October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A novel collaborative website and artworks database management system for artist-run centers   go to paper

Farida Cheriet, Ecole Polytechnique, Canada
Maria Chronopoulos, Atelier Circulaire, Canada
Thomas Hurtut, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada

Artist-run centers and artists collective workshops are renowned places for collective management and artistic production. Nevertheless, their means of public visibility (i.e. internet Web sites) are frequently managed by a few qualified individuals due to their complex fusion of content and layout. Thanks to the advent of recent technologies, the distinction between contents and layouts can be discerned. Further, the production and update of contents are facilitated for all users. A new type of Internet site can be set up in order to allow every artist and coordinator to contribute to the digital on-line content. Personal virtual portfolios and individual galleries may be uploaded for each artist, making it possible to permanently update the visible bank of artworks on-line. In addition, it offers a simple backyard system for personal management of their creative artwork. A graphical user interface enabling the management of temporary exhibitions combined with automatic RSS feeds allows for simple and timely updates. This article presents the proposed methods and graphical user interface, as well as the tools installed on an Internet site and backyard system. This study is currently being conducted with the "Atelier Circulaire", an artist-run centre in Montreal, Canada, which groups approximately 100 etching artists.

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Keywords: database management system, website, collaborative, artist-run centers