searching the art base: would noting subject terms be useful?

Posted by K Staelin | Wed Sep 3rd 2008 6:39 p.m.

Personally, I like to navigate the art base using the Rhizome/artist terms and I've noticed that there can be a real gap between the terms describing pieces and the piece itself. If there is a discrepancy it is usually the subject term/s that are missing. Although the Rhizome/artist terms include words such as "landscape" and "war," and any term can be added and eventually become a rhizome term, I wonder whether it might be fruitful to seed more subject terms. Alternatively, even preferably, a category devoted to subject terms could be created.

- thoughts?

  • Melissa Ann Lambert | Wed Sep 3rd 2008 8:52 p.m.
    I agree - I was frustrated in what I felt to be a limiting description of my art (which it seems is not a good fit for Rhizome, which prefers more interactive and video work than straight digital flat-art).

    Not just more descriptive terms, but more accurate words than "war" would be helpful. Also, there is a growing movement of artists combining digital and traditional-media work (I'm one) and there's no description for that.

    If we put our heads together we should be able to all brainstorm this so the art translates better to the description.
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