How To

By popular request, here is a little run-down of how events get posted to The Visualist. Our project is constantly changing, so this information may be out of date already; that said, here’s what’s up. When you fill out the form on the Submit page, please follow the grey text as for formatting. This project sort of came together quickly and with inherited idiosyncrasies, so the computers are sensitive in multiple ways. We’re working on this.

The title of your event can be whatever you choose, but all you really need is the name of the artist, followed by a colon, followed by the title of the exhibition. An example would be William S.: Urban Epipoetics. If you have multiple artists, just leave the title, so Urban Epipoetics. Please do not use capital letters or extra punctuation; if you need to draw attention to your event, use a brightly colored photo for the show instead.

The computers like simple venue names. If the space is embedded in an institution, just skip to the good stuff and mention the institution in the event description. For example, rather than saying Gallery RAS located at Michael A. Miles Center,  The Locke University of Liberal Arts & Pure Sciences, try Gallery RAS.

All websites should begin with http:// or the computers will think you’re linking to a different url on thevisualist. For example.

Dates should be written as day number, month name, and year (e.g. 31 January 2012) or the computers will think you’re talking about December 31st, 1969. This is a common problem.

Fill out as much information as possible, but don’t feel like you need to fill out everything to get your event posted; for example, if you only include the event date and start / end times, the computers will interpret this as a one-night show. If you fill out the exhibition dates but not the event date, the computers will interpret your submission as having no opening or reception, only exhibition and closure.

In the tags field, please include the venue name followed by a list of all of the artists, curators, participants, handlers, or other people who are important to the event’s creation, and finally a reference to the neighborhood. Do not list words like “painting,” “poem,” or “art,” as these should be self-evident or included in the description field. An example would be Gallery RAS, William S., Michael A. Miles, Mathew Goulish, Nicole Loraux, Kate Love, Hyde Park.