Current Research by Annet Dekker (as part of a residence at CCS, Bard College, February-June 2015)
It could be argued that the transformation from analogue to digital archives and archiving has shifted from selecting single documents in favour of seeking relations between documents and stimulating audiences to actively participate in curating archival and museum collections. This observation is not new, and in the past has been discussed especially with regard to the rise of an online ‘amateur culture’ (Seijdel 2010, Shirky 2008) and the suggestion that ‘everyone is a curator’ (Kasprzak 2008). The position of new media in the museum and the role of the ‘digital curator’ is also discussed and analysed, most notably by Krysa (2006) and Graham and Cook (2010). In both accounts online curating is seen as engaging in terms of modes of display or new objects to select, as well as providing insight into how the practice itself has been transformed by distributed networks. However, the role of the online curator that works from and within commercial platforms and archives is still relatively undeveloped, with the few exceptions such as Goriunova (2013) and Ghidini (forthcoming), whom are suggesting different positions, for example the distinction between ‘heavy and light curating’ that results from the platforms used. My research aims to build on these perspectives, as well as provide a thorough theoretical methodology to analyse online curatorial practices, particularly those dealing with commercial platforms.
* this residence is made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Fund, NL