As a curator and archivist I am familiar with the gap between the
artistic approach and the non-inventive, non-artistic information tool.
the problem is that many times a different public is addressed.
designing a dynamic interface for an encyclopedic survey of media art in
Germany on cd-rom, we were criticized by many for making it too
"difficult" to access the information directly. and i think people were right.
>Simon Biggs wrote: -----
> I'd attempt to create a new interface to it all that would allow everyone
> access to the data via the web...although I would do it in a manner that
> was not direct or intuitive but rather a deconstructive approach to the
> data and how it is organised. The interface would be a work of art and a
> critique of its subject (the database).
Simon, this is certainly a project I would love to do - but as an
artistic project dealing with the topic of accessing information and not
as a tool to be used by thousands of people. Of course you can always
say that this dualistic opposition is wrong, and theoretically I agree.
But in practice, what we need is parallel ways of accessing information
that allow different users different approaches.
> I would like to see Museums shift their role a away from the
> museumification process towards a proactive role. That is, it would be
> great to see more museums getting involved in the commissioning and
> promotion of new work/audiences and in particular work that is of an
> ephemeral and non-collectible nature. Of course museums already do this,
> but not as a primary or defining practice.
I agree - you just need to find money for these projects but I see more
and more institutions "stream" into that direction.
for more infos on the cd-roms and related links see: http://www.media-art-net.org
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