New Media Art With Its Intrinsic Characteristics

3185 Words Dec 19th, 2016 13 Pages
Crowdsourced Documentation New media art with its intrinsic characteristics (instability and variability)[1] poses complex challenges in documentation, this observation is not new, and initiatives such as the DOCAM [2]
(Documentation and Conservation of Media Arts Heritage) and Variable Media Network[3] have provided methods and tools to properly document media artworks. Nevertheless, the social phenomena of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, presents new challenges for the established documentation methods and standards. This essay aims to address this subject by exploring examples of recent exhibitions and artworks frequently involve public participation and interactivity, examining crowdsourced documentation can be a valid source created by various contributors. September 16, 2016, Take me (I?m Yours)[4] took place in New York?s Jewish Museum, as its first ever exhibition made possible by the digital crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter. With a total $31,018 pledged, 340 backers helped forty-two international and intergenerational artists create 400,000+ artworks to be given away during this unconventional exhibition, visitors are encouraged to participate, touch, and even take the artworks on view home with them (Jewish
Museum, 2016b). Museums turn to crowdfunding is far from novel, but the reasons of the Jewish Museum launched its first Kickstarter campaign are varied, of course, in order to mass-product the thousands upon thousands of artworks…
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