E-tivity 2. A brief critique of other artist’s blogs.

I have found a number of artist blogs online, and can’t say I’ve been too impressed with many of them. I began searching on google with the term ‘artist blogs,’ and found there seemed to be a number of mediocre blogs that lacked real interest and professionalism and instead seemed like an extention of someone’s myspace social page.

For instance webring http://http://r.webring.com/hub?ring=artistsblogswebr was one site, that had some potentially interesting blogs but also some awful ones too such as:

 “Dark blog that displays the HypnoGoddess as a Controlling and sometimes vampiric hypnomistress”

Can’t say it was much to do with the fine art world and discussion!

 However, I then began searching with the term ‘fine art blogs’ which seemed to act as a bit of a filter. Through this I found this site: http://findingblog.com/browse-fine_art-109-1.html which had a range of interesting blogs to look at.

My particular favourite was http://www.oilyfilms.com/blog/ which the site advertised with a 5 star rating. The blog itself contains alot of information and is very well presented. It is put together by an experimental film and video group called ‘Oilyfilm.’ From the blog there are numerous links including one to their website  http://www.oilyfilms.com/ which explains that:

“Oilyfilm is a film and video production company based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Led by producer/director Scott Amos, oilyfilms has created many short films and video pieces, which have screened at dozens of events in North & South America, Europe and Australia.

Oilyfilms was founded in 2003 by Scott Amos, Vincent Lombardi, Colin Hender, Michael Lee Macdonald and Mike Wolske. Since then, countless contributors, both creative and technical, have helped to create each and every piece in the growing oilyfilms library.”

The actual blog works as a working diary concerning the groups experiments with various forms of film and video. Each blog contains a crisp image and usually an link to a relevant site with similar information involved. What is more, there are also links in a side bar that take you to more specific examples of the groups work with the various technologies i.e. 16mm, 35mm, digital video….

There are also blogs and links to film and video festivals, which seem to be updated regularly and which also allow you to find out about other people’s work. They have also of course allowed any viewer of the site to leave comments on their blog for critical debate.

I feel this is more how I would want my own to blog to work. To be discursive, yet slightly academic and technically inclined. I get the feeling that this is an extention of their practice, rather than an excuse to put pictures of themselves and their work on line for people to look at and comment upon and to talk about unimportant nonsense about vampires! 

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One Response to E-tivity 2. A brief critique of other artist’s blogs.

  1. Hi Jim

    Fantastic blog which has lots of great info and links, thankyou. Like you I have had considerable effort to find really good blogs by artists because much of it appears to be superficial or off-putting rant. The other issue of course is the actual art that is being mused upon.

    I definitely see why it is cool to write a blog and how it builds up a thorough and hopefully alluring picture of the artist and their work. Like you I am inclined to be impressed by artist blogs that refer not only to their personal journey with art but also share and embrace other influences, such as music, literature, film and other artists’work. That way we can see the greater context from which they are working with. It gives us an idea about their internal and external worlds and where they draw their seeds of inspiration from. It also expresses a greater sense of community and appears less narcissistic – ie my work is all about me…me…me.

    The other facets i like are the fact that blogs can be responded too so there is much more of a direct connection and feedback from other artists, critics and audiences alike. As you rightly pointed out that could create some fantastic opportunities for productive discussion and even collaboration.

    I also feel it is potentially a useful tool for motivating artists to regularly upload their work, which they probably wouldn’t do for their website, preferring to batch the work together. Indeed I have the impression that blogs could, like a diary become a tool for self reflection and growth. I have certainly found the process of writing two e-books, one on yoga and the other on coaching, such a process. There is something about having to clearly articulate your thoughts that can bring tremendous focus and awareness to them. Writing can be a slow process which does require thought – like creating art it can crystalise and act as feedback to the creator.

    Anyway time to get on with my own blog, happy blogging!

    blessings esther

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