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Museum Exhibitions, Remote Workers

ArtLens for Slack

ArtLens for Slack, the latest collaboration between Potion and the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), is the first rapid-response art exhibition app designed to bring joy and community to remote workers isolated by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The app unites work teams through brief but significant moments of companionship, humor and serendipity woven into the workday.

The rapid response project began when Jane Alexander, CMA’s Chief Digital Information Officer, was faced with unprecedented closure of the museum because of the virus. After contacting a number of interactive firms, Potion pitched the idea for a slack bot capable of engaging co-workers to create their own daily art exhibition using the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection of Creative Commons masterpieces. The project fit perfectly with the museum’s new Home is Where the Art (hyperlink) is campaign, and work began.

Overview

  • Slack App that creates daily exhibitions with themes, user selections within the theme, and user commentary for the final published exhibition
  • Integrates with entire Open Acces API-based collection for user curation
  • Concept Development to Launch in a month.

Credits

  • Potion
    Concept Development
    Design
    Software Development

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“Everyone is looking into the future and trying to find new ways to deliver value. That’s what we did with ArtLens for Slack. The app offers daily engagement with world-class art that enriches remote workplaces with a new class of meaningful conversation.


Close Collaboration

The museum was interested in using the platform as a digital laboratory to develop an experience that could be extended to other remote work and social media platforms.  

Potion joined forces with CMA’s Digital Innovation team to form a hybrid incubator bent on collaboration, efficiency, and flexibility. In less than two weeks, Potion developed a concept, initial coding, and roadmap that was handed off to the museum’s staff, who continued development of the project to launch. The entire project from conception to launch took about 5 weeks.

 

Unique Access to The Collection 

To leverage the museum’s Open Access API (application programming interface), we partnered with CMA’s in-house software development team, who knew the collection unlike anyone else. Potion and CMA’s developers worked as a single team in a series of agile sprints. Together we problem solved and determined how searching and returning results from the API could be transformed into a fun and engaging game.

 

Potion’s content development team worked with CMA’s content developers to create the bot’s voice, tone and quirky personality. The museum knew the strengths and weaknesses of the collection, and categorized their best themes from the collection that ranged from armor to oil paintings. Using this research, Potion developed six initial prompts that would form a themed exhibition that included, Happy Hour at the End of the World!, WWC: Working Without Clothing, and Personal Protective Equipment

How it Works

Every morning, Monday-Friday, an individual receives a direct message from ArtLens for Slack prompting the theme of the daily exhibition. Using buttons and shuffle, users can explore a themed element of the museum’s collection, and select it for the company art exhibition. At the end of the day, ArtLens for Slack curates all of the selections and user comments in a shared Art Exhibition channel, sparking instant fun and community. 

Can’t wait to try out, ArtLens for Slack? It’s now available for download on the Slack Marketplace for free!

“Everyone is looking into the future and trying to find new ways to deliver value. That’s what we did with ArtLens for Slack. The app offers daily engagement with world-class art that enriches remote workplaces with a new class of meaningful conversation.


Close Collaboration

The museum was interested in using the platform as a digital laboratory to develop an experience that could be extended to other remote work and social media platforms.  

Potion joined forces with CMA’s Digital Innovation team to form a hybrid incubator bent on collaboration, efficiency, and flexibility. In less than two weeks, Potion developed a concept, initial coding, and roadmap that was handed off to the museum’s staff, who continued development of the project to launch. The entire project from conception to launch took about 5 weeks.

 

Unique Access to The Collection 

To leverage the museum’s Open Access API (application programming interface), we partnered with CMA’s in-house software development team, who knew the collection unlike anyone else. Potion and CMA’s developers worked as a single team in a series of agile sprints. Together we problem solved and determined how searching and returning results from the API could be transformed into a fun and engaging game.

 

Potion’s content development team worked with CMA’s content developers to create the bot’s voice, tone and quirky personality. The museum knew the strengths and weaknesses of the collection, and categorized their best themes from the collection that ranged from armor to oil paintings. Using this research, Potion developed six initial prompts that would form a themed exhibition that included, Happy Hour at the End of the World!, WWC: Working Without Clothing, and Personal Protective Equipment

How it Works

Every morning, Monday-Friday, an individual receives a direct message from ArtLens for Slack prompting the theme of the daily exhibition. Using buttons and shuffle, users can explore a themed element of the museum’s collection, and select it for the company art exhibition. At the end of the day, ArtLens for Slack curates all of the selections and user comments in a shared Art Exhibition channel, sparking instant fun and community. 

Can’t wait to try out, ArtLens for Slack? It’s now available for download on the Slack Marketplace for free!

How it Works

Every morning, Monday-Friday, an individual receives a direct message from ArtLens for Slack prompting the theme of the daily exhibition. Using buttons and shuffle, users can explore a themed element of the museum’s collection, and select it for the company art exhibition. At the end of the day, ArtLens for Slack curates all of the selections and user comments in a shared Art Exhibition channel, sparking instant fun and community. 

 

Can’t wait to try out, ArtLens for Slack? It’s now available for download on the Slack Marketplace for free!

How it Works

Every morning, Monday-Friday, an individual receives a direct message from ArtLens for Slack prompting the theme of the daily exhibition. Using buttons and shuffle, users can explore a themed element of the museum’s collection, and select it for the company art exhibition. At the end of the day, ArtLens for Slack curates all of the selections and user comments in a shared Art Exhibition channel, sparking instant fun and community. 

 

Can’t wait to try out, ArtLens for Slack? It’s now available for download on the Slack Marketplace for free!

Press

Credits

  • Potion
    Concept Development
    Design
    Software Development