Reimagining the near past and constructing local identities. A Fulbright project by Linnea West (2012-13)
I included my original proposal in the first post, but now that I am starting to build the website I have to make some choices about specifics. I conceived of this website as a virtual gallery, an online English-language website providing an introduction to contemporary Hungarian artists, a space to publish an essay on national identity in the contemporary visual arts, and in my wildest technical dreams a user responsive archive that would let you track and create your own journey through the artworks and draw your own connections.
However, we all have to start somewhere. So I began with a free WordPress hosted blog as the engine of the engine of the website. While I originally wanted to build the site myself, a WordPress-hosted site will require no maintenance on my or anyone else’s part in the future, allowing this to continue to exist as a resource indefinitely.
The home page of the website is the blog, updated with status updates on the project, interesting quotes I come across in my research, artwork that maybe doesn’t fit into the larger scope of the project but that provides relevant context nonetheless, and other related thoughts.
On the left side of the page, you can see that the main navigation is set to Essay, Artists, and About pages. The essay page is where I will present the results of my research. Within the Essay section, you can also find the Bibliography and Additional Resources pages (located in the sub-navigation under the essay) in hopes that those who are interested in doing their own research will find them useful.
Under Artists, you can find pages where I feature more images of the artists and works I discuss in my essay. I consider their work, much like the quotes I so often plan to include on this blog, primary source material. Everything in the essay can be considered a reaction and response to them. Feel free to meander through their work in your own way rather than following the journey I hope to take you on in my essay. In fact, I choose to feature images and information prominently so you can also consider it for yourself. The artists presented here are not representative of the Hungarian scene overall by any means, but I consider them of particular interest to the topic of national identity as I frame it in terms of critical, Conceptual responses that highlight the theme of historical consciousness.
The About page shares a little more about my project’s scope and rationale, and about me.