1stfans is a year old (more on that to come), and we thought it fitting and affirming to start the new year of the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed with one of our own. Last January 1stfan An Xiao generated lots of responses when she tweeted in Morse code for a month. This month’s artist, Nina Meledandri, sent in a proposal via the open call called “ArtDialogue” that capitalizes on the conversational aspects of twitter as well as the desire to use an image to capture a thought or emotion. Nina’s proposal for ArtDialogue is below:
One of the most democratic and engaging art phenomena on the web has been the proliferation of photo memes where participants respond to a weekly topic by posting a link on a communal web page to a related photograph of their own.
ArtDialogue will bring this concept to twitter, engaging the 1stfans community by tapping into our (presumably) common desire to give a greater voice to art. Taking its inspiration from mail art, ArtDialogue is intended to be a collective work; an image based virtual conversation. Since a driving force behind both making art and social networking is communication, this seems like a natural union.
Each week, 1stfans will be asked to tweet images in response to a new theme, creating an “ArtDialogue.” As the project evolves, so will the opportunity to create different conversation “threads” as participants continue to answer each other’s responses with more image replies of their own.
The 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is no longer a benefit of 1stfans membership, but the original feed in its entirety has been archived on the Brooklyn Museum website.
Will Cary was the Brooklyn Museum's Membership Manager from January 2008 to May 2010. In addition to making sure all Brooklyn Museum Members got the most out of their Membership, he also developed the 1stfans Membership program in order to grow the Museum’s community of supporters. Before joining the Brooklyn Museum in January 2008, Will worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Will graduated from Williams College with a degree in Art History and Economics. Will now works in Membership at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine.