MuseumNext condensed: home turf and hard graft

June 24th, 2014

Following the Barcelona and Amsterdam highlights of our last few conference-going years, it was with some regret I couldn’t attend the home-coming of MuseumNext to Newcastle. In steps Twitter, bang goes an afternoon of catch-up and hashtag eye-melt, and out pops this handy Twitter Poster. A memento for those lucky enough to attend and a

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No Boundaries Condensed: State of the Arts

March 4th, 2014

Do we need another symposium on art & culture in the 21st century? Yes we bloody do if No Boundaries is anything to go by. A fantastic two days. Brilliant speakers expressing coherent arguments with energy and passion. Presenting Google Goat Lady, Amazing Mayor Man, the T-Rex poet and many more surprises. Having spent the

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The perils and perks of live-prototyping

February 17th, 2014

When your strategy is built around data, your priority is the means to collect and process a large enough volume to generate meaningful conclusions. No data, no insight. Over the last few months Thought Den have been leading the experience design for CloudTags, an American-British company working with high-end retailers. They are firmly planting their

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Small & well-formed: CRASSH and other cute conferences

December 20th, 2013

From Bruno Giussani, European Director, TED “The more our lives and work become dematerialised and information explodes, the more conferences become relevant moments of confrontation…they will be a necessary social mediation that ‘social media’ cannot provide” As they argued in Wired’s December run-down on the year’s most exciting conferences, ideas need people to spread, and

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REMIX Condensed: culture, technology and entrepreneurship

December 6th, 2013

On Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th the Remix Summit took place in London. Culture, technology and entrepreneurship formed the primary agenda, with a supporting cast of issues, from the male-dominated tech industry to the tyranny of the screen. That’s not to forget the traditional chorus-calls for disruption, better funding and more collaboration. Culture Label are

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The 5-Point Museum Manifesto

November 27th, 2013

After nigh-on six years working amidst the blurring of art, culture and technology, I want to put forward five key changes the sector needs to make. And why? Because I want the rising generation of twiddle-finger, gadget-mad, attention-stretched young’uns to enjoy art and culture as much as I have recently. Because they’re being bombarded from

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MuseumNext 2013 condensed: In Amsterdam, museums continue

May 16th, 2013

++ Twitter Poster added! Check it out at the bottom of the post ++ Glimpses of the future were offered this year at Museum Next in Amsterdam, but it feels largely like business as usual in the arts and culture sector. To steal from Jim’s opening remark at lunch on day two, with a world

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