A couple of thoughts from « Curation as publishing/publishing as curation »2015

On the 4th of November, Florian Cramer (artist, writer, theorist and director of Creating 010) gave a talk at Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam) on topic: “Curation as publishing/publishing as curation”. Or how to publish in an hybrid way, regarding the evolutions of reading with the Internet age. Refusing to consider digital media as an “upgraded” printed book, Florian Cramer first argued that digital media and printed book should then be more considered as the same integrated process: publishing. What appears with the Internet (and more especially the use of web) is that people tend to use electronic publishing as a personal archiving; they tend to “curate” their publications, rather than with classical publishing. According to Florian Cramer, the “curator” has become a trendy expression, during the past two decades. If the name “curator” used to refer to this “gray invisible burocrat” that was in charge of the conservation of museum, it has now become a very important person of every exhibition who sometimes is considered as hierarchically higher than the artist. But the “curatorial” way people use digital media by browsing on the web and picking publications & image to create their own library finds some similarities with the remix […]
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