Google+ Hangout: Changing the way we talk about art? Resource alert

The video chat platform could revolutionise curatorial practice, bringing a new level of ease to international collaborations.

Forbes is currently running a series of interviews entitled “G+: The Artists’ Hangout” that explores how artists are using the video chat platform. With a variety of interactive display options, G+ Hangouts are proving especially popular among art professionals.

Using Google+ Hangout and the Google Art Project to discuss hi-res images.

The third edition of the Forbes interview series focuses on art teacher Daniel Ibanez and how he uses the multi-person video chat and digital painting tools to remotely teach studio art courses. From the video introduction,

Daniel Ibanez isn’t really that concerned how he can turn his more than 1.6 million following into money. In fact, he never expected to have such a large circle around a fairly simple idea: Use Google+ Hangouts to teach digital drawing and painting. Even more impressive is he’s built that following through a platform that allows ten people to participate at a time (although more can watch the lessons without interacting.)

The article states that artists are drawn to Google+ and the chat function because “it offers good visual presentation for their work, Hangouts allow for easy group conversations and workshops and many have found it easier to build an audience there”.

Google+ Hangout is proving to be a useful platform to discuss artwork as well. In June 2012, Google Art Projects, a digital archive of thousands of artworks from hundreds of museums worldwide, launched a promotional video demonstrating how a user can integrate its high resolution collection with Hangout’s video chat.



With many contemporary Asian art museums signing on to the project, such as the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing and Doha’s Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the video chat function could prove an indispensable tool for international curators, gallerists and collectors working remotely on collaborative projects.

Do you use Google+ Hangouts? Tell us what you use it for by leaving a comment below.

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