I’ve just got back from Vienna after presenting kurator software (beta version 1.0) with Joasia Krysa (KURATOR) as part of Cont3xt’s Curatorial Contexts event at Depot. The evening went well with some lively discussion about the work afterwards, over a few beers. It helped with clarifying what needs to be done in the final stages of development, and I’ll be meeting with Joasia later this week to implement them. It also gave me time to meet up with Margarete to discuss upcoming play at the Piksel festival.
All in all a flying visit which consisted mainly of work so I had little time to see the sites of Vienna, so I shall definitely return as a tourist at some point. None the less I had a great time and would like to thank Franz, Michael and Sabine for their warm hospitality.
http://cont3xt.net/ October 10, 2007
CONT3XT.NET is a Vienna-based discussion platform for new media art. Founded in 2006 by Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl (a.k.a. Carlos Katastrofsky), and Franz Thalmair, it has been playing a significant role in the examination of the most important issues that have recently arisen in the field–not only regarding the production of works for the internet, but also their online viewing. The consideration of curatorial methods for new media art is, in fact, one of the core domains of CONT3XT.NET’s activity, and reflecting this interest the team has edited the book ‘Circulating Contexts–CURATING MEDIA/NET/ART,’ that will be launched at Vienna’s Depot next Monday. As stated in the Introduction, this publication takes as its starting point the fact that ‘Internet art does not necessarily have to be presented in a customary exhibition space, because as long as there is a computer with internet access, it can be accessed anywhere any time. In many cases, net art emerges thro! ugh the participation of an audience with diverse approaches to the internet, which comments on, transforms and disseminates the works in many different ways.’ This topic and others that it has generated are then debated by contributors such as Penny Leong Browne, Yueh Hsiu Giffen Cheng, Ursula Endlicher, John J. Francescutti, Jeremy Hight, G. H. Hovagimyan, Ela Kagel, Joasia Krysa, LeisureArts, Eva Moraga, Scott Rettberg, Duncan Shingleton, Luis Silva, David Upton, xDxD xD, as well as several participants in the organization’s mailing list. In between established museum curators’ practices and emerging curating models, the presentation of new media art demands more and more theoretical frameworks that still need to be developed, and this project constitutes a step forward in this direction. – Miguel Amado
As part of my work with KURATOR, on their kurator software, some of my work has been published in circulating contexts by Cont3xt.
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 it 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.
Read more at www.curating.cont3xt.net
Joasia Krysa of KURATOR, has invited me to join their team to aid in the development of the latest version of their kurator software, and I have happily accepted. It’s a really interesting project and I’ve included a description below, and visit the kurator.org website for more information.
kurator is an open source software application designed as an online curatorial system and a platform for curating source code that can be further modified by users. The project is experimental in that it merges the process of programming with curating to challenge the role of the curator in the process of selection, contextualisation, presentation ad dissemination of online artworks, by emphasising not the aesthetical or functional properties of art works but the source code itself. The project follows the structures and protocols of traditional curating and implements a system that partly automates these procedures. It translates curatorial protocols into modular software protocols, breaking down the curatorial process into a series of commands or rules. The software aims to extend these in an unpredictable, unprescribed, and uncontrolled manner in addition to the vagaries of the user’s input and any modifications they make. In this way the project recognises recent practice and discussions around ‘software art’ and posits the idea of ‘software curating’. The project speculates upon the production of software beyond a closed proprietary model to a collaborative open source model as a tool for future public development.