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Alexis Hyde

Our chat with the curator of a new online concept championing young creatives

by Largetail
on 07 October 2010

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Pushing insistently at what a blog is and can do, the recently-launched The Smartest Thing She's Ever Said is an interesting take on storytelling in the digital age. Teams of visual artists and writers collaborate to create a loose serialized narrative over the course of three weeks under the sharp eye of curator Alexis Hyde. Supported by Ann Taylor, the project is essentially an open platform for celebrating the work of young artists on the rise.

When we heard about The Smartest Thing She's Ever Said, we were interested in getting to know the people behind the project. Here, we speak with Alexis Hyde about art disasters, Los Angeles rising, and gut reactions.

In no less than two but no more than three sentences, who are you and what do you do?

I 'm Alexis, and I am the curator of the site. Translation: I help the artists flesh out their ideas into a form that is translatable for the platform and help coordinate some of the logistics of running the blog.

The age of information has in some way, shape, or form turned everyone into a curator of sorts. What do you think makes your perspective special?

I have such a hard time with people calling me or themselves a curator just because I or they have a blog where they compile images. I’m a blogger, a writer, and perhaps a collector of images of works that I admire, and haven’t considered myself a curator until I started working on this project where there's a concise voice and a vision that the artists are trying to achieve.

Honestly, I don’t think my perspective is special. What I do know about it is that I am always honing it. Every day I try to absorb as much information as I can. Also, I have learned to trust my gut when it comes to art; if I am not immediately attracted, moved or affected then I move on. There is too much for me to waste my time on something that doesn’t have immediate draw or impact. Which is what I am loving about this first story on, each image and piece of story stand on their own and have the ability to immediately grab your attention.

You've got exactly 10 minutes in your museum of choice before it burns to the ground. What do you save and why?

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