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CURATORS INVITING VIDEO – Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

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.

 

Bravo, Dulwich Picture Gallery!

 

 

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Writer’s pictures 2

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…)

Who were those masked musicians?

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.”