ATHENS – Utilizing the technology and taking all the appropriate protection measures, the 22-hour Masterclass “Communication of Culture” suggested to Artens by the sociologist, playwright and Karolos Koun Art Theater Director of Communication and Promotion Aris Asproulis, takes place this year in the Artens Seminars buildings, 40 Voukourestiou at Kolonaki in Athens, while at the same time will be broadcast online to those who wish to participate in their own space.
The course includes 11 classes beginning on Wednesday, January 12, 6-8 PM Athens time, 11 AM-1 PM EST. Register online: http://artens.gr/portfolio-items/politistiki-epikinonia.
The course focuses on theoretical approaches and practical issues, work tools and communication techniques, offering those interested the appropriate empirical keys to understand how a cultural event is communicated (a work of art, an artist, an artistic action, an artistic institution/ organization). The aim is for the participants to get a complete picture of how the communication of a cultural event is built from beginning to end: from the construction of the news and the creation of the image – identity, to the compilation of the press release, to the setting up of the photography and the editing of images, finding communication sponsors and booking interviews and so on.
How do we construct cultural news? How do we create the image of an artistic action, a work of art, an artist or a cultural institution/ organization? How do we write a press release? How do we shape the “body” of an e-mail to make it attractive to the recipient? How are interviews, tributes, presentations booked? How do we set up a successful photo shoot? What is the difference between a video teaser and a video trailer? What should we pay attention to when recording a radio spot? Are there “target groups” or “reference groups” in culture? Who are the “significant others” who shape trends and views? What are the essential differences between marketing, promotion, communication and publicity?
In order to answer the above questions and others in depth, tangible examples will be given through the literature, Greek and international, but also from a large private collection of audiovisual communication material that will be studied during the course. The way in which the concepts that take place in the seminar are examined is governed by the principles of the Critical Approach to the entertainment industry and how it is linked to a broader cultural policy-making. Key parameters of analysis are: the aesthetic issue in relation to the urban landscape and the psychology of people, the specificity of the cultural property as a product for sale, the interaction of communication with other parts that form a cultural product (such as the Production Department, the Artistic Direction, etc.), the power of the image of the Media – and especially of the New Media (such as Social Media) – and the recognition that the relationship between the public – artists – production – publicity creates a predominantly irrational market in the space of culture, which we must take into account in every action and analysis concerning Cultural Communication.
In the last hour of the class, a special guest from the field of culture will share their experience to illuminate aspects of Cultural Communication which are considered useful for the full understanding of the concepts and practices that are developed in the course.
Guests in Greek alphabetical order are:
Irini Valla – Architect Engineer / Specialist interior designer
George Lykiardopoulos – Theatrical Producer and Founder of the cultural organization Lykofos
Katerina Berdeka – Production Manager and Director
Konstantinos Bibis – Actor
Vasilis Paleologos – Actor
Giannis Pantazopoulos – Journalist / LIFO
Orestis Tatsis – Director.