December, 2011 Monthly archive

By reading the article by Ben Davis I became aware of two different types of social media art. And they are quite different from each other.

One is “art that uses social media” (e.g. data from social media users). Example: Don’t tell Ashton. This is really what one might call Generative art and not really that social when you think about it.

The other type is “social media art collaboration“. In this case the artist might actually become more of a curator, who sets a scene and some game rules on an online platform that people collaborate under to create a common art piece. Art collaboration is not new in it self. But social media enables unprofessional to join effort with pros and thus removing the boarders between professionals and amateurs. This is truly social, but one could question the results. It also opens the question about ownership… I will get back to this in a later blog post.


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As a part of the process of writing my Project Proposal I have created a page for my Bibliography in my sidebar. It is really nice to get this part of my research organised. I usually bookmark anything relevant I come across on Delicious but even though I use tags I still have some troubles finding everything relevant for my MA (One of the reasons being that I’ve had my Delicious account for over four years and  I have only been using tags as “MA” and “Camberwell” since I started my MA). I hope this Bibliography will make it easier for myself and other readers to gain an overview of the sources I plan on using for my MA project.

It is work in progress so I will be adding to it and updating it during my MA.


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Crossroads from Katrine Granholm on Vimeo.

This my first video blog post

password: lol-kat


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To get the words flowing (and the the blog up and running), I’ve now decided to post anything that feels relevant to my project. I went to tons of seminars last week (at Eurobest), and took a lot of notes there. But rather than doing one huge post with everything that was good, I find it is probably more rewarding to post cases, theories, and technologies in short separate posts on the blog. This will hopefully make them easier for me to find later on in my process, and it saves me from writing long summaries of whole seminars. Also, it give me possibility to reflect on them isolated and put them into a new context (my own project).  I’m also reading the pile books that we’ve been assigned so soon I’ll also be reflecting over them in the same way.

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Recognizr is a new app for Android that was also mentioned by Tom Eslinger at Eurobest.

Basically the app uses face-recognition to link link you to your social media accounts. This means that you can scan a strangers face at a party and immediately friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Partly really scary stuff and partly quite practical!

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In my opinion, one of the best talks of Eurobest 2011 was by Tom Eslinger (Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide). He talked about several technological opportunities and trends emerging in digital communication right now.

One was “Gamification” which is described on Wikipedia this way:

Gamification is the use of game design techniques and mechanics
to solve problems and engage audiences.

A well known example of Gamification is Foursquare that rewards users with badges and points for check-ins. Tom Eslinger presented an app called EpicWin as another great example. EpicWin (by Rexbox) is basicly a checklist crossed with a computer game. You put down your days chores and tasks and then gain points every time you complete one. You choose an avatar and can even move up levels if you make enough progress. To me this is fantastic. It actually works because it motivates me and serves as a small pet on the shoulder. Yes it’s also silly, but it’s a great way to engage people.

I wasn’t planning on using Gamification for my project, but now I feel I might because I see many social opportunities in it (e.g. multiplayer options).

EpicWin casevideo

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This “Fühlometer” installation uses software that reads emotions out of random peoples faces and vizualises them in realtime. Click the link above to see a video and read a more detailed description of the project.


What a wonderful idea (I wish I had created this).


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I found last monday’a session with Matt Lee very inspirational. And I decided to clean up the blog a bit, I’ve started using categories more as “page of content” (= more overall categories), and I’ve also added a lot of new tags. I discovered from the chat with Matt that I was using my tags the same way as my categories. The new system will hopefully be helpful to both myself and others when reading and using the blog – Also it looks a bit more tidy! I’ve also added a tag cloud. I have to get used to it because it looks a bit messy for my layout (but I guess I’ll get over that quickly).

Also, I’ve decided to try to blog at least 3 times every week. It’s a tough job when I’m really busy at work – but I know it will get easier along the way and help me later! Luckily I’m not teaching much the next month so I really hope to get down and dirty with the blog.


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