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Re: artist curator ethics

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Dr Melinda Rackham <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr Melinda Rackham <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 23 Dec 2008 12:51:42 +1030

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Hi all,
\I generally agree with that position Andreas--
  but lines are as always blurry..

To confess I've put a collective I was involved in an exhibition, but  
it a was a survey of the field and would have been too odd to not  
include it (empyre in "2004networked-australian art now"  at ACMI)
and like Mike I haven't made new work now for 3 or more years, and  
find it increasingly difficult to refer to myself as an artist even  
though people still show my existing net artwork.

The  thing that does annoy me more is when a curator always finds a  
rationale to include their partners work in a show.. I know our art  
world is small but nepotism seems even more unattractive than self  
promotion.

 From another perspective is always seems perfectly reasonable when a  
book  editor includes a chapter by themselves as obviously they are  
an expert in the filed so have something significant to say about it.

Apart from that wishing  a joyful xmas and creative 2009  to you all

warm regards,
Melinda

++++++++++++
Dr Melinda Rackham
Executive Director
Australian Network for Art and Technology
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http://www.anat.org.au
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On 23/12/2008, at 6:08 AM, Alessandro Ludovico wrote:


> 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 art?
>
> 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.
>
> Season's Greetings.
>
>
>> 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
>> necessary.
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> Johannes
>>
>
>
> -- 
>
>
> Alessandro Ludovico
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warm regards,
Melinda

++++++++++++
Dr Melinda Rackham
Executive Director
Australian Network for Art and Technology
+61 (0)8 8231 9037
+61 (0)410 596 592
http://www.anat.org.au
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Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is generously  
supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council,  
its arts funding and advisory body, the South Australian Government  
through Arts SA, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an  
initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

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