Metafields.org is a publicly curated archive of the performing arts.


Mission:

In an arts landscape filled with a confusing number of ineffective distribution mechanisms, metafields.org aims to make things simple. It combines the openness of YouTube, the information resource and search functionality of an academic library, and the aesthetic curation of a record label. Metafields.org supports the ever-increasing tendencies of interdisciplinary collaboration by hosting five broad fields of temporal art in one site: Film, Music, Dance, Theater, and Visual Art. This mission is aided by a variety of features drawn from social media (crowd sourcing, metadata, tags, user profiles, creative commons, etc.) which are easy to use and free of charge. Monthly volunteer curators assist in the site’s maintenance and growth. They also make sure that artistic attribution, subjective aesthetic specificity, and documentation quality are at a level they believe in. Every entry has at least two human beings standing behind it: the artist and the curator. Partner organizations, ensembles, and arts organizations expand this collaborative community by making content contributions from their own archives. Metafields.org is a non-exclusive co-hosting site that functions more as an aggregator and search tool than as a mechanism for the gain of any one artist, label, or company. Content on metafields.org can exist in multiple places for maximum visibility and proliferation. But unlike the ephemeral nature of Facebook, the unlimited breadth of YouTube (kitties!), or the exclusivity and expense of the record industry, metafields.org is designed to support one thing: contemporary temporal arts.


Everyday use:

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.


FAQ:

Why would I use metafields.org?

If you’re looking for a piece by a specific composer, choreographer, filmmaker, artist, or director, you’ll find it here via those search terms. If you can’t think of the composer’s name but you remember who played it or what instruments they played, you’ll find it here. If you only remember when and where you saw the performance or screening, you’ll find that here, too. The “meta” in metafields.org stands for metadata while the “fields” stands not only for the five fields of artistic disciple but also the required text fields that the artist and curators complete to optimize the searches of users.

Can I release my entire album on metafields.org?

Yes. And we won’t prevent you from also releasing it on any other site or label. But they may prevent you from releasing it on ours. Be sure to check in with your label. Maybe they will love our mission and want to become a partner of metafields.org.

How is my work protected from copyright infringement?

Are you kidding? There is obviously no way to protect against that. But we support the mission of creative commons and have faith in humanity that people will do the right thing.

Can I sell my work on metafields.org?

Sure. If you feel like your work is best distributed with a price tag, you can sell it via Vimeo On Demand. You’ll take 90% of the revenue. Vimeo takes the rest. metafields.org takes nothing.

Why should I curate?

Have you ever posted a performance documentation from YouTube to Facebook because you wanted everyone to know about it? That’s why. Except that on metafields.org, your post stays up forever and contributes to an essential library of works.

Why should my ensemble, venue, or organization become a partner? Will I have to pay?

You should become a partner because you want your organization’s archive to co-exist with other like-minded organizations and pieces. There is no cost. Your organization will have its own site on metafields.org dedicated to your mission and your content. This material will then also be a part of the total library of searchable works contained within metafields.

Does metafields.org offer its own documentation services? I would like to add my next concert to the site.

Yep. Rosskarre.com/rkad. Mention metafields.org in your quote request and get a 5% discount. Contact one of the curators to see if they want to add your show to the site. Add your program notes to our blog and to the metadata surrounding your submission.

What goes on metafields.org?

Anything the curators and partners decide to approve. Their only instructions are to stay within the realm of “contemporary temporal arts”… whatever the hell that means.

What doesn’t go on metafields.org?

Kitty videos

Ads that aren’t also documentaries

Does metafields.org support popular music, dance, theater (broadway), hollywood films, and commercial design?

If the curators think it should be included, then yes. But metafields.org’s mission isn’t to proliferate the already-popular. So it’s unlikely that curators will decide to include material within those genres.


metafields.org Glossary:

User: anyone who registers with metafields.org. Users can submit content for approval by the curators.

Submit/Submission: the process by which you add your art to metafields.org

Entry: an approved submission becomes an entry on metafields.org. Entries can be found via metafields.org’s search and filtration functions.

Curator: a volunteer who is selected by a previous curator to migrate works from Vimeo, YouTube, and Soundcloud to metafields.org. Curators also approve submissions by users.

Partner: an organization who has committed to migrating (co-hosting) their content to metafields.org. Partners have a page dedicated to their mission and work on metafields.org.

Migrate: to embed a Vimeo, YouTube, or Soundcloud URL within metafields.org and accompany it with the necessary metadata information

Metadata: information pertinent to a work. The “who what when where and why” of a submission

Fields: a text entry blank or a “field” of discipline, depending on the context

Co-hosting: because metafields.org is a non-exclusive host, each migration of content from YouTube, Vimeo, and Soundcloud serves as an additional location for content. You can embed your content in an as many locations as you desire (pending permission from other forces and rights holders). metafields.org will be another place for your art, not an exclusive place.