A book has neither subject nor object, it is made of differently formed materials, of quite different dates and speeds (...). In a book, as in anything else, there are lines of structuring or segmentariness, strata, territorialities; but there are also vanishing points, movements of deterritorialisation and destratification (...). A book is a multiplicity. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus - Capitalism and Schizophrenia. 1987
In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari use the image of the rhizome (as opposed to the model of the tree) to refer to an organisation of a book which is capable of escaping from its traditional image. The new Fundació Antoni Tàpies website sets out to establish its organisation model and discourse analysis based on the nature of the rhizome, in its expansive wealth and complexity.
From a conviction that, in addition to providing the cultural spaces with new tools for the dissemination and communication of their projects, the new technologies also generate new forms of understanding and experiencing them, this website not only brings a change in design from the previous one, it substantially rethinks the bases of its operation and the processing of information. It has been developed with the aim of making Fundació Antoni Tàpies known to a wider public and presents a large archive of the material and documentation generated by the exhibitions and activities of the institution over its fifteen years of existence. But, rather than a static container of information, it aims to be a platform for discussion and experiment and a generator of critical thought, and to have a strong social and political commitment. Concepts such as flexibility, usability, accessibility, syndication and open standards and formats have been crucial in its development.
The new Foundation website is conceived as an open site, alive and in constant construction and evolution. Its home page presents a selection of contents that changes according to the programme and activities of the moment. Other sections are specifically conceived to present special contents, also changing, such as recordings, videos and notes related to the Foundation activities.
In order to navigate horizontally and non-hierarchically, the information on the website is always presented in context, showing the relations between projects, activities and participants visually and through links. That horizontality can also be seen in the design of the language selection tools: on each page of the website the user can choose the language (Catalan, Spanish or English). Among other noteworthy sections, the website contains a directory of the contributors who have taken part in Fundació Antoni Tàpies projects, with important biographical information about each one, linked to the exhibitions, publications and activities related to their participation.
In order to ensure accessibility and avoid discrimination for reasons derived from the context of use or individual disabilities, the new Foundation website observes the accessibility guidelines developed by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).
The new website is sensitive to the concepts of collective, decentralised publication of contents, and to the direct participation of the different kinds of user. Through the use of open standards and formats (Dublin Core and RSS) and free operating systems (SPIP - Système de Publication Pour l’Internet Participative - and Wordpress), the website provides and promotes the integration of part of its contents on other websites, operating systems, applications and platforms, and is a useful tool both for the regular user and the Foundation team or the teams of other cultural institutions.