Today we present an exhibition by Carrie Ida Edinger, which is a “restaging” of an online collection project, exploring the space between the physical and digital via that most basic of ephemera – the newsprint coupon. Enjoy this exploration! ~ Laura

The restaging of the Internet-based Collection Project artifactual object, The Coupon Collection, was exhibited at the Newark Free Library public display case from June 4 – August 17, 2012. Friends of the Newark Free Library in Newark, Delaware offer display cases to exhibit individual or public organizations interest, artifacts, or even a collection. These cases are meant to be used as a venue for the community and to enrich the library community. The exhibit was a segment of the Coupon Collection as well as a summary of the statement for this collection.

Coupon Collection presented in the Newark Free Library display case.

Coupon Collection presented in the Newark Free Library display case.

 

Third shelf presenting archiving/ management practices of the collection.

Third shelf presenting archiving/ management practices of the collection.

Top left side of display case with display board presenting a segment of the February 2011 Expiration Group of the Coupon Collection.

Top left side of display case with display board presenting a segment of the February 2011 Expiration Group of the Coupon Collection.

From the artist’s statement about the Coupon Collection:

The coupon within the Coupon Collection represents a type of tangible artifactual object from the present day print media culture. The idea for the collection began by acknowledging that the form of the coupon is in an alternating state between tangible (print media form) or intangible (stored digitally in an electronic device). Print media coupons are at a transitional point of use with online coupon codes and smartphones giving the ability to scan quick response (QR) codes for savings without handling paper coupons. The Coupon Collection demonstrates how the coupon is an artifact of the transitional process of print media culture and the social interactions of exchange between person and mass consumption.

Read the full artist’s statement on her website.

QR codes did accompany the statement and provide a visual of the alternating state between tangible (print media form) or intangible (stored digitally in an electronic device). The opportunity to restage at a library offers the options to view the collection in person to a diverse public and if the individual chooses to continue to follow the collection via the Internet.

An application was submitted to the Friends of the Newark Free Library committee to be selected for the yearly exhibit schedule. During the review process, the committee had an interest and concerns of how the Coupon Collection would be displayed as a collection that is still active. An example of the archiving and management practice was included in the exhibit with a brief description to acknowledge the current collecting process.

Carrie Ida Edinger’s collection project is formed by material culture methods, along with social and culturally based research relating to the collection themes. In June 2013, the Internet-based collection project was included as a web-based artwork in the Currents 2013 Santa Fe International New Media Festival. As an artist, Carrie currently resides in Newark, Delaware and maintains a blog: http://carrieidaedinger.blogspot.com/ documenting her investigations with her current projects and digital media.

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