Title

CRUMB: New media curating resource

Author

Beryl Graham, Sarah Cook

Year

2000

Publisher

CRUMB, University of Sunderland, UK

Description

Building on research into curating new media art since 1993 at the University of Sunderland, CRUMB was founded by Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook in 2000 within the School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture, with a Small Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board. CRUMB's activities cover a range of practices, but are predominantly based around research, networking, and professional development for curators of new media art. CRUMB members run a lively discussion list on curating new media art with over 1000 international subscribers, publish interviews with curators, and lecture and publish widely, contributing to academic books as well as artists' exhibition catalogues.

url

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa-jisc.exe?A0=NEW-MEDIA-CURATING

Title

Curating Data: care, commons and networks

Author

Annet Dekker, Asen Ivanov, Theresa Kneppers, Eva Krumm, Kelly Rappleye, Magda Tyzlik-Carver, Marina Valle Noronha Marialaura Ghidini  Gaia Tedone 

Year

2020

Publisher

Digital Methods Initiative Wiki, University of Amsterdam

Description

It is clear that digital networks for a long time have been much more than just communication channels and today they are the very heart of public life. In the context of climate change, world-wide pandemic, increasing commercialization of network infrastructures, and diminishing funding for art and cultural practices, there is a need to establish a framework for understanding current developments in the field of digital curation. In this project, we focused on digital curation, which we regarded not as an act in the silo of the art world and its institutions but as a networked practice performed daily by social media users, programmers, and algorithms. In this sense, the meaning of curating has expanded beyond the usual space of the gallery and art institutions and is part of scientific practices of data collection, storing, and presentation. It is a practice of curating content for commerce and function in search optimization algorithms. Rather than lamenting over the fact that today ‘everyone is a curator’ or that we are in the midst of ‘curationism’, which supposedly diminishes the value of the practice, we made an in-depth analysis of digital curation to re-address the necessity for care and collaboration in these practices.

url

https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/SummerSchool2020CuratingData

Title

Curating in/as commons: posthuman curating and computational cultures

Author

Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver

Year

2016

Publisher

School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark

Description

This thesis is a material-discursive investigation of how practices of curating and commons are posthuman today. Recognising how contemporary forms of curating and commons are part of computational cultures and how they are influenced by mass participation in socio-technological networks, the thesis examines how users (including curators), machines and software stimulate new forms of curating and commons. Its main focus is on how these practices influence the field of computation by becoming active within it.

url

https://www.academia.edu/29844696/Curating_in_as_Common_s_Posthuman_Curating_and_Computational_Cultures

Title

Curating Media/Net/Art: Circulating Contexts

Author

CONT3XT.NET (Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl, Franz Thalmair)

Year

2007

Publisher

CONT3XT.NET

Description

Curating Internet-based Art in a media of its own developed into a multifaceted communication process on content among users of all backgrounds and provenances. Net curators are deemed cultural context providers, meta artists, power users, filter feeders or simply proactive consumers. Curating (on) the Web, as termed in 1998 already, not only creates a public space for Net Art protagonists, but also enables them to participate in creating their own public space, which often takes on the form of discursive models. Handling technological developments and knowledge about existing channels of communication are integral parts of net curating, as are providing resources, initiating collaborations and remaining in contact with international networks.

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Title

Curating on the Web: The Evolution of Platforms as Spaces for Producing and Disseminating Web-Based Art

Author

Marialaura Ghidini 

Year

2019

Publisher

Arts Journal

Description

By analysing a series of exhibition projects responding to central changes in web technology since its public unveiling (1991), this study identifies a historical trajectory for discussing the evolution of curating on the web. Such evolution highlights how curators have devised exhibition models that operate as platforms for not only displaying art specific to the web, but also for producing and disseminating it in a way that responds to the developments of web technology—and its socio-cultural and economic impact. With the massification of web tools, in fact, these platforms have generated distributed systems of artistic production free from the physical and conceptual limitations of the gallery and museum space. They have not only become spaces for displaying art, but also platforms that nurture its production, different modes of audience engagement and critique the canons of the institutionalised art world.

url

https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0752/8/3/78/htm

Title

Curating Online Exhibitions – Part 1: Performance, variability, objecthood

Author

Michael Connor

Year

2020

Publisher

Rhizome

Description

With physical exhibitions around the world now closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions and artists now face questions about online exhibition-making with sudden urgency. The task might at first seem relatively straightforward: to provide a point of access for the general public to programs and information that would otherwise be experienced in person. [...]

url

https://rhizome.org/editorial/2020/may/13/curating-online-exhibitions-pt-1/

Title

Curating the Networked Image: Circulation, Commodification, Computation

Author

Gaia Tedone 

Year

2019

Publisher

The Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University, UK

Description

In the context of today’s networked culture, where artworks and photographs circulate online alongside other commodities and digital objects, online users and data aggregation tools partake in the selection, filtering and dissemination of visual content. The conflict of differentiation emerging from within the shared space of the Internet is at once aesthetic, social and political. At the core of this research is the question of how the curation of networked images can produce cultural value and social meaning in the face of such a conflation of interests and agendas. The study argues for the necessity to reconsider the conventional paradigm of art curating in light of these shifting conditions and in response to the emergent discipline of digital curation, and it repositions the role of the curator and the work of networked images within this accelerated and evolving field.

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Title

DATA browser 03 – Curating Immateriality: The Work Of The Curator In The Age Of Network Systems

Author

Joasia Krysa

Year

2006

Publisher

Autonomedia

Description

The site of curatorial production has been expanded to include the space of the Internet and the focus of curatorial attention has been extended from the object to processes to dynamic network systems. As a result, curatorial work has become more widely distributed between multiple agents, including technological networks and software. This upgraded 'operating system' of art presents new possibilities of online curating that is collective and distributed - even to the extreme of a self-organising system that curates itself. The curator is part of this entire system but not central to it. The subtitle of the book makes reference to the essay 'The Work of Culture in the Age of Cybernetic Systems' (1988), in which Bill Nichols considered how cybernetics transformed cultural production. He emphasised the shift from mechanical reproduction (symbolised by the camera) to that of cybernetic systems (symbolised by the computer) in relation to the political economy, and pointed to contradictory tendencies inherent in these systems: 'the negative, currently dominant, tendency toward control, and the positive, more latent potential toward collectivity'. The book continues this general line of inquiry in relation to curating, and extends it by considering how power relations and control are expressed in the context of network systems and immateriality. In relation to network systems, the emphasis remains on the democratic potential of technological change but also the emergence of what appears as more intensive forms of control. Can the same be said of curating in the context of distributed forms? If so, what does this imply for software curating beyond the rhetoric of free software and open systems?

url

http://data-browser.net/db03.html

Title

Experiments in (Social) Software Curating: Reprogramming Curatorial Practice for Network

Author

Joasia Krysa

Year

2008

Publisher

Vague Terrain

Description

The paper addresses the issue of new developments in the field of curating in the context of information technologies. It explores the emergence of an interdisciplinary approach that directly links the field of curating with computer programming and a relatively recent interest in software art. Although there is much contemporary critical work and practice that is described as art-oriented programming or software art, the paper responds to a perceived gap in discussions about software curating. It is important to emphasise that in this context software curating is not to be understood as the activity of curating software art works (in other words the activity of bringing software artworks into public domain) but as integrating software and programming in the curatorial process per se. Furthermore, the paper reflects upon the recent rise of popularity of social technologies and their relevance for curating. The underlying suggestion is that curating responds to this by developing new forms that increasingly involving socio-technological networks and that can be characterised as socially driven and distributed over networks.

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Title

Internet art [net art]

Author

Sarah Cook, Marialaura Ghidini 

Year

2015

Publisher

Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press, UK

Description

Dictionary entry about art that uses the Internet not only as its tool of production and distribution but also as its source material or medium, and exploits or reflects the Internet’s inherently connective characteristics

url

https://doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T2287852