Fragments (2010)

Curated by Sarah
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This collection of work is encouraged by the expanding database of information found on the Internet. People are willing to open so much of their personal lives to random internet viewers, and often do so through bits and pieces of themselves. These fragments of information are collected in the databases of the World Wide Web, and organized in a manner that makes somewhat linear sense to the viewer. The idea that new media art allows for not only artists, but everyday people to become vulnerable in a strong, independent way is intriguing to me and mirrors the image of the never ending internet expansion. <br> Tea Blog, by Ellie Harrison is a compilation of fragmented thoughts or sentences created while sipping on each separate cup of tea over a three year time period. These ideas Harrison had were not complete in any way, and they don’t necessarily have to be viewed in order for the point to be made: minds jump all over the place, and allowing that mind to become part of a tea-thought database is allowing the audience to view and think in those fragmented thoughts as well. A version of users’ personal thoughts are seen again in Brian Piana’s Journal of the Collective Me, a continuous expanding database of individual updaters pertaining to oneself. Self Portrait Abstractor allows the use of the user’s personal web cam to created pixilated rectangles of what is seen in the camera. By waving your hand or manually clicking on the boxes of yourself, the user can rearrange their fragmented face. This interactive project created by Visakh Menon allows the viewer to be the artistic creator, however they have no choice as to the size and shape of the box, only where to place it. IPicons by Aaron Siegel is similar in that it allows the viewer to think in a fragmented manner. In this project each visitor to the site is given a unique, computer-generated avatar that they may track, on the following page this icon appears in different patterns and colors, each representing different individual viewers that have visited the page. Internet users are connected to each other, and each user is connected to the World Wide Web through information on their computer. Downloading Pixels, by Scott Blake, is another project in which the computer generates pixilated representations of the viewer’s personal space/program. Penelope Umbrico created the project entitled Suns From Flickr, showing yet again a database of fragmented pictures. The vulnerability of these projects is somewhat tied together in David Wicks’ Time Spent Alone, where daydreams are expanded on and allow the user to think further into the dream on their own if they wish, or view the site just as it is. <br> I was inspired by multiple pieces of New Media art that were shown in class, including the Soft Cinema database by Lev Manovich and Forward Anywhere by Malloy and Marshall. These artworks, as well as those featured in this exhibit, show databases of information that are often seen as fragments of the creators thought process, allowing them to be open and vulnerable to each and every viewer that the project encounters.

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