Learn here more about projects and web links, collected from sites that cover a wide range of online communities around the globe.
Fractured Atlas is a nonprofit art services organization based in New York and operating on a national level; it was founded in 1998 and initially functioned as a theater production company changing into its present form in 2001. It supports artists from all genres –visual arts performing arts, literature, design, media etc. - as well as art organizations by offering services such as sponsoring programs which are funded by the members’ fees or the revenue from the events it organizes. It has more than 24,000 members and in the more than ten years it has been operating it has offered its services to more than 250,000 artists and organizations.
In the web site, visitors can see detailed information about the services offered such as sponsorships, health insurance, Internet services, rental of spaces for rehearsals etc. with the Internet services being among the most interesting since it offers a platform allowing third parties to sale tickets through their own web sites, process credit card payments, manage their email, create newsletters etc. Also offered is a blog with many thought-provoking articles, a newsletter, and an agenda for various events as well as a section with articles about artists’ rights.
DripBook is aimed to people with artistic tendencies who would like to create a portfolio of their work; it addresses the whole spectrum of creative jobs, from painters and photographers to fashion designers and make-up artists. One of the site’s unique characteristics is that it accepts users on an invitation basis only, regardless of said users’ willingness to pay the subscription fee asked –by having this rule DripBook’s owners claim that they can achieve a high standard for the portfolios spotlighted in the web site.
DripBook’s web site offers a friendly environment where users can create their portfolio without any particular technical knowledge and, depending on the subscription package they have chosen, they can even create a separate web site of their own; the packages offered are three and their prices start from $90 and reach $350 while visitors can search for portfolios using criteria such as genre, tags set by the web site of location (with most locations being in the US or Europe). Every picture in an artist’s portfolio is accompanied by a brief description.
ArtTactic is a company based in London and providing analyses for the art market; it is using a methodology similar to that used for analyzing financial markets and aims to evaluate the artworks market and record the trends through quantitative and qualitative market research. For qualitative research it uses some of the most important factors of the international art market to produce assessments about market developments; it also offers free weekly podcasts with views from renowned people of the art circuit.
ArtTactic’s basic services are based on analyzing specific markets that have been defined with geographical criteria (China, Latin America, USA, Europe etc.) or specific artists, also picked on a geographical basis. There are also services targeting collectors and offering detailed profiles of artists and artworks including risk analysis for an investment’s return, feasibility reports on ideas and business plans related to art and so on. The company offers subscription based packages with different levels of access to the web site, as well as a free package offering access to ten pre-determined reports; the most expensive package offering unlimited access to all services costs €750 per year.
What does the art scene in China look like? What is the best way to write a press release? How can a person protect their intellectual rights? How does experience affect remuneration? ArtQuest, an initiative of University of the Arts London which started operating in 2001 attempts to answer to questions such the above; the web site’s content is curated exclusively by artists who aim to assist their colleagues by offering them the tools and the answer they need to advance their careers.
ArtQuest includes a catalogue with companies and institutions of artistic interest in the London area, a database with legal matters that are related to art, guides and advice regarding career development and a section with classified ads for collaboration with various institutions. Parallel to the main web site there is one more offering artists the opportunity to exchange their apartments or their ateliers for set periods of time thus creating a unique social network; although ArtQuest focuses on the British market, its content can be invaluable to artists everywhere.
Artbistro is a unique mixture of an information portal and a social networking web site belonging to the network of monster.com one of the biggest international sites about employment. It is one of the most comprehensive arts related web sites available containing an impressive wealth of information and services; on its core one can find social networking with members creating personal networks and gaining points depending on their participation in the community (i.e. their comments, their presentation of various tools, their response to thematic discourse etc.
Still, and because of its connection to the monster group, artbistro allows users to search for job openings in the arts field; the service though, is only available for the US market. Other sections of the web site are related to offering advice through specialized articles categorized by subject such as marketing, intellectual property, collaboration with galleries, customer relations, creation of portfolio etc. while also available is a section about education containing lists of schools, informative material for educators and hundreds of articles written by members of the community.
The arts, science and technology Waag is a foundation in the Netherlands focusing on the development of creative forms of technology that help social innovation. Through various studies, development of prototypes and realization of various proposals it helps independent organizations and individuals explore how technology applies in socially oriented innovative methods in various fields such as health, logistics, biotechnology, development of open methods for the dissemination of information etc. the foundation is housed in a historical 15th century building which used to be the gate and part of the walls that surrounded Amsterdam.
The web site’s content is impressive; the same is true for Waag’s activity in a broad spectrum of scientific and technological fields. Visitors can find information about the various research laboratories classified by their object, about the organization’s events and about its projects –running or past. There is also a section with the services it offers among which or particular interest are those dealing with the provision of Internet infrastructure services for cultural organizations and the educational programs for elderly citizens; the latter aiming to teach both the use of technology and creative expression.
Renderosity is directed to hardcore exponents of digital art and more specifically to those involved with 3D graphics created with the use of computers. It was founded in December 1998 as poserforum.com and focusing on the 3D graphics software Poser but after one year of operation, and after repeated prompts from the community it changed its name to the one using today (incidentally the name was put to a vote). Its community numbers more than 700,000 members both professionals and amateurs and with the years it has become a hub for 3D enthusiasts who present their work but also a market where artists can sell their creations.
The volume of information contained in Renderosity is stunning; a testimony to how active its community is. There are thousands of tutorials about how one can create one single character or a whole city, fora with hundreds of thousands of posts, galleries with members’ creations classified according to the software used for their making or according to genre, contests, polls, members’ articles, blogs and more; also offered is a subscription service with privileged access to the site’s services. As for the market, the section where members can buy or sell their works it is not limited to 3D graphics but extends to other fields such as photography.
In one of our articles about urban art, we have introduced an installation in Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia; behind this impressive project one can find Canadian company Moment Factory that specializes in digital technology installations combining video, special lighting, architecture, sound and special effects. The company was founded in 2001 and in the years of its operation it has performed more than 300 installations for such illustrious clients as Disney, Microsoft, Madonna and more.
As is usually the case with companies having such a rich portfolio, what is really interesting in the web site is samples of these installations –and Moment Factory’s web site will not disappoint in that respect. It features its creations in indoors and outdoors, in music venues and public spaces and for each category visitors can view selected projects with photographic material, descriptions and videos from the final installation. The company also maintains a Vimeo channel featuring tens of videos from its installations; several of these videos also provide scenes from the setting up thus providing viewers with the volume and the complexity of the work needed to complete these projects.
Factory of Art Rurality and Media (FARM) is a project exploring methods for the growth of cultural wealth and a productive environment in rural areas. The perspectives FARM examines are not limited to the concept of soil development but are linked to a critical analysis of the economy, the culture and the society in said areas aiming to point out innovative and sustainable technological practices that will help local societies integrate with the modern way of life.
FARM functions as a platform of expression which spreads over various forms such as festivals, permanent collaborations with artists, workshops, a documentary and it focuses on the practices and the lessons learned from the Partenio area in Italy. On the web site, visitors can see the events agenda for the years the festival has been organized, information about the artists that have participated and about their work as well as an archive with previous festivals which also offers the texts of the speeches given by the participants.
iMAL is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 in Brussels with an aim to support art forms and creative practices that use computers and networking technologies as expression vehicles. In 2007 it opened a 6,458 square feet space that hosts digital and contemporary art exhibitions and other events such as conferences, lectures, music concerts and various other performances. The center has standing collaborations with artists offering a Media Lab for experimenting with new forms of expression and communication while it also organizes creative workshops for a broad spectrum of individuals such as designers, computer programmers etc.
In the center’s web site, visitors can read a detailed profile of the organization and its development over the years, about the new services being added, about the events it organizes (the events are categorized according to genre), about the projects and the events that have been organized in the past etc. Also offered is an excellent Wiki with advice and guidelines for the reproduction of various forms of digital art which in effect could stand alone as a separate web site.