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Brief Published: 8 Mar 2013

Tumblr Art Symposium

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Online arts mag Hyperallergic and microblogging site Tumblr are joining forces to present a new event in Brooklyn, New York tomorrow (March 9) exploring the evolving artistic landscape of internet art, called The Tumblr Art Symposium.

Internet art uses the web as a primary distribution platform for artists’ work, and now Tumblr Art (where artists’ work is created and shared solely on the site) is gaining traction. “What was once floating out into the ether of the internet is now constructed in an official, curatorial format,” says Annie Werner, Arts Evangelist at Tumblr. 

Joining the discussions is artist Jennifer Chen, whose Tumblr projects include Instillation Fail, which reblogs other artists’ works to form a critique of image-based art. In conversation with Chen is internet artist Brad Trommel, who created his influential Jogging Tumblr to display new daily works drawn from the web.

Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, hopes the discussion will open up thoughts on how the growing numbers of Tumblr Art projects are impacting art today. It’s a concept that we touch on in our Glitch, Dot Matrix & Disruption Graphics, Digital Directions, The New Psychedelica and 90s Redux reports.

Also take a look at our Curation and the Tastegraph report which discusses Gen Y’s obsession with online image curation, or read Seeing Things for our take on how art, and our consumption of it, is being affected by the internet.

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