In-Art uses the internet as a tool to include everyone in the discussion to define art, to transform the way people interpret visual culture, and to help people interact with the artworld.
At In-Art, we believe that Art is a label given to certain objects resulting from creative expression that society has deemed to be visually extraordinary or exceptional, for one reason or another. You can include yourself in this society that defines art by making your voice heard at In-Art. This website is a platform for anyone to talk about art and voice their comments, compliments, and criticisms.
include – (verb) encompassing everyone concerned, comprehensive
In-Art aims to make art history and art criticism more inclusive. We want to help debunk the idea that art is exclusively for certain elite parts of our society; that only established people are able to comment and criticize art; that only scholars can contribute to art history; that only the opinions and perspectives of certain people matter. This site wants to include anyone who has an opinion about art, design, aesthetics, and visual culture, and wants a place to voice their thoughts. Everyone contributes to culture and is affected by art whether they realize it or not.
interpret – (verb) to understand as having a particular meaning or significance
In any other context, interpret would mean to attempt to explain something. With art, interpretation is much different. It doesn’t mean to give an all-encompassing explanation of the work and the artist’s every intention behind it. Although those are great questions to ask, the task is virtually impossible by anyone, even by artists themselves. Instead, art interpretation is a collection of subjective perspectives from numerous people gathered to attempt to understand art’s impact on society as a whole.
interact – (verb) designed to respond to the commands, actions, and input of a user
In-Art runs on people’s input, involvement, and interactions, as well as their desire to talk about art in a place where they will be heard. People can interact with artworks, other users, and other platforms of art history and art criticism. In-Art wants to generate conversation online, aiming to get people to think about art more often, from different perspectives, and in different contexts.
In-Art was created by Rachel Winchester (info).
Special thanks to Emilio Garza (info) for web design consulting.