We live in a time of image explosion, but without that network images are just content.
Imagine Instagram without the social network behind its filters. Community gives value to photos.
While a social network gives meaning to photos, the author correctly points out that getting people to really appreciate the work behind them is another challenge. This, you can’t do online.
the Tanks at London’s Tate Modern; and the turn to precarious, haphazard, or incomplete forms of assemblage, as seen in the New Museum show Unmonumental: these are the styles of the time, and all of them in their way react to the upheavals of digital life by renouncing it.
It’s hard to recreate a museum experience online that really brings out the appreciation and diversity of different works of art, even if you put a social network behind it.
There’s also only one copy of a piece of art so you have to physically visit a museum to see it. Conversely, one of the reasons the record stores died was because copies were digitally infinite. For the most part, people have come to accept iTunes and networks like Spotify as the new digital record store experience.
Art is complex, digital yet scarce; best appreciated physically at the museum.