media, Renegade Holy Moly Donut Shop, Cookie Shop


Has Fan Culture Gotten Out Of Hand? Should They Have So Much Influence On The Art?

The last decade or so has witnessed huge changes in the awareness, perception and tools of fandom. In terms of television and film, the enormous successes of Game of Thrones and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have introduced geek culture – and its brand of participatory fandom – to the mainstream. At the same time, the internet – and more specifically social media – has amplified fans’ voices, while also breaking down the boundaries between them and the artists they love/hate. – BBC
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, 02.14.20


Prediction: Half Of American Homes Will Cut Cable TV Cord By 2024

Roku predicts that within four years, half of all U.S. homes will have never had cable TV or will have canceled their subscription, the company said in a letter to investors on Thursday released along with the company’s fourth quarter 2019 results. – CNBC
Tags: Art, Media, Roku, Audience, 02.14.20, American Homes Will Cut Cable TV Cord


Another Coronavirus Catastrophe: China’s Cinema Box Office Down By 99.75%

That’s not a typo. The country’s total movie ticket revenue for the past 20 days is down from $1.52 billion for the same period last year to $3.9 million, and the movie industry there may need a government bailout. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, China, Audience, 02.12.20


The Obama Portraits Have Become, In Essence, Pilgrimage Sites

“Stories of visitors praying or breaking down in tears before the portraits circulated on social media.” (Not unlike Jerusalem or Lourdes.) Says the director of the National Portrait Gallery in D.C., “It’s a form of what I call secular pilgrimage. Much like people go to Graceland or John Lennon’s grave — the response has that quality to it.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, John Lennon, Jerusalem, National Portrait Gallery, Audience, Visual, 02.12.20


Peak TV? Yes – Here’s How Many Shows Were Available To Watch Last Year

Folks like to joke that there’s just too much TV to watch, but rarely do they back it up with facts. Now, they can. from Nielsen, there were 646,152 unique programs available in 2019 across network TV, cable, streaming services, and every other kind of outlet. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Nielsen, Audience, 02.13.20


A Human Response To Amazon’s Algorithms: Custom-Designed Book Subscriptions

Two bookstores in England are offering book(s)-of-the-month services in which, after some discussion with the customer, a knowledgeable staffer selects and ships books the staffer thinks the individual recipient will like. – The Guardian
Tags: Amazon, Art, England, Words, Audience, 02.13.20


Meet Seattle Opera’s Scholar In Residence, First Of Her Kind In The U.S.

“As scholar in residence, [Naomi] André acts as an adviser to help Seattle Opera become more inclusive, both for audiences and behind the scenes. … Her most visible role involves a series of free, public community conversations that invite audiences to question problematic social themes and portrayals of marginalized communities in opera while appreciating the artistic elements that continue to hold up.” – The Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Seattle Opera, 02.12.20, Meet Seattle Opera, Naomi -RSB- André


Why’s New Zealand Rescuing The Classical Radio Station And Not Ours? Ask Māoris

With a public outcry having convinced Radio New Zealand’s management not to eviscerate its classical service, advocates for the country’s Māori-language radio stations are arguing that they have been underfunded for decades and deserve a fair share of broadcasting resources. – The Spinoff (New Zealand)
Tags: Art, Media, New Zealand, Audience, 02.13.20


Could The Success Of ‘Parasite’ Finally Convince Americans To Accept Subtitled Films?

Actually, U.S. viewers were getting more comfortable with subtitles even before Parasite became this year’s Oscar hit. That’s thanks to two major entities: the FCC and Netflix. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Fcc, Netflix, Audience, 02.12.20


How Instagram Is Changing Theatre

“Instagram is absolutely shaping the theatre industry,” says Jay Armstrong Johnson, who recently played Raoul in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Johnson notes that Instagram has become “a necessary app, a connecting device” not just for fans and those without access to the arts, but also “to other artists, which has often led to new projects and/or collaborations.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Instagram, Theatre, Audience, Raoul, Jay Armstrong Johnson, 02.07.20, Broadway Johnson


Bay Area Theatre Folk Are, Well, Ambivalent About Little Clapping Man In SF Chronicle’s Reviews

One local company head says that the “wild ovation” man can be very helpful, as can the step below, but anything lower stops single-ticket sales dead. The Chronicle‘s arts editor grants that some critics and theatermakers have mixed (at best) feelings about it, but that many readers love it. Critic Lily Janiak worries that it can encourage readers to stop reading. And ACT artistic director Pam McKinnon says the little guy is “a white supremacist icon.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Chronicle, Pam McKinnon, 02.11.20, Lily Janiak


First Major Arts Venue To Make All Its Performances ‘Relaxed’

Starting this month, London’s Battersea Arts Centre is making all its events “relaxed performances” — at which audience members may enter, leave, move around, and sometimes make noise, and first developed for neurodivergent patrons. – The Times (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Times, Issues, Audience, Battersea Arts Centre, 02.06.20



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