I'm taking this lull between themes to chew on a few loose ends
(morsels?) from the past couple months of CRUMB:
* Drafts versus flashes
I'm not sure there's much controversy here, as I think most modern
studies suggest creativity is a series of drafts punctuated by flashes
of insight. Many famous examples of the "flash-only" paradigm are
bunk: most of Apple's innovative "i-" applications started out as
third-party tools, Lincoln didn't write his five drafts of the
Gettysburg address on a train or on an envelope, and so forth.
While today's institutional support for the arts and education
sometimes reflects the fact that creativity requires more than one
draft, it rarely acknowledges the complementary truth that the
creative process often requires more than one set of brains. Combine
the two realizations and you get creators giving each other feedback
at all stages of the creative process--a productive dynamic we see at
work in open software development and in collaborative environments
like The Pool.
* New media art on Wikipedia
Rob Myers' call for Wikipedia guidelines for artistic notability is a
really worthwhile cause. Rather than throw time and effort into
building another Ghettopedia, I'd like to see a concerted effort to
argue that new media art's relevance can stand up to pages for obscure
garage bands and sub-plots of Battlestar Galactica. U-Me's criteria
for new media academics, published in Leonardo's Winter 2009 issue and
available online, might be a starting point.
* Joint ownership
(This is a really old one:) Janet Hawtin asked Vicki Sowry for
templates or guides for best ways to navigate joint ownership. I
submit the Cross-Cultural Partnership, a legal framework meant to be
tailored to each circumstance, which encourages partners to define and
abide by practices that emphasize kinship rather than competition,
participation rather than passivity, genealogy rather than genius:
On the preservation front, I really enjoyed Curt Cloninger's meaty
response to my question about documentation and scores; someone should
publish it as an article.
And as Rick Rinehart mentioned, the Forging the Future coalition will
soon be releasing a suite of documentation and preservation tools;
we'll announce to this list when it's official.
Still Water--what networks need to thrive.