Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What if...?

In between rain, gardening, school stuff, kids, studio, blah, blah I've been having a bit of an email conversation with Ronnie about what 'blog' things we can do that relate to the Impact 7 conference, especially since the relationship between the blog and us artists is central to the whole BAO project AND formed part of Ronnie's excellent application to Monash that has resulted in our exhibition at the conference. So I'm being brave and putting some thoughts out there, and I'd love to know what you think, whether you're able to come to the conference or not! Please do comment...

I proposed that those of us going to the Impact 7 conference "take over the blog" for the week of the conference (this is why I need your opinion, dear BAO members!) with a variety of activities. Modern mobile communications technology being what it is we could do all sorts of things such as... live interviews with amazing book artists, photographs (obviously!), daily "diaries" from the conference, sound recordings, movies, podcasts, tweets... anything my new Windows phone can do (or those i-phone thingies too for that matter!) - just for that one week.

Ronnie pointed out that because our books are going to be displayed behind glass we probably won't have the room to put up much information about us or the ideas behind BAO next to our books, but we can put links to our blog. So what about changing the format of the blog slightly on a permanent basis and using the Blogger "page" functions to put up a "Contributors" page with brief artist statements/photo/resume about each of us, and a page each for "Edition One" and "Edition Two" with information about the texts/authors/photos of the books etc. We could also have an "Exhibitions" page showing where our books have been and by whom they've been acquired! These new pages would be constantly renewed as we make more editions but would be of interest to anyone coming to the blog or wishing to join up.

So whaddya think?

3 comments:

ronnie said...

hey did I hear my name mentioned?

well you know some of my thinking - but to add it aloud - yes I think letting the bloggy world know a little more (and more easily) about some of the past and maybe the future of BAO in an easily accessible format is a good thing

I'm happy enough to contribute to a 'live' bit whilst at Impact - with my limited capabilities going live.... but I'm happy for those BAO from further afield to get in on the act and spice things up with interjections as well.... just as we always have done - we've made room for all the various voices in a truly egalitarian manner... and for me, that's the nicest thing about the group blog project

(ps today in the mail I received Aine's wonderful book.... I can't wait to show it off at Impact!)

Abigail Thomas said...

ok, get it now....

sounds like a grand idea! i like it. wish i was going, but will try to contribute to this live blog idea none the less bu commenting etc...

Amanda said...

I'm happy to do some live stuff if I can just work out how it's done - hopefully it's not too hard.
I've also been asked to do a blog post on the Impress Printmakers blog (the Brissy printmakers group) about the conference, but I'm not sure whether this is live or an after-the-fact. Whatever, I'm sure there will be enough going on that there'll be plenty to report in a variety of places.