Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 23 Collecting Uncollectible?

Upfor, Leach and PDX are some of the few galleries in Portland representing media artists. Video-film, sound, synthesized visuals, VR, artist games, and what the future holds.

They come on electronic media, magnetic recording, DVDs, memory sticks, the cloud. How to preserve them is an interesting topic in itself. Are you going to be able to play them in 50, 100, 500 years? How are they editioned in the age of infinite reproduction?

Upfor has a talk this evening on collecting media art. Part of the talk will be locals Alex Payne and Nicole Brodeur relating their experience of having an Electric Objects EO1 screen broadcasting art into their home.

I'm suspicious of that platform. They do not allow searching for artists or collecting. What is the artist paid? The Uber-Spotify of arts? How does it relate to the layers in music: labels, ASCAP/BMI, streaming? Those are value chains diminishing artist income - (Spotify has vociferously lobbied it needs to pay artists less.)

At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 6PM-7:30 Free