Saturday, August 31, 2013

Presentation at impact8 International Printmaking Conference

      Today I gave my illustrated talk at the impact8 International Printmaking Conference, Borders and Crossing: the artist as explorer.  The conference was held at the University of Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland.
       My talk referred to my essay, Print Media Coupon as Artifact, and was presented within the Archives and Collections session. I shared the session time with Jo Stockham, an artist and professor of printmaking at Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. Jo's illustrated talk, No Map No Body, referenced her own art practice, along with her role as the head of the Printmaking Program at RCA with "opening up" the definitions of print practice to include printed ephemera and conceptual practice with information. She also shared her students work of cross disciplinary practice with industrial histories, commerce, and politics.

Visit Chisenhale Studios to learn more about Jo Stockham art practice.

Visit the impact8 website about other events and exhibitions at the conference and more information on the inaugural Print Festival Scotland.

Below is my abstract for my illustrated talk.

Illustrated Talk Abstract

Title: Print Media Coupon as Artifact

Smartphone scanning QR Code
     The print media coupon will be identified as an artifact by referring to Carrie’s coupon collecting cycle. The process of the cycle will introduce the concept of the Coupon Collection, organization of a month’s accumulation of coupons, social medias role in presenting the collection, and a restaging site of the Coupon Collection.
     The Coupon Collection was started, because of a noticed visual change in the print media coupon form to a QR Code. Marshall McLuhan’s technical forms of communication will be referenced to how participants shape information with print media and digital media. Carrie’s process of collecting and forming a collection with the coupon contributes to the continual analysis of the print media culture’s transition.
         The print media coupons are grouped by the month of expiration, which presents a temporary time period for the print objects use in the social interaction of the trade process. Anthropologists, Alexander A. Bauer and Anna S. Agbe-Davis’ theory of rethinking trade as a social activity instead of on purely economic terms will be used to examine the role of the coupon in the social interaction of trade.
Segment of February 2012 Coupon Collection
        There are two forms of public access to the Coupon Collection. They are an internet presence and opportunities to exhibit at public institutions. A webpage represents the collections acquisitions from a continually evolving collecting process from the American public domain. By employing other forms of social media the public has the option of following the collection and the current research.
         Carrie’s coupon collecting cycle forms a grouping of artifacts by their expiration dates, determining a temporary time frame of social interaction between person and the trade process. The use of material culture methods in Carrie’s contemporary art practice acknowledges the transition of the social and cultural interactions of contemporary objects. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Considering the “content” in Web Design

              This blog post is about the continued research of the methods being used concerning a museum’s collection. The methods of interest pertain to a museum’s Internet presence. My research is from a video presented from the 2012 MuseumNextconference.
            My initial research of museum archiving and managing methods was presented in the January 17, 2012 blog post, Defining a Collection. In the January 2012 blog post, I referenced archeological curatorship to begin to understand the institutional terms that define a collection. These methods were considered when I began the Coupon Collection. This research was intended to develop theory and practice with my “collection” project. 
            Since my collection has a web-based concept for viewing, I have been closely researching media studies and public access to the Internet, rather than museum studies. The 2012 video documenting a segment of the MuseumNext conference brings attention to both these investigations. The keynote speakers are from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.
The Walker Art Center’s Director of New Media discusses the website redesign and the relationship with an “online” audience. In describing the redesign of the website, the director divides the visitors into two categories. These categories are the physical audience (museum visitors) and the Internet audience. An events calendar section on the website was developed for the physical audiences, along with the prominent display of the museum’s hours and location. The website’s homepage is designed to be a content provider for the “online” audience. This is achieved by the Walker Art Center establishing the website as an “idea hub” for contemporary culture[1].
            The website content ranges from exhibitions, visual and text essays, and video document lectures. The other keynote speaker is the Walker’s Senior New Media Developer who talks through a four minute video site tour of the redesigned website. The video presents the two-year process of the redesign, which touches on the museum staff’s insight and random selected volunteer’s experiences from interacting with the home page layout. The presentation is a good example of a site connecting with other sources of information (beyond the museum) via the Internet.
            With this investigation, I’ve begun to consider a “redesign” for the collection project website home page. This fall season will be the project’s second year with the collecting process. The accumulation from two years demonstrates the importance of research behind the project, along with the relationships with other people involved in sharing knowledge and their objects.
I am interested in presenting the content from the current progression of the “collection” project within the design of the home page.

[1] [Accessed: July 28, 2013].

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Interactive Project Suggestion

The Question Bridge interactive project focuses on confronting stereotypical perceptions of African American men. The project uses the format of a video exchange of African American men posing a question and other African American men responding to the question. The project originated in 1996 and has evolved with collaborating artists and many U.S. communities.[1] The project is intended to expand this dialog online by collecting questions and responses. Follow and explore Question Bridge’s website.