The internet is the easiest way to share information with anyone from anywhere in the world. Because of this, there is limitless data accessible to all via the internet. With this limitless data comes an inevitable lack of organization due to the many possible ways of sharing information over the internet such as public domains, Facebook, and private emails. However, this does not mean some organization within the internet could not be created. With the emergence of new media art, the answer to the question of how it should be curated lies in the possibility of an organized internet archive as a type of virtual textbook to maximize experiences with this new art form for the people of today as well as the people of tomorrow.
This archive is to be divided up into categories of the different forms of new media art that have come to exist. These categories will be searchable for whatever one may be interested in finding but will foremostly display works according to their popularity which will be determined by the number of views, number of times shared, and the degree to which they are discussed anywhere on the internet. As mentioned in the V2_ essay this will create “critical producers who take an active part in shaping the world around them” leaving artists in a survival of the fittest situation. Those artists who wish share their message with the largest audience will have to hope for the greatest acceptance of their ideas across the net measured by the popularity formula stated.
This type of archive will create a type of virtual textbook of digital art so that future generations will be able to learn what has been popular, what has been done, and what they should do now. A comprehensive internet record will provide access to new media art to a much greater audience than the traditional gallery could ever hope to match. Unlike Gere’s belief that new media galleries such as the Walker Art Gallery and Lovebytes festival have an important role to play in the future in making this art visible, the fact of the matter is that the gallery has been replaced and it’s time for all curators make better use of the internet.
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