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I was hoping to present my 3rd social media project at the second group presentation but due to some illness I am not yet ready to present it. Instead I have been working on ways to display the #ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS project that we talked about the last time. So this post is a follow up to my last group presentation.

After the very inspiring talk I had with you guys I contacted a VJ friend who does a lot of mapping and and another friend who is a programmer. Based on suggestions from both you and them (and some more research) I have a come up with a couple of different ways that I could display the work.

The whole idea of having mechanical rotating boxes with screens on them seems to expensive and technically difficult for me so I have landed on two options.

Option 1 is the mapping idea.For this I need to create a black full screen HTML website showing 4 boxes that pull feed from the original website (two “heads” and two “legs”). The pictures need to be skewed so they look like two sides of two boxes places on top of each other – when the viewer presses the back and forth buttons the pictures should make a transition that mimics a box that turns. The website is trapezed through a short range projector onto two white boxes mounted over each other. The transition on the website will make it look like the boxes turn though they are static. Though it is not perfect the effect can be very convincing. A problem is that I need a rather dark space.

The website

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The projection

Option 2 is simply two screens (preferably touch screens) on a wall one over the other. Top screen with the “faces” feed and the bottom has the “legs” feed. I could build a front panel to hide the sides of the screens. If I can’t get touch screens I could place real buttons on the side and make a mega version of the real website.

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Option 3 … The last option would be to choose the best faces and legs and put them together in a program like After Effects and then map them onto the boxes. This is easier programming wise but I loose interactivity.

Another project I’ve been working on is the “Let’s all photoshop Bryn”. You can read more here and here. The project fell into my lap and I’ve used it to test some of the mechanics of online participation. I don’t think it should be part of my final show.

A little further down the page you can read about my latest little personal project - the Lol-kat project. It’s related to my MA but only in the way that it’s about my fascination of internet culture. BUT It doesn’t use collaboration or crowd sourcing so it’s more of a side project..

 

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I’ve tried creating some test images for my personal project today. I’m testing if I need to have my own face in the same environment as the original lolcat to make the strongest link.

I dis a quick photoshop mock up of both to see what works best, but I think I have to make more to decide.

lolcat-failure

 

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The phenomenon of seeing faces or images of bodies in physical objects is called pareidolia. The expression also covers hearing hidden messages in records (or even words in the screams of goats and barking dogs). According to Wikipedia, pareidolia is a kind of apophenia which is the experience of seeing meaningful patterns in random meaningless data (or objects?). Noteworthy examples of pareidolia include the man in the moon, animals in clouds and seeing Jesus in toasted bread

I’ve been looking for a word that describes what my #ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS project was about – so I am very happy to finally find one that is covering.

Look a Jesus cheeto!

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I’ve done the brainstorm because I’m trying to come up with ideas for what may be the last project. The goal is to NOT use Instagram for my this one (though it is tempting) The aim of my brainstorm was to go through the most popular social networks and pinpoint relevant technologies and special user mentality and behavioral patterns.

Right now the only real idea I got from this is that I could do a social media canon (song) using e.g. SoundCloud. This idea could be fun but I think I will have to revisit this brainstorm again with fresh eyes later this week and see what other ideas I might get.

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I really like lolcats (hence the name of the blog) and what they stand for, so when Ed Kelly sent me a link for a Lolcat exhibiton in London I was intrigued. The exhibition itself wasn’t exactly what I would like to do with lolcats as a theme, but thinking about it sparked an idea for a little personal project. The problem is it isn’t really social, but I feel it has some relvance to portraying internet culture through its memes.

My plan is to take picture of myself posing of famous lolcats and post them in separate section here on my website “lol-kat.com”. Simple.

Here are some of my all time favorites that I’ve picked out for now:

While this idea doesn’t involve collaboration it’s source material i crowd sourced. So in a way it fits into my MA, and in a way it really doesn’t. I’ve decided to make it no matter what, and figure out later if I’ll put it into the final exhibition.

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As many of you suggested I have decided to create several different co-creation projects for our final show.

You have already seen the #venusreborn project which I am currently making two new editions of. 
But I don’t want to show you this project today, instead I want to talk to you about my newer project #ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS.

For this project I have hijacked the two Instagram tags #iseefaces and #iseelegs and place them one on top of the other so they become little charecters. The #ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS project is very different in it’s nature to #venusreborn as it demands almost no user involvement and many of the contributors don’t even know that their pictures are on my site.

Strengths

  • Anyone can change the characters by uploading new pictures.
  • Because #iseefaces is a very popular tag already the front page character changes all the time
  • By navigating with the arrow buttons you can mix and match

Weaknesses

  • Many people use the #iseefaces tag in “wrong” ways.
  • There aren’t many #iseelegs pictures – I have had to upload many of them myself.

Also, I would like to make these additions as I learn to code them:

  • Save custom characters to a gallery or share them.
  • Load more than 20 pictures with each tag

Proof of concept:

Visit ISEEFACESISEELEGS.com and see it in its current version

See this blog post to see how I might exhibit it.

See this blog post and other of my latest postings to see examples of the combinations I have saved since I started working on the project.

N.B. It is important to note that I will be creating at least one more project for the final show and that I do not want to use Instagram for this project. My plan is to present ideas for this project at my next group presentation.

 

 

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Please follow this link to go to the page of my Unit 1 Assesment.

 

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I was lucky enough to have a long talk with the Danish Fluxus Artist Knud Pedersen in the end of November. Knud is the founder of the Art Library, a special library where you can rent art for a very low price. He was also one of the key organizers of the most important Fluxus events in Copenhagen, amongst them the famous Copenhagen Fluxfest of 1963.

Knud is also the owner of a large collection of Fluxus works which he calls the Fluxus Archive, he promised to show me this archive soon but I have not had the chance to come by yet so I hope the offer still stands.

Knud told me that in his opinion some of the Fluxus performances became to person orientated as the artists personal fame grew. So, in 1993, for the celebration of the 30 years of Fluxus Copenhagen, he came up with a concept called “Art ala Carte”. The audience where placed at dining tables and could order Fluxus events and objects from a menu. They were then given the remedies to create the events, and instead of watching perfomances they could create them themselves.

Here are some photos I took of the menu which he had kept in his office, I think the idea is just wonderful!

This work really got me thinking, it is in it’s own way a Fluxus art piece in its own right!

In my opinion Knud is a very important local contributor to Fluxus, as he was both a contributor and an organiser.

It’s was a big inspiration and honor to meet such a noteworthy person and I was very moved by the time he gave me (we talked for hours!). He was not up for a real interview, but instead he referred me to an interview given to the Danish TV station TV4 in 1998 back which I have transcribed for my Research Paper records. Here is an excerpt:

(2:45)
They [the Fluxus Group] came over in November of ‘62, and they made the first Fluxus concert (Fluxfest). One should be careful what you

call a concert. ‘Concert’ just meant that there was a music audience, and it also meant that there were music reviewers. But it had nothing to do with a concert. It was a performance that totally turned the established concepts of art scene upside down. We had been told that in Wiesbaden, eggs and tomatoes hat had been thrown at them, but when we saw
the show in Nicholas Church, we understood what it was that was so different. One of the acts, for example, was ‘633 times for Henry Flint’, this meant that someone sat down and banged on a piano 633 times, like this. I actually think it was half an hour to forty-five minutes long, that piece. There was a violin piece, where the guru amongst the Fluxus artist, George Maciunas, walked on stage and opened the violin case which revieled a trumpet instead. Because it only contained a trumpet he couldn’t do a violin concert, so he closed the case and walked out again.

(4:16)
We were very confused, and TV – there was only one TV station at the time – they had built tall scaffolding inside the church and planned to record the concert. A few days later, on the town hall square, I saw a BT News placard that read: “TV cancels concert because of bad taste.”

(4:42)
The next night at the second concert, we had a final number that was quite interesting. A bus had been rented, and it was announced from the stage that the final act would be performed in the bus parked outside Nikolaj Church. The audience rushed out to get a seat. Since there wasn’t room for more than 40-45 people, the bus was packed. It was ten to ten thirty in the evening, and when the bus was full. The doors closed and the bus started. It then drove – in one stretch – all the way down to the town square of Ringsted. We had an agreement with the driver that if he stopped or opened the door on the trip, he would not get a penny. It was half past eleven in the evening when he stopped in the square of Ringsted. Then the doors opened and the audience was told: “The concert is over.” The people had to get out and try to find their way back to Copenhagen as well as they could. Some of them went to the police station and others went to a hotel. And some, those who had been at the police station, came back the next evening and happily paid the entree fee again. They wanted more, of course.

(6:02)
It was unique what was happening. It’s strange to describe Fluxus, with examples, that don’t work. It may illuminate something, but it can’t tell anything about the core idea of it. On the backdrop behind the altar space, Arthur Køpcke had written: “We create music that is poetry and theater that is painting. We unfold an unspecialized fantasy”. And that is actually goes into the heart and the roots of what Fluxus are. It is not music. It isn’t painting. It isn’t literature and you can’t paint a painting in a way that that makes it become a Fluxus painting. You can’t play a piece of music in a way that makes it a piece Fluxus music. It is something entirely different. In my opinion, we are almost looking at a kind of artistic basic research, which takes fundamental things from the music, from literature, and then treats it in new different ways, and not necessarily even by artists.

From :

Fluxus – In remembrance of an art form. Told by Knud Pedersen, Production: Prime Vision, TV 4 1998

 

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I keep finding these fun examples of how thumbnails by chance end up creating fun Exquisite Corpse like pictures.

Here are some I saved from my Facebook feed:

This is quite cute

This one I already posted …

And here’s a competition from Scandinavian Airlines that uses the effect nicely (it was shut down though because you can’t hijack Facebook features for commercial use anymore).

 

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I have been fiddling with an idea for the MA for a while and hope to launch it soon. I know I should not be scared to post these things on the blog because it is my record and it needs to be updated regularly to work, the problem is that the world I come from (the advertising business) is very secretive and the WORST thing that can happen is that someone steels your idea. BUT in two days it is time for the Unit 1 assessment so I really do not have a choice, I have to post the idea now. For a while I was considering if this idea should be my main project, but my decision is to make a series of Social Media projects and exhibit them all together. This is also due to the lang talk I had with Knud Pedersen (the Danish Fluxus and Mail artist). He pointed out that I was becoming to attached to one medium (Instagram) and it might end up limiting my work. I can see what he meant.

Project title: #iseefaces #iseelegs.

Fact: One of the most trending hashtags on Instagram is #iseefaces. The #iseefaces tag is used for photos of objects that look like faces. There is also a similar (though not as popular) hashtag called #iseelegs

Idea: Inspired by the Exquisite Corpse drawings my idea is to animate these dead objects further by adding “legs” to them.

Using the Instagram API the website (WP based) will pull the most recent #iseefaces and #iseelegs tagged pictures onto the frontpage of the site. Viewers may shuffle them and scroll back and forth to create new “creatures”. The site will be updated in real time so you can alter the site by uploading pictures through our own IG account.

For the final MA show I would love to build two large electrical cubes that can turn. The IG pictures should be projected onto using image mapping them and every time a new image is uploaded the cubes turn and a new image appears.

 

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