What I learned: it can be extraordinarily hard to file copy from a disaster site. It would be helpful, in cases like this, to have a reporter or editor in New York rewriting the reporters’ tweets and reworking them into the live news story.
Today, I went to a lecture titled Curating Art in the Digital Age at my school. It featured two prominent art figures in the world of digital art: Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City and Amanda McDonald Crowley ofEyebeam Art + Technology Center.
Where I take issue, and where it pertains to this blog, was in Paddy Johnson’s lecture. The subject of Tumblr came up several times. Paddy responded by saying that tumbling is not curating, but “just picking stuff.” However, isn’t that essentially curating? Whether a work is in a museum’s possession or not, the curators pick pieces that speak to one another and put them in physical dialogue. In tumbing, I observe practices that are similar to those observed by curators; I chose which works to display and which pieces are published in proximity to one another.
No, picking stuff is not “essentially curating”. When was the last time anyone described a book of newspaper clippings and images “curating”? Up until a couple years ago no one. That’s because a collection of newspaper clippings and images don’t necessarily constitute a) a thesis statement or cogent reflection, b) preservation of the digital medium. If you owned and maintained the server space used you might be a little further along in proving the curation case, but you’d still have to present evidence that the collection functioned differently than a sketch book. Arrangement of images is not enough: that’s simply exhibition design.
I should mention that I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using the term “curating” to describe what one does with a tumblr, it’s drawing the equivalency to museum curating that I take issue with. Art Fag City will be publishing an essay this week that addresses the subject of medium (and by default curation). I believe it will be one of the more important posts I’ve published (at least to the fine art world) so I hope that everyone checks it out.
We don’t use freelancers very much, but enough that we occasionally take pitches that just come over the transom. But right now I have a voicemail account clogged with really inappropriate stuff and then I have to spend an extra half hour clearing it out, just to get to vmails I actually need to…
The long and short of it: Don’t call. Read the publication before sending out a pitch.
I bought a piece of crap from H&M and brought it home and this is a review.
This piece of crap has buttons that fell off the minute I tried to fasten them, and stitches that unravelled from the pockets as soon as I dropped in my keys. Keep in mind, it’s brand new. I didn’t get it off a sale rack,…
Art Fag City To Kill The World Series of Tubing This Saturday
The World Championship of Youtubing is once more upon us. Hosted this time at The Museum of the Moving Image as part of Signal to Noise, this great sporting event asks contestants to pit their favorite internet videos against one another. Audience members vote by shining laser pointers on the bullseye aligned with their favorite video.
This year I have been invited back to reclaim my throne. As some of you may remember, I competed in Eyebeam‘s 2009 tubing contest, winning all rounds but for the last. I beat out all the pros only to be defeated by a dude drawn from the audience and affectionately dubbed “Burning Man” by the crowd! This year, visitors will once more be invited to compete for a chance to play the pros.
This year’s list of pros is impressive. I’ll be butting heads with artist and Dump.fm founder Ryder Ripps, former Rocketboom and Know Your Meme producer Elspeth Rountree and tumblr superstar Peter Berkman. I’m not combing the Internet every day for rad videos, and this is serious competition, so I’ve enlisted AFC staff to help me out (read: Will fucking Brand). Look out people. I’ve got videos that will CRUSH the competition.
The World Series of Tubing was founded and developed by Aaron Meyers and Jeff Crouse.
Super excited that Slavs and Tatars will be at the SI! I worked with them on a preview of this book for the IMG MGMT series on Art Fag City (here). You should go check this out!
Swiss Institute is proud to open an exhibition in conjunction with the U.S. launch of Slavs and Tatars book Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, a legendary Azeri political satire and perhaps the most important Muslim periodical of the 20th century.
Featuring illustrations reminiscent of a Daumier of the Caucasus, Molla Nasreddin was read from Morocco to Iran; it addressed issues–gender equality, Islam’s integration of Modernity, education, Western meddling–as relevant and urgent today for a global audience, as when it was first published, in the Caucasus, a century ago. In the SI Reading Room, Slavs and Tatars will present a select archive of printed matter on the rambunctious, rowdy case study of complexity otherwise known as the Caucasus, sandwiched between the Bolshevism of Russia, revolutionary Islam of Iran and a declining Ottoman Empire.
Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians.