Plans for a gallery online webstation
These are the initial ideas about a Gallery online webcast. It is ambitious, but could be very interesting and valuable. I don’t know of any other art gallery with a 12 hour a day streaming presence. It emphasises the fact that the art centre is about many things, many of which are not graphic. It emphasis community, talking, words, literature, philosophy, the latest ideas on science and medicine and the environment, and encourages the public to get involved.
These are some of the initial thinking about this project.
Overview and Aims
The Gallery will provide an 8 hours a day broadcast via the internet, accessible from our website.
The broadcast will be available via the gallery website. SME’s can be automatically generated each day with the programme to friends of the gallery.
We will also provide a RSS feed of the broadcasts.
About the way the station will run
The broadcasts will consist of broadcast blocks, edited and recorded by members of the community each week, or month as they are able to
(Each broadcasting block (lasting anything from 5 minutes to 1 hour) may be assembled in winamp and saved as a ‘playlist’)
These blocks can be sent to an overall ‘announcer’ via the web.
The webcast announcer will have overall responsibility for the webcast. They may excercise live control (introducing blocks, making announcements, etc) or they may merely set up the automatic playlist and check that it is running.
The programme blocks will be assembled into a weekly playlist in ‘winamp’.
There will be a lot of repeats initially, but eventually there will be a mass of archived and new material that will make viewing an interesting and rewarding experience.
Each day the blocks will be rearranged, giving fair coverage.
In addition to local enthusiasts we will find a way to broadcast selected speakers who can be heard in you tube, or Ted, or University sites.; Richard Feynmann lectures, Buckminster fuller lectures etc
There will be a recorded introduction between each block, or a live commentator if someone was keen to function as an announcer.
Announcements of local and international events which might be of interest to the friends of the gallery.
Announcement of gallery events
Interviews with interesting visitors and external interviews.
The ‘blocks’ will all be archived and available for viewing from the website
The gallery webstation will provide a forum for local people in a wide variety of ways:
There will be a ‘Hyde Park Corner’ section where people with grievances can have their say (with certain safeguards with regards to content)
Local musicians can have a platform
We will encourage feedback
The gallery will (at intervals) ‘go live in the gallery’ to see what is going on, hear any news, etc.
Costs of the broadcasts
Telephone connection in the gallery.
Good broadband connection for the gallery
Software to create the playlists (winamp)
An account with a router to handle the signal
Appropriate cameras and lights in the hall for event filming and interviews