Cultural Commissions – Peggy Weil

The Wallace Initiative commissioned working papers/artistic responses from Bay Area artists about deepening, expanding, and diversifying cultural participation, hoping to generate new ideas and spark conversations between regional artists and arts organizations.

All commissioned artists were asked to respond to a very specific statement, “How rapidly changing demographics and/or evolving technologies impact the ways in which artists and arts organizations across the region connect with audiences.” What better way to explore technology than with … technology?

Peggy Weil

Peggy Weil, digital media artist and professor of interactive media at University of Southern California, deconstructs the above statement in a hypertext diagram and essay that pull together case studies  from arts organizations and artists.

This diagram (a nod to Robert Cumming’s work in the show 9 Artists / 9 Spaces) serves as an organizing mechanism to what I saw as a bewildering number of threads embodied in the Foundation’s inquiry. I broke it down to an interlocking set of topics and essays, each accessible via the graphic diagram.

Please click here to begin exploring Peggy’s hypertext diagram online.


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In 2008, The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund (GFTA) embarked on a four-year funding partnership to encourage systemic and sustainable structural change in the relationships of Bay Area arts organizations to their audiences, supported by the Wallace Foundation. Community offerings during the grant period (2008-2011) included seminars, workshops, large public convenings, implementation grants, development of a regional shared mailing list, and expansion of the website.




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