And how about open source curating? Is it even possible?
If we assume that exhbitions/collections/shows are systems/apparatuses
that are somewhat programmed by the act of curating, what would be
their level of opacity?
Is it necessary to "open the code" of an exhbition, in order for
others to analyze, understand, replicate and expand it? If so, how
would it be done?
Because, in a way, it is easy to perceive an exhibition's "source
code" - the collection of works that are combined to constitute it. On
the other hand, it is not a real code, written in a specific language,
as it is in the case of software - hence, it is open to many
intepretations. Its semantics may be obvious, but not its syntax -
what's the specific logic that connects the chosen works - neither
some empirical solutions that may have
political-economical-ideological implications - why some works were
chosen and not others, where were they were found by the curator in
the first place, etc.
If opensourcing is just revealing the code-to-be-compiled, maybe it
makes not much sense outside the software world. But what if we see it
as a continuous practice to fight the transparency of the interfaces
and overcome the blackbox's programme (in a flusserian way)?
> > Now, to come back to what has been said on this list before,
> > I personnaly think that FLOSS, art and cultural organisations,
> > while being in some circumstances connected, are three distinct things,
> > and I'm not convinced that FLOSS is something that can be applied
> > litteraly to non digital matter. In other words, software is a medium in
> > itself, people are producing software, but people are not software.
> > I would be interested if anyone on this list has concrete examples where
> > FLOSS has been used to model a non digital project/community/organisation,
> > beyond the simple inspiration that can provide the openness suggested by
> > FLOSS models and the simple use of FLOSS for production/admin tasks.
> > Best Regards
> > Aymeric Mansoux.
> Beryl Graham, Professor of New Media Art
> School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture, University of Sunderland
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