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The Art of Curation
34 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Collecting ideas in art and ancient history 🎨 Julia Lu, The Collector
“I want to democratize the idea of collecting so that it's not only for people who have a lot of money who collect ancient artifacts or shoes or expensive watches. You can collect ideas, artists, and favorite things…” — Julia Lu, The CollectorIf you spend any time on Flipboard, you’ll likely see The Collector’s Storyboards pass through your feeds. And if they don’t catch your eye visually, they’ll for sure pique your intellectual curiosity. With over 700 of these collections, curated around themes ranging from Banksy’s political art to Greek myths you probably don’t know, The Collector presents fascinating angles on ancient history, art, artists and philosophy. TheCollector.com Editor-in-Chief Julia Lu takes us behind the scenes on the site’s editorial operations, where we learn how a collective of experts works together to curate information that has become a trusted resource for scholars, classrooms and enthusiasts.Highlights, inspiration and key learnings:How Julia got involved with The CollectorHer relationship to collectingHow collecting differs from curatingGaining consensus when a collective is curatingWhat makes for an ideal contributor to The CollectorHow you might take a collective of experts and form a big picture for a brandHow The Collector thinks about sourcingThings to consider when curating an artist’s lifeWhat to consider when curating historical artefacts for a modern digital audienceCurating against — or revising — the historical recordWhat’s hard about running The CollectorPitfalls of Wikipedia as a sourceHow Flipboard fits into The Collector’s content strategy👋 Say hi to Julia!🔎 Browse the companion Storyboard to get the episode itself, plus Julia’s own picks in the arts.➕ This podcast was created by Flipboard, where enthusiasts are curating stories they recommend across thousands of interests. Learn more.
41 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
“I am the algorithm” 👨🏻💻 Dave Pell, NextDraft
“It has to feel like it's a creation, not just a collection. That keeps you from getting burned out, because if you're passionate about what you're making, then you wake up the next morning and you just need to push that publish button.” — Dave PellIf you’re a news(letter) connoisseur, then you likely already know — and love — NextDraft. Every weekday, at around 12pm PT, a new edition delights the ol’ inbox: 10 of the most fascinating stories of the day, lovingly ensconced in a writeup filled with biting observations and funny quips. That voice belongs to Dave Pell — “the internet’s managing editor” and author of the book “Please Scream Inside Your Heart: Breaking News and Nervous Breakdowns in the Year That Wouldn’t End” (out in November 2021). Dave is a lean, one-man operation who’s been curating email newsletters well before they were a trend, and he had much to share about his daily curation process, why he sees himself as a columnist, self-care for news curators, and where he gets all those puns. Highlights, inspiration and key learnings:Origins (and meaning of) NextDraftThe power of email: it’s asynchronous and is one feed you have control overHow the Trump years and news cycles impact(ed) his readershipHow Dave puts together NextDraft, including sourcing stories, building the email, and any help he getsHow he comes up with such punny copy — and his favorite pun he’s ever written (oh, it’s good)The joys and hazards of being the internet’s managing editorDealing with burnout as a news curatorWhat’s challenging about working on The Next DraftA peek inside his first book, an overview of the surreal year that was 2020How writing a book is different from writing a newsletterWhat it’s like being in a two-curator household (his wife, Gina, is a founder of The What)👋Say hi to Dave!🔎 Browse the companion Storyboard to get the episode itself, plus all the non-news media that Dave loves. He says he’s a TV addict, so he’s got a lot of cool recommendations to share.➕This podcast was created by Flipboard, where enthusiasts are curating stories they recommend across thousands of interests. Learn more.
40 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Vintage clothing that creates community 👗 James Veloria
“I always get really excited when someone who has access to any possible new piece of clothing buys something from the past that we've chosen. That's a really exciting step forward for vintage. It's the most ethical way of shopping, and chances are no one else is going to have the same thing that you have.” — Brandon Veloria Giordano of James VeloriaIf you’ve ever trekked to the James Veloria vintage store in downtown Manhattan, you might think you took a wrong turn. Tucked away in a Chinatown mall, the shop is a glittery jewel box of clothes with as much personality as the proprietors themselves. By making it to James Veloria, you instantly become part of a community with other shoppers who also had enough savvy to make it there. Badge earned!In this episode, the store's owners, Collin James Weber and Brandon Veloria Giordano, talk to us about the art of curating vintage clothes for their business and for fun. Highlights, inspiration and key learnings:How they turned a passion into a businessHow they track trends and inspirationHow they find vintage gems to sellHow they ‘remix’ those items in the storeCreating a community among customersWhat people misunderstand about vintageThrift store curation tipsBeing in business with your partnerHow COVID-19 is changing fashionBest cities for vintage shopping👋Say hi to Brandon and Collin!🔎Browse the companion Storyboard to get the episode itself, plus the books, movies, Instagram accounts and other cultural artifacts that Brandon and Collin love.➕This podcast was created by Flipboard, where enthusiasts are curating stories they recommend across thousands of interests. Head over to our website to learn more.
29 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Curating an ‘information vaccine’ for these times 📰 DJ Spooky
“The Latin term 'cura' means ‘concern’ or ‘study’ or figuring out different approaches to pulling together things. It also relates to healing, which I find kind of amusing, that the term ‘cure’ and ‘curator’ are tangentially associated. Like you're healing by pulling together information.” — DJ SpookyPaul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is the ultimate creator: he’s a composer, a DJ, a multimedia artist, an editor, an author, and the curator of one of Flipboard’s most interesting magazines, “Semantic Infiltration.” He’s completely immersed in environmental and social issues and creates art to press those issues into the public consciousness. He’s also Yale’s Artist in Residence this year. Paul seems to think deeply about everything — even his green tea selection! — and his intellectual and artistic curiosity have no bounds. His sources and references themselves create a canon for the avant-garde artist and those who want to be.Highlights, inspiration and key learnings:Etymology of the word “curation”How he thinks about curationLiving in a recommendation engine ecosystemThe thinking behind “Semantic Infiltration” and his book, “Digital Fictions”Using trustworthy sources when writing a bookTurning data into artHow we can be more intentional about our choicesHow curating music is different from curating contentHis media diet and routineWhere other social platforms fit into his consumption/curationOpen source as 'the best way for humanity to move forward'How the evolution of his art has paralleled the evolution of technologyCurating his own catalogOn democracy and moving between worlds👋 Say hi to DJ Spooky!🔎 Browse the companion Storyboard of the writers, thought leaders and artists he admires. ➕ This podcast was created by Flipboard, where enthusiasts are curating stories they recommend across thousands of interests. Head over to our website to learn more.
45 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Why food matters so much 🥘 The Bittman Project
“I came to realize, over 20 years, that food was much more important than what you cooked for dinner or what cool ingredient you were into or what groovy restaurant you’re going to. And gradually what I wrote about...became the bigger picture in food. I don't want to leave cooking behind; cooking matters. But it's a small part of the food picture and talking about that is really important to us.” — Mark BittmanMark Bittman, Melissa McCart and the team at The Bittman Project are building a new kind of food media empire — one that can only be born in the post-2020 era. Naturally, recipes and cooking advice are at the heart of why people might subscribe to their newsletter or listen to Mark’s podcast. But their strategy is for you to come for the cooking and stay for the impact, whether that’s learning how to eat less meat, expanding the voices you might hear from in food, or bucking conventional wisdom in and out of the kitchen. Highlights, inspiration and key learnings:How Mark developed his brand and expertise around food after he left the New York TimesHow Melissa helped to shape The Bittman Project as editorHow current issues, like the coronavirus, climate change, and racial injustice, impact their content strategyThe criteria for what’s curated into The Bittman Project Substack newsletterThe values of The Bittman ProjectWhat Mark and Melissa read to keep up on food trends and the industryHow the art of curation comes into play when planning and writing a cookbook like “How to Cook Everything”How they curate their teamHow they curate guests and content for the “Food With Mark Bittman” podcastHow they use data to inform content decisionsWhat’s challenging about running The Bittman ProjectHow a home cook should curate their kitchenIdeas for curating your grocery shoppingOlive oil, demystified👋 Say hi to Mark and Melissa!🔎 Browse the Storyboard of all their recommendations, including the cookbooks, food TV shows, and podcasts they love.➕ This podcast was created by Flipboard, where enthusiasts are curating stories they recommend across thousands of interests. Head over to our website to learn more.
47 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Science is a verb 🔬 Jennifer Frazier, Exploratorium
“What really makes an incredible curator in science is what makes an incredible curator of anything. A lot of that is thinking deeply about the experience.” — Jennifer FrazierThe Exploratorium is a beloved, hands-on museum in San Francisco, where science isn’t just something to learn about; it’s something to be uncovered and discovered as a kind of personal journey.No one knows this better than Jennifer Frazier. As a senior scientist and curator at the Exploratorium, Jen is at the helm of creating immersive experiences that help people see science as a verb. “You’re not just curating important scientific ideas or discoveries,” she says. “You’re actually trying to curate so that people can experience the process of science.”We talked to Jen about how to create science experiences for the public, what it means to practice inclusive exhibition design, how to reach communities who aren’t visiting, and more. Highlights, inspiration and key learnings: What it means to be a scientist-curator. There aren’t a ton of them.History of the Exploratorium. Shout out to the Oppenheimer brothers.What success looks like for the scientist-curator. How to think about the experiences you want to create for your audience.How to reach groups you’re not reaching. Thinking about who is not being served and being more accessible to all people. Practicing inclusive exhibition design, starting with examining who is the curator and what is their background. The art of community curation and how you can curate with the people you’re serving.How much of your own tastes a curator should reveal when working for an institution. Using data to inform the work.The unique challenges of being a Life Sciences Curator — like keeping living things alive!Advice for people interested in following a similar career path. The importance of spending time in nature, the secret joy of national park visitor centers, and other things that inspire her. Who she’d like to invite to a science dance party.👋 Say hi to Jen! 🔎 Browse the Storyboard of all her recommendations, including her favorite podcast, book, artist and DJ. ➕ This podcast was created by Flipboard, where enthusiasts are curating stories they recommended across thousands of interests. Head over to our website to learn more.
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