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New Models of Curating? research description

Magda Tyżlik-Carver

2005 - ongoing

research description

Jacque Rancière, new media, curating, participation, social web, network art, protocols, non-curating

New Models of Curating? is an ongoing research project which is set in the context of iRes activities and engagement in “critical and interdisciplinary use of new media in researching the relationship between ‘network’ and ‘art’” (Southworth, K. 2007)

The main question of the project is what models of curating / curatorial activity can be distinguished and recognised as the result of operating in the environment of Internet and within the structures of social web and its networked systems defined through the existing and emergent protocols. In what way has curatorial activity responded to the technologies offered by the Web 2.0? As the tactical media, net art and hacking are the result of activists, artists and programmers reaction prompted by the availability and distributional qualities of the new medium of Internet and World Wide Web, what are the examples of curatorial activity which follows this ethos of engagement?

This research is based on theoretical and practical activities. Rancière’s theory of the partition of the sensible and the theory of protocols developed by Alexander Galloway are the main framework for critical analysis.
Online debates, exhibition, workshops, interviews and surveys are the research methods which have been used in the project.