With tea and coffee
With the rise of the everyday curator, the game has changed. For decades, the art world has relied on 'connoisseur-ship' of curators who, from behind the dusty stacks of the library and years of research, have presented collections of images of certifiable 'taste'. In 2016, anyone with access to the internet can curate and become an 'influencer' and the role and meaning of curating has shifted. This shift represents a significant challenge to the art world which is only just beginning to respond and harness the power of the 'Everyday Curator'.
Copyright has had an unexpected consequence. From the Kardashians to interior design shows, so worried and harried are film and television producers that instead of going through the "hassle" of seeking licensing for artworks, they blur or neglect to show artworks at all. Instead of protecting the cultural ecosystem, the laws, coupled with the reality of production constraints, are suppressing art altogether.
Tea, coffee and refreshments
Dr. Melissa de Zwart
Artists, creators and arts entrepreneurs are increasingly using social media as the platform to showcase their works, however this highly graphic platform creates particular risks for visual artists with the ease of reuse, misattribution and redistribution. We will look at examples of user practice, the relevant laws and possible responses.
Becky Sui Zhen Freeman
Art Processors create digital experiences that drive visitor engagement within art galleries, museums and cultural sites. Drawing from projects such as MONA’s ‘O,’ Melbourne Zoo’s ‘I Animal’, State Library of NSW’s ‘Curio’ and AWM’s Spirit of the Anzac Guide, Producer Becky Sui Zhen will unpack the way their digital tools are designed to deepen the connection between digital and physical realms through the use of image, sound, location and context. By using the visitors physical location as an interactive element, pro-longing engagement with layers of interpretative content and allowing the visitor to save and replay the experience at home, Art Processors were successful in creating one of the most favoured museum guide experiences of the last decade with MONA’s ‘O’. Now, five years on, technology has advanced and the ways in which people are able to consume content has changed rapidly. Becky will discuss some recent projects which illustrate how they’ve adapted to the ever-evolving digital landscape.
Keynote: Christopher Hudson
Depending on your side of the coin, one’s views about image licenses and rights are usually shaded one way or another: as a user you want images freely available in high-resolution, but as a creator, agent or estate, you know there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Managing image rights can be a labyrinth for artists, estates, writers, publishers, scholars and readers, but there are practical ways to navigate these to avoid legal pitfalls, better understand risks of using images that are sourced online, respect artists and strengthen relationships. Hear our keynote speaker Christopher Hudson, Publisher at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, discuss the world of arts publishing and how, despite changing laws and technological shifts, all players can work collaboratively to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.