[NetBehaviour] Your Vote is Important to the People's Park Plinth! ✨🗳

Max Herman maxnmherman at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 26 18:51:10 CEST 2021

Hi Ruth,

I just finished voting and think this is a fantastic concept and framework.  The participatory nature of it is so important for sustainable and resilient art community.  Mammoth frameworks of big-data algorithms and high-dollar collector transactions simply don't do certain things that are well worth doing.  Perhaps these omitted processes may be even more than just worth doing, but simply necessary for that which we call aesthetic culture to thrive.

It's so easy to forget that the big-name objects collecting mega-price transactions started off as people hanging out in coffee shops speculating about art and life and literature and participating actively, experimenting, with little or no audience and on a shoestring.  It's equally easy to forget that we are all writing and revising our own inner algorithms so to speak, our choices and plans and modes of experience, all day every day whether we do so consciously or not.

One aspect of Leonardo which I have found so surprising is his genuine sense of his own transience.  He very much wanted for his work to be preserved over time -- given the hostility to all art and science that our daily crises can foster by default -- but he understood perhaps even better than we do the limits of fame, immortality, and adulation.  He wrote, "Once daylight appears, we can put out the lamp we lit to see in the dark."  It's a metaphor of course -- he wasn't trying to help us with our literal home lighting decisions -- and one that makes the most sense to me in a context of knowledge-sharing, the metamorphic nature of art, and the transient cyclical nature of aesthetic value.  Trying to freeze such transience he knew would merely lead to oversized edifices of diminishing function and, paradoxically, increasing instability as the massive structures lose proportionality to place, time, people, nature, and so on.

Thanks again for sharing this great work on list.  The in-person event sounds like it was even more excellent!

All best and congratulations,


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Subject: [NetBehaviour] Your Vote is Important to the People's Park Plinth! ✨🗳

And finally an unseemly plea to anyone who has not yet voted...

Please do vote now, here https://peoplesparkplinth.org/ (on your smart phone)

We know YOU know what great digital art looks like!
So your vote matters as well as any feedback you can give us about the voting process.

See below for more details about the project.

Thank you!

:) Ruth

View this email in your browser<https://mailchi.mp/furtherfield/join-the-inaugural-culturestake-vote?e=d1746ee6ff>
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On the 14th of August 2021, we launched the CultureStake collective cultural decision-making app<https://furtherfield.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9d227b6380a87c752902c8a55&id=ae99b600b1&e=d1746ee6ff> at a live voting event with hundreds of people in
a hot and sunny Finsbury Park.

Furtherfield Gallery. Photo: Hydar Dewachi ®

You too can now experience collective cultural decision making using the CultureStake app by:

  1.  Heading over to the Furtherfield Gallery in Finsbury Park or clicking this link<https://furtherfield.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9d227b6380a87c752902c8a55&id=8267aca03c&e=d1746ee6ff> to the exhibition website.

  2.  Providing your email address so we can send you a magical voting token.

  3.  Viewing all 3 digital artworks currently on display on the People’s Park Plinth. (Either go to Furtherfield Gallery and scan the QR codes and follow them around the park or click the links on the website and experience the remote versions)

  4.  Activating your magical voting token when it arrives by email (within 24 hours)

  5.  Using the CultureStake app to express your opinions on the artworks.



CultureStake app preview for the People's Park Plinth (August 2021)


At CultureStake we want to:

  *   End elitism around the arts - by opening cultural decision making to wider groups and providing more agency to communities.

  *   Enable people to have a stake in what cultural activities get produced in their locality

  *   Explore together as communities what cultural experiences we want to have in the places that matter to us.

Furtherfield Gallery. Photo: Hydar Dewachi ®


CultureStake is a web app for community decision making around culture:

For Communities

We create an appetite for culture by encouraging communities to explore and learn together what we want to experience in our localities. For example, how might a theatre audience cast a play differently or a park community curate a public art exhibition?

For Cultural Organisations

We facilitate a deeper and richer, more open consultation with the communities cultural organisations work for. For example, a city council might need to find out which new artwork should occupy a recently vacated public plinth. Or an arts organisation might need to know which artist on their shortlist should be next summer’s blockbuster.

For All

We create data commons that widens the conversation about how art is valued by different communities around the world.



A Portfolio of Cultural Communities

Over time we aim to add thousands of cultural experiences to the CultureStake portfolio in league with other cultural communities. Cultural organisations can add to this with new artist commissions or pick from the portfolio. This will allow artists and arts organisations to explore and test new ideas in new contexts and enable projects to be easily picked up in different locations with different communities.

Vote Weighting For People in Places

Any voting event can apply vote weighting in a number of different scenarios. This means for example, that those closest to the issues can have their vote weighted to mean more overall. For instance, local votes might be given more weight in an international selection process for a new public artwork.

For more about CultureStake see our website<https://furtherfield.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9d227b6380a87c752902c8a55&id=8ad4a0f0a5&e=d1746ee6ff> and FAQs<https://furtherfield.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9d227b6380a87c752902c8a55&id=52f8cc8f4d&e=d1746ee6ff>.

Furtherfield is a Not-for-Profit Company Limited by Guarantee

Registered in England and Wales under the Company No.7005205.

Registered business address: Carbon Accountancy, 80-83 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9ET.

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