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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.

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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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Here are the descriptions for the three final art works.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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My 3rd Venus is in the house

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For some reason Instagram was acting very peculiar today and wouldn’t show @nannaskytte’s post on the thumbnail page – in the end I had to post i for her (damn) – And @johanrutherhagen has a private profile now so he had to jump from the project last minute. Luckily my sweet husband (@mhmone) agreed to do a fast post instead.

Here’s the result:

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A new venus was created Sunday and a 3. is on it’s way tomorrow!

Here’s the skedule for no. 2

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And the final result

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Here are what I hope are my final plans though you never know if they change during the programming the next days.

1) Scores for a digital age: A mobile website that shows tweets tagged #someonesays on at a time. I might not build anything for this but only have a metal sign with instructions and a website link

2) Faces/Legs:  A 40″ flatscreen hanging sideways with a white frame and two buttons that lets you scroll through the work.

3) Confession box: A chair standing in front and a small screen installed in wall (e.g an iPad) with a live feed of Vines tagged #confession or #secret + headphones

4) Venus Reborn: 12 square prints 40 x 40 cm each hanging on one wall.

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I decided to make my personal lolcat project the idea for my business card.
It pretty much says both Kat(rine) and social media – plus my website address is lolkat.com. Win.

Here’s a Nyan Kat for starters.

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And here’s a GIF

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