Floorplan of St. Peter’s Basilica and RG Studio ERD by Richard Goldstein, 2017.

The Database Development and Design course culminated in the design and implementation of a relational database of my own invention. Branching off my interest in the intersection of studio practice and information science, I realized a relational database that would serve the painting practice of my art studio. The project was approached in three phases including modeling, implementation, and querying.

I established four principles to approach the realization of my database.

  1. Data tells a story and its modeling shapes a narrative.
  2. Experienced this way, a database could be an atomic novel or journal.
  3. Data is a medium.
  4. A database is an architecture of things and thoughts.




Richard Goldstein is an artist and archivist working in and between those practices.

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