Tag "Instagram"

Here are the descriptions for the three final art works.



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




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.




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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My 3rd Venus is in the house


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


And the final result



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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:


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


  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’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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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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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.


  • 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


  • 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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