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Boundary-Meeting Waves; or, the Identity as it meets the Edge of the Digital

EC Chee

Thursday, Mar 08, 2018 - 05:10:51 pm

@ 遠き世に

In 2015, Carla Gannis released The Selfie Drawings, a set of digital drawings expressing “the self”. It was then expanded in 2017, forming the narrative basis for Gannis’ 2017 exhibition: Until the End of the World.

From the Origin to the year 10 000, the exhibitions shows an imagined evolution of humanity, a sort of apocalypse in which “you ain’t Read more →

Categories: Research
I am very impressed with your comparison of Gannis' work with the inspiration of the project, the film by Wim Wenders, "Until the End of the World." Just as Claire seeks to find herself in the imaginary construction of her dreams, Gannis looks to her digital self for introspection, analysis, and prediction of our future. So one thing I would have like to have seen you discuss here, is how Gannis' artistic critique of the self as portrayed through her selfies by situating them in virtual environments, relates to the malleability of identity whether portrayed in the digital realm or in the space of our dreams. Very well researched and written!!

[EI] Micro-Project #7: A Day in the Life of Super Participation


Thursday, Mar 08, 2018 - 10:30:20 am

@ Francesca

Find out about what happened in our day here:

My group and I decided to execute this micro-project on Tuesday. It started at 12am sharp and as usual, most ADM students were still wide awake at this hour. The things that were shared throughout the day included the food we ate, projects we worked on, and thoughts that we were Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project

Face Book, Literally


Thursday, Mar 08, 2018 - 02:22:31 am

@ f e l ❍

Statistics indicated that Facebook is one of the most used social media platforms in the world, even so in recent years. In sync with the outburst of modern technologies, app creators seized the opportunity to milk the market. Over billions of accounts are created online. A platform like Facebook, for example, is utilized to enhance Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Felicia, whereas this is an excellent analysis of Facebook and its meanings (or meaninglessness) as expressed in the essay by Wittkower, I think you have not fully incorporated Face to Facebook into your critique. The part that is left out is the virtually fake dating service they created from appropriated public data on Facebook. Also the video you displayed at the end is not the same Face to Facebook project. Let me know if you would like to discuss in class tonight.

FBI, here I am!

Nadiah Raman

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2018 - 11:53:22 pm

@ ♡♡♡♡♡

In this link, you will see random images of food and places as well as Google map with an arrow pointing to one location. Those pictures belong to Hasan M. Elahi, a Bangladeshi-born American who is a interdisciplinary media artist. Those images are a part of his still on-going project called “Tracking Transcience”. Why could he possibly want to show the Read more →

Categories: Research
Very impressive critique of Tracking Transience and its connection to our everyday social media experience. You are absolutely correct in saying that Elahi foresaw in his work the way we would all be surveilling ourselves by sharing through social media. He was clearly ahead of his time. And you made some excellent points about how we curate what we share and by referencing this idea to the essay by Wittkower. One thing I want to point out: Elahi is also heavily curating his sharing. As I pointed out in the interview, despite the abundance of information he provides about all sorts of places he visits, beds he has slept in, etc., we know very little about him personally. That is a conscious decision he has made to share everything about where he goes, but nothing about himself. That is also a form of curation and is important to the analysis of this work.

Who Are You?


Tuesday, Mar 06, 2018 - 11:36:51 pm

@ Jasmine

I feel like there is just so much to say regarding our digital identity because it is something so relevant to us right now in this time and age. We all hide behind social media platforms with an identity that we put forth on the web for everyone all around the world to see.

If we choose how we present ourselves, Read more →

Categories: Research
Very interesting remark at the end and I think you are right! We do construct, form and shape ourselves throughout our lifetime and then we take the identity with us into the grave. It may be gone but certainly it leaves a trace in others who we have known throughout our life. Very good observation! While you say at the beginning that there is much to say about digital identity, perhaps it would have strengthened your essay to discuss how "Until the End of the World" critiques and observes the construction of digital identity well into the future. That's exactly what the narration is alluding to, though I admit, it may be a bit hard to understand. But perhaps a review of the video, as well as a discussion of her selfies might reveal much about the fantastical ways in which Gannis masterfully portrays her own digital identity.



Tuesday, Mar 06, 2018 - 04:13:46 pm

@ Farz

Our identity is what makes us uniquely different. In today’s day and age though, we might choose to replicate or imitate someone else, especially with the flexibility and freedom of social media. We might choose to be ‘someone else’ by filtering out what we post, control what we share or use an overly-flattering selfie. As mentioned by Wittkower, ‘[t]his is Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent! You captured the work of Hasan Elahi perfectly. As you discuss, he filters his work such that we know his whereabouts, but nothing about his personal life. This is an ironic tactic of deception but also a profound critique of how we curate what we share through social media in order to shape our digital identity. The only thing missing from your critique is this notion of identity, but otherwise, it is extremely well done and researched.

[EI] Face to Facebook


Monday, Mar 05, 2018 - 04:56:14 pm

@ Francesca

‘Face to Facebook’ is a mixed media installation that critiques on the lack of privacy on Facebook. It focuses on how easily our digital identity can be stolen, as well as how big corporations exploit these stolen identities to make profit. For this project, one million Facebook profiles were stolen and filtered through a face-recognition software. These profiles were then Read more →

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Excellent! You made a strong comparison between the idea of curation on Facebook, in which we have a certain amount of control to shape our online, digital identity, and then in a project like Face to Facebook, we see how sharing can be exploited or event stolen, thus erasing our ability shape our identity. That identity can be taken away from us and put into an entirely different context, such as an online dating service, even if we have no intention of participating in that environment. Yes, we do make many choices on social media, but then, as you point out, those choices can be taken away. Excellent work.

When will my online biography show who I am inside?

Tan Yue Ling

Sunday, Mar 04, 2018 - 04:39:36 pm

@ MoonlingGraphics

|| The term Digital Identity refers to the way that an individual chooses to present and depict themselves in online and digital communities (the Third Space). An individual’s digital identity is largely curated by themselves in order to portray themselves in a favourable manner.

In Eric Erikson’s fifth stage of psychosocial development individuals start to question their identity and personal values Read more →

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I thought your initial overview of digital identity was excellent and very well expressed. I was particularly impressed with your understanding of Wittkower's comment about how we insert meaning into our online social media transactions, leaving the medium open to interpretation and self-expression. Excellent! I would have like to see you apply these very astute ideas with Carla Gannis' "Until the End of the World" project. Doesn't she also take freedom to express imaginatively how she depicts her digital identity as it evolves 10,000 years into the future? The video she created is very important to this understanding. Everything in your research critique is extremely well done, it's just a matter of putting more emphasis and supporting ideas towards the artwork by Carla Ganneis that is central to the research critique.

Everything Is Not What It Seems.

Daphne Ngatimin

Sunday, Mar 04, 2018 - 03:15:31 pm

@ Daphne Ngatimin

Wittkower’s article, “A Reply to Facebook Critics,“  has made me reflect upon the living digital era and how users of Facebook has moulded their own individual digital identity. Facebook, an online social platform was created to allow the society to reach out, connect with others and voice our own opinions and views across the globe. However, we have turned Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent Daphne! I was particularly struck by this statement you made:
Have we lost our true selves while creating a digital identity in a reflection of who we want to be but not necessarily who we are.
Your opening thesis on social media, self-surveillance, and how we shape our digital identity was extremely well expressed. Then you proceeded to discus how Hasan Elahi had used these same techniques in Tracking Transience as a response to his encounter with the FBI. I thought was an excellent way to frame the artwork. Then your conclusion nicely sums up how "creating a digital identity might not be what it reflects." This is precisely the question that Elahi asks in his work, that sheds so much light on our use of social media.

[EI] Micro-Project #6: The Art of the Meme


Saturday, Mar 03, 2018 - 11:02:23 am

@ Francesca

Here are the memes that Zhen Qi and I came up with during lesson!

This micro-project is probably my favourite thus far! Meme-making is a favourite past time of my friends and I because they reflect our stressful school lives in a humorous manner. Surprisingly, it is stress-reliving to poke fun at our stressful lives through Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project