As I spend countless days and nights transforming this project from only existing on the internet to existing on paper in Museum walls, I've found it increasingly important to take a breath away from the studio and write about the process of putting the exhibition together.
I have learned so much from shooting, connecting with, and talking to so many people all over the country. One thing that remains the most striking is that people want to be part of the process, they want to engage with the project and are excited to help in anyway they can.
Social media [Web 2.0, Photo 2.0, Museum 2.0*] has leveled the playing fields and created a dialogue that brings some control back to artists - allowing us to break down the walls of the art world hierarchy that have existed for so long between artist/audience/dealer/
Over the last month, I have literally taken to the streets talking to and interviewing people and found the same thing. Everyone wants to tell their story, they want to participate. I would love to hear from you any thoughts you have on friendship, Facebook or anything else you want to tell me.
I am grateful to have the support of Mark Bessire and the Portland Museum of Art staff, who across multiple departments (curatorial, preparatory, promotion, education, programming) have managed to help me design and create an exhibit that will mimic the nature of the project as well as highlight the actual works on paper. I hope you will join me at the Museum and have fun in the participatory elements of photographer, curator and critic.
*Wikipedia on Web 2.0
"The term Web 2.0 is associated with web applications that facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability,
"These are exciting times for image-makers wishing to publicly show their work: armed with a computer and an Internet connection, the 21st century photographer can share his or her visual ideas with a worldwide audience of peers, fans, and patrons. And these artists are redefining the medium every day."
"I believe that museums have the potential to undergo a similar (r)evolution as that on the web, to transform from static content authorities to dynamic platforms for content generation and sharing. I believe that visitors can become users, and museums central to social interactions."