Diana Brighouse

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April 2011

Proposal for my website Website development module, MA Fine Art. Prior to this module my experience of websites has been virtually entirely as a user of a wide variety of commercial websites, most frequently for online purchasing of goods ranging from food to books, clothing and airline tickets. Originally the majority of these websites were static (web 1.0) but more recently there has been a move towards interactive (web 2.0) sites. The obvious example of this in my daily life is F acebook. I have previously given little thought to the use of websites in fine art practice. I have of course visited the websites of artists, and have found that many are static and appear to be updated relatively infrequently. I have regarded them as analogous to the refere nce section of the library moderately useful for obtaining discrete pieces of information of an

inevitably historical nature. This module coincides with my developing interest in electronic media, and my website proposal is a subjective and personal view of the potential use of a website in fine art practice. The website serves a variety of functions: 1. A means of informing the outside world of my existence as an artist. The success of this is highly dependent on the ability of a search engine to find me (SEO), and/or on my ability to publicise my website to potentially interested parties. 2. A gallery for exhibiting my work to visitors to the website. This is very important to me; the website is an excellent medium for showing brief videos, and indeed satisfies my criterion of accessibility beyond the traditional gallery setting. 3. A commercial vehicle for selling art. This is a low priority to me, but clearly if it is high priority then SEO must also be a priority. 4. A means of recording my thoughts, ideas, a nd useful links and articles that I have found. I am already finding this that this is an important part of my website one the

things to consider for the future is whether to divide this part into a private journal and a public blog.

Diana Brighouse

0706725

April 2011

5. I have recently discovered artists who use the web to gather source material which they then process to create art http://thomson-craighead.net/docs/works.html . This offers exciting potential that I am keen to pursue . 6. Most importantly, I see my website as a vehicle for communication and discourse. The concerns underpinning all my work are those of boundary, communication and exclusion. The great strength (and possible danger) of the web lies in anonymity. The near ubiquity of access (in the UK at least) allows people from all socioeconomic strata and most states of health to access art (even if they do not consider it art). It would be possible to split these functions, and even to have two websites, one acting as a gallery and giving information about me as artist, and the other working as a sketchbook and blog. However, as I am ideologically and philosophically committed to integration, this idea does not appeal to me. In summary, I have found developing my website exciting, frustrating and time consuming in almost equal measures! I am starting to discover opportunities not only to display but also possibly to create fine art through the medium of the web. The most immediate benefit that I have found is the ability to keep an electronic sketchbook, and to have dialogue with other members of the group. I think that this opportunity for journaling and academic discourse that I will find most important in the short term .