|

Imagine the number of times you’ve posted, liked, or shared the documentation of a work on Facebook that you believed was compelling. Now imagine if every one of those promotions lead to an entry in a public archive of works. What if your “share” could become a valuable component of someone’s research topic or an ensemble’s programming? On Facebook, your “like” may drive an emerging artist’s recognition and development at any given moment in time. And then it’s gone. How many times have you engaged in a formative argument or discussion or brainstorming session on Facebook about a YouTube post? Only to have that thread fade into the ether of a feed filled with kittens and UpWorthy posts; serving no one. Facebook is without a doubt the most interesting platform for arts distribution available for free to the world and it has changed the careers of many deserving emerging artists. But those moments have little or no agency in the study and long-term proliferation of the arts. On metafields.org, these very moments are that much-needed agency. “Likes” are now your supplement to a crowd-sourced metadata pool, “shares” are a curatorial stance, and comments are a musicological, dramaturgical, and critical theoretical collaborative discourse.