We must confess that when the proposal of forming part of #MuseumWeek was first put to us we weren’t 100% convinced. It was going to involve a lot of work up front and, above all, would mean covering the social networks to an extent far beyond the reach of our usual work. Nevertheless, we decided to join the initiative because we thought we owed it to our followers: for one week, we would be at their disposal to answer their questions, share their experiences, give them gifts and interact with them in a more personal way.
A week beforehand, we started gathering the information. We met with different departments: Communication, responsible for the campaign #CreativeAnimals (created to promote the 20-year anniversary of the CCCB), which was the subject of the third day; Exhibitions, which held all the secrets of the Metamorphosis exhibition, and the Centre for Documentation and Debate, whose people know everything there is to know about the CCCB. We toured every corner, from the Xcèntric film developing lab to the roof, from where we posted one of our tweets. We reviewed the old photographs archive and we conducted day-by-day monitoring of the exhibition on Starewitch, Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers, in order to document the process… As we explained in a previous post, we devoted the first two days of #MuseumWeek to the #ExpoMetamorfosis, while the three remaining days were devoted to the Centre itself, to the 20-year anniversary, to interesting facts and to history.
Among the following links you’ll find the summary in Storify format of each day of this experience. We have tried to gather a broad range of opinions and comments and thus reflect what have been five days of intense social interchanges. And the fact is that, for us, the #MuseumWeek experience has also been very enriching. It forced us to network between different departments in order to produce the contents. And it allowed us to discover forgotten facts about the Centre, such as its origins, and develop our creativity when considering the third day, dedicated, precisely, to #AnimalsCreatius (#CreativeAnimals).
However, above all, #MuseumWeek was a dialogue with our followers. Their comments and questions have given us a better grasp of their interest in our activities and their curiosity about the Centre itself. Between Monday 24 and Friday 28 March, over 90 people joined our group of followers on Twitter: the “noise” we made on the web has helped us, also, to make new friends. That was not our objective, of course, but it is nice to see how, day by day, our work attracts increasing numbers of people.
The CCCB is getting involved in this international initiative together with other cultural institutions with a presence on Twitter
What does curating an exhibition involve? How is the Centre’s activities programme prepared? If you have a question for a department head, director, exhibition curator or any other CCCB staff member, then 18 September is the ideal day for asking it.
We’ve joined the initiative “Ask a Curator Day”: a worldwide event held on Twitter that encourages the public to put questions to the professional experts of cultural institutions worldwide.
If you want to join in, you can ask a general question with the hashtag #AskaCurator or alternatively satisfy your curiosity by directly addressing one of the participating centres: just use the Twitter username of the corresponding institution (@nameofcentre). Don’t forget to include #AskaCurator in your Tweet so that it forms part of the worldwide conversation.
Queries about exhibitions, audiences, history, challenges for the future, etc. The @cececebe will be on Twitter as every other day, but this time in a special way. On 18 September, we will be on call to answer all your questions on programming and other aspects of our activities that interest you. Depending on the subject, we will be putting your questions to the relevant department head, director, curator or staff member. See you on #Askacurator day!
Because Kosmopolis is amplified literature and because we want the festival to reach you wherever you are, we’re streamingsome of the talks and activities. We’ve also programmed online coverage of the festival on Twitter so you at home can follow us and take an active part in the conversation # Kosmopolis.
And, if you can’t follow Kosmopolis live, after the festival we’ll be publishing videos of the principal talks and interviews with participants on the festival’s website. A team of K chroniclers will be covering the activities theme by theme to convey the atmosphere and give us summaries of the highlights.
Live programming on the Kosmopolis web
You can follow Kosmopolis live here or amplify Kosmopolis embedding the streaming code in your blog or web.
#LiterDig – Tweets about the meeting of digital magazines being organized by Revista de Letras
The @cececebe and @CCCBlab accounts will provide further practical information about the festival.
Kosmopolis Web: news, videos and chronicles of the festival
We’ll be updating the festival website daily with the latest photos and news. This year, bloggers and experts in the various themes will be collaborating with Kosmopolis to cover activities. And, when Kosmopolis ends, we’ll give you the festival chronicles, with videos of interviews and talks.
The K13 chroniclers are:
Albert Forns, journalist and writer, covers Kosmopolis BookCamp.
Marta Palomo and Jesús Méndez, a biologist and a Medicine graduate, and authors on the popular science blog DixitCiencia, will be following all activities related to science and literature.
The CCCB’s team will be following the rest of activities: Lucía Calvo chronicles the activities in tribute to Roberto Bolaño, and Alba Conesa, Clara Bofill, Maria Farràs and Eva Rexach will be managing the CCCB’s various Twitter accounts during the festival.
Coinciding with the inauguration of the programme of concerts and musical activities for 2013 this coming Saturday, 16 February, with the Emergència! Festival, the CCCB is opening the Twitter account @CCCBmusica.
@CCCBmusica will report regularly on all the latest news related with the CCCB’s musical programme, with the aim of becoming a source for the dissemination of concerts, groups and festivals linked to the Centre. Managed by the CCCB’s cultural activities department team, with the collaboration of other cultural managers as Ingrid Guardiola, the new profile will pay special attention to the activities programmed for 2013: the Emergència! festival, the BCNmp7 concert season and festivals such as Hipnotik.
The profile @CCCBmusica will join other thematic profiles that the CCCB uses on Twitter to offer specialised contents and interact with specific online communities. The other existing profiles are @CCCBLab (on research and innovation in culture) @CCCBEducació (on the CCCB’s educational project), @Kosmopolis_CCCB (on literature), @PublicSpaceCCCB (on urban planning and public space) and @CCCBpremsa (aimed at journalists). All these accounts are managed by members of the CCCB team linked to the Centre’s activity.