Video conferencing gets cultured

Wednesday, January 11 2012

Video conferencing technology that was once just used in offices to hold business meetings is being used as a way to share cultural experiences like art and museum exhibits.

According to Gozo News, the Gozo Centre for Arts & Crafts in Malta is planning to hold direct video conferences that will go live as the two new exhibits, the American Vintage Advert and U.S. artist Edward Hopper and his works, are simultaneously inaugurated.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum also offers video conferencing as a way to experience its exhibits. Structured for classroom audiences, the museum uses real-time video conferencing in a program that allows museum curators teach about its collection of American art. The 'Artful Connection' tours are educational in nature and include topics such as To See Is to Think: Visual Literacy, America's Signs and Symbols and Found Object Artworks.

Web conferencing services like MegaMeeting can be a good investment for museums to make their collections accessible for audiences that aren't able to visit in person. MegaMeeting offers high quality video streams that are flexible and can be used with any browser so viewers can easily gain access to video conferences.