Art blogging panel

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Paul Catanese, Assistant Professor of New Media at San Francisco State University kindly sent me info about a panel on art blogging that he’s chairing at the College Art Association Conference in Dallas in February 2008.

He brings up some interesting questions in the panel blurb:

An explosion of new blogs from artists, collectors, galleries, residency programs and museums are reshaping notions of professional practice within the arts. Though promotion is certainly a major driver in this arena, sites such as Art.Blogging.LA, Walker Blogs, Art Fever and PORT are especially good at projecting a local arts scene into a broader context. Other models investigate blog as sketchbook, establishing a new format for the open atelier. Does art blogging indicate the emergence of a dislocated, yet thoroughly local arts scene? Can blogs shift the space of studio practice while retaining its capability to be unstructured? Is the quest for site traffic inherently at odds with healthy periods of gestation and dormancy? What models exist for balancing these forces? What are the implications for establishing or maintaining an art practice for those who remain virtually present, yet physically distant?

This jumped out at me: Is the quest for site traffic inherently at odds with healthy periods of gestation and dormancy? This is a particularly interesting question to me right now since I’m currently not at my best health-wise and I’m trying to balance regular updating here with a need for large amounts of sleep and cold medicine (could make for some funky blogging this week!) It’s great to see someone recognising that art practice does require these dormant periods where you’re cooking up new work and aren’t ready to talk about it yet and I can certainly see how that could make keeping a sketchbook type blog difficult. Indeed, I’ve noticed that it’s not uncommon for artists who’re doing a blog that’s focused on their own work to go a bit quiet on occasion.

Anyway, if you’re interested, Paul’s currently looking for panel members and the deadline for abstracts is the November 9, 2007.

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

4 thoughts on “Art blogging panel

  1. Have a nice hot toddy and get some rest. :)

    This type of quiet period also hits me when I have a show coming up (like this weekend). I’ve been quiet on the blog a few days but usually do things like showing old work or sketches, or just some more general idea sharing rather than current work. Admittedly my blog isn’t really about WIP type posts but perhaps the ideas will help other artists fill those blog gaps too.

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  2. Have a nice hot toddy and get some rest. :)

    This type of quiet period also hits me when I have a show coming up (like this weekend). I’ve been quiet on the blog a few days but usually do things like showing old work or sketches, or just some more general idea sharing rather than current work. Admittedly my blog isn’t really about WIP type posts but perhaps the ideas will help other artists fill those blog gaps too.

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  3. Thanks for the good wishes, Tina. After this last big bout of illness, I’ve definitely realised that I need to have a few ’emergency posts’ prepped and ready to go and a whole lot of that could involve looking at my past work. I was actually quite surprised when I was looking at my stats to discover how little I talk about my own work on here.

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  4. Thanks for the good wishes, Tina. After this last big bout of illness, I’ve definitely realised that I need to have a few ’emergency posts’ prepped and ready to go and a whole lot of that could involve looking at my past work. I was actually quite surprised when I was looking at my stats to discover how little I talk about my own work on here.

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