How can Podcasting Help an Art Museum?

One of the exciting podcasting-related conversations I mentioned in an earlier post was with Brent Gustafson over at the Walker Art Center.

We grabbed a coffee at the newly renovated Loring Park Dunn Bros and discussed some podcast-related services the Walker Art Center could offer.

As expected, some interesting projects came out of our time together. Brent mentions one of them in a recent post at the Walker’s New Media Initiatives Blog:

“The other thing Garrick and I talked about was user tours. The idea is you could comment on an artwork after you hear about it when you dial Art on Call. It would save this as a voicemail, which automatically archives it to MP3, and we could pick the best comments to create user tours. This would allow people to choose multiple “versions” of the same tour. You could pick from the artists tour, the Teen remix, or the user tour of the same show, each having a different perspective on the work.”

To me, podcasting gets interesting after the part about it being an alternative to broadcast radio – where it starts to extend and enhance a business in a way radio can’t.

One Reply to “How can Podcasting Help an Art Museum?”

  1. Cool! I was *just* thinking about this exact thing last week. I was out at the National Folk Art Museum (recommended) in New York and I was listening to two women talking about one of the pieces there. They were so excited, so passionate about what they were looking at that their commentary was more interesting than the “official” stuff. Now, they were also very smart and clearly they were academics, but it was the tone that I liked. Much less clinical than the typical soft hush story you get from the museum staff. I think it’s a natural for podcasts. Sign me up if you need help with the project at the Walker. Or, at the Weisman. Cool stuff, Garrick.

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