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aisha Grayson, a curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is dedicated in her career to present the ever changing world with the most modern form of digital art. The goal of museums is to connect with their surrounding 

community to create successful and interesting exhibitions that are drawn from the culture of the community.  Grayson’s curation of time-base media was one form of art that could be looked at via screen during the lockdown of the global pandemic Covid-19. Time-based media includes video, slide, film, audio or computer based art. To experience time-baised media is the to watch the art unfold over time according to the artist’s vision as the images are played back. 

In the vastness of the Smithsonian collection the American public was not full represented among the exhibitions. Museums, to achieve success, must understand the wants, preferences, and culture of the surrounding community. Through press releases a museum can construct an exhibit to attract the surrounding public. Grayson works hard to fully represent every unique individual of the American public. Grayson’s intentions branch from her undergrad focus in art history, politics, and feminism. The Smithsonian was not fully reflecting the full American public, but the groundbreaking artists at the creation of time-biased media were mostly woman and people of color.

Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995, fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel and wood; color, sound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2002.23, © Nam June Paik Estate

Nan June Paik as shown above was the first ground breaking Korean- American artist producing time-based media from 1960s – early 2000s. The Electronic Superhighway is made up of a collection of generic loops chosen to describe each state by Paik’s generic understanding of what each state is all about. This piece attempts to make American’s think about how does the loops depicted from within your state shape or represent you.

Girl, Simone Leigh, Chitra Ganesh, My Dreams, My Works Must Wait Till After Hell, 2011, single-channel digital video, color, sound; 07:14 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Acquisition Fund, 2019.33.1, © Girl (Simone Leigh and Chitra Ganesh); Courtesy of the artists and Luhring Augustine, New York Non-profit funding fundraising

Time-based media presents art in a way that is not static. Media is a language that can be shared internationally, every day at a tremendous scale. In a world that has become so globalized the largest institutions of our societies must take it upon themselves to delve into inclusion in all facets of said institution. Think about the comfort and familiarity that inclusion stirs up within groups of people. The familiarity of the mundane and old hierarchy of society must me broken down. For the weak and fragile egos of those upset by inclusion it is time for every human to understand we are all one unique collective of human beings living among each other.

By starting and being a part of meaningful conversations can the vibrational change begin to occur. We must want to go through this societal or global transition to rise our collective Earth population to a high more excepting conscious. Grayson is doing her part by standing in her career to raise up woman and people of color at the SAAM. What will you do? 

Grayson has begun to prepare for the future by pondering:

"How will artists process this lock down?”

For time-biased media artists, their art is meant to be consumed via the web. These digital artists are expected to be the most successful when breaking out of the old ways of the pdf and boring white gallery. Our global situation everyone has rediscovered the power of the web. Grayson is extemely interested how   artist will play and mess with zoom to create. 

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