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I’ve been discussing a score piece with my tutor Ed Kelly the last few tutorials. The scores were a very important part of Fluxus and I am interested in making a piece that builds on this tradition.

The idea is to make a simple website that prompts people with actions (scores) to do – and to make it truly social the scores should be added by users.

One way of doing it could be posting them through Twitter with a custom tag (like #SomeoneSays)

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A classic Fluxus score by George Brecht ‘Three Lamp Events’

and curating them on a custom mobile friendly website. Scores could show up in random order or as soon as they are posted and users might get an alert – push or sms if possible.

I wrote some test scores to examplify what I mean.

“Lay your head on the keyboard and roll it back and fourth. Post it as your next status message.”

 ”Read the tweets in your feed aloud. As if were a script for a play.”

 ”Slowly close the screen of your laptop down just so much that it is still on. Kneel on the floor and use the computer like you normally would.”

 ”USE CAPSLOCKS FOR AN INTIRE DAY.”

 ”Post ‘Charlie bit my finger ‘ to your Facebook status. Three times in a row.”

 ”Only post photographs of food that look dull and icky”

 ”Like everything in your newsfeed”

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I’ve been working with a colleague who a agreed to help me learn processing all day today and yesterday. Yesterday we covered many of the basics so today we decided to try to work on something relevant for my MA project.

I really want to do a project with Vine, but since the app doesn’t have an API yet we had to try and work around that. The idea was to let users create a score that would play tags from Vine. Each user could add a tag by writing it in the program. This turned out to be more difficult than we hoped. We kept getting stuck.

After 6 hours of trying we had to stop because it just wasn’t working. Instead I will look into doing this in HTML or using Vine another way with HTML (* more about that further down).

Instead, we ended up creating a processing app for the Iseefaces#Iseelegs project. The programme does pretty much the same as the website but it lets the two pictures use the full size of the screen and flips them sideways so I can use ONE flatscreen monitor instead of two and hang it sideways – this way I only use one computer and one screen! Also we programmed it so it will work very well with the PowerMate buttons.

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* My other idea for Vine is to take one of the following tags: secret, confession, song, shout or magic and let them load onto a HTML site like this one called VineViewer. If I choose #confession or #secret it could be nice to build a custom confession box and let the viewer act as a priest who sits on the other side listening. If I use  #magic I would simply let them play on a screen in an backward order with the most recents playing first. For #song or #shout the layout of VineViewer (which uses the custom Vine player) would be very effective because  it loads several videos at once and people may play the sound of many at a time creating a massive sound collage.

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I’ve decided on three pieces. A Score Piece that either gets video input from Vine or Instagram, a series of printed pictures (either #venusreborn or #iseefaces#iseelegs – can’t decide  and finally a box with two screens that get the feed from #iseefaces and #iseelegs website.

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For the three pieces I will need the following hardware:

#ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS

  1. Two screens
  2. One or two computers
  3. Arduino or Powermate button solutions.
  4. Internet access
  5. Build custom box

SCORE PIECE

  1. One screen
  2. One computer
  3. Internet Access
  4. Headphones
  5. (It might be a good idea to build a custom box for this piece also)

#VENUSREBORN (or more #iseefaces#iseelegs)

  1. Wall space
  2. 12 frames

 

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I might be old news that privacy is dead – especially in these Snowdon times. I did a quick search on Vine for videos tagged #secret and off course there were tons. I’m thinking about making a simple frame around a monitor with headphones connected and letting it run the most resent videos tagged #secret – it’s quite fun (and weird) to watch them. The website would work a bit like this one called Vpeaker that shows the most resent Vines.

Here are some public videos tagged #secret (Note: the Instagram imbedder doesn’t play sound automatically so you have to turn it up:

One “problem” could be that not many of the posters a using this as a serious outlet it’s most fun and games – which is natural since it’s now anonymous…

Tags like “smile” and “song” also turn up some great results.

A last thought is that I could use the tags to control the order the videos are played. I could take a sentence and post the the most resent videos that uses the words from the sentence and post them in the right order …

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I’m still not sure if I’ll be showing the #VENUSREBORN work at the final show – I still need to do a couple of second runs and it seems the midwife edition fell through. If I do show it, I will do it a a series of prints hanging together framed.

I gouess the best thing would be to start a new edition the following days and see where it takes me.

 

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I’m trying to lock down how I should do the #ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS piece for our Final Show. As I want to exhibit several smaller pieces I’ve decided to go with a more simple installation design. This is both taking in count of the work load and the lighting of the space I end up getting.

The installation will consist of two monitors hanging or standing on top of each other, a wifi enabled computer and a plywood frame with 2-4 control buttons. The buttons will allow the viewer to navigate between the faces and legs on the website.

There are several different ways of connecting external buttons to a device:

  1. I can use Arduino to create a control center for four buttons I connect (this way I can use any button I like).
  2. I could use four simple USB buttons.
  3. I could two use Griffin PowerMate buttons which can be controlled both by pressing or turning back and fourth (nice because: fewer buttons, simple hardware and it gives me an opportunity to build in a refresh function).

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I’ve collected some relevant links for the different button solutions:

USB button

Griffin PowerMate button

Arduino Push button

Arduino button tutorial

Raster Web Arduino and homemade USB button tutorial

 

 

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These pictures were posted together unintentionally by one of Denmark’s biggest newspapers :D

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I loved the Symposium 2 day – though it was hectic it was suddenly very obvious too me how different our course is to most other creative courses. Because the only thing that binds us is ‘digital’ we have ended up making more than 20 very different projects – I am very exited for the exhibition and seeing everything in one room!

I was quite happy that I managed to use so many of my findings from my research paper in the symposium video and I was overwhelmed by how positive the comments were. So, all in all  I think the symposium went very well – though being last is might also have had some influence ;)

Kiers, Jonathan and Harry recommended the Richard Dawkins Meme video - ironically enough I was in Cannes when it was shown at he New Directors Showcase but I had to attend a meeting and missed it live … I now wish I hadn’t… Here’s the link (if anyone is reading and doesn’t know it). Sadly, it might not be viral material but it is rather educational – and psychedelic.

Then I had some nice rations the pictures of lolcats I threw in the video to illustrate a point – which made me want to finish my personal project for the show but I’m afraid it’s to much work within the time I have left…

Luckily people also like the #ISEEFACESs#ISEELEGS project. This is important because I guess it will be a main piece of a sort.

The idea of getting people involved was also appreciated. Edward Kelly rightly pointed out that my main focus now should be on how I can engage people at the show – I will create a post in near future dedicated to this question!

Lionel thought I should exhibit some of the  #ISEEFACESs#ISEELEGS  work in selected prints. I think Jonathan has suggested this before and I’ve wanted to but I was afraid since I don’t own the work. We discussed that I might put the original participants name on the m instead an I really like that idea!

Lionel also had a good comment to the fact that I might end up editing the work on my website. He thought it wouldn’t be democratic and really I agree – but sadly it still might be necessary. Anyway, I think I will program it so I have the option and then  I might not use it in the end.

Thank you all on the course for your time and comments – AND thank you for showing your amazing projects!

 

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Social media networks and other digital platforms connect people from all over the world, and therefore they can easily be used as a basis for creating crowd-sourced art. I love the accessible spirit of social media, and that contributions to my art might come from anyone or anywhere in the world.
I am fascinated with Internet memes and the way they spread across cultural boundaries. Though they are often silly and have no artistic intentions they bind people together, and inspire them to play along just be a part of something bigger.

My Project Proposal.

I started my project proposal with a single question: Can art be social?

By Social Media Art, I mean art that uses social media as a platform to enable audience participation or crowd sourcing.

From my own early experiments and by looking at the work of other social media artists I quickly noticed some important differences between social media art and how we normally view art.

Art is widely regarded exclusive, created by professionals – the artists.

But because of the open and inclusive nature of social media, anyone can be part of an art project, and therefore the participants are often non-professionals.

Experience trough active participation is crucial and very different than the more passive experience of viewing the finished work of a regular artwork.

Instead of being the sole originator – I saw myself becoming more of an initiator or curator.

The Research Paper

For my research paper I chose to take a deeper look at the Fluxus movement as I noticed several similarities between the characteristics in Fluxus and those I had found my own social media art practice.
Fluxus also defied the established ideas of aesthetics and the role of the artist. Audience participation was often crucial, and the notorious Fluxus scores can be compared to the Internet Memes of today – the word Meme; meaning “to copy”.
By using the basic principles of Fluxus as a decoder I found I could come closer to identifying and understanding some of the core values in social media art.
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In his “Broadside Manifest” of ’65, founding member Maciunas actually renounces the word ‘art’ and instead calls Fluxus ‘Art-amusement.

From the Broadside Manifest:

“ART”
To justify (the) artist’s professional, parasitic and elite status in society,
he must demonstrate artist’s indispensability and exclusiveness,
he must demonstrate the dependability of audience upon him,
he must demonstrate that no one but the artist can do art.

(…)

“FLUXUS ART-AMUSEMENT”
To establish artist’s nonprofessional status in society,
he must demonstrate artist’s dispensability and
inclusiveness,
he must demonstrate the self-sufficiency of the audience,
he must demonstrate that anything can be art and anyone can do it.”

I found five important disparities between “Art” and “Fluxus Art-amusement” in the Broadside Manifest:

Art is by professionals – Art-Amusement is by non-professionals
Art is exclusive – Art-Amusement is inclusive
Art works are rare and limited – Art-Amusement is dispensable and mass-produced
Art is profound and intellectual – Art-Amusement is simple, amusing and unpretentious
Art is for an elite audience – Art-Amusement is obtainable and eventually produced by all.

But, most importantly Fluxus made active participation new valid way of experiencing art – As Hannah Higgens notes in her book Fluxus Experience; the active experience of Fluxus is not more profound or meaningful than the passive experience of ’regular’ art. It is simply an equally valid way of experiencing art.

My own Practice

In the spirit of Fluxus I am creating a series of different social media art experiences for our final show.
Since I am not a strong coder I have decided to build on the platforms and the behavioural patterns that already exist on the Internet, such as hashtags and memes. The projects should all be live – enabling contributions from anywhere – in real-time.

My first project #venusreborn is a crowd sourced artwork created with thumbnails on Instagram. By using a custom hashtag and submitting their work in a certain order participants can create, what on the thumbnail page, appears to be a larger image.
My second project also builds on Instagram as a platform and uses hashtags. But this time I’ve chosen to highjack a well-known hashtag instead of creating my own. In this project, I’ve created a website called www.iseefacesiseelegs where I take pictures tagged #iseefaces and place them on top of pictures with the hashtag #iseelegs. Together they form almost robot-like creatures.

For my last projects I’m leaving Instagram. I have several ideas, and I hope to make 2-3 more experiences that people can join into.

I’m working on an online Smile collection box, The never ending Canon – and, a Crowd sourced video project through the social video service Vine.

As in the words of Maciunas these projects are not meant have a profound underlying message, but instead they should simply involve people in active participation. They are meant as a series of experiences, an opportunity to be part of something.

 

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