Posted by Reynald Drouhin | Thu Sep 16th 2004 11:05 a.m.

Databases, encyclopedias, indexes, dictionaries, and directories are
not merely devices of data organizing, but also mediums for building
hierarchical systems. Not only they convey topic specific information
but also propagate political and aesthetic ideologies, reflecting
background and interests of their producers. "The correct", "the
necessary", "the important" or "the secondary" for a user to know, to
study, to invest - all those messages embedded into systems of
knowledge and sorted according to hierarchy established by their
editors. Methods of distribution, managing of contents, the structure,
lay a distinct track to control and design of common knowledge, shaping
thinking patterns.

The global network, providing a new space for distribution of
traditional data-collections, also grants a possibility of their
deconstruction, challenging their authority by making use of inherent
practices of the Net: decentralization and release of information,
castingdoubtupon hierarchies through the new form of data-organization,
popularizing of canonical and non-canonical materials, formalizing,
aestheticizing and so on.

Current exhibition compiled of nine art projects, each presenting an
original approach to the theme, placing in doubt, rethinking the
signification, the function and the objectives of data collections on
the Net.
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