News Summary 10.2013

Every month, AMT-Lab publishes a collection of exciting news in the field of arts management and technology. Check out the links below to find out what moved the arts and technology world in October 2013.


From the mind of a dancer comes a new kind of wheelchair (Tampa Bay Times)


Merry Lynn Morris, a dance professor at the University of South Florida, invented the Rolling Dance Chair. After 7 years and $150,000 grant money, she presents a device to help kids overcome disabilities that prevent them from freely moving their bodies.


Art Mapping Startup Artsy Releases iPhone App (Forbes)

 Launched in October 2012, Artsy is a start up that catalogues art in an online depository and helps users to discover and purchase art online. Recently Artsy launched its new, free app for iPhone and iPad touch. It contains over 50,000 high-resolution images of artworks from more than 600 museums, galleries, art fairs, and foundations.


"Concert Master” LA Phil (La Phil)


The LA Phil launched the new online tool “Concert Master,” which suggests upcoming performances to best suit users’ musical taste, based on responses to a short survey.


What Audiences Expect from Arts Marketers: Four Technology Must-dos (ARTSblog)

Emerging technologies continuously change the field of arts marketing, including what current and prospective audiences expect of arts organizations. In this piece, Amelia Northrup-Simpson discusses four expectations that many patrons have today regarding mobile technology, social media, online sales, and customer service.


Game-Changing Software Platform Empowers Smaller Arts Orgs with Same Box Office, Fundraising, and Marketing Power of Major Cultural Institutions (Newsday)


After a three years beta-phase, Fractured Atlas unveiled its online platform, Fractured Atlas developed this web-based software system in collaboration with hundreds of performing arts groups nationwide, providing small- and mid-size arts organizations with an affordable, easy-to-use alternative that transforms how they sell tickets, raise funds, and grow their audiences.

Digital Art

Saving digital art from an early death at the ZKM museum (BBC)

What do you do when a piece of digital art worth over a million dollars and reliant on obsolete technology and old codes breaks down? As contemporary technology evolves increasingly faster, it shortens the potential lifespan of digital art, raising the question of how to conserve digital art in the long run. The ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe Germany, which houses the world’s largest collection of digital art, grapples with that question here, led by principal curator Bernhard Serexhe.

Digital Media

So many stories to tell for Met's Digital Chief (NY Times)

Last summer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York created a new position: Chief Digital Officer.  What are the responsibilities in this position? How do they intersect with other departments of the museum? And why does the Met actually need a chief digital officer? In this interview with the NY Times. Sree Sreenivasan, the Met’s first CDO, discusses the responsibilities of the position, how the role interacts with other museum departments, and  the importance of technology for the Met today.


Ark Nova: Blow-up concert hall inflates in Japan (Cnet)


British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the world’s first inflatable building in 2011, “Ark Nova.” It has been in work since 2011 in large areas of Japan’s tsunami devastated Northeastern coast. Made up of a balloon-like material, the mobile concert hall accommodates up to 500 people and can easily be packed up and transported to another location.

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Digital Collection

Folger Shakespeare Library's collection going fully digital (BBC)

Results-Oriented Programs

Measuring Impact - The first step (BethKanter)


Digital takeover: not if but when (The Art Newspaper)

Why tablet magazines are a failure (GIGAOM)


Kimberly Kriss’s six rules for marketing success (MarketingWeek)

37 marketing tools to spy on your competitor (Entrepreneur)


How Spotify and its digital music rivals can win over artists: 'Just include us' (The Guardian)


Union Station the platform for the opera 'Invisible Cities' (Los Angeles Times)

Performance Art

Live on screen (Economist)


Should live theatre be shown in cinemas? (The Telegraph)

Visual Art

3-D Printing a Masterwork for Your Living Room (NPR)