Ownership, or acquiring a network of relationships
AD This is a perfect shift to my next inquiry. Perhaps unsurprisingly,
interactivity has turned into response, visitors into co-workers, and ownership into ‘org nets’.3 As you also hint at, the audience has shown itself to be a possible seedbed of radical discovery and thinking differently, which has changed the museum’s key functions (presenting, collecting, preserving, documenting, and research). Could you perhaps elaborate a little on this change, and more importantly, relating to Jill’s question, how it affected the museum’s internal organisation?
LW Latitude comes to mind when considering museum functions
3 Org nets are groupings of people who are unconventional safe-guards or caretakers who find each other in common purposes by building strong ties among dispersed people. For more information see for example: Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter (2005) Dawn of the Organised Networks, The Fibreculture Journal. Issue 5. http://five.fibreculturejournal.org/fcj-029-dawn-of-theorganised-networks/.
and the people involved with them. Latitude makes wide spaces for the people and activities that power functions like collecting, contextualised by the local scene or situation (such as place, scale, audience, programme, collection). Activities such as documentation, interpretation and experience, for example, flow from any quarter and can comingle or relate to any function. Has this always been the way of museums? Closed/open and internal/external are too harshly drawn divisions to describe the nuances of how museums have and do operate. Museums have long been about relationships – with ideas, people, art, places, practices. What’s changed is the pronounced latitude around which relationships are developed, valued, shared, and understood.
JS With a digital artwork, you don’t worry as much about ‘using it up’ through too much display or many of the other environmental hazards that apply to a more traditional artwork. To keep a digital work of art you have to ‘use it’ and this supports the interactions, relationships and even radical discoveries that
Published on Aug 1, 2013
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