Cultural blogging in Europe www.labforculture.org/ The Why and Who: Cultural blogging in Europe 7th April 2009 Ever wondered why people write blogs and who is out there in the cultural blogging scene? With the opening up of media channels in the past five years and independent publishing becoming technically more possible, blogging has become one of the most steadfast mediums to distribute commentary. LabforCulture asked Annette Wolfsberger, a producer, project manager and researcher in the fields of media arts, contemporary & popular culture, to talk to the current cultural blogging personalities heading up cultural discourse online and we are publishing the results in the new Research in focus, “Cultural blogging in Europe”. From April through to June, LabforCulture will publish a series of in-depth interviews with personalities in the cultural blogging scene: looking at what motivates them to post, how it affects their creativity, how they market their blog and what kind of sustainability models they employ? The first two interviews carried out by Annette Wolfsberger begin with Claire Welsby, of InterventTech.net, based in London, who is a media producer for The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Michelle Kasprzak, of Curating.info, based in Edinburgh, who is currently a Visual Arts Officer for the Scottish Arts Council. Both blogs have been running for several years and contribute to today’s cultural scene. For Annette Wolfsberger’s next exploration into the personalities’ and drive of these online commentators: watch out for the forthcoming interview in the series with Alek Tarkowski, of Kultura 2.0, who is based in Warsaw and currently leads the Creative Commons Poland project. Also coming up is an interactive map where you can add a link and help to create a map of the European cultural blogging scene. We will invite you shortly to add to the link or distribute it. Finally, all the Research in focus will also be available offline; in late spring LabforCulture will produce a publication of the “Cultural Bloggers in Europe”. Check the LabforCulture blog for the newly posted interviews. Further Information: • Go online: www.labforculture.org • Press information contact: Nicola Mullenger: nicola [at] labforculture.org • LabforCulture is a partnership initiative of the European Cultural Foundation and is grateful for the support provided by its funders. • LabforCulture is a unique tool for artists, cultural professionals, organisations and networks across the 50 countries of Europe, and a platform for cultural cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. It provides a wide range of linked information from funding possibilities to cultural news and through their open community space the arts and culture sector can post blogs, search contacts through the online profiles or simply make an announcement about an arts event. The site is in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.