Thursday, March 6, 2008

You Be the Judge

The Brooklyn Museum has taken a bold step into the new online frontier with their groundbreaking exhibition Click! A Crowd- Curated Exhibition. Inspired by James Surowiecki’s book The Wisdom of Crowds, which argues that the cumulative opinions of a group are often better than those of an “expert,” The Brooklyn Museum puts that idea to the test in a museum setting. From March 1st through 31st, photographers can submit online work relating to the theme “The Changing Face of Brooklyn.” From April 1st through May 23rd, anyone can go online and judge the submissions. Finally, from June 27th through August 10th, the results will be available online and in person at The Brooklyn Museum. (You can even sign up for e-mail reminders of the different deadlines—vital for the calendar-challenged.)

For anyone who thinks they know better than the experts, this is a chance to put your skills to the test. I love the concept not only for the way it employs the internet, but also for the inclusivity of it all. The Brooklyn Museum’s choice of theme should make this a true community event, drawing in people in meatspace as well as cyberspace. As Leonard Cohen once sang, Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.!

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