The Muse Fuse audience at NURTUREart.
Thanks to the questions asked by the NURTUREart’s Muse Fuse lecture series attendees, very little of the talk I gave this Wednesday about online publishing centered around terms like “distribution” and “content management”. After a 10 minute introduction about when and why I started Art Fag City (in 2005, my unemployment freed up a lot time) the talk basically turned into an hour long Q&A. Those who couldn’t attend missed, amongst other things, a virtual tour of my sitemeter and delicious account, as well as a discussion about the use value of a Facebook profile for an artist (at this point, it’s the pre-Internet equivalent of not having your name listed in a phone book.)
One small note on the talk: I’m fairly certain I pissed off at least one woman with gallery representation in the audience when I said I wondered whether an artist was still making work if their website hadn’t been updated in over 6 months. To be fair to all artists, I took that statement back as there are certainly those whose production doesn’t run on that kind of schedule, though I will say, a website without up todate event and exhibition news isn’t serving its purpose. People ask me how to get noticed all the time, frequently missing the first and most important step in making that happen. Tell me about your show. Even those who have galleries to do that for them, aren’t hurt by doing a little networking on their own.
Yours truly at Muse Fuse. Photo Karen Marston