Art Bloggers@, an organization Joanne Mattera and I started in 2007, has been invited to organize a panel discussion at Art Miami in December. We're calling the panel "Beyond Basic Blogging: Carving Our Niche in the Blogosphere," and we hope to discuss developments in art blogging from the past year. "Call it journalistic physics: With conventional print media in decline, art blogging has filled an unexpected niche. Armed with free or low-cost web hosting and a raft of photographs and videos from tiny cameras (sometimes even cell phones), art bloggers are posting reviews, reports, interviews, opinions, advice, links, and Tweets. No, we’re not The New York Times. And that’s precisely our power. In an art world chronically short on coverage, we’re covering events—often from an artist’s perspective—with a democratic and regional take on who, what and where. The best of the art bloggers have carved out identities with defined points of view, good writing, and you-are-there pictures."
Six panelists—Sharon Butler (Two Coats of Paint), Thomas Hollingworth (Artlurker), Paddy Johnson (Art Fag City), Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof (The Artblog), and Hrag Vartanian (Hyperallergic) will talk about blogs—their own and others’—which have built a following by filling a specific need or point of view. Joanne Mattera (Joanne Mattera Art Blog ) will moderate. Audience participation in the discussion is encouraged.
Date: Saturday, December 5, 11:00 to 2:00. The panel will take place from 11:30 to 1:00, with time afterward for art bloggers to continue the discussion in smaller groups.
Location: To be announced. Art Miami is in Wynwood, next to Scope , across the street from Photo Miami, just down the street from Red Dot. Back in the day it was the only fair in town. Then Art Basel arrived. We'll post the specific location on the Art Bloggers @ blog shortly.