Examples To Consider

September 5, 2006

http://www.a-nunedited.co.uk/reviews/

a-n’s open submission review site.

http://www.artfacts.net/

A database of artists, work, galleries and shows with biographical, financial and associative data as well as images and links.

http://thinkingaboutart.blogs.com/art/2005/04/a_new_project_a.html

Artists Interview Artists. Artists submit five questions and are assigned five to answer themselves from another artist chosen at random.

http://www.artornot.org/index0.htm

Like “Hot or not” for art. Collaborative ranking of images.

http://www.artrumours.com/

Sadly defunct gossip site for art.

http://www.axisweb.org/

Self-submitted details of contemporary UK artists. Biographies, shows, images, interviews.

http://blurting-in.zkm.de/

An online version of one of Art & Language’s 1970s “indexing” projects. “Index 001″ is a good model of collaborative art/critical practice.

http://colr.org/

Tagging of colours in palettes created from found images.

http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/yourcollection/createyourcollection.do

Create your own (online) show from the Tate’s collection.

http://del.icio.us/

“Folksonomy” site that harnesses the wisdom of crowds for tagging URLs.

http://deviantart.com

An illustration community site with exhibition spaces and discussions.

http://digg.com/

Links ranked by users to produce a list of the most popular articles.

http://www.drawn.ca/

Links, images and writing about the best new illustration and animation.
http://johnleach.co.uk/wiki/EverybodyLovesEricRaymond

Copyleft comic strip with scripts developed collaboratively on a wiki.

http://www.fineartadoption.net/

A gift economy site for the adoption of physical artworks.

http://www.flavorpill.net/

News site and email newsletter for arts events.

http://flickr.com/

Tagging of images and parts of images, commentaries and discussions on images, image sets and groups building on tags, geotagging.

http://www.freemanifesta.org/
http://www.freewords.org/biennial/fbdir.html

Open shows that anybody could submit work for, the first as in a slot at manifesta, the second globally.

http://freeculture.org/

American student organisation for free culture. Includes art competitions and art shows.

http://www.tate.org.uk/collections/glossary/
http://www.tate.org.uk/collections/glossary/newglossaryterms.htm

The glossary the Tate use in descriptions of works online, and the opportunity to help update it. (Why doesn’t the Tate allow tagging?)

http://www.groklaw.net/

Peer analysis of a complex lawsuit and the legal and technological concepts around it.

http://happyfamousartists.blogspot.com/

Blog of images and links to hot new art.

http://www.illustrationfriday.com/

A community providing weekly challenge for illustrators around a set theme.

http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/

A game in which two people tag images, building a folksonomy through compettion.

http://kollabor8.toegristle.com/

Collaborative multi-generation image creation.

http://www.kultureflash.net/

News site and email newsletter for arts events.

http://www.thelongtail.com/

A theory of consumption that may fit contemporary art and explain the value in gathering as much information/criticism around it as possible.

http://www.lovemarks.com/

Social networking for brands.

http://myspace.com/

Social networking site with music for download and soon sale.

http://newsgrist.typepad.com/

A high quality and high volume mix of New York artworld news and Free Speech news.

http://nodel.org/

A season of networked arts events in London organised collaboratively and with an emphasis in part on free culture. The “node.l reader” publication is good as well.

http://opencongress.omweb.org/modules/wakka/HomePage

An academic event around free culture with even the finances organised openly on a wiki.

http://www.openclipart.org/

Clip-art illustrations created and dedicated to the public domain. The only large-scale project to create images explicitly for re-use.

http://twenteenthcentury.com/saul/os.htm

“Open Source And Collective Art Practice” by Saul Albert.

http://cvsbook.ucsd.edu/cvsbook/src/openSourceArt/

“Open Source Art” by Jon Phillips.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/

Collaborative gathering of geographic data using inexpensive GPS devices and creation of copylefted high-quality maps using that data.

http://www.pandora.com/mgp.shtml

Semantic music reccomendation service and its “Music genome Project”.

http://www.plos.org/

The Public Library Of Science. “Open access” scientific journals and papers.

http://www.remixreading.org/

Local free culture group with hosted media as well as shows and competitions.

http://rhizome.org/artbase/
http://rhizome.org/text/

Archive and taxonomy of net.art with online “shows” and organised by site users, and a large archive of essays and discussions around similar subjects.

http://www.aswarmofangels.com/

Peer-funded and peer-planned copyleft film project.

http://www.steve.museum/

Folksonomy tagging of mudeum collections.

http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999961&workid=26977&searchid=8409&tabview=subject

The Tate’s hierarchical taxonomy of subjects within a work (here Warhol’s double Elvis).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Visual_arts

Wikipedia’s peer-produced, copyleft articles on art.

http://www.woostercollective.com/

Site devoted to finding and promoting street art/graffitti from around the world.

http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/writeyourown/

Write your own label for Tate musuem displays.

August 28, 2006

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Aesthetic Value

July 7, 2006

“And so, ” said the Baron “the ringing of my diving bell allowed me to lift from the ocean floor the heaviest pearl ever discovered. I later had it made into a brooch by the finest craftsmen in the land.”

“But Baron, ” interjected the host, “surely such a weighty trinket could never actually be worn. It would be worthless!”

The Baron paused but for a moment.

“My dear sir, as you know, the defining characteristic of art is its inutility. The value of art is therefore in direct and inverse proportion to its utility. Given that a pearl brooch of unwearable weight must be entirely useless, its artistic value must therefore be infinite.”

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Rob’s already jumped in before I had the chance to get the oars out…

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