‘Free Things’ is a show of works made by people selected and invited from the curator's Facebook Friend list. Orchestrated primarily through Facebook Messenger; the constant exchange between artists and collation of ideas explores the potential of an instant networking system. For some of the artists; this was the first time we’d ever spoken. Asking people to essentially donate works meant artists would be surrendering ideas and financial gain for the collective consensus.
Exploiting the capabilities of this social media engine and the role it now plays in our day to day lives. Questioning the role of the artist as constant idea producer when the idea is fundamentally published for nothing?
By entering into agreement as Facebook Friends you are granted permission to immediately participate in each others lives. The traumatized individual suffering constant updates, now turns off their notifications in an attempt to gain a moment of silence.
The socially networked artist now offers their work to be viewed, used and abused freely.
As distributing Art Images becomes ever more immediate, the communities of creators are now effectively open sourcing their ideas for immediate reproduction, by anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Placed into a global capitalist economy it becomes absurd to sacrifice profit over the greater good of the whole.