An address book is often a telling reflection it's owner's life and
habits. It can indicate levels of organization, technological savvy, lifestyle
choices and personal history. It is a database utilizing the international
postal and telephone systems and its use demonstrates an acceptance of
'old', and perhaps new, communication technology. It is a record of personal
and professional relationships.
Curatorial practice is dependent upon the development of relationships.
The curator is responsible for presenting exhibitions where relationships
can explored. She is also responsible for developing relationships with
the artists, to raise funds for exhibitions, to disseminate information
about the art and the artists as well as to develop an audience to view
the exhibition. Accomplishing this is no small task and one that requires
more than administrative panache. It requires an understanding of the value
of art and a desire to share that knowledge with a variety of people in
a variety of ways. It requires the support and participation of the community
and a lifestyle that accommodates a career of participation within that
community. The curator's address book is a record of relationships developed
over the span a career and a life. This journal of the curator's network
is the basis of the portraits on this site.
Each of the women portrayed on this site provided a photograph and the
telephone numbers listed in the 'o' section of their address book. From
this data, a moving and digital portrait is created and broadcast on the