Every Friday, we're going to recap some of the brightest art projects online. The only requirements: they have to be about art, and they have to be online. Some of it’s art, some of it’s not. This week, we talk about Web 2.0 and the Olympics, hostile blinking, and a new video festival.
Claire Bishop discusses participatory art that took place during the London Olympics, and while her main argument is solid—politicians have embraced participatory art because it “reduces isolation by helping people to make friends”—we’re wary of how she states that, thanks to Web 2.0, there's more participatory art now. She states:
“...participatory art has proliferated in tandem with the feedback loops of Web 2.0 and social networking, while its fascination with eccentric laymen parallels the populism of reality television. All three tread a very fine line between cultural democratisation and incessant banality.”
Look, I like Claire Bishop a ton: she is the expert on participatory art, and her critique of relational aesthetics is probably the best one there is. But there’s no way to say that there’s more participatory art now that we’re living in a culture firmly entrenched in the internet as a way of daily life.