Curating in/as commons: New Models of Online Curatorial Practice
ongoing since 2009
Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University (DK)

I consider my PhD research to be a hack into the curatorial. The research examines how curatorial practice is influenced by contemporary cultures of mass participation in socio-technological networks. It also speculates on new forms of curating and their possible influence into ways in which people engage with technology. In other words: how users and their social interactions over technological networks such as Internet and social platforms, stimulate and influence development and new forms of curating, and what possibilities exist for those forms of curating when distributed over socio-technological networks. The overarching question is how relations of power are reconfigured and how this relates to contemporary descriptions of network power and the wider context of artistic and curatorial interventions in the public realm. The thesis brings together the figure of a curator and practice of curating with the concept of the common/s and practice of commoning in the context of creative production and participation through socio-technological networks.

For details of the project see here