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Yesterday the trial against Bradley Manning, Wikileaker and Nobel prize nominee, started. Bradley served in Iraq and during his time there leaked a massive number of secret files to Wikileaks and the public. Though it cannot be proved that Bradley’s actions have put any US soldiers in danger he stands to get a sentence of 20 years or even death for sharing the truth about the war to the public

The website iam.bradleymanning.org is a place to show your support online. You upload a photo of yourself holding a sign and the makers of the site will create a video using all the uploaded pictures.

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My picture is no. 4 on the second row. You can see my whole post here.

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The Bryn meme is flourishing with more than 70 different contributions and more people than anyone would imagine have joined in and photoshopped Bryn. A noteworthy thing is that though the meme has spread far and wide through Bryn’s social network it doesn’t seem to have spread beyond his own friends. The “Can someone please photoshop the sun between my fingers guy”  is very different in this way because contributions came from people he didn’t seem to know in person. I imagine that this of course has a lot to do with the difference in the social media platforms on which the two memes were started. The “sun guy” posted his call on the open forum Reddit, whilst the Bryn meme started as  a reaction from his friends to his profile picture on Facebook.

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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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Hurray! My second little Instagram project is finally live!

Here’s the link: ISEEFACESISEELEGS.COM

 

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Wuhu! 12 real midwife students have agreed to do the next version of the #venusreborn project! More info about that later …

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I posted this on Instagram today!

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Follow this link to go to the page with my Mid Point Review

Thank you so much for your time, I am really looking forward to hearing your comments!

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As a part of my practical research I have decided to contribute to some of the popular memes and creative co-creation projects online. All the projects will require different levels of engagement from me, and I hope this will give me a better picture of the level of participation I would like for my end project.

I’ve already done a few so I will post them here along with references. Also I have decided to create at least 3 contributions a week the following two weeks.

1. Lol Cats

Since Clay Shirky calls creating Lol Cats the lowest form of creative output in his book Cognitive Surplus – I thought I’d give that task a go. I must admit that I didn’t find it that easy. I know the formular (cute cat + badly spelled headline = Lol Cat). But coming up with a fun headline on commando is difficult. I chose to let my Lol cat reference another famous Lol Cat: Muffin Cat – thinking that it at least might give me some geek points ;)

In true spirit of the medium I found a Lol Cat generator that uses the right outlined font (Impact).

2. One Frame of Fame

I contributed to the One Frame of Fame music video a while ago so this is actually a re-post. The video is for C-Mon & Kypski’s song More is Less. Fans are invited to take part in the video by recreating a single frame with their web cam. So far 36498 people have contributed to the project.

3. Three Dreams of Black

Three Dreams of Black was another co-creation project I discovered on Osiris’ blog. It is created by Chriss Milk for who also is the director on the Johnny Cash Project. It is a Google Crome experiment that shows the possiblities of the WebGL coding language.

From the website:

“3 Dreams of Black” is an interactive film by Chris Milk and some friends at Google that showcases the creative potential of WebGL. WebGL is a context of the HTML5 canvas element that enables hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in the web browser without a plug-in. In other words, it enables your browser to show some really beautiful visuals. On this page, you’ll find a WebGL model viewer featuring several of the “3 Dreams of Black” creatures. You’ll also find 8 demos created by our development team, a link to the code base, and some links to resources on the web that will be useful for getting started in WebGL programming.

The website lets you build elements and add them to one the three “dreams” in the video. I had not planned to do this in advance so I ended up creating a very simple “K”.

Other users contributions:

4. Chubby Bubbles Girl

A friend resently reminded me about the Chubby Bubbles Girl meme. As a big Game of Thrones fan – I have just created a version starring a White Walker (So sorry for the spoiler).

The picture has also been uploaded to the Know your meme website, so I will be looking out for any comments!

 

Future plans:

At this point I know that that during the following weeks I also want to create contributions for Dear Photograph, The Johnny Cash Project  and create a cover for a Gregory Brothers song.

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Somehow I have missed out on this amazing Youtube project produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald. Life in a day is a crowd sourced documentary about life. Edited from more than 4500 hours of videos from all over the world. All videos had to be from July 24, 2010 and contributors were asked to film their life and answer three very simple questions:

1. What do you love?

2. What do you fear?

3. What’s in your pocket?

Often the scenes were just ordinary scenes from everyday life – but death, birth, sorrow and happiness were also depicted in a very sincere manor.

I am truly touched by this film. It made me think more about on the truly socialaspect of my project. In one of the final moments of the movie a girl explains that she has been waiting all day for something amazing to happen. She is truly disappointed because the even this day has been completely normal, and even though she knows that her life is normal, she doesn’t want it to be. I think this is some of the strongest motivation we have to share, we want to be able to see our life through the eyes of someone else and we want what they see to be amazing.

Thanks to Osiris – I found this film on his page.
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I have just returned from 3 days at the digital culture festival OFFF in Barcelona, which I had decided to go on for research and inspiration for my MA. It was a really good experience even though I only new a few of the speakers beforehand. Actually, I am sure that this was a really good thing, because I felt that this made me more open to stumble upon new artists.

Here are some of the speakers that inspired me the most:

Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae‘s work has no direct relation to my project, but I was incredibly inspired by her passion for experiments. She calls herself a body architect, and all her work evolves around the human body. I especially enjoyed hearing her talking about her and Bart Hess’ collaborations. Their work was created late nights after work in a amateur studio in Lucy’s apartment.

This gigantic human version of a Chia pet called Germination was a body installation created from saw dust, grass and pantie hoses.

Or their beautiful experiments with detergent and food color …

Lucy very simple taught me that every little observation that you make might (should) be explored. Her curious mind reminded me of the witch brews of everything in the cupboard I would make in my parents kitchen as a child. Though I feel that my ability to conceptualize and ideate is one of my biggest strengths I need to stop doing this all the time and sometimes just experiment more freely! Wow.

 

Found

Scottish band and installation artists Found were on the other hand right up my MA-alley. They do these amazing sound installations, and some of them have a very social aspect to them because they use feed from social media. As a band they had realised that they were getting more and more obssed with how much people were talking about them on social media platforms. So, when they were asked to create a sound installation for the Edinburgh Arts Festival in 2009 they created a machine called Cybraphon that googles itself every 15 minutes and according to what people were saying (and how many were talking about it) the music it plays changes. I like this idea so much, and it also creates some disorder in the way I’ve been talking about True Social Media Art because this installation is both generative and social because the one can influence the output by the way one discussed it through social media. Also it is a very true reflection of the way we bahave on social media.

Another really nice project they made was their installation End of Forgetting. Putting focus on the fact that everything we upload to social media actually stays in cyberspace FOREVER (and might be used against you in some point), this installation would play search for sound recently uploaded sound files on the internet and play them in the gallery in which it was placed. Pretty eary stuff to have your Audioboo played to a bunch of strangers, out of context and without your knowledge …

 

Daniel Eatock

A great surprice was Daniel Eatock. His work was not a techy as the guys from found who were playing around with stuff like Arduino to create their installations. But something that was relevant to my project in another way is that he creates some challenges for people which he displays on his website. Like asking people to take pictures of camera straps – with the camera itself.

… and how he made everyone in the room at OFFF collaborate in his speech (or performance) by making everyone take a picture of the person sitting next to them.

He is obsessed with creating circles, making everything join together.

Also he is a great observer. His website is full of great observations, both in his own art and in phographs or random stuff he encounters on his way.

I have decided that will participate in some of Eatocks challenges as part of my own experiment.

 

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