As the New Curation debate grows, Boo Chapple of FACT Liverpool explores issues of audience access and incentive...
"(...) I asked whether the spread of the 'open' meme from the open source movement to the art world signifies a shift in thinking about the role of arts institutions in our now globalised public sphere."
At FACT the invitation to participate in the Open CuRate It project has been treated with some suspicion by the local arts community. Why should they put their ideas – their personally curated collections – into an institutionally branded space without recompense?
So, while originally envisaged as a project focused around vernacular forms of online curation, Open CuRate It has become an exercise in curating relationships, designing portals of engagement and mechanisms for content aggregation across different media forms.
If we want Open Art to be more than a passing fad, we need to think about New Curation as a form of structuring the interface between the labour of participation, or aesthetic and experiential labour, and the ubiquitous mediascapes of our time