I’ve watched with interest the dawn of curators describing their exhibitions to possible attenders. The small Dulwich Picture Gallery in London started really well with its director, Ian Dejardin. In a few minutes, he would tell us what to see, in a quietly enthusiastic way.
Now this – the gallery has TWO curators having a discussion and walking around a collection.
Hands up anyone who’d like to see this exhibition, now?
Me too! And yes, of course, it is a marketing tool, that couch has been placed there, just so – but they do look at least somewhat relaxed and it feels like a real conversation. They walk amicably around the exhibition, both get to speak and say what they’re keen about in it – and I find it overwhelmingly inviting.
Having a good picture of yourself may seem like a dream a long way off, when you’re starting to send out your work as a writer, and only you and your computer know what you’re about. But the need for a publicity picture may come sooner than we think. Are you ready? I was asked recently to supply a photo as I was leading some workshops and suddenly realised I was one selfie short of a bio. What do the well-published writers look like?
I blogged about this before, at http://bit.ly/2tI8u3m
But I am reminded of it today with this crop of author pics which you can see above this post, freshly harvested from The Word Factory, (more…)
For a fascinating study of how two musicmakers, Daft Punk, began and continued a successful joint musical career, while maintaining their work the way they wanted it to be…. this BBC documentary now on Netflix is a must-see.
This official trailer gives only a mild taste for the strength of the story and music:
Because of their unique work method, sound and publicity/marketing, this is also a slice of music history. Along the way, we hear from so many hugely creative and famous people in the music industry – do not miss it. Nile Rogers and Pharrell Williams, Giorgio Moroder, record label executives….
A must for any wouldbe musician performer.
An interesting quote from one of their collaborators, repeating something apparently well known: “Give a man a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”