Question: does social media further erode art’s distinctiveness?

Michael Schwab Editor of JAR journal for artistic research asks this important question.

While initially the Research Catalogue, the software framework that supports JAR, was simply meant to host uploaded media files and to allow for the designing and publication of practice as research, it has – by demand of those communities – quickly turned into what is known as ‘social media’ […]

One may be inclined to say that we have put social media to good use were there not a line of reasoning that links social media with a ‘further erosion of art’s distinctiveness’ (Griffin 2012: 144) and thus with an argument also used in relation to art as research, which by some is accused of doing the same. So it is time to address the stance we take in relation to (such) technologies. To do so, I will focus on Tim Griffin’s recent article ‘Notes on an art domain’ (2012), which reports from the ‘Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Advancement Initiative’ conference held in 2011 in New York and discusses e-flux’s recent bid for the .art domain.

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