|Thierry Geoffroy/ Colonel, “WE MUST “RETAKE THE RIGHT TO REREAD AND REORGANIZE THE REPRESENTATION OF THE WORLD”, 2011 Venice Biennale. Copyright Thierry Geoffroy.|
Yesterday, I saw a notice for Photography Calling, a project exhibition on view now at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany. Among other things, it said: "Museum and artists should not let social media dominate the field of collecting the history, images, feelings and interactions of human activity."
These two takes on museums' and artists' use of social media seem at opposite ends of the spectrum. I am very glad to know that like Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel and myself, there are a few contemporary artists and museum folks willing to engage in the debate, rather than dive headfirst onto the "facebook, twitter, youtube, etcetera is unquestionably great" bandwagon. It is interesting to note, however, that social media is being used to market this exhibition as evidenced by the exhibition notice's front and center links for easy posting.