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As mentioned before I would like to create at least one more project for the show. The projects I’ve been working on so far are solely focused on the act of participation and missing a deeper message. It was therefore great for me to see the Yoko Ono exhibition – a lot of her works were meant for active participation but had a lot of meaning even though they were only passively viewed. Refreshed by Ono’s Fluxus thinking I have these new ideas for a projects.

#1. Smile Collection Box. 

A website that lets users donate their smile to a site on the internet. All the smiles could be projected onto a wall or to separate screens. I could also hijack Vine for this project because it’s nice if they are ‘alive’.

#2. Tell.

A website version of a confession box where users can tell a secret anonymously. The idea feels a bit old right now but there’s something in it.

#3. Artist Roulette

Like chat roulette but it’s performance artists performing for users. I would probably only be able to make it live for the show – and even that would be a lot of work.

#4. The Never Ending Canon

Using a sort of karaoke system users should record a verse of a well known canon song. The verse is looped and layered on top of the previous version and in the end you should have a massive canon.

#5. Pass It Down (or pass anything down)

Creating a custom tag for Vine and participants make a Vine where they receive an object from the top of the picture and pass it down to the bottom. When you scroll through a feed it should look like the pictures are connected.

Right now I’m opting for #1 for it’s simplicity or #4. because of its playfulness.

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Congratulations Felix, Redbull and YouTube.

I can’t help wonder if he also broke a fourth record of “the highest number of people watching a live feed”? Or maybe “most views in a second”?

This cat describes my own experience quite well.

Update: according to this article on Mashable more than 8 million people watched the jump live on YouTube. That’s more than 10x the current record.

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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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Wow – while we are waiting for Pranav Mistry’s Sixt Sense device, Disney is working on this wonderful project <3

While this isn’t social media – it certainly is media that is social!

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Crossroads from Katrine Granholm on Vimeo.

This my first video blog post

password: lol-kat

 

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Recognizr is a new app for Android that was also mentioned by Tom Eslinger at Eurobest.

Basically the app uses face-recognition to link link you to your social media accounts. This means that you can scan a strangers face at a party and immediately friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Partly really scary stuff and partly quite practical!

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In my opinion, one of the best talks of Eurobest 2011 was by Tom Eslinger (Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide). He talked about several technological opportunities and trends emerging in digital communication right now.

One was “Gamification” which is described on Wikipedia this way:

Gamification is the use of game design techniques and mechanics
to solve problems and engage audiences.

A well known example of Gamification is Foursquare that rewards users with badges and points for check-ins. Tom Eslinger presented an app called EpicWin as another great example. EpicWin (by Rexbox) is basicly a checklist crossed with a computer game. You put down your days chores and tasks and then gain points every time you complete one. You choose an avatar and can even move up levels if you make enough progress. To me this is fantastic. It actually works because it motivates me and serves as a small pet on the shoulder. Yes it’s also silly, but it’s a great way to engage people.

I wasn’t planning on using Gamification for my project, but now I feel I might because I see many social opportunities in it (e.g. multiplayer options).

EpicWin casevideo

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This “Fühlometer” installation uses software that reads emotions out of random peoples faces and vizualises them in realtime. Click the link above to see a video and read a more detailed description of the project.

Fühlometer

What a wonderful idea (I wish I had created this).

 

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Location specific content can also be a great way of creating unique experiences for users:

1. Location based services

A Location-Based Service (LBS) is an information or entertainment service, accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and utilizing the ability to make use of the geographical position of the mobile device
Wikipedia

A classic example of LBS is of course still Foursquare, that allows people to check in to places, collect badges, and get special offers from stores and venues. I also like this ad for Airwalk – where invisible pup-op stores were created using LBS and augmented reality.

Campaign: Airwalk’s Invisible Pop Up Store. Agencies: Y&R New York, USA + Goldrun.

2. Wi-Fi Connect

By creating a free wi-fi hot-spot which directs mobile users to a default web page you can give them certain experiences or let them interact with nearby installations. Example: Wi-fireworks by Takayoshi Kishimoto and Unit9. I like the possibilities in this technology, because of its simplicity and that you don’t have to download a certain app or anything like that to interact with the art piece. You could also create a wi-fi treasure hunt where e.g. special videos could be only be viewed in certain wi-fi hot spots.

Wi-fireworks by Takayoshi Kishimoto and Unit9

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Besides using crowd-sourcing to create multi-user art pieces, I am extremely interested in the multitude of technologies available that can help us create unique experiences for individual users.

Things that come to mind are:

Facebook Connect (enables pulling data directly from your Facebook account and using it in the art piece) Example: Take This Lollipop by Jason Zada

Behavioral Targeting. Example: Interestbased advertising by Google

Eye/Face Tracking. Example: Here’s a Swedish app that allows you to do online EyeTracking through webcams

Mixing technologies like these, I think it would be interesting  to try to create an empathic piece of art. A platform that understands you and can gives you an experience that is highly individual. Based on personal data and current emotions…

I love this wonderful un-empathic drawing by artist David Shrigley

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