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Re: new media at the BBC

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tom corby <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 5 Feb 2010 08:04:39 +0000

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I feel slightly dirty posting this, but there's a story about him in the 
Daily Heil today

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1216375/BBC-Newss-150-000-star-arts-editor-reported-presented-needs-months-training.html

helen varley jamieson wrote:
> 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.
>>
>> marc
>>
>> A living, breathing, thriving networked neighbourhood...
>>
>> We are on Twitter
>> http://twitter.com/furtherfield
>>
>> Other reviews/articles/interviews
>> http://www.furtherfield.org/reviews.php
>>
>> Furtherfield - online media arts community, platforms for creating,
>> viewing, discussing and learning about experimental practices at the
>> intersections of art, technology and social change.
>> http://www.furtherfield.org
>>
>> HTTP Gallery - physical media arts Gallery (London).
>> http://www.http.uk.net
>>
>> Netbehaviour - an open email list community engaged in the process of
>> sharing and actively evolving critical approaches, methods and ideas
>> focused around contemporary networked media arts practice.
>> http://www.netbehaviour.org
>>
>> Furtherfield Blog - shared space for personal reflections on media art
>> practice.
>> http://blog.furtherfield.org
>>
>> VisitorsStudio - real-time, multi-user, online arena for creative 'many
>> to many' dialogue, networked performance and collaborative polemic.
>> http://www.visitorsstudio.org/x.html
>>
>> Furthernoise -  an online platform for the creation, promotion,
>> criticism and archiving of innovative cross genre music and sound art
>> for the information & interaction of the public and artists alike.
>> http://www.furthernoise.org
>>
>>
>>> 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, 
>>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/willgompertz/2010/02/40_wild_birds_play_a_gibson_le.html, 
>>> on 2. February 2010.
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>
>

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