Social Redefining (2010)

Curated by Marc Atkinson
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A hot topic in popular culture today is the social possibilities of the technology. In the terms of the Internet, places like Facebook, allowing you to connect and chat with a huge variety of people, and Twitter, a social networking site based on constant micro updates by the user, are on the rise and gaining a multitude of users everyday. But this leads to people forgetting about what exactly they are broadcasting about themselves and the sort of image that they are portraying. In the piece named myfrienemies, this broadcasting of almost too personal of information is shown yet protects the identity of the individual broadcasting it. The popular social site Chatroulette, is one that been under siege by both people who want to meet someone random and perverts who wag their genitals at every webcam feed that comes through. The piece “No Fun” states the possibilities of what can happen with random webcam feeds through the use of staged suicides, and shows the users to be ready for anything when they choose to go to a service that offers random results. Invasion into social devices such as mobile phones, with the piece “Mobile Communication” also brings the realization of how impersonal the idea of text messaging is and this art piece gives people the option to send graphical text messages to explain the feeling or message they are trying to convey. They offer both serious statements that are hard to explain and small comments that are very banal. This offers a new way with which to give and receive information and process it. “AnthroPosts” is a piece made from gathered old post-its found all over the world and provide looks into the personal lives of people and to the sort of communities that they live in. The question arises is what do these pieces of information say about their respective communities when removed from that context. The technology of the internet allows for the examination and invasion of people’s private lives by blending the real world post-its with the expansive reach of the World Wide Web. The last piece uses social spaces on the internet to make films. In “Your Life, Our Movie” the user inputs a keyword into the site where related tags are found for any word and makes a video collage out of them with some music behind it and allows any participant to view it. This makes for a sort of collaborative effort when it comes to technology and people’s posted photos, although the Flickr users are completely unaware of the use of their photos. Redefining these social spaces and devices allows for people to rethink their approach to these mediums and be more conscious of the meaning of their actions when using these and who can end up seeing or using their posted materials. People’s posted identities are vulnerable to exploitation when they are put on public display and proves that no information released to the internet is ever truly private and consider their mediums of communication.

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