Messaging apps, live video streaming, chat, voice memos, voice calls and content sharing is about to change as we know it. Following Snapchat’s latest app update, showcasing more features for one to one apps – have they just stolen thunder from Twitter, Periscope, Anchor, WhatsApp and Facebook live? Let me know your thought’s – @nushkino
*at about 3 mins 20 secs I meant to say ‘Peri-Snap’
Anchors aweigh! Are you ready for the #firstwave?
Early adopters are climbing aboard the Anchor app, currently available on iOS.
I’ve published my ‘firstwave’ which is posting a voice message for up to 2 minutes to the community and others can reply. You engage in conversation, sharing of thoughts and even quick wordplay. It is very early days but so far the user interface is clean and the onboarding process is a breeze. Let me know your thoughts too and if you have posted your first wave.
I’m really interested to see how the Anchor application plays out, as I have been using Periscope a live broadcasting app which integrates nicely to Twitter and now you can share to Facebook. It’s most recent partnership with GoPro, means that you can ‘scope’ or broadcast more active. The biggest issue I have with Periscope has nothing to do with the app itself or it’s functionality. I am frustrated by the lack of 3G or 4G coverage when I scope, so mostly I have found that it tends to be a broadcast of my voice. Now, with a majority US base on Periscope, having a British accent is pretty neat as you stand out. This means that the kind folks who follow me on Periscope still show me love with the interactive tapping of the screen, which posts floating hearts and basically represents ‘likes’ from your viewers who find your content engaging. It’s a great way to get live feedback from viewers or listeners as the case has been for me.
So as it is only day two of Anchor, the only downside of it compared to Periscope is the fact that you have a delayed response to your ‘wave’ with no real time interaction. Having said that, it is much more about delivering a succinct burst of opinion, topic or point of view. So you do see the traction in uninterrupted commentary so that your point of view can be conveyed. I’d love to know your thoughts so please comment below and let us continue the conversation. It is very early days so, anchors aweigh!
Finally, Instagram issues an update for power users – the ability to switch between accounts in-app. Collectively Social Media content managers around the world celebrate a long-awaited feature. There is, however, a 5 account limit but that’s ok, let’s see how it goes.
Read the full announcement here
This picture says is all, just look at how much fun we are having! Creating, building, solving and most of all coming together as a multi-faceted team. Let me introduce you all to this fantastic team that I have the honour to be a member of as we take part in The Great British Diversity Experiment (@TheGBDE).
We are Diversiteam (formerly known as Team 7) and on Tuesday night we spent three hours at Mullen Lowes’ brand new offices in Old Street. It was the most perfect safe creative environment for us to work on our live brief which was assigned to us by @bbhlondon. Our mentor’s @jonburkhart and Emma Perkins raised the energy and facilitated a powerful ideation workshop for #diversiteam. I can’t wait for the next meeting to crack this brief with a talented pool of individuals.
I could sit here and type an article but it would just be a regurgitation of these three posts on Instagram by Ai Weiwei, as posted today. You see, this is exactly the power of social media, activism and art that I have written about previously. Collectively, across the globe people came together to support Ai Weiwei in his campaign to crowdsource Lego. Clearly, in this instance, it wasn’t a campaign just about the bulk supply of Lego pieces. Moreso it was much more about an Artist’s right to freedom of expression by using Lego as a medium to create provocative art. Resulting in this announcement by Lego: “As of January 1st, the Lego Group no longer asks for the thematic purpose when selling large quantities of Lego bricks for projects. Instead, the customers will be asked to make it clear – if they intend to display their Lego creations in public – that the Lego Group does not support or endorse the specific projects.”
Thank goodness common sense prevailed by the team at Lego, that their statement was all it was about. Any sensible art lover or not would hopefully realise that it is exactly that.
Props to Ai Weiwei another win.
LEGO June 2015 Ai Weiwei Studio began to design artworks which would have required a large quantity of Lego bricks to produce. The works were planned for the exhibition "Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei" at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, to open in December 2015. The artworks' concept relates to freedom of speech. The museum's curatorial team contacted Lego to place a bulk order. 12. Sept. 2015 The museum received Lego's reply via email: "We regret to inform you that it is against our corporate policy to indicate our approval of any unaffiliated activities outside the Lego licensing program. However, we realize that artists may have an interest in using Lego elements, or casts hereof, as an integrated part of their piece of art. In this connection, the Lego Group would like to draw your attention to the following: The Lego trademark cannot be used commercially in any way to promote, or name, the art work. The title of the artwork cannot incorporate the Lego trademark. We cannot accept that the motive(s) are taken directly from our sales material/copyrighted photo material. The motive(s) cannot contain any political, religious, racist, obscene or defaming statements. It must be clear to the public that the Lego Group has not sponsored or endorsed the artwork/project. Therefore I am very sorry to let you know that we are not in a position to support the exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei by supplying the bulk order." 23. Sept. 2015 Ai Weiwei Studio was informed by NGV about Lego's rejection of the bulk order. 21. Oct. 2015 The British company “Merlin” announced that it will open a new Legoland in Shanghai. 23. Oct. 2015 The information that Lego refused Ai Weiwei Studio's request for a bulk order of bricks to create an artwork is made public on Ai Weiwei’s instagram: “In September Lego refused Ai Weiwei Studio's request for a bulk order of Legos to create artwork to be shown at the National Gallery of Victoria as ‘they cannot approve the use of Legos for political works.’ On Oct 21, a British firm formally announced that it will open a new Legoland in Shanghai as one of the many deals of the U.K.-China ‘Golden Era.’ “ （1）
25. Oct. 2015 Ai Weiwei published an excerpt of Lego’s email to National Gallery of Victoria about the rejection of the bulk order and the note: “As a commercial entity, Lego produces and sells toys, movies and amusement parks attracting children across the globe. As a powerful corporation, Lego is an influential cultural and political actor in the globalized economy with questionable values. Lego's refusal to sell its product to the artist is an act of censorship and discrimination.” The posts triggered a torrent of outrage on social media and widespread reaction in the press. Numerous supporters offered Lego donations to the artist. 26. Oct. 2015 In response to Lego’s refusal and the overwhelming public response, Ai Weiwei announced that he has decided to make a new artwork to defend the freedom of speech and “political art”. The new project started off with a car placed outside the artist’s studio in Beijing in which people could drop-in donations of Lego bricks. An instruction was posted on instagram for further Lego collection points. Up until today the following locations have been participating in the Lego collection points: 1) Beijing – Ai Weiwei Studio, 258 Caochangdi, 100015 Beijing, China 2) Melbourne – National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia 3) Berlin – Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin, Germany 4) London – The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, UK 5) Copenhagen – Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Kongens Nytorv 1, 1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark 6) Malaga – CAC Málaga, Contemporary Art Center of Málaga, c/Alemania s/n 29001 Malaga, Spain 7) New York – The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238, USA 8) Amsterdam – Foam (Photography Museum Amsterdam), Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam, The Netherlands 9) Lausanne – Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Palais de Rumine, Place de la Riponne 6, CH-1014 Lausanne, Switzerland 10) Helsinki – Helsinki Art Museum, Tennic Palace, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, 00100 Helsinki, Finnland 11) Miami – Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132, USA （2）
12) San Francisco – Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA 13) Wellington – Pataka Art+Museum, Cnr Parumoana & Norrie Streets, Porirua, Wellington, Porirua City 5240, New Zealand. 14) Massachusetts – MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, USA. 15) Sydney – Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia. 16) Toronto – Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto Ontario, Canada M5T 1G4 17) Los Angeles – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA 18) Seattle – Asian Art Museum,1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA, 98112. USA 12. Jan. 2016 Lego announces on it’s website that as of January 1st, the Lego Group no longer asks for the thematic purpose when selling large quantities of Lego bricks for projects: “The LEGO Group has adjusted the guidelines for sales of Lego bricks in very large quantities. Previously, when asked to sell very large quantities of Lego bricks for projects, the Lego Group has asked about the thematic purpose of the project. This has been done, as the purpose of the Lego Group is to inspire children through creative play, not to actively support or endorse specific agendas of individuals or organizations. However, those guidelines could result in misunderstandings or be perceived as inconsistent, and the Lego Group has therefore adjusted the guidelines for sales of Lego bricks in very large quantities. As of January 1st, the Lego Group no longer asks for the thematic purpose when selling large quantities of Lego bricks for projects. Instead, the customers will be asked to make it clear – if they intend to display their Lego creations in public – that the Lego Group does not support or endorse the specific projects.”
When being a celebrity is no longer enough, watch out the YouTubers are coming up.
Diddy announces Revolt Music Conference to be held from 16-19th October 2014 in Miami
Earlier this week Diddy aka Sean Combs announced at the anniversary of the launch of Revolt TV that he is hosting the inagural Revolt Music Conference in Miami in October this year.
It comes at a time where if you are smart you want to lean towards getting involved with multi media powerhouses and Revolt is establishing itself as one. As yet to reach UK shores I wait with interest as the social media engagement of the brand grows.
Themes of the conference are overarching and cover a wide range from Music, Digital, TV, Media, Social Media, A&R. Content wise the conference is tackling issues such as gender imbalance, the lost form of A&R and the line up is impressive.
‘The State of Women in Music’ for instance, is a stand out and in a fab high profile slot on day one of proceedings. In March this year I was at Winter Music Conference and many of these tops are covered, is RMC 2014 going to bring a more urban edge over EDM? I think so and I look forward to the learnings to come from it.
See some of the conference content below, you can fine the full schedule here Please note that it may be subject to change as it is a pdf so do keep an eye out on the website for updates.
So much of Music Industry is changing with technology being the activist for disruption. Bringing together like minded people for a content rich event to drive partnerships, the cross-pollination of ideas and hear gripes is one way to move forward. I think this is exactly the kind of Revolt I want to be a part of. Check it out www.revoltmusicconference.com
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