Tumblr: Collecting Information as Art
In the Digital Age, the sharing of Information has become an Art Form. The Internet has become the new medium for a radical reinterpretation of Art and Context, and along with the redefinition of Plagiarism in the wake of Post-Modernism, a unique and fascinating new paradigm for the manipulation of the ideas, symbols, and images of the digitally-stored collective memory has manifested. Tumblr.com presents a unique and exciting example of the interplay between Information Sharing Technology, the Structures of such Technology, and the Nature of Art.
TCIA calls for highly motivated individuals to partake in rigorous, independent scholarship, presenting original and engaging intellectual content while simultaneously maintaining proper evidence and citation.
The idea to make TCIA ‘Open-Source’ was conceived with the greatest attributes of Internet Culture in mind: Openness, Rapid Flow and Sharing of Ideas, Collaboration, Adaptability, and Accessibility of Information. Technology enables us to explore new and fascinating intellectual territory endlessly.
Essays and other input from all fields of academic study are welcome and encouraged, Amateur and Expert alike: Art Historians and Critics, New Media Theorists, Internet Anthropologists, Internet Artists, Information Hoarders, Psychologists, Philosophers, Computer Scientists, Bloggers, Critical Theorists, Aesthetic-Junkies, Google Scavengers, Scientists, Nerds, Programmers, Information Processing Theorists, and many many more.
A brief list of possible topics and questions to be explored:
- Information as Art?
o The manipulation of ideas, symbols, image; Post-modern art and plagiarism
o Sampling as an audio analog to Information Art
o Images without Context
o Computer Graphics and Tumblr
o Memes as cultural artifacts
o The issue of context; re-contextualization
o “Google Art”
o “Internet Art”
o Screen captures
- How do the structure and nature of information technology (particularly Tumblr) and the sharing of information affect art?
o Structure as it relates to innovation; gives rise to style
o Structure subsuming “content”
- Internet as new medium; new paradigm
- Information Art as an isolating, alienating experience?
o “Bedroom Art”?
- Tumblr as a means of dealing with Information Overload/Over-Saturation?
o Tumblr as a personalized information filter
- Tumblr as art scene outside of the accepted “art world?”
- Tumblr as a niche market?
- Where does “reblogging” fit into the model?
Keep in mind this is only a brief, and consciously incomplete list. There are more subjects and ideas that I have not touched upon, not realized, or simply am ignorant of at the moment — and surely many more will materialize as the project matures. All suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to re-interpret any of these ideas, and make them your own.
This project can only achieve success with the participation of YOU, the dedicated Tumblr community that served as inspiration.
*Note* Submission of material does not automatically qualify the acceptance of that information. This will be determined depending on the number of submission received, quality of work received, etc. Please, use the resources available to you (JSTOR, your college database if you are a student, Google Scholar, websites, videos, etc) to enhance your research.
The final project would consist of an e-zine style collection of essays and representative art covering these and many more subjects, available as a FREE to download, Creative Commons licensed .PDF,
with the possibility of a limited run printing, depending on budget and support.
PLEASE SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE TENTATIVE DEADLINE OF JUNE 1st, 2011.
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If you would like to submit or discuss these and many more ideas, essays, questions, suggestions, and artwork, or participate actively in the TCIA project, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.