if someone's job title is "arts editor" of a major news media
organisation, or arts editor of any sized media outlet, i'd say it's
part of their job to make themselves aware, to do research, to
proactively hunt out the new, interesting & innovative work.
the furtherfield crew works really hard on actual projects, & has a
perfectly high enough presence in the field for anyone who can be
bothered to look to discover the exciting work that's going on there.
the lack of insight and knowledge on this guy's part must be down to him
having his head in the sand, his ipod buds jammed too hard into his
ears, & some kind of over-zealous family safety internet filter on his
computer. maybe he also never talks to people at parties.
we artists are, and should be, absorbed in making the stuff & we are not
(necessarily) as skilled in marketing, promoting, etc. that's why arts
editors & others like that have a really important role in the process,
& it should be an active two-way role. sure we need to work on
articulating our message as well, but there are journalists out there
who are getting the message quite clearly. i would not say that this
particular individual's ignorance is due to failure on our part.
h : )
On 5/02/10 12:34 AM, marc garrett wrote:
> Hi all,
> For me, this reflects upon our own failures in managing to get our
> message out there. Allowing others who lack the insight or knowledge
> of what is really going on to speak on our behalf has, (as usual)
> stunted much of what we all do.
> We at furtherfield.org and the HTTP Gallery are working our guts off
> here - showing, reviewing exploring shared dialogue all of the time.
> We are right on it!
> Yet, because we are so involved with the 'stuff' itself, working with
> makers in getting their work seen and appreciated out there, rather
> than hanging around within academic circles alone (we crossover in
> fact, with all circles), there does seems to be a divide. Perhaps,
> even a touch of snobbery. We would love some of you lot to connect
> with us more often, supporting what we do so that we can feel more
> empowered in sharing with you and others with, what can be bigger and
> more dynamic than it is now. In fact, we cannot complain, great things
> are happening at our end, but we'd love it if more of you were willing
> to be an active part of it - honestly, it would change things.
> We need a more deliberate, active, conscientious and reciprocal
> arrangement in supporting each other before we are all washed away
> into the dark vaults of history.
> wishing you all well.
> A living, breathing, thriving networked neighbourhood...
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> viewing, discussing and learning about experimental practices at the
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> for the information & interaction of the public and artists alike.
>> Where do they find these people?
>> "It's interesting that, as far as I am aware, no contemporary artist
>> has yet harnessed this extraordinary technology to make a significant
>> artwork. Of course, maybe I'm wrong and am missing something great -
>> do you know of any net-based art works that are worth a look?
>> Maybe you have made one (an artwork made specifically for the medium,
>> as opposed to a film such as the one above, which uses the net only
>> as a means of dissemination)?
>> If you, like me, can't find any net-based art of note, why do you
>> think that is? Why, when there's been such a boom in contemporary art
>> around the world, has no artist made the medium of the web his or her
>> canvas? And if someone were to use the net as a medium, as opposed to
>> making an image, or a video, or even an interactive Flash animation,
>> what would the resulting art look, or sound, or feel like?"
>> Will Gompertz, the new BBC 'Arts Director' in his blog,
>> on 2. February 2010.
helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst
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