Everyone’s a curator at the Brooklyn Museum’s Click! exhibition. Last March, the museum invited photographers to submit one photo that addressed the theme of "Changing Faces of Brooklyn." Inspired by James Surowiecki’s book The Wisdom of Crowds, organizers uploaded the 389 responses to the museum’s website for the general public to evaluate.
Each photograph was displayed without artist attribution and at random for each evaluator, and artists were unable to forward links of individual submissions to friends and family. The process yielded 400,000 individual responses, and starting Friday the photographs will be installed at the Brooklyn Museum “according to their relative ranking by the crowd, enabling visitors to see how different groups within the crowd evaluated the same works.” As these sample photographs suggest, mob rule is looking pretty good.