In curating Digital Visions 2005, I extended invitations
to international colleagues who were asked to nominate
artists from within their own cultural geographies.
I was pleased that Keith Donelly (Visual Arts Development
Officer, East Kilbride Arts Centre) from Scotland and
Amy Cheng (Taipei Biennale curator 2004 and independent
art writer) and Esther Lu (Taipei Biennale assistant
curator 2004 and independent media critic), both from
Taipei, Taiwan agreed to participate as co-curators.
Each curator offered new insights into their own member
community groups, whom were interested in the exhibition.
This collaborative process extended the exhibition's
mandate to work with international communities and helped
us learn how to communicate more succinctly about art
delivery. "Is this artwork interesting?" "Why
has this artist selected this practice to follow?"
Such exchanges helped increase, expand, and deepen our
relationships. Indeed our conversations stimulated us
to think do new audiences interpret working practices
from other locales. What features change how a work
is going to be received and interpreted? It was this
latter dialogue that stimulated, challenged and enabled
new perspectives about our own locales to be considered.
Indeed the delicate intricacy of learning how to discuss
succinctly and assign value to work has changed us all.
This collaborative team model and on-going philosopher's
roundtable added new depth, resonance and synergy to
the artist selection process and also highlighted the
importance of communication. Exchanges by email, phone
and fax all indicated the highest level of integrity
in selection and a continual interest in creating a
forum - an open space where meaningful discourse could
properly contextualise both artistic practices and their
relationships to local and international socio-economic
strategies. While our cultural geographies seemed disparate,
the curatorial committee's considerations, queries and
thought process revealed continued common threads. The
need to establish solid frames of reference from which
to comprehend artistic production and delivery remained
integral throughout our dialogues. These concepts continued
to be discussed at the University of British Columbia
and helped the writers think beyond their own specific
geographies and experiences. These processes became
part of the project's fabric and moved abstract strategies
into real world scenarios.
Ultimately an art exhibition is a platform introducing
new ideas, artwork and concepts to a larger community.
The Digital Visions project has been curated as an information
portal enabling online users the possibility of gaining
new social knowledge about contemporary art practices.
Past reviews have focused on digital media practices,
this year's themes grew to encompass artists who occupy
alternate spaces (whether physical, virtual, electronic,
new media, network, performative or other related designations).
Project writers worked with selected artists in discussing
their process, assembling a database of information
about artistic driven projects in an attempt to archive
and preserve time-based, transitional and/or ephemeral
artworks. Writers considered their efforts as a means
to develop literature about artworks that have previously
occupied marginal spaces.
Concepts of institutionally sanctioned spaces for exhibition
and delivery were discussed, debated and alternatives
like Digital Visions were also examined at the university
and amongst guest curators throughout the project. Ultimately
the 2005 Digital Visions project gained validity as
participants continued to discuss the importance and
adoption of new forms and voices to manage the delivery
of art to wider audiences. My Canadian team best summarised
the current form of Digital Visions artistic exhibition
and delivery as a living, mutating, migrating and evolving
structure; wherein, cultural shifts and paradigms can
By the end of this year's development, all agreed the
project's resonance comes at the moment when a guest
visitor can reflect on a current cultural moment and
find their own placement in it and relationship to the