[-empyre-] Thanks but one more thing for Paul: humor/play/irony

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Thu May 23 02:55:57 EST 2013

Thanks, Paul, for this helpful summary of the PED project.  My recollection of the project is that Millie (if not all of you?) also took it China (was it Shanghai?) and perhaps other venues.  I'm wondering how the different sites might have altered your collective articulation of the project as it initially seems to have been so site specific?

I think you're right to recommend that artistic/curatorial collaboration works best with a shared sense of process and that it's best to avoid some notion of a fixed outcome.  When Renate and I have worked together, or when I've collaborated with artists on projects centered around the Rose Goldsen Archive for New Media Art, I've found that a shared sense of process often results in the articulation of forms of process or missions.  

This reminds me of Erin's emphasis on Anarchive and the importance of this collaborative concept in another project.  One of the innovative curators of the anarchive has been Anne-Marie Duguet in Paris who collaborative publishing project, Anarchives (taken from Foucault's little chapter on the archive in The Archeology of Knowledge), has brought together coders, artists, designers, and writers for the multimedial DVD-Rom presentation of artistic oeuvres: Muntadas, Michael Snow, Thierry Kuntzel, Jean Otth, and most recently, Fujiko Nakaya.  Particularly with her first CD-Rom with Muntadas, Anne-Marie broke innumerable barriers in holing up artists, programmers, and thinkers in her Paris apartment to articulate the project and produce the first multi-media 'catalogue raisonnée.  What was especially cool about the Muntadas project, "Media, Architecture, Installations" was its breaking of its own mold by capitalizing on group suggestion to embed the CD with a hyperlink that would permit online users to join in the collaborative reevaluation and re-presentation of the work.

Key to all of Anne-Marie projects is the productivity to shared play and humor,, as many of you know from her 2006 Transmediale exhibition, "Humour."



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