Databases as Creative Opportunities

I agree with the article that it is hard to classify diverse objects, that each have layered meanings, and specific cultural and historical significance, under one overarching set of principles or guidelines. I think such a daunting, seemingly impossible task, provides institutions with the opportunity for creative and artistic problem solving when structuring and visually designing their databases.

I think generating databases can be an opportunity to radically restructure the ways in our society thinks about dominant historical modes of classifications. Starting with an analysis of the metadata of objects can lead to new connections and relationships between works, which can in turn shift the way a database is structured and designed in a way that disrupts traditional art historical taxonomies, that do not account for diverse histories and arts practices. Overall, I think databases and classification systems will become more inclusive and diverse, as more collections and objects, are digitally archived and become available online.  

3 thoughts on “Databases as Creative Opportunities”

  1. I love that you pointed to the possibility of more obscure and overlooked art from marginalized communities being given exposure. It’s similar to what Hee Jae’s blog discusses, where she describes museums as being objective third-parties.

  2. I too think that archives and object databases will need to find new creative ways to classify work. But do you think in doing so metadata will be so convoluted that it will be impossible to draw conclusions from it?

  3. I completely agree that databases can be a space for create opportunity. I feel that the challenge we face as scholars will be to allow for this new inclusive/diverse database to remain concise. Because while we do need a large vocabulary to accurately discuss this, we also must be cautious of having so many terms that it becomes irrelevant. This problem can be seen when we look at Dublin Core style metadata forums, where too many vague terms cause confusion.

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