Self-Media (2011)

Curated by HeatherKrywcun
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Edward Everett Hale once said, "I am only one, but i am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can". Freedom to express speech through digital media is a powerful and influential experience. To me, these works have a common theme, one's self influence, each with their own unique message. They are all demonstrations of the impact that self image, self expression, self knowledge, self creativity and self performance all have on society. "Attention Hog" is a great example of a virtual game in which the power to express one's self image shines through. This can be compared to the persuasion social networks such as Facebook or MySpace have on their users. "Talking walls" is a form of self expression where people create street art for everyday people to experience. This is an creative way for artists to show their emotions and provide insight on current news. "Electric MoOns" is a piece of work that combines knowledge with inspiration. It is evident that this demonstration is putting together science-based concepts with artistic visions. "Caligraft" shows that there are artistic ways to express language. There are numerous fonts and designs that the user can manipulate in order to create a masterpiece out of a simple word. Lastly, "Fifteen Minutes" was designed by a young women who performs fifteen minutes pieces that are requested by people from all over the world. She puts herself out there for the world to judge and admire. I believe that all of these works put together send out a great message that self identification through digital media can have an impact in ways that people may not recognize. Digital media works are influencing people to express themselves and explore their talents. I admire all of these works and believe that they should be shared.

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