Hastings Contemporary, a small museum in the south of England, is debuting a new, interactive way to virtually tour their currently closed galleries.
With the help of a two-wheeled robot named the Double, up to five people can ride along with the videoconferencing bot as it peruses the galleries. One participant guides the robot from home, and the whole group can join in a conversation about what they find on view.
On March 25, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the hotly contested $2 trillion stimulus plan, which includes provisions for arts organizations and museums, and the House of Representatives is expected to pass the bipartisan bill Friday. The move, however, is a bittersweet response for art and museum institutions, as funding levels are still far from what is needed to bail out museums suffering from COVID-19-related shutdowns.