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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)

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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.”

 ”USE CAPSLOCKS FOR AN INTIRE DAY.”

 ”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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It was my 4th trip to Cannes Lions this year and it was even bigger than ever – a lot more new categories, more speakers, more submissions, more winners. And on top of all that it was the 60th year anniversary of the festival also.

I like the mix og viewing work and going to seminars and this year I tried to focus on anything about social media. So, naturally one of the people I knew I had to see was Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist Deb Roy (also an associate professor at MIT). His talk was called ‘Social Soundtrack’ and was a in depth look at how social media (and especially live social media like Twitter) effects the way we experience the world. Using examples from TV – it’s a well known fact that TV is now a two-screen experience – he talked about how expression of an experience is both an amplifier and a memory trigger. He made two points.

1. When we share and experience we remember it better.

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2. Because we are social beings, we are automatic drawn to do what others are doing. 
E.G. I f we walk on the street and someone looks up we naturally will do the same.

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His conclusion was lent from physics force = mass x acceleration.

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Lonely Tweets is a beautiful yet simple project showcasing lonely people’s use of Twitter. It uses live source like my latest project also does.

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Hola!

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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