In 2007 Brooke Singer produced an online data visualization site, Superfund365 (www.superfund365.org), exhibited at Eyebeam in 2008 as part of the Feedback exhibition. The project and web site highlighted a different Superfund site or the worst contaminated sites as designated by the EPA each day for a year. Currently she is working on a photography and book project drawing from that large online archive and her experiences visiting communities across the nation affected by Superfund. She is choosing which sites to photograph with her large format camera for a variety of reasons: the site has a fascinating history, a site’s stakeholders are in contention over its future use, a site’s history is exemplary of how places become contaminated or a site appears anything but toxic. Sometimes an eloquent user contribution to the online archive compels a visit.
With 9 million blogs, umpteen online message boards, thousands of shows on hundreds of cable channels, and an increased number of magazines on the newsstand, the number of outlets for expressing criticism has never been higher and the barriers to would-be critics have never been lower. Is this devaluing evaluation or does the shotgun approach result in better criticism? YOU be the Judge!