I'd just briefly like to add a different position to the one clearly
and skillfully analyzed in Johannes' text.
It's an equally challenging position I found myself in: being the
editor of a quite well known magazine and having to decide if I'd
have made art myself or not.
I was thrilled with the first "serious" art project but I started to
have ethical problems: being in the position of publishing such a
magazine would have influenced judgements or decisions related to my
After a while I decided to make the art project anyway, with other 3
persons, and being very careful to avoid any act or coincidence that
would have influenced any related judgement.
I don't know if anybody expected something back after selecting or
awarding either GWEI or Amazon Noir, but apparently nobody did, and
after a few years I'd say that making art was the right decision.
In fact experiencing personally what it meant to be "on the other
side" was mind opening and let me definitely improve my overall
experience and so my editing work.
I've curated a few exhibitions as well, but I think that's a more
natural outcome for an editor.
>I think it is a personal decision to be made by those who are in the
>position of power - and I think those who are in such positions should
>be ready to be openly challenged for how they go about their business.
>This is not fun, to be challenged I such a way - but it certainly is
>And we should challenge ourselves and our colleagues in the same manner.
>And if we are in a position of power which I currently hold, I can make
>it clear to the curators I hire what I see as an appropriate way. This
>keeps the issue alive. And that is what I see as important.
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