Exploring Artists’ Networks and Motivations through Crowd-Sourced Data
Why do artists make art? The situation of artists is currently more precarious than ever. We think there is hardly a better time to take a moment and reflect upon what drives them and under what conditions they work.
visitmyorbit is a portal into the life of 150 contemporary artists working in various fields, predominantly in Berlin. The website quotes artists’ motivations, shows their studio locations as well as the connections between them – creating an inside view into their networks. All data was collected manually and evaluated in a constant dialogue with the artists over a period of more than one year.
Highlighting individual artists points out their relation and closeness to other artists – socially in the network and physically on the map – giving a glimpse into the different artists' milieus. Once you're curious about an artist, you can deep dive into the respective studio visit and interview on visitmytent.
The long-term project aims to capture the transformation of artists’ work and studio situations and to enable access to art outside of exhibition spaces. The aim is to develop an ethnography of artistic work, taking into account specifically artistic modes of existence, often characterized by scarce resources and precarious social security.
visitmyorbit is a website and interactive visualization conceptualized and implemented by Stephanie Neumann and Alsino Skowronnek in Berlin in 2021.