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Cultural Digital #210
Quetzals, NFTs, digital transformation, and more.
I haven’t had a chance to play Trombone Champ from the last email, but I have had a quick go at this week’s game.
As well as that, we’ve got some NFT developments (interesting in light of the recent crash in value), a dance company that’s ditched social media, and I’ve found a slightly tenuous excuse to post about the freestyle rapper I keep watching on YouTube.
The Descent of the Serpent is a new game from Google Arts & Culture, created in partnership with Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology.
It’s pretty cute. And educational too (pay attention to what those quetzals tell you).
Christie's 3.0 is "an on-chain auction platform dedicated to exceptional NFT art. Whether you’re new to NFTs or already a committed member of the community, discover and bid on exclusive drops, curated by Christie’s".
Understanding the Artist Fanbase. The latest issue of EQ is all about "How to Activate Your Community Online and IRL". Featuring interviews and essays that mention NFTs rather a lot.
Welcome To Jing Culture & Crypto. Jing Culture & Commerce has relaunched as “a platform exclusively exploring how Web3 technologies are changing and challenging the art and culture landscape".
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: An Assessment of Grants Supporting Digital Staff in Museums. By 8 Bridges Workshop for the Knight Foundation.
DEN. “Over the years, DEN has developed into a knowledge institute for digital transformation in the entire cultural sector”. I hadn’t spotted them before.
Denver dance company takes a giant leap off social media. "Wonderbound took down all of its social-media pages at the end of July, quietly cutting ties with nearly 15,000 combined followers. But also without, Ammon firmly believes, alienating a single Wonderbound patron past, present or future".
Developing interactives. From the National Science and Media Museum. “Discover what goes on behind the scenes as we create new interactive exhibits for our new exhibition, Switched On: 100 years of broadcast innovation.
The Hidden Constellation. A podcast from Dr Sophy Frost that’s all about technology and work at the Science Museum Group.
The Design Generator is a text-to-image AI trained on images from the V&A's collection.
Channel is "Somerset House’s new curated online space for art, ideas and the artistic process".
GALWAD was "A story told in real-time, over 7 days, online, on TV, live from Wales". It looks like it was a pretty ambitious thing and it’s all still online if you want to catch up.
How To Turn Your PASSION & Most Ambitious Goals Into A CAREER! Wait! The title is awful and I wouldn’t touch the rest of this YouTube channel with a bargepole, but a) Harry Mack is pretty incredible, and b) there’s lots of interesting stuff about making it as an independent creative online.
Thanks for reading. Please pass this on to others and I’ll see you soon.
Actually, before I go, here are a couple of plugs for things I have a hand in. First up, there’s the launch of the Cultural Content Report on 20 October.
Also, if you run Facebook Ads then I’ve launched an online course you might find useful (if you ask nicely I’ll even send you a 20% discount code - only valid until the next one of these emails).