Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wanted - Good Curators

Ian David Moss, over at his Createquity blog, has weighed in on the Supply/Demand conversation that has been continuing across the blogosphere. His post takes on the idea that there is too much supply.

Moreover, the phenomenon of oversupply—or, put another way, hypercompetition—is far, far bigger than the nonprofit arts sector. It affects industries ranging from video games to smartphone application stores, Facebook, cable TV, and yes, blogs. In many ways, it is existential in scope: our brains and lifespans are not built to withstand this onslaught of choices. The supply of artists, arts organizations, and even capital may increase with relative ease, but the supply of time in the day, last I checked, remains pretty constant.

So to me, the conversation we should be having is not about reducing supply. Instead it is about defining the responsibilities of cultural institutions to provide stewardship for a world in which supply of creative content is exploding and will never shrink. In this era of infinite choice, there is a desperate need for guidance as to how we should allocate the precious few hours that we have to experience something that will feed our souls, make us think differently, or incur a hearty laugh. In other words: for curation. We need someone to listen to, watch, and view all of the chaff so that we can confine our own time to the wheat. But quality curation-that is to say, curation that results from independent, original research and informed, critical judgments-is not just good for us as consumers. It’s just as important for the artists.

Read the whole thing here.

1 comment:

Thomas Garvey said...

Hey Art - Remember when I opined that we had "too many" new plays two or three years ago, and how everyone reacted in horror? As I often say to my critics, what I'm saying now, you'll be saying yourself in a year or two!