I’ve been encouraged to view this blog as having the functionality of a town hall meeting, though I doubt we resemble, bodied or rezzed, the idealized figures in Norman Rockwell’s famous painting.
In the interests of keeping this blog accessible to a larger audience, I can preface that the following reflects the ongoing evolution of an artist project, and shows the complexity of self-organized, that is- non-hierarchical projects. In the same way that doing barter is harder (but more rewarding, I think) than doing money, doing consensus is harder (but more rewarding, I’m positive!) than doing marching orders.
” I’m trying to make sure these dates and plans reach everyone involved.
If the meeting on July 24th can be confirmed, that allows for the opportunity to discuss having involved artists each share a small segment of the fee for the sim.
The gallery is closed to the public from after our benefit on June 19th through Sep 11, when we reopen three new exhibitions and resume regular gallery hours. The summer time allows time to figure out a way to keep the sim and do some recap discussion on the blog on the meaning of the tower tear down.
All interested parties need to email firstname.lastname@example.org for an author log in. The intention here is to allow the existing BIW community to keep the blog fresh. Technically the project is not launched yet in the sense that the crit/podcast sessions are for the fall. Our vision of the blog was that it be accessible to a larger readership as well as functioning as a way for involved artists to connect.
Gallery Aferro’s contribution to this project is to allow people unfamiliar with net art, SL, SL art a chance to see what’s going on, and to connect SL artists to new curators and other creative people. We are not in a position to be a liason between the entire biw group and Gallery Aferro, troubleshoot the blog, or field multi-thread emails that presume tech jargon familiarity we don’t have.
The initial plan was for Jay and Gallery Aferro to get a intern(s) to fill this role. We were unable to secure an intern, which now means we need to change the plan. The liason needs to delegate tasks and make sure they get done. Someone needs to commit to this role.
This issue of needing to modify the plan is an incredibly important one. We called NIW a “usurpation project” as well as a succession project to reflect that Jack the Pelican, an RL space, was being affected by the economy, forcing BIW to change. The future of the project after it’s time in Newark is also interesting. Where do you want to see it go?
Dates for crits for fall are 9/25 and 11/6. The issues of timing of auto-return and any video or pictures of art as it appears weekly, (if this record is important) needs to be addressed by the community, Gallery Aferro cannot commit to solving these issues. The first date is timed to coincide with Newark’s annual arts tour. The TV console can be available to the public during regular gallery hours of Th-Sat 12-6.
Details of guest critics will go on closer to 9/25.
Tower tear down: the tv console, decorated by a local Newark high school artist, was on display on June 19th, and I think that our audience is now definitely curious about the fall events. Because a large segment of the audience we are seeking to reach do not have avatars, it may feel or have felt as if they were not “there”. This reminds me vaguely of artist Vik Muniz’s early projects, which were inspired by the disbelief of a small segment of Americans that the moon landing actually happened, with the alternate belief that it was faked… Our mission is very much about exposure.
I hope that the above covers some of the concerns that have arisen. We believe that with the successful adoption of changes such as realistic task delegation, and a better understanding of Gallery Aferro’s contribution to the fall, NIW can be a great new chapter in the project.
We will be responding to Amy Wilson’s post as it inadvertently provides a good opportunity to speak to issues of access, elitism and community. And speaking of community, I look forward to some passionate debate in the fall crits!