> On 8 Sep 2008, at 23:19, John Hopkins wrote:
>>> For Immediate Release
>> Does anyone else on this list have any aversion to Press/PR
>> releases being sent to this list?
Hi John and other CRUMB List members,
Apologies for the Press content circulated via the list. CRUMB has a
'three strikes and you're out' rule -- that is, if a list member
posts more than three spam-self-promotion items *without* introducing
a relevant reason for why they are posting the material to the list,
then we unsubscribe them. We always email them off-list first.
It may be worth re-iterating, for all our newer members, a bit of the
past discussion on this topic, and some guidelines for CRUMB works:
1. About the list
2. About the "Themes of the Month"
3. About promotion on list
4. Technical Notes
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theory, and new media as 'education' in museums, there is little to
help curators deal with the challenges of new media art.
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To get debates going, every other month will feature a particular
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3. MORE ABOUT PROMOTION ON LIST:
This list is for the discussion of issues relating to curating new
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There are lots of other great and open/unmoderated online lists which
allow (or are created for!) announcements and 'general posts about
current shows' - such as Spectre (here in Europe) or Rhizome (more in
North America) but there are still remarkably few lists that support
the development of the practice of curating and discussion around the
issues of curating - media art or art formerly known as new media, or
art after new media or whatever/other.
CRUMB tries to stay on the side of the latter, rather than compete in
the same terrain as the former. so in our minds, an announcement
about a show opening is not necessarily as valid as a review of it,
especially if the review mentions some 'issue' to do with the
curating / production / presentation of the work -- which is why self-
reviewing is so welcome here. In the past we've let curators post
notices about their own shows, so long as they editorialise and
include a comment about why it is relevant to this forum - i.e. what
they want to discuss in relation to it (and I don't mean 'hey, tell
me if you like my show'). I myself have often posted notices about
conferences/events pertaining to new media to prompt anyone on the
list who might be going to report back about it, especially if it is
particularly relevant to one of our monthly theme-d discussions.
These critical reports we all crave might go some way to us all
discovering what new media actually is. Although I'm never entirely
sure that that is a goal of this list anyway. Discovering what
curating entails and how new media illuminates/challenges/messes
about with that is though.
As a subscriber once said, "the quality and relevance of CRUMB is in
the discussions about curatorial and related issues."
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