Discussion: A question of terminology.

May 15th, 2013 - 

Names should be chosen wisely, since the labels we assign tend to reflect our ideas and concepts of the very thing we name. Yet obviously, there are many valid ideas, perspectives and intu­itions. The name we would like to discuss stands for a network relation on artoporta that is currently labeled “Fan”. Is this appropriate? Read on, get involved, have your say. We look forward to your contributions.

 

A Question of Terminology.

 

THE FEATURE | On artoporta, the Fan relation is a unilateral connec­tion. Unlike Partners and Contacts, the Fan connection can be estab­lished by any member of artoporta without prior request and approval.

Fans receive updates about all the public activity of the artists, ensem­bles and institutions they follow, e.g. new events or media files. Whenever you post a status update, you can also chose whether to publish exclusively for your Partners and Contacts or for the general public. In the latter case, your status update will also appear in the news feeds of all your Fans.

To become someone’s Fan is thus a great way to stay up to date about the artists, ensembles and institutions you care about.

 

THE QUESTION | Besides being a useful way to stay up to date, we also intended the Fan relation to make a state­ment: It shows appreciation for someone’s artistic work. Yet, it has been brought to our attention that the term might be too strong, that there might be a certain hesitation or reluc­tance to call yourself someone’s Fan. What is your position on this matter?

 

THE DISCUSSION | We aim to create the best possible platform for all of us. Since this issue of terminology is basically a question of opinion, we put it to you. Would you prefer a more neutral and descriptive term like e.g. Follower? Do you appreciate the term Fan with all it’s connotations of affection and enthusiasm? Or would you suggest a different solution?

Use the comment section below to let us know what you think. Or take the discussion to our Facebook page, where we have set up a poll for this question. Get involved! We appreciate your input.

 

Giant steps

March 20th, 2013 - 

Every now and then, you have to revisit your ideas, to challenge your concepts. The last few weeks, we have been doing just that. And it is very rewarding, too. To start with something good, only to end up with something great. Have a good look at the next step in the evolution of artoporta.

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We created an elegant and reduced interface, throwing everything overboard that was not strictly necessary. Now, your beautiful content is more than ever in the focus of attention. You need fewer clicks to use artoporta. Everything is easier accessible. Instant inline feedback provides a smooth interaction experience. Last but not least, we made room for the wonderful future upgrades that we are currently working on.

We set the stage for you, now make the best use of it. Upgrade your profile, add events and media files. Invite colleagues and partners to join your professional network. Present your activities and collaborations. Enjoy.

365 days later

December 1st, 2012 - 

Hard to believe, but this is our first anniversary. On december 1st last year, we launched the first version of artoporta. A lot has happened since that day. In some areas, less than we would have hoped for. In others, far more than we could have imagined. And artoporta is still just a baby. It is just getting started. Happy birthday!

The past few months have been very busy behind the scenes, although the silence on the surface may have implied otherwise. Right now, we are laying the foundations for the future development of artoporta on all levels:  technically, strategically, economically. Next year will see new major features, support for additional languages and the need to bring in new faces to extend our team. A new step in our evolution that we are looking forward to. Very much indeed.

But 2012 is not over yet. And if you have been very good this year, we might just have a special little something for you even before Christmas…

A closer look.

June 9th, 2012 - 

We invite you to discover our new feature section. Here, we will regularly present exceptional artists. Across art forms, genres and borders. Without restrictions or limitations. It is a place for a closer look, for personal stories or controversial viewpoints. Unrehearsed and certainly not reduced to a few hundred characters. Enter and enjoy.

In the first feature of this series, it is our pleasure to introduce the Ingolfsson-­Stoupel Duo. Two strong individuals meet in this ensemble at eye level – and create music shaped by a special intimacy, subtle communi­cation and a complete interconnectedness of two voices. In our interview, violinist Judith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel talk about their affinity to 20th century composers, a festival that is very close to their hearts and the art of balancing an international career and being parents.

 

Meet the Ingolfsson-Stoupel Duo
and other great artists
from around the world.

Welcome to a new stage.

June 8th, 2012 - 

We have been busy behind closed doors for quite a while. Today, it is time to lift the curtain: We are excited to introduce our redesigned homepage, the all new feature section and a plethora of updates and improvements.

Growing up is constant change. Sometimes in little steps, sometimes in bigger leaps, sometimes in a general overhaul. We are dedicated to develop and improve artoporta constantly – together with our friends, partners, members and supporters – to make it the ideal environment we envision.

A professional and respectful environment for everyone, a place to connect and get in touch, to start collaborations and inspire each other, to find jobs, colleagues, allies, benefactors, misfits and geniuses. The possibilities are as endless as the potential benefits to each and every user. And so, we are looking forward very much to all the future changes to come.