45 episodes

Talking about all the different things that 'digital' means in the arts, culture and heritage sectors. Tales of success and failure, interrogating the shiny new things and looking at what works (or not) and why, Interviews with digital folks working across the sector and beyond, in-house, consultants, funders, and more.Join us at the first Digital Works Conference in Leeds, UK on the 24th-25th April 2024.

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Talking about all the different things that 'digital' means in the arts, culture and heritage sectors. Tales of success and failure, interrogating the shiny new things and looking at what works (or not) and why, Interviews with digital folks working across the sector and beyond, in-house, consultants, funders, and more.Join us at the first Digital Works Conference in Leeds, UK on the 24th-25th April 2024.

    Episode 045 - Ash & Katie, Bytes #7 - a conversation about advances and problems with AI, YouTube CEO's predictions for 2024, and shifts in how the web is monetised

    Episode 045 - Ash & Katie, Bytes #7 - a conversation about advances and problems with AI, YouTube CEO's predictions for 2024, and shifts in how the web is monetised

    The seventh in our new series, Bytes, where Ash and Katie discuss 3 things from the latest Digital Works Newsletter.

    In this episode we'll be discussing some of the links in the newsletter that went out on February 26th.

    We talk about:
    The launch of OpenAI's new text-to-video product, Sora. The apparent meltdown that ChatGPT had last week, and the BBC's AI PrinciplesWe also talk about YouTube CEO Neal Mohan's predictions for 2024And last but not least we'll look at an article in The Verge about the Browser Company's new product, titled "Who makes money when AI reads the internet for us?"I realise that's more than three things, but broadly it's AI news, YouTube predictions, and considerations about how the web is monetised.
    You can sign up for the newsletter at thedigital.works.
    The Digital Works Conference will take place on the 24th and 25th of April at the Leeds City Museum. Find out more and book your tickets at thedigital.works

    • 21 min
    Episode 044 - Samantha King (VIVE Arts) on the conditions required for good work to happen, the financial and operational realities of creating immersive experiences, and how artistic and technology teams can work together

    Episode 044 - Samantha King (VIVE Arts) on the conditions required for good work to happen, the financial and operational realities of creating immersive experiences, and how artistic and technology teams can work together

    A great conversation about immersive experiences with VIVE Arts' Head of Programme, Samantha King.

    We talked about a LOT including: the conditions required for new ways of thinking and working to take root; the importance of sharing knowledge and collaboration; the operational and financial realities of creating immersive work.

    We returned to a long-running topic, namely how useful the word 'digital' actually is. Sam pointed to the importance of leadership buy-in (or at least an active curiosity about what might be possible). We looked at the importance of having people who are able to interpret between traditional cultural practitioners and technologists (something that I've discussed on previous podcast episodes with Annette Mees, and Eva Liparova)

    And, helpfully, Sam cited a number of specific institutions and projects that might be useful reference points as inspiration.

    Related links:
    VIVE Arts websiteVIVE Arts and Musée d'Orsay collaborationDigital Works Podcast Episode 023 with Annette Mees about creating an opera in hyper-realityDigital Works Podcast Episode 018 with Eva Liparova about working with remote creative teams, and the translation required between creative technologists and traditional cultural practitionersThe Digital Works Conference will take place on the 24th and 25th of April at the Leeds City Museum. Find out more and book your tickets at thedigital.works

    • 49 min
    Episode 043 - Ash & Katie, Bytes #6 - a conversation about platform ethics, highlighting the work of the National Gallery, and looking at the failed collab between Punchdrunk and Niantic

    Episode 043 - Ash & Katie, Bytes #6 - a conversation about platform ethics, highlighting the work of the National Gallery, and looking at the failed collab between Punchdrunk and Niantic

    The sixth in our new series, Bytes, where Ash and Katie discuss 3 things from the latest Digital Works Newsletter.

    In this episode we'll be discussing some of the links in the newsletter that went out on January 29th.

    We talk about:
    Hugh Wallace asking 'is it time to shake up your social media', the Association of Cultural Enterprises leaving X, and X being flooded with offensive AI fakes of Taylor Swift (the AI assistant in our podcast platform wanted to title this episode "Explore the ethical battlefield of digital platforms" which I think neatly sums up the tone of our discussion!).The work the National Gallery is doing on social media (particularly on Threads and Tiktok) and why it's working.A great long read about the failed collaboration between immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk, and games company, Niantic.You can sign up for the newsletter at thedigital.works.
    The Digital Works Conference will take place on the 24th and 25th of April at the Leeds City Museum. Find out more and book your tickets at thedigital.works

    • 18 min
    Episode 042 - Stuart Buchanan (Sydney Opera House) on digital teams, international collaborations, reaching new audiences, experimentation, rights and IP, and artistic applications of AI

    Episode 042 - Stuart Buchanan (Sydney Opera House) on digital teams, international collaborations, reaching new audiences, experimentation, rights and IP, and artistic applications of AI

    We catch up with Sydney Opera House's Head of Screen, Stuart Buchanan. 

    We talk about Stuart's new job title, how digital teams are structured at SOH, and the unhelpfully vague nature of the word 'digital'. 

    Stuart shares how digital artistic programmes have enabled the Sydney Opera House to work with new artists, in new ways. 

    The issues and challenges around rights, and reaching agreements with artists (and the value of having a track record that you can point to in these conversations).

    We discuss the many experimental strands to the work of Stuart's team, and the potential uses of generative AI in that context.

    And lots more!



    The Digital Works Conference will take place on the 24th and 25th of April at the Leeds City Museum. Find out more and book your tickets at thedigital.works

    • 54 min
    Episode 041 - Haydn Corrodus on unleashing Social Media's potential for cultural organisations, the value of story-telling, understanding your audience, and being thoughtful about how you're showing up on social platforms

    Episode 041 - Haydn Corrodus on unleashing Social Media's potential for cultural organisations, the value of story-telling, understanding your audience, and being thoughtful about how you're showing up on social platforms

    Our last episode of 2023 is a conversation with Haydn Corrodus. Haydn is a social media and digital marketing consultant who was previously an Arts Council England Tech Champion as part of the Digital Culture Network

    Haydn brings rich insights into the fragmented and ever-evolving world of social media, and its potential for storytelling, connecting and engaging with audiences in the cultural sector.



    The Digital Works Conference will take place on the 24th and 25th of April at the Leeds City Museum. Find out more and book your tickets at thedigital.works

    • 43 min
    Episode 040 - Bytes #5, Ash and Katie reflect on 2023 looking at declining attention spans, AI challenges, shifts in where users are spending their time online, and some attempts at predicting priorities and trends for 2024

    Episode 040 - Bytes #5, Ash and Katie reflect on 2023 looking at declining attention spans, AI challenges, shifts in where users are spending their time online, and some attempts at predicting priorities and trends for 2024

    In the last podcast episode of the year, Katie and Ash reflect on 2023 - picking a few of the most notable articles, podcasts, research reports, and new stories of the year.

    We discuss digital overload and the impact it's had on our attention spans. Exploring whether our cultural institutions could become havens of focus and relaxation in the blizzard of digital distractions.

    We look at the wild frontier of AI technology and its impact on our search engines and content creation. Considering the difficulty of distinguishing between human and algorithm-generated content, we also explore how AI could be our ally in boosting creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. 

    Meanwhile,  social media has also undergone massive fragmentation, we discuss the fall of Twitter and the moral implications of who we engage with on these platforms. 

    We also gaze into the crystal ball and try to predict what 2024 might hold for us.

    We discussed:
    New York Times - "Beyond the ‘Matrix’ Theory of the Mind"National Gallery of Art - "How to Recharge at the National Gallery this Holiday Season"Hard Fork podcast - "What's Next for OpenAI, Binance Is Binanceled and AI is Eating the InternetManifesto For Now - Essay #4: AI is faster than you (or can we be more like the turtle)Ofcom - Online Nation 2023RTS Cambridge Convention 2023 - Speech by Alex Mahon, Chief Executive, Channel 4: Too Much to WatchWeAreSocial - Digital 2023Bloomberg - The Moral Case For No Longer Engaging With Elon Musk's TwitterThe Digital Works Conference will take place on the 24th and 25th of April at the Leeds City Museum. Find out more and book your tickets at thedigital.works

    • 43 min

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