Netbody (2008)

Netbody seeks to visually communicate the fluid networked structure that characterizes identity using actual data from online communities. Each node within the visualization (username, image, video, url, etc.) is simultaneously a unique identity of it's own, a small subset of a larger identity, and a common ground where many identities overlap.

Netbody asks if the challenge moving forward in our networked culture is not to refine and perfect the existing models of identity, but to create systems that are more fluid and open like identity itself. The issues surrounding privacy, file sharing, and participatory culture would all become different questions if identity were to be understood as fundamentally unstable and permeable.

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Netbody seeks to visually communicate the fluid networked structure that characterizes identity using actual data from online communities. Each node within the visualization (username, image, video, url, etc.) is simultaneously a unique identity of it's own, a small subset of a larger identity, and a common ground where many identities overlap.

Netbody asks if the challenge moving forward in our networked culture is not to refine and perfect the existing models of identity, but to create systems that are more fluid and open like identity itself. The issues surrounding privacy, file sharing, and participatory culture would all become different questions if identity were to be understood as fundamentally unstable and permeable.

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