To post a link and thus to relate two or more contents is a basic method to create a freely accessible and modular network of personal associations on the World Wide Web. The act of linking, which has come to be one of the most common cultural practices on the Internet and which is a simplified version of the copy/paste-technique, creates new contexts on Web-based platforms, personal homepages, blogs and last but not least (art-)databases.
Yet, what if a link turns into the representative of the artefact, the context and the exhibition at once?
TAGallery by CONT3XT.NET extends the idea of a “tagged exhibition” and transfers the main tasks of non-commercial exhibition-spaces to the discourse of an electronic data-space. The method of “tagging” allows the attribution of artworks to different thematic fields. In TAGallery the act of selecting and recombining—besides chronologically ordered show-rooms, exhibition-titles in a semantically concentrated form and various ways of contextualizing the presented artworks—will be published as well: The continuous progression of curating can be followed by the public, using newsfeeds.
One of the characteristics of webbased art-forms is the process-oriented way in which numerous artworks function. With the changing conditions of production and reception of art on the Internet, not only the art itself changed but also the possibilities of curation and thus require process-oriented forms of display too.
—tags: about, blog, conceptual, folksonomy, galleries, institutions, loop