Status Symbols: @1stfans Twitter Art Feed December 2009 (2011)

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@1stfans Brooklyn, NY

The Twitter Art Feed was a benefit of @brooklynmuseum 1stfans membership from December 2008 to December 2010. The feed featured tweets by contemporary artists every month and is archived here for the future. Additionally, each month a blog post detailing the artist and their project.

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I have been working on the project Status Symbols, which uses twitter to create abstract portraits of individual’s virtual identity. Status Symbols is a look at the individuals who are commenting on digital openness in various constructs around the world. The portraits are created photographically with film using a spinning LED array that converts the text of the tweets into the ons and offs of binary code using light to make the abstracted portraits.

The series focuses on politicians, world leaders, student protesters, and citizens personally witnessing digital censorship. Recent portraits have included: individuals posting with the #FUCKGFW hashtag that deals with China’s blockage of the internet; the Green Dam censorship software; and of the #IranElection hashtag that continues to deal with the events surrounding the June 2009 elections and protests in Iran that included the use of digital censorship.

I am interested in producing portraits of 1stfans through their replies to my tweets throughout the month. The initial tweets that I post will be to provoke responses from 1stfans on digital censorship and identity. I will then selectively use the responses to create portraits that will be shared as image links in later tweets.

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