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Beacon by Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead

Beacon is a continuous relay of live web searches as they are being made around the world that has been running since 2005. There are several different versions of this work: a gallery version, using data projections, a ‘railway flap’ installation shown in various locations (which adds the distinctive flapping sound of the sign to the piece) and an online version.  Showing is a screenshot from the online version that I captured a while back.  There are images and video of the various installations on their website:

Beacon online version screen grab

This work is interesting from a D. O. perspective because of the multiple versions, locations and formats. Which is the best one to archive in a repository? Should all iterations of it be listed in the repository record, or is it simply enough to acknowledge that the piece has happened multiple times in multiple locations and just choose to document one version more fully?

Currently on UCL Discovery with just title, author, date and item type ‘Other’.


Anything that is difficult to classify or categorize could be described as a defiant object, a simple photograph might be defiant depending on the context.  We are collecting some examples of artworks, compositions, research outputs etc. that we consider to be defiant, and as part of this project we will be creating a typology of objects or research outputs to aid repository managers and those depositing research into institutional repositories.

This example was sent to me from the University of the West of England repository.  The item type  is ‘Show/Exhibition.’

idonthaveyourmarbles by J. Dean and K.Klega

Here is the abstract from the UWE repository:

“An international ongoing collaborative project operating within a pre-existing economic framework (ebay), in which artefacts are exhibited alongside their virtual counterparts.”

Screenshot of the ebay part of the work showing the items listed on 29th March 2012.

These items are really for sale and the project blog states that it will continue at least until 100 items are sold.