Tag "social media"

I’ve been discussing a score piece with my tutor Ed Kelly the last few tutorials. The scores were a very important part of Fluxus and I am interested in making a piece that builds on this tradition.

The idea is to make a simple website that prompts people with actions (scores) to do – and to make it truly social the scores should be added by users.

One way of doing it could be posting them through Twitter with a custom tag (like #SomeoneSays)


A classic Fluxus score by George Brecht ‘Three Lamp Events’

and curating them on a custom mobile friendly website. Scores could show up in random order or as soon as they are posted and users might get an alert – push or sms if possible.

I wrote some test scores to examplify what I mean.

“Lay your head on the keyboard and roll it back and fourth. Post it as your next status message.”

 ”Read the tweets in your feed aloud. As if were a script for a play.”

 ”Slowly close the screen of your laptop down just so much that it is still on. Kneel on the floor and use the computer like you normally would.”


 ”Post ‘Charlie bit my finger ‘ to your Facebook status. Three times in a row.”

 ”Only post photographs of food that look dull and icky”

 ”Like everything in your newsfeed”


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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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You can’t really have a blog about social media art and phenomenas and not mention this meme: The Harlem Shake is spreading like wildfire across the Internet. This graph from an article on Mashable tells the story quite well.

This is the video that started all the racket …

… though this is the real original

… and here are some of mt favorite responses

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Slightly non MA-related post:

A couple of weeks ago my three partners and myself launched a new social gaming app for mobile called Friendly. It’s based on the idea of the classic Who’s Who boardgame, but because it’s Facebook connected you now can guess your friends.

It’s been quite a learning process, it’s our first game off course, the first time we worked with Facebook connect (relevant for this MA!), and it’s the first time we have tried launching something this huge without the kind off budget that people like Zynga and Rovio have.

It’s out for iPhone now, and will be ready for Android in the next couple of days.

We made a little case video for it like we did with Concept Maker and you can download it from AppStore here.

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I am planning a new run on my #venusreborn project. It seems like it would be good since:

A) It was actually never meant to be a standalone project,


B) As I mentioned earlier the new Instagram layout kinda broke the old project.

I have been debating with myself if I should choose another image for the next try but I think I will stick to the Birth of Venus. It is one of the most iconic images of all time and it has more details than many other famous paintings – also with a new image I would have to change the name = not good. So next thing I will have to create an invitation – I think it would be great if I could get enough participants without having to to special invitations. Off course a personal invitation could be a guarantee for quality submissions but it’s not as social as people joining out of interest. This dilemma is also important to me because I’ve been reading about Mail Art for my Research Paper and often Mail Art projects are very exclusive and invitation only.

Here is the layout for the next #venusreborn


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In his Fluxus Manifesto of 1963 George Maciunas call on the Fluxus artist to:

“PROMOTE A REVOLUTIONARY FLOOD AND TIDE IN ART. Promote living art, anti-art, promote NON ART REALITY to be grasped by all peoples, not critics, dilettantes and professionals.”

The thoughts of Fluxus became a platform for a broad group of artist working in many different medias, together and alone.

The Fluxus art was intermediate, and often interactive. Fluxus Scores and Flux boxes were guidelines for an audience to participate in the creation of the art – as Fluxus artist Ben Patterson puts it in the movie the Misfits. “The true way to experience art is to create it”. This changed the role of the artist to a conceptualiser or even a curator.

The movement was driven by a deep fascination of chance and life itself, and dissociation from the established art world.

In the Fluxus documentary the Misfits another Fluxus artist says that “everything art touches, dies”.

This rejection of the label “art” and open-minded view on amateurs as creators is interesting in a more contemporary context. New digital platforms such as social media networks are now being used as a basis for crowd-sourced art. Art created through such platforms are generally open for contributions from professional and amateurs alike, and the artist them selves often end up curating and editing contributions rather than creating themselves. A single art discipline within the Fluxus movement is Mail art, has a very strong connection to todays networked art.

But in the social networks there are other, even less acknowledged forms of artistic expression. The Memes – a global social trend of creation that operates on a level where most people can contribute. Though they are often regarded as an inferior creative discipline.

Memes like Rage Guy Comics and Lol Cats have their own (though rather crude) aesthetics and their own game rules. They are made from very specific components like the ones you would find in e.g. a Flux box.

In this essay I will attempt to draw parallels from the aesthetics and ideas, and social values of the Fluxus movement to some of the Social Network art of today. Maybe – if we take a look through the eyes of the Fluxus movement – Memes could be seen as a discipline of art.

Fluxkit (2), Georges Maciunas, 1966


“Three Lamp Events”, George Brecht, 1961.


From the “Dear Photograph” website.


Rage Guy Faces “kit” from alltheragefaces.com

Example of a “Rage Guy Comic” from weknowmemes.com

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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’ve really been enjoying the new meme that has been built up around the failed amateur restoration of the Ecce Homo mural in Centro de Estudios Borjanos in Borja, Spain. The humor is hard to miss and the woman behind the whole thing, Cecilia Giménez has become somewhat of a legend on the internet.

But now this little web app appeared. The Cecilia Prize, where you can create your own version of the Ecce Homo and submit it via Twitter. I think this is such a nice idea and the whole story really gets you thinking about what art is – because she might have ruined a valuable piece of art, but at the same time this so called amateur created something much more controversial and effective – and I can’t see why that isn’t art in some other form.

Also this project would have fit nicely into my MA had I only thought of it …

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I’m still thinking about my little app idea. I like it a lot, but it doesn’t seem big enough as it is. Almost to simple … Then again, if I get it out and many people end up using it would be cool.

Then there is the problem of producing the damn thing. I can’t code – but I installed Xcode and started watching Lynda.com videos. Then a colleague told me that what I am trying to do could “easily” be created in Flash and exported to multiple platforms through Adobe Air.

If I want it out big I should probably go with that option.

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I am really exited about my Exquistite Corpse ideas. The way I see it I have two ideas for social art apps now:

1. A classic Exquistite Corpse app for the iPad – BUT with the social factor, that really is the whole point. And which has not been made yet as far a I can see. The reason this app should be for the iPad is obviously to ensure the quality of the work, anyone who has played Draw Something on both a phone and a tablet know what I mean. This app should have a slide option so participators can see their drawings in different contexts.

2. A photo version where you take pictures of head, body or legs instead of drawing them. This app should be for smart phones because it way more handy to take pictures with your phone than a tablet – AND you don’t need the large screen for precision. This way I won’t exclude to many people because of their devices. I created a quick muck up to show how it might work. My only worry with this idea, that people might not use it as creatively as they could and the result therefor will become to boring …


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