Are you an arts organisation that wants to make more sense of your networks? Want to use your email data to find out more about your impact and relationships? As an arts organisation, getting useful insight into the data you produce can be challenging, with processing information often an intimidating prospect. Here’s where our new tool, ArtsAPI can help.
ArtsAPI is a major collaborative R&D project led by FutureEverything, the University of Dundee and Swirrl. The project has developed a new web application for arts organisations designed to show the value and impact generated through their networks. It aggregates, analyses and presents their data, helping the arts sector to create new and refined business models and propositions.
We believe that many arts organisations generate significant value through the relationships they create and sustain, but far too often this is not articulated or evidenced sufficiently to leverage support, income and opportunities. ArtsAPI aims to tackle this issue, and provide insight for arts companies to better analyse their activity.
This ambitious and experimental project has been developed in collaboration with a core group of seven of the country’s leading arts organisations of varying sizes and disciplines – Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Culture24, Redeye, Blast Theory, Forma, FutureEverything, and Islington Mill.
We have already taken ArtsAPI to a number of places to demonstrate what it can do, including the British Museums’ “What does data have to do with me” event, NewcastleGateshead’s Cultural Venues Digital group, Arts Marketing Association’s annual conference in Birmingham and Contact Theatre, Manchester. A further roadshow is yet to be announced.
As part of our launch, we’re also proud to present our latest commission made from ArtsAPI data, Smoke Signals, by Ed Carter and David Cranmer. Taking data beyond the confines of the screen to visualise digital interaction, Smoke Signals turns information collected from seven arts organisations into a visual and sonic experience, showing connections and movement across the network.
To make the work, Carter & Cranmer were given access to the prototype ArtsAPI tool and the data derived from the Social Network Analysis process which has so far been completed with the seven leading arts organisations. Smoke Signals shows the possibilities of this accessible data, reaching past visualisations and spreadsheets to new creative opportunities for artists to make information tangible.
To find out what ArtsAPI can do for your organisation and how to use it please visit the ArtsAPI website.