Friday, September 22, 2017
 

Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

Taking its inspiration from the critically acclaimed book The Wisdom of Crowds, in which New Yorker business and financial columnist James Surowiecki asserts that a diverse crowd is often wiser at making decisions than expert individuals, Click! explores whether Surowiecki’s premise can be applied to the visual arts—is a diverse crowd just as “wise” at evaluating art as the trained experts?

Click! is an exhibition in three consecutive parts. It begins with an open call—artists are asked to electronically submit a work of photography that responds to the exhibition’s theme, “Changing Faces of Brooklyn,” along with an artist statement.
After the conclusion of the open call, an online forum opens for audience evaluation of all submissions; as in other juried exhibitions, all works will be anonymous. As part of the evaluation, each visitor answers a series of questions about his/her knowledge of art and perceived expertise.

Click! culminates in an exhibition at the Museum, where the artworks are installed according to their relative ranking from the juried process. Visitors will also be able to see how different groups within the crowd evaluated the same works of art. The results will be analyzed and discussed by experts in the fields of art, online communities, and crowd theory.

The exhibition is organized by Shelley Bernstein, Manager of Information Systems, Brooklyn Museum.

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I came across this today, hardly news as it is an exhibition from 2008. I love the idea of a crowsourced exhibition, even today this is still exploratory territory, perhaps what I like the most is how the idea has been turned on its head and the public jury was also asked to evaluate or at least state their own level of expertise in the subject. This self-assessment had an impact on how the vote was weighted in the ranking process.

The exhibition website documents the show well, providing tools to explore the process and results of the process.

 

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