Including...the Museums Tech 2022 conference, a guide on producing hybrid events and National Theatre on Instagram.
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Digital Snapshot, bringing you all the latest digital news, ideas, tips and guidance for the arts, culture, museums and heritage world.
I'll be honest, I've spent most of my time recently dying again and again in Elden Ring. In between that, I've written about the state of social media and am preparing for a talk at the Arts Marketing Association conference in Brum - if you're coming along then please say hello!
The UK Government want to overhaul data protection regulation (i.e. GDPR). They want to overhaul it for the better though, right? ...right?
Museums Tech 2022: A Digital Festival for Museums is coming up on 30 June. There'll be talks on making the case for digital, unlocking digital collections, the environmental impact of digital activity, + much more.
Useful / bookmarkable
The Space's 2022 Digital R&D Commissioning round is open. You can apply with proposals up to £14,000. It's unclear as of yet whether buying 31 PS5 consoles for your staff counts as 'R&D' and The Space isn't returning my numerous calls.
Criptic Arts have published a useful guide to hybrid events, primarily aimed at literature events but there's good stuff in there for everyone. Jump straight to the PDF here.
VR and 360° experiences are still emerging technologies (for most of us), but The Space has published this useful resource on how artists and organisations can develop projects.
Speaking of which, Thomas Flynn has put together some resources for cultural heritage practitioners working with 3D (via Alec Ward's Twitter).
Distracting / entertaining / inspiring
I've always rated the National Gallery's stuff on Instagram. Nicely designed, some slick videos, but always with a human heart. This kind of quiz is a perfect example of how a bit of extra design and thought-through copy can draw you in.
I found this thread of journalists discussing how newspaper stories can be tweaked/misrepresented by their social media teams for clickbait pretty fascinating to snoop on.
I Laughed Out Loud at this article on how everyone wishes we could mute the USA. "The rest of the world should not have to know the name, Bari Weiss."
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