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.