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Re: October/Nov theme: The Jury is Out!

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Sarah Cook <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 4 Oct 2010 13:32:17 +0100

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Hi CRUMB

to kick off this discussion I've compiled a list of related  
readings... dig in!

1. the reviews of the conference Me You And Everyone We Know is a  
Curator, in which people from the Masters of Media at University of  
Amsterdam compare notes about Andrew Keen's speech, clips of it you  
can watch online too:

http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/2009/12/22/andrew-keen-video- 
snippets-of-the-lecture-he-gave-at-the-me-you-and-everyone-we-know-is- 
a-curator-conference/

it's especially interesting to watch the clip where Keen describes  
how curators have to stand up and describe what they believe in, tell  
their own story, in the face of all this overwhelming content online.

http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/2009/12/25/i-know-culture-and-you- 
certainly-dont/
http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/2010/01/04/the-elitist-in-andrew- 
keen-the-elitist-in-me/
http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/2009/12/23/cultural-artifacts-in-the- 
digital-stream-a-shout-out-to-quality/

2. the blog posts by Hanne Mugaas and Caitlin Jones on the blog the  
Take. Caitlin will be joining this discussion too about her sense of  
what it is, as a curator, to use online spaces for research, and how  
judging material is different in that context.
http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/interact/participate/youtube-play/ 
the-take/play/3715-youtube-shortlist
http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/interact/participate/youtube-play/ 
the-take/moving-images/3693

3. Joe del Pesco's blog post, on the SFMoMA blog, about VVORK:
http://blog.sfmoma.org/2009/10/vvork/

4. Paddy Johnson, from Art Fag City's blog post in response to the  
New York Times article about 'curating' becoming a buzz word:
http://www.artfagcity.com/2009/10/06/the-new-york-times-on-curating- 
on-the-tip-of-creative-tongues-part-one/
http://www.artfagcity.com/2009/10/06/the-new-york-times-on-curating- 
on-the-tip-of-creative-tongues-part-two/

5. Michelle Kasprzak's blog post about curating the web, which was  
posted here some months ago also:
http://www.curating.info/archives/205-For-What-and-For-Whom.html

On 1 Oct 2010, at 11:21, Sarah Cook wrote:

> October/November 2010 Theme of the Month: The Jury is Out!
>
>
> This month on CRUMB we look at the curatorial role of filtering and  
> selection, and how the online world continues to change what the  
> term curating has come to stand for.
>
> The Guggenheim Museum has just announced its longlist for its  
> YouTube Play Biennial of Creative Video, and On October 21, 2010,  
> up to 20 videos selected by the jury of experts* will be presented  
> on youtube.com/play and at a celebration at the Guggenheim Museum  
> in New York, with simultaneous presentations at the Guggenheim  
> museums in Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice (http://www.guggenheim.org/ 
> new-york/interact/participate/youtube-play). In their advertising  
> for this project, curator Nancy Spector comments that the project  
> is about  "how to reach an audience" and that the Guggenheim  
> doesn't "create a hierarchy among mediums...." (which is just as  
> well because we're not sure yet quite how "creative video" differs  
> from video art and videos distributed online). The Guggenheim's  
> accompanying blog, The Take (http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/ 
> interact/participate/youtube-play/the-take/play/3574-the-take-what- 
> and-why) seeks to illuminate the process and discuss digital  
> content, online video and the like.
>
> In December of last year, CRUMB members attended a symposium in the  
> Netherlands organised by the Graphic Design Museum excitedly titled  
> "me and you and everyone we know is a curator" (http:// 
> www.graphicdesignmuseum.nl/en/events/calendar/symposium-me-you-and- 
> everyone-we-know-is-a-curator/455). The symposium was about  
> "looking for quality in a messy world; more specifically about  
> looking for notions, ideas and ways of working in online culture,  
> and asking ourselves how these could be applied / assessed / made  
> into qualitative content in the offline world  (and vice versa)."   
> At the symposium Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur,  
> reduced the notion of curating to simply gatekeeping and following  
> his keynote most of the discussions about curating were limited to  
> the editorial/selection/quality-control aspects of the profession.
>
> The online blog VVORK, http://www.vvork.com, organised by Oliver  
> Laric and others, continues to garner fans and result in offline  
> real-world exhibitions due to its brilliant take on informal  
> research online, displaying images of artworks which take the  
> bloggers fancy, 'tagged' with just title, year, artist and link but  
> no comment.
>
> So how do you reconcile the often-assumed most important part of a  
> curator's job - wielding personal choices in the name of quality -  
> with the ways in which art research has changed with online tools,  
> online art and the online distribution of other art forms such as  
> video?
>
> (This discussion may be completely overshadowed here in the UK  
> later in October when the Government's spending review details are  
> released and we see exactly how processes of selection in the arts  
> and culture are enforced.)
>
> Meantime, confirmed respondents this month include (with others to  
> be introduced as the discussion goes on):
>
> Hanne Mugaas, curatorial associate at the Guggenheim Museum,  
> manages the blog The Take and is part of the team organising the  
> YouTube Play biennial. http://www.hanne-mugaas.com
>
> Sophie Krier, designer, filmmaker, writer and organiser of the  
> conference Me, You, And Everyone We Know Is A Curator. Her ICI blog  
> is at http://www.sophie-krier.blogspot.com/
>
> Ele Carpenter, lecturer in Curating at Goldsmith's College, London  
> and CRUMB research alumni. Goldsmith's is one of the named partners  
> in the Guggenheim/YouTube Play project. http:// 
> www.eleweekend.blogspot.com/
>
> ---
>
> *The YouTube Play jury is comprised of: Laurie Anderson; Animal  
> Collective, featuring Deakin (Josh Dibb), Geologist (Brian Weitz),  
> and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox); Darren Aronofsky; Douglas Gordon;  
> Ryan McGinley; Marilyn Minter; Takashi Murakami; Shirin Neshat;  
> Stefan Sagmeister; Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Nancy Spector (Jury  
> Chair)

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