January, 2012 Monthly archive

We were asked to read Lev Manovich‘s essay The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life (2008). By great luck this essay is direct relation to my project (and now added to my theoretical research).

I was especially interrested in his thoughts on remixing and amateur art creation. Manovich is very positive about the standards of quality in non-professional content creation. And he feels that in many ways these amateurs or rather young professionals are raising the bar compared to to the work of many established artist.

He also points out that new media enables creating art or content as a part of a conversation. This is also in my opinion a very unique and important difference to other media platforms, and one that I would love to explore even more. It made me think of the Gregory Brothers, a Brooklyn based group of siblings who remix YouTube video content (news clips or other memes) and make them into music. What is really interesting is how the group add value to their own work by inviting others to create their own versions of the songs and uploading them as direct responses.

Through my work as an Art Director I am used to work in team because this often stimulates the creative thinkings process 1+1 = 3! (Imagine this principle and multiply all three numbers with 1.000.000 …)

There can’t be any doubt that creation through online conversation is an incredible driver/motivation. Like a word wide brainstorm.

Manovich reminds os that through history all art has been created as reaction to something else – the real difference is the speed that it is happening now and that the “amateurs” have joined the conversation.

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Polish protester - http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/
Polish protester – http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/

It is strange times, our beautiful democratic Internet is under attack from many sides. And just as the heat of SOPA and PIPA has cooled – Several of Europes governments (including my own countrys) has signed another sneaky agreement, ACTA – and ACTA is not just a local bill – it’s world wide. Let’s hope that the European parliament turns it down. I wonder what kind of lobby work is being done since all these laws turn up at the same time. ACTA was designed by Japan and USA in 2006 … Is it really the entertainment industries that are doing lobby work in this scale. I keep thinking that they just don’t know the consequences of their work. Actually, no one really does – I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

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Finally… I have just uploaded my project proposal to the blog.
WUHUU! It feels really good to have have more concrete plan for my project!
It’s placed under the link to the Bibliography in the right hand side of the blog, with two earlier drafts posted under it. And If needed there is also a link to a PDF version here and on the page.

<———– LINK TO PDF (updated on the 23rd of January)

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I would like to get back to Ben Davis’ use of the Semiotic Square. By using it he visualises 4 possible ways of classifying Social Media art – and then he more or less rules out both “New Media Art” and “Art Mods”. Leaving us with these two categories:

1. Art that uses social media.

My thoughts: This could be a type of “Generative Art” or “Data Art” .that is powered by social media data or merely be an artist that uses a social platform as place to showcase or broadcast their art.


2. Social Art collaboration

My thoughts: This could be art that is co-created or crowdsourced (what you might call af type of “Interactive art”). In this case the role of the artist would changes to be more of a curator/facilitator.


The problem: While both of these categories rightly can be classified Social Media Art, they are very different from each other.

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Wikipedia is one of the best examples I know of co-creation. Studies show that Wikipedia is as accurate as the english encyclopedea Britannica. Now they are announcing their first ever blackout due to the proposed bills SOPA and PIPA … My personal opinion is that is is a mistake when governments try to build laws on how principles from a time before the democratization of media.

From Wikipedia’s own webpage:

To: English Wikipedia Readers and Community
From: Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
Date: January 16, 2012

Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate — that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made.


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I added a loooot of new books to my Bibliography. Most of them are piling up on my desk… The question is: WHEN will I manage to get through them all?

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I posted this earlier today thinking it wasn’t relevant to my project. But re-reading the last paragraph of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky, I realized it is.

He describes a scene at friends house where a four-year-old runs behind a TV to look for a mouse, and then says:

Four-year-olds, old enough to start absorbing the culture they live in but with little awareness of its antecedents, will not have to waste their time later trying to unlearn the lessons of Childhood spent watching Gilligan’s Island. They will just assume that media includes the possibility og consuming, producing, and sharing side by side. How else would you do it?

An iPad Is A Magazine That Does Not Work

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I am truly amazed how much real-time face tracking has evolved lately.

Just today I was presented to these great examples that are all built on the same open source code called FaceTracker by Jason Saragih. While I am still not sure if this is relevant to my project (here we go again). I am really exited by the creative possibilities in this new software …

The shown work is by Kyle McDonald & Aturo Castro.

FaceOSC from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

Scramble Suit from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

Faces from arturo castro on Vimeo.


Via Felix Nielsen & Creative Applications Network


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Video blog #2 from Katrine Granholm on Vimeo.

Some thoughs about my project …

password: lol-kat

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If you look at the bottom right corner of my blog, you will find my Instagram feed. I really like this photo sharing platform. It’s very open because you can easily connect with and follow new people. And I also enjoy it’s simplicity. It’s just about photos – many of them taken on/and edited on iPhones. Almost like a digital Lomo society. Many people use it to document interesting observations and details that would have been missed had they not been framed. It’s a creative community that spans from amateurs to professionals and therefore it may (or may not) fit quite nicely into my project.

Here are some examples from my own feed

My son painted the floor

Portugese graffiti

Topper in shadow

Saatchi Gallery

Ooooh – and I forgot to mention – Instagram users are used to daily challenges and competitions where a brief is set and users interpret the brief in a photo tagged with the title of the project. I think I might use Instragram in my testing process.

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