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Lol-kat is about hijacking content, trends, memes and the infrastructure from social media and putting them into new a context. The results are fragile and evolving art-works that can only fully be experienced through contribution.

This exhibition contains 3 art works that all are based on crowd sourcing and hashtags.

faceslegs2

venus

confessionbooth4

 
1. #I SEE FACES #I SEE LEGS

Web-installation

This web-based installation collects photos posted on the social picture sharing service Instagram tagged  #iseefaces and connects them to photos tagged #iseelegs.

Flick trough images by turning the two dials back and fourth, and add to the piece by uploading images tagged appropriately.

www.iseefacesiseelegs.com

 

2. #VENUS REBORN

12 digital prints on foamboard

Venus reborn is a crowd-sourced replica of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus on the social image sharing service Instagram.

 

3. # CONFESSION

Web-installation

This installation plays the 20 newest videos tagged #confession from the video sharing service Vine. After every 20 the website refreshes to include any new videos.

www.confessionchair.com

 

Contact:

katrine@lol-kat.com
+4560649606

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Hello, thank you for taking the time to look through my Unit 2 assessment posts. The following links will take you to the different parts of the assessment. To make a stronger link between no. 2 and no. 3 I have curated the blog by placing the relevant links in the written paper.

Also, please read no. 4 before viewing the physical body of work.

 

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Assessment Evidence:

  1. Participation in the Symposium
  2. Written paper
  3. Reflective Journal/curated blog (written paper AND blog links)
  4. Practical Work resolved according to your proposal and presented professionally as part of the final exhibition

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Present, in the final exhibition, a resolved body of creative practice that has evidenced the systematic enhancement of your knowledge and understanding. 

My MA began with a question “Can art be social?”  I saw art as something that was generally regarded exclusive and elitist and in opposition to inclusive and non-elitist behaviour found on social media platforms. Could art be crowd sourced by non-professionals through social media? And would it still have value and justification?

My research paper on the similarities between the Fluxus art movement and social media was a cornerstone in my creative development. Though my goal was not to create Fluxus art, the idea of experience through active participation, and the artist as a curator became key values. And due to my arts immediate and simple qualities I decided than rather than only exhibiting one single piece, I wanted to create a small series of different experiences.

Therefore, my final exhibition consists of three separate art works that share methodologies but uses them in different ways. They all build on popular social media platforms rather than creating new ones, and use hash tags as a method to filter content and put it into a new context.

Since my art is both web-based and interactive I decided to learn basic coding. With the help from more experienced programmers I have also been working with Processing.

Analyse and reflect coherently upon your own practice and its context in both written and verbal forms. 

For my early research I focused on the mechanics of social media and social behaviour. Authors like Clay Shirky made me understand the deep unconscious social drive that makes humankind so unique. Social media artists such as Aron Koblin were also of great interest to me.

My early experiments helped me see my work in a greater context. It’s similarities to the drawing game The Exquisite Corpse turned my focus to art movements like Dadaism and Fluxus. I quickly realised that the Fluxus artist shared my wish to challenge the established ideas of aesthetics and artistic value, which became the main focus of my research paper. The research paper became a cornerstone in my creative development and the ideas of experience through active participation and the artist as a curator became key values.

Finally I found that Internet Memes have a strong connection to my practice. The implied framework of online phenomenas such as lolcats intrigue me. Though they may be crude, these memes serve as creative glue between huge numbers of people across the world

Summarise your overall progress and formulate a constructive plan for continuing Personal and Professional Development. 

The opportunity to turn my focus on this one subject for more than two years has been an inestimable experience.

In addition to my personal development as an artist, my research and final body of work have given me an in-depth understanding of the behavioral patterns of users of different social platforms and ideas for creative utilization. I plan to continue my studies and creative experiments in this area and develop my body of work further with other projects based on other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

I also plan on creating on a lecture on the subject for my BA students, which I also hope to develop into a paper or even a book.

 

 

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Something interesting has happened during my work. Somehow all my pieces are based on hashtags but I am using them in several different ways. This is rather ironic because I used to loathe hashtags and the way many people use them.

Here are some of my reflections on hashtags:

  1. They are crowd sourced meta data.
  2. They can be constructed (iseefaces and venusreborn) or simply a relevant word (confession).
  3. They can be part of a bigger trend or meme (iseefaces again).
  4. Or unique to a user or small group (venusreborn).
  5. Popular hashtags ( like confession and iseefaces) let me hijack usergenerated content and put it into new context.
  6. Constructing my own hashtag (venusreborn) has given me a platform within the platform of Instagram to order and showcase the work.
  7. They are also fragile as people often use them in other contexts (like tagging any photo iseefaces).
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Present, in the final exhibition, a resolved body of creative practice that has evidenced the systematic enhancement of your knowledge and understanding. 

My MA began with a question “Can art be social?”  I saw art as something that was generally regarded exclusive and elitist and in opposition to inclusive and non-elitist behaviour found on social media platforms. Could art be crowd sourced by non-professionals through social media? And would it still have value and justification?

My research paper on the similarities between the Fluxus art movement and social media art was a cornerstone in my creative development. Though my goal was not to create Fluxus art, the idea of experience through active participation, and the artist as a curator became key values in my own project. And due to my arts immediate and simple qualities I decided than rather than only exhibiting one single piece, I wanted to create a small series of different experiences.

Therefore, my final exhibition consists of three separate art works that share methodologies but uses them in different ways. They all build on popular social media platforms rather than creating new ones, and use hash tags as a method to filter content and put it into a new context.

Since my art is both web-based and interactive I decided to learn basic coding. With the help from more experienced programmers I have also been working with Processing.

Analyse and reflect coherently upon your own practice and its context in both written and verbal forms. 

For my early research I focused on the mechanics of social media and social behaviour. Authors likeClay Shirky made me understand the deep unconscious social drive that makes humankind so unique. Social media artists such as Aron Koblin were also of great interest to me.

My early experiments helped me see my work in a greater context. It’s similarities to the drawing game The Exquisite Corpse turned my focus to art movements like Dadaism and Fluxus. I quickly realised that the Fluxus artist shared my wish to challenge the established ideas of aesthetics and artistic value, which became the main focus of my research paper. The research paper became a cornerstone in my creative development and the ideas of experience through active participation and the artist as a curator became key values.

Finally I found that Internet Memes have a strong connection to my practice. The implied framework of online phenomenas such as lolcats intrigues me. Though they may be crude, these memes serve as creative glue between huge numbers of people across the world.

Summarise your overall progress and formulate a constructive plan for continuing Personal and Professional Development. 

The opportunity to turn my focus on this one subject for more than two years has been an inestimable experience.

In addition to my personal development as an artist, my research and final body of work have given me an in-depth understanding of the behavioral patterns of users of different social platforms and ideas for creative utilization.I plan to continue my studies and creative experiments in this area and develop my body of work further with other projects based on other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

I also plan on creating on a lecture on the subject for my BA students, which I also hope to develop into a paper or even a book.

 

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Here are the descriptions for the three final art works.

faceslegs2

I SEE FACES I SEE LEGS

Iseefaces is a popular Internet tag used for images or inanimate objects that appear to have a face. This web-based installation collects photos posted on the social picture sharing service Instagram tagged  #iseefaces and connect them to photos tagged #iseelegs putting them into a new context. Viewers can flick trough images by turning two dials on the side and add to the art piece by uploading images tagged appropriately. The installation updates it self every two and a half minutes to include any new images.

Web: iseelegsiseefaces.com

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venus

VENUS REBORN

Venus reborn is a crowd-sourced replica of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus on Instagram. Each contributor is given a slice of the original image and asked to make their own version. When using my custom created tag #venusreborn and posted the right order, the photos appear as a full image on the Instagram thumbnail page. I printed the images from the two latest versions of project and mix and matched them to a new art piece.

Search for the hash tag #venusreborn on the Instagram phone app to see the original examples.

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confessionbooth4

CONFESSION CHAIR

This confessional-like installation plays the 20 newest videos tagged #confession from the 6 seconds video sharing service Vine. After every 20 the website refreshes to include any new videos. The #confession hash tag is not constructed like the former ones. This installation is a comment to the way we use social media to share our innermost thoughts.

Web: confessionchair.com

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Here are some pictures of the show build. I am happy to say I finished in time but only because I had help from my husband and Jonathan friend (who is also named Jonathan!)

We had enough to do – One of my walls had a huge hole in it and the the other area I was using had yet to be painted. The build took all five days with out a minute to spare.

I ended up giving up on my twitter piece which did not feel ready and focusing  on my 3 other pieces.

The Venus Reborn was created with a mix of pictures from my two last Venus’, printed in digital print and cut into individual 30×30 cm images that were mounted on 8 mm foam board.

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For the Confessional I borrowed one of the courses small screens and hanged it directly on the wall. I had brought a 2006 mac mini from home which ran the website. The parameters work well but I had some issues with Firefox that would freeze the video when it had been running for some hours. This is even more troublesome because the screen is difficult to see as it is placed behind a radiator grill and there is no room for a mouse and keyboard behind my little wall. Luckily I had a spare PowerMate button from the faces/legs project which I set up to let others restart Firefox easily …

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I gave up on building a frame around the faces/legs project because the wall it was mounted on was so crooked that it would be virtually impossible to get the frame straight also the TV looked beautiful as it was – so instead I changed the code so the Processing app had black borders instead of grey, and Ed Kelly helped me turn the images counter clockwise so I could hang the TV the other way around. We cut holes for the PowerMate button so they come straight out of the wall.

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For the show I will be running the iseefacesiseelegs.com website through a Processing app. The app will draw it’s data directly from the website (instead of Instagram). I had programmer Jonas help me build an administration system that lets me take out all the “wrong” images it’s pretty cool because it also lets me load more than 20 images at a time which was the maximum Instagram would return through the API.

 

Skærmbillede 2013-08-25 kl. 22.28.27

 

Here’s how I select or deselect incoming pictures.

The point of the installation is that it is realtime so he system also lets me get a couple of new images from the website.

Skærmbillede 2013-08-25 kl. 22.34.15

 

 

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Vine has no official API which has made building a website for the confession piece a challenge. Jonas my programming friend who I’ve hired to help me build the sites has worked on it for hour on end but we had to go with the next best solution. The problem is that we can’t detect when a video is finished to automatically play the next. This means that we have set the website to play a video every length too 7 seconds (a Vine is about 6 seconds). This works fine on computers with a high speed Internet connection but not on mobile devices as iPads and iPhones which is a shame because my plan was to use an iPad for my installation. We also couldn’t adjust the size of the video and keep it center of the screen. This doesn’t really matter as the video will be playing behind a screen. For the show version Jonas has helped me build a version where I can adjust the size of the video and play length with parameters. Example: confessionchair.com/show/?milliseconds=9000&zoom=1.7. If you want to try you can change the parameters in the top and se how the result changes. (Load it in Firefox). The regular version of the website is this: confessionchair.com.

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Luckily we have a large scale printer at my work so I decided to print both versions of the Venus in two different sizes. I like the larger size the best (30×30 cm) but it is quite pixelated. Since I can’t decide weather or not this a good or bad look for the work I printed a smaller version also. She looks great in print though. I’ve printed both of the latest versions though I might actually mix and match them together for the show.

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