Thursday, June 07, 2007

Art in your ear

The world is full of those who communicate and those who listen. Podcasts fulfil the needs of both, and even those of artists, as I've discovered. Podcasts are a newish form of communication to the masses. Wikipedia defines a podcast as this:

A podcast is a digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers.

Art is a very visual medium so why even consider podcasts about art? Well, they provide access to a lot of information that normally would never be available to most of us. From art history, museum, technique, design, marketing and the business of art, they are all available to download to a portable media player such as an iPod or available to listen to online through your computer's speakers.

If you have an iPod you can access lists of podcasts through the iTunes program, but there are lots of other podcast search engines available to find the programs you are looking for. I have a couple of favourites that I listen to regularly and keep an eye out for others that may come up from time to time by searching online for new editions.

Here are a couple of links to get you going in the quest for art through your ears.

Podcast search engines
EPN (Education Podcast Network)

Interested in voicing your own views in a podcast?
How to create your own podcast
GarageBand and iWeb

Finally a few of the podcasts that I'm currently subscribed to
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian museum for contemporary art
SF Moma
Tate Modern/ London

Experiment, search and see what you come up with.

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