First Steps

Tyler Coulton
Mar 1, 2013 2:50PM

"So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible." 

- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)

My experience as a Research Intern with the Art Genome Project has already opened up a number of bubbling conversations on the role Artsy can play to educators and historians of art, a (forever) ongoing exchange that continues to shape my own understanding of art and cultural production.

I can only say here that I am struck by the passion and ambition of the Team.  Where John Ruskin once posited, "art is... the seeking of ideal truth", I might muse that the Genome Project is similarly thoughtful and lofty. 

But putting all of this aside for a second, it is even more exciting to imagine Artsy's explosion beyond the campus gate (admittedly not the easiest task as the 'thoughtful' student intern).  If I have my own ideal truth it's a more playful one: imagining a wide-eyed child slowly scrolling through the site, encountering stunning images and journeying, like Milo, through new worlds in the tollbooth.

Tyler Coulton
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