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Distributed curation and global to local methodologyDistributed curation and global to local methodology
K.ArcandK.Arcand
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Distributed = Viral?Distributed = Viral?
-Decrease in control/authority-Decrease in control/authority
-Unpredictable, spre...
Case Study: From Earth toCase Study: From Earth to
the Universe (2008-)the Universe (2008-)
-Public call for images (with-...
Global/Local MethodologyGlobal/Local Methodology
-Global platform, but local-Global platform, but local
implementation by ...
Shanghai, China
Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (most...
Shiraz, Iran
Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (mostly ...
Paysandú, Uruguay
Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (mo...
Moscow, Russia
Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (mostl...
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (...
Case Study: Sight Lines, LookingCase Study: Sight Lines, Looking
Back, Seeing ThroughBack, Seeing Through
Exhibition (2010...
Time to try again? “From Earth to theTime to try again? “From Earth to the
Solar System”, and “Here, There, &Solar System”...
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Distributed curation and global to local methodology

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Investigating distributed curation and global-to-local methodologies in the From Earth to the Universe project. Adapted from a presentation for Brown Univ. on November 17, 2010.

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  1. 1. Distributed curation and global to local methodologyDistributed curation and global to local methodology K.ArcandK.Arcand -Converting visitors to members, interpretation to facilitation, them to us-Converting visitors to members, interpretation to facilitation, them to us -Small affinity groups to provide interpretation, meaning, relevance-Small affinity groups to provide interpretation, meaning, relevance -Distributed knowledge systems and collectives from net art to Wikipedia-Distributed knowledge systems and collectives from net art to Wikipedia (Durel & Durel, “Golden Age for Historic Properties”)(Durel & Durel, “Golden Age for Historic Properties”)
  2. 2. Distributed = Viral?Distributed = Viral? -Decrease in control/authority-Decrease in control/authority -Unpredictable, spreading, self--Unpredictable, spreading, self- controlling, mutating.controlling, mutating. -Process-based and-Process-based and transformative system oftransformative system of redistributing power; redefiningredistributing power; redefining the role of cultural workerthe role of cultural worker (Krysa,(Krysa, J. “Distrib. Curating & Immateriality”J. “Distrib. Curating & Immateriality” 2008)2008)
  3. 3. Case Study: From Earth toCase Study: From Earth to the Universe (2008-)the Universe (2008-) -Public call for images (with-Public call for images (with professional committee toprofessional committee to select the 125 “winners”)select the 125 “winners”) -End product an online-End product an online repository of curatedrepository of curated materials, with trust inmaterials, with trust in scientific & technologicalscientific & technological integrityintegrity
  4. 4. Global/Local MethodologyGlobal/Local Methodology -Global platform, but local-Global platform, but local implementation by anyimplementation by any volunteervolunteer -Each location adapted the-Each location adapted the collection, adding local flavor –collection, adding local flavor – local imagery, mythology,local imagery, mythology, traditions, context.traditions, context. -Commonly bound by ethical-Commonly bound by ethical use of material, non-profituse of material, non-profit
  5. 5. Shanghai, China Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks, malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.
  6. 6. Shiraz, Iran Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks, malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.
  7. 7. Paysandú, Uruguay Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks, malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.
  8. 8. Moscow, Russia Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks, malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.
  9. 9. Ljubljana, Slovenia Viral result –Viral result – 1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks,1,000 sites (mostly outside museum walls – libraries, parks, malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.malls, metros, etc. - in 70 countries, 40 languages). No two were the same.
  10. 10. Case Study: Sight Lines, LookingCase Study: Sight Lines, Looking Back, Seeing ThroughBack, Seeing Through Exhibition (2010)Exhibition (2010) -Exploring connections betweenExploring connections between high energy processes acrosshigh energy processes across fields with local artistfields with local artist responding to works &responding to works & commenting on site specificity.commenting on site specificity. -Emphasis on local can breakEmphasis on local can break down with lack of time, funds,down with lack of time, funds, resources.resources. -Failure to implement “locality”-Failure to implement “locality”
  11. 11. Time to try again? “From Earth to theTime to try again? “From Earth to the Solar System”, and “Here, There, &Solar System”, and “Here, There, & Everywhere” distributed projectsEverywhere” distributed projects launching in 2011 and 2012. Stay tuned.launching in 2011 and 2012. Stay tuned. More information atMore information at http://www.fromearthtotheuniverse.org/http://www.fromearthtotheuniverse.org/ httphttp://chandra.si.edu/art/xray/://chandra.si.edu/art/xray/ http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/fettss/http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/fettss/ Email: kkowal@cfa.harvard.eduEmail: kkowal@cfa.harvard.edu

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