Whenever I consider curation there is always a grander sense of perspective that comes to mind. Someone well dressed pointing at walls, reading books, contacting artists and organizing spaces. They have a vision and they use the images of others to demonstrate this. It is a complete job in itself and something needs to be studied for, right?
I used to believe this 100 percent but over the years I had spent some time with a 'curator' to realise the job itself on a low level was something I could try and probably do to a similar level.
What is a curator? What is a curator when it comes to the internet? Is it possible to have curators working online platforms? Is that curation?
The whole definition of a curator is someone who puts on shows, but with the vast online audiences that visit virtual galleries daily its only natural to transcend to online space. Now these blank vortexes need to be curated. And quue the online curator. What do they look like?
They wake up in the morning, have a cup of coffee or tea, maybe smoke a cigarette and iron their shirt. They have work at 11 so they have to make their sandwich but before they do all that they open their laptop to the internet.
Sometimes this curation happens before they get up.
Just this morning I 'curated' some images on the blog. I pressed a few buttons, it was like cruising through instagram. Does that make me a curator? I'm not sure.
The online space has a vast potential to be a gallery space, but with it being so readily available it seems that it is much easier to call yourself an online curator than someone who works with physical space. Firstly, you are not working with physical things but web structures. It is the same principle but the physical nature does not exist.
I had thought once or twice about having other people come onto the site and write about their interests or burning issues and would that be called curation? I think it is a different thing all together. Curation is something different and goes further than the blogging networks or personal preferences. A curator obsesses over subjects and works with artists work, they decide where the pictures go and what the flow of the exhibition is. With some help of others they hang the work and get it all sorted. They organise/curate the show.
Online curation at the moment seems to be curators lying in bed on an I phone 5 going through Tumblr before they have to go to work. It is the organisers of these ideas that are raising these people up to more than they are. They may have good ideas, they may put together interesting content but I find it really hard to get on board with an online-curator. Its too young in development. Its just not a thing yet.
I would be ecstatic to see this become a thing and for online shows to happen across the world, but we need to work out what the virtual gallery space is beyond the blogging layout. How can it be an experience over just a bunch of pictures selected and put on a page?