Phantom Captain: researching art and crowdsourcing

By Andrea Grover, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 12 years 18 weeks ago.

I'm curating an exhibition on Art and Crowdsourcing for Apex Art, NY, and would love to hear suggestions for artworks that rely exclusively on "user-generated content." I've pasted a description of the exhibition below.

Phantom Captain: Art and Crowdsourcing
Curated by Andrea Grover
Apex Art, New York
October 18 - November 25

Phantom Captain explores art collaboration that involves amateur groups of individuals responding to “crowdsourcing” initiatives created by artists. The term crowdsourcing was coined by Jeff Howe and Mark Robinson of Wired Magazine and describes “user-generated content,”
or outsourcing labor to armies of amateurs. Crowdsourcing is the methodology behind websites like Wikipedia, Threadless, Ebay, Flickr, Youtube, Blogger, etc., where without the user, all that exists is the conduit for sharing media. User reviews and recommendations are the
driving force behind websites like Netflix and Amazon. While crowdsourcing is becoming common practice in business, its potential is also being harnessed by artists to create communal artworks.

(FYI, Phantom Captain is a chapter in Buckminster Fuller's first book, Nine Chains to the Moon, and is used to describe consciousness. Fuller said all phantom captains are connected. Fuller wrote that if all the people of the earth stood on each other's shoulders, they
could make nine chains to the moon.)

Confirmed artists: Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July (, Jeff Howe (Wired), Davy Rothbart (Found Magazine), Allison Wiese (artists' cookbook), Aaron Koblin (, more.