New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) is an experimental performance ensemble that has reshaped conventional notions of theater with productions that harness social media and new technology as vital tools for audience participation. In Fatebook (2009), over 14,000 people from 137 countries interacted with the show’s “characters” via Facebook, ultimately shaping the content of the live production. The 2012 production Extremely Public Displays of Privacy asked viewers to visit sites around Philadelphia, where they accessed exclusive performance clips via cell phone and mobile device.
NPL built a new Web-based engagement tool called FRAME, which invites audiences to participate and collaborate with NPL’s theater artists online, providing NPL with a constant source of inspiration. FRAME is maintained by a new position of FRAME coordinator, who acts as the social network’s online coordinator and works with NPL performers to generate and curate content in this online space. The FRAME coordinator’s work is supplemented by a connectivity coordinator, who works more broadly with social media tools in addition to the website presence. NPL plans to expand its reach to audiences beyond Philadelphia and use FRAME to actively participate in international conversations, in order to boost creative momentum. The FRAME project has been the focus of considerable attention in the media, including articles in American Theatre and Mashable.1
Wyck—a house, garden, and farm in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia—served as the ancestral home to a Quaker Philadelphia family for over nine generations.
Art-Reach connects audiences with disabilities or economic disadvantages to the arts, serving as a conduit for those who want access to performances or cultural institutions.
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts developed a fundraising program that has allowed constituents to generate donations online for nominated artifacts in need of preservation funds.
Hong, director of academic affairs and program development at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, looks at the opportunities presented by co-authorship through the lens of entrepreneurship.
Samuel Hoi has served as President of Los Angeles’ Otis College of Art and Design since 2000.
In the third and final segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he gives us a glimpse of how he has entered into conversations at the Center and proposed alternative possibilities for our approach to our work.
Darsie Alexander is the chief curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents artist talks from Jeanine Oleson and Jaimie Warren, the fourth program in the “Schmart World” series.
Yoshitomi, chief knowledge officer of MeaningMatters, LLC, responds to a few questions around “Pro-Am” and how cultural organizations engage with their communities and potential audiences.
Jackie Tileston is a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.
Percussionist Pablo Batista will blend traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and contemporary Western instrumentation, Afro-Caribbean choreography and evocative multi-media imagery in a performance that will tell a story of the spiritual and cultural resilience of those forced to emigrate from Africa to the Americas and re-establish themselves with dignity.
In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art was featured in USA Today Travel as “the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city.”