>>IN YOUR AGENDA
Museums and the web : the seminal conference exploring the relationship between museums and the profit they can draw from technical advances has been in existence since '97 and offers this year again an edgy yet accessible programme of worshops and keynotes. I am particularly excited on "Ebooks and Museums Publishing" chaired by Dana Mitroff Silvers from the SFMOMA and "Social Media and Beyond" with Gail Darbin from the V&A. If not yet done, follow the hashtag #mw2011, as the conference is already on!
Everyone is already getting ready for the European Museum Night which will take place next 14 May 2011.
Time to get closer to museums and to see what the ones in your vicinity have got up their sleeves to make you look at them in a different way. Some French speaking readers here? Take a look at the website and blog powered by the French Ministry of Culture
>> LARGE SIZE SPONSORSHIP
We are not unfamiliar with the VIP-type sponsorship in an arts venue in France, this is the least we can say, but Janet Jackson coming to perform under the Pyramide du Louvre next 14 June still makes quite an impression. This will be a highly private, not at all broadcasted event to gather funds for the museum, and as such, quite crucial for its financial health nowadays. While we are fully aware that among the range of experiences that make venerable art venues what they are, prestige occupies an important place - and then again this is fundraising- we have been more excited at the prospect of some other crossovers in the chic department, using the museums's potential to be a glamourous boost, and to reach out to different audiences. We remain impressed still.
Are you a proper geek? In which case you can't really avoid casting your ballot to decide which video games should be featured during the upcoming exhibition aptly named "The Art of Video Games".
The deadline has been extended until 17 April so it's time to put forward your favourite one, maybe after one nice heated debate.
>> IN THE MoMA APP STORE
The MoMA has just released a new IPad free application called the MoMA books IPad App. With your app you can purchase and read a vast collection of MoMA books made into ebooks, some of them out of print. Five of them will be offered at discount prices as a starting offer. While you read, you will be able to zoom on the artwork and, get a virtual visit of the exhibition thanks to included audioguides and take a photo of a piece to be sent as a virtual postcard via IPad. High time to invest.