Three is no longer a crowd, it’s crowdsourcing. Thanks to technology, artist and consumer alike can participate in open crowdsourcing calls and contribute to a community-based design events via the internet. At its most basic it is distributed problem solving being successfully leveraged by companies like Nike and Local Motors. However, while enabled by technology, this modern-day concept of creative mass contribution were seeded in the roots ofSurrealism and the Exquisite Corpse, a collaborative composition of words and/or images. To that end, data visualization artist Aaron Koblinmasterfully leverages crowdsourced works where he is artist, editor, producer, visionary ― and facilitator.
Check out the variety of Koblin’s projects on his website including The Single Lane Super Highway, 3 Dreams of Black, and my personal favorite The Johnny Cash Project. In this collaboration with director Chris Milk, participants were invited to create a drawing that gets woven into a collective tribute to Johnny Cash, set to his song “Ain’t No Grave.”