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.
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.
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- Google Art Project “goes global”: treasure trove of Asian contemporary art – April 2012 – with a major 2012 expansion of participating museums, Art Radar profiles those with significant collections of contemporary Asian work
- What is ahead for contemporary Asian art, 2012 and beyond? Part IV – February 2012 – part of our trends series that looks at other online platforms that empower the viewer
- What is the use of Google Art Project? – October 2011 – a detailed look at the Google Art Project platform and what it has to offer viewers
- 3D digital art catalogues soon a reality – TED video demonstration – September 2011 – Is digital viewing the next big thing in art exhibition?
- Art and the Internet: 3 top posts form 2010 to 2011 – July 2011 – a round up of our most popular articles on art and the web
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