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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 →

Categories: Research
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

Do it with OTHERS


Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 02:40:12 pm

@ hello

The DIWO culture is very apparent through all the works we have done throughout the past couple of weeks, not just in the third space but also in the first space. the third space makes collaborating even more possible because of the accessibility of the internet, though I believe that there are traditional ways of collaborating as well.

DIWO is a Read more →

Categories: Research
Good point that the Internet facilitates DIWO by connecting people and bringing them together whether they are local or remote. And yes, our glitch project was an opportunity to collaborate on a single image with others to see unusual and surprising transformations. I am also interested to know more about your impression of Furtherfield and the interview with Marc Garrett. Furtherfield is really the originator of the DIWO concept, although as we can see in the case of Ant Farm and other artistic collectives, the idea has been in the air for a long time.

The Eternal Frame by Ant Farm: How "Based on a True Story" is Indeed Powerful

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 01:10:25 pm


Ant Farm, an extraordinary collective

Ant Farm is a group of radical practitioners, whose forte is in architecture, graphic arts and environment design founded by two architects, Chip Lord and Doug Michels, in San Francisco in 1968. Although they had dissolved in 1978, their works still continue to impact, teach and continue to inspire many today. The group that once saw Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent. Yes, the eternal frame of the Zapruder film lives on in our collective memory, and as you point out, it was the intent of the artists in Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco to examine the nature of the mediated image. You showed very impressive recollection from the interview with Chip Lord, but it would be helpful to reference the specific quotations, such as Gene Youngblood's comment about the autonomous reality community. That said, I am very impressed with this very well written essay.



Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 09:29:22 am

@ hello

Ant Farm is a avant garde art group founded in San Francisco by Chip Lord and Doug Michels. As a group, Ant Farm did Media Burn (1975) which addressed the pervasive nature of the television in many people’s lives. It confronts people directly as the work was made to imitate a real life event that would have been televised for Read more →

Categories: Research
I am very interested in your reference to Artist Village. I have heard about them but am not really familiar with their work. Do you think you could talk about them a little in class tonight? And yes, in many ways, Ant Farm resembles Andy Warhol's factory as a collective of artists working and collaborating together. Also, they used new media to document events, made films, critiqued popular culture, etc., so there are many similarities. If you are going to reference these other groups, it would be helpful to cite specific examples of projects and works. Also, your critique of Media Burn would be strengthened by recounting the project itself, the event, how it was staged, etc. Otherwise, I am glad to see you making connections between artists collectives which was one important aspect of the assignment.
Its very relatable that you included examples that are close and accessible to us all! :DDD
Yes, I am excited about that, let's discuss!


EC Chee

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 05:04:26 am

@ 遠き世に

Television, cars, spaceflights — from 1968 to 1978, Ant Farm proved themselves to be distinctively “American”, capitalising on these objects which, even then, were cultural symbols of the USA. The Eternal Frame (1975) is no exception, though it takes things to a further extent. Rather than referring to merely objects which have become symbols, it refers to something more human: an Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent piece, and very well researched. Frame 313, I wasn't aware of the exact number, is certainly an "eternal frame," that was burned into the consciousness of all of those who have seen the Zapruder film. You alluded to the fact that the "eternal frame" is a play on the "eternal flame, the memorial that is located at the Arlington Cemetery near Washington, DC. I understand that the assassination of JFK, the first "television president," may not be as vivid for non-Americans, but I thought you captured the event and its significance very well. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is some reference to the assigned reading and the interview with Chip Lord. Otherwise, excellent work!

Fresh produce at ANT Farm

Cecilia HyunJae Cho

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 02:41:59 am


ANT Farm is the name of a group of artists and architects based in San Francisco. These artists produced experimental work between 1968 and 1978, by incorporating a variety of different media such as; architecture, performance, happenings, sculpture, installation, and graphic design. Many of the pieces were archived using camera. And the works often focused its attention on the latest Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good! I am glad that you caught the wonderful irony of the two artist-dummies who relied on television to navigate to their destination where they demolished television: symbolically and literally. Glad also to see that you made references to Cadillac Ranch, which also critiqued automobile car culture and futuristic design by placing 10 Cadillacs upside down along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas. I want to point out that Ant Farm was using the media spectacle to critique the media, staging there event in such a ways as to make it believable and authentic in an ironic way. I would urge you to incorporate the reading as well as the interview with Chip Lord, which added more insight to the this iconic work of American art. Good job!!

Cadillac Ranch: A Pop-Art Stonehenge


Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 01:43:36 am

@ Bala's OSS

Ant Farm was birthed amidst the hippie culture and counter-movement. It was a socially transformative period where experimentation and the alternative lifestyle was embraced.

Chip Lord mentions in his interview with Randall Packer that Ant Farm was “founded on the idea of an underground architectural practice” (In San Francisco, at that time, underground films, radio, and newspapers were prevalent). Read more →

Categories: Research
This is so impressive! You really wrote a very detailed and thorough research critique! Congratulations! I am so impressive with the quality of detail recounting the evolution of the Cadillac Ranch project, the collaborators who worked on it, as well as Stanley Marsh, who commissioned it and provided the land. Isn't it interesting how this work has become so participatory over the years, with so many transformations, paint jobs, graffiti, etc. The work seems to both celebrate our love of the automobile, as well as critique its planned obsolescence, which is perfectly embedded in this work through the series of tailfins. And I am very impressed with the level of detail and attention you paid to the interview with Chip Lord. Great work!!
Thank you so much!! I'll continue to do my best, I really appreciate the encouragement ٩(◕‿◕。)۶

Media Burn and the Art of Destruction

Su Xian

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 12:24:56 am

@ Shu

Ant Farm, an avant garde video arts group founded in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Hall, is now a highly acknowledged collective of creatives that embrace the art of destruction (according to Patricia Mellencamp in her Journal of Film and Video).

One of the collective’s destructive artworks titled Media Burn (1975) is a performance that touches on the representative Read more →

Categories: Research
Shu, you touched on a very important concept: the ability of the media to insert ideas into public narrative. It is this idea that the media shapes the cultural narrative that Ant Farm was challenging, in a symbolic and destructive gesture. I think it would be worth discussing this idea because the media plays such an important role in our lives no matter the country or the culture we live in. Now it doesn't mean we have to destroy the media (what TRUMP is trying to do), but rather, we need to be aware of the media and its effects. I think that what would have been helpful in your critique of Media Burn is to also discuss its staging, the way in which it used the trappings of the media, the political speech, the flags, and the astronaut-like depiction of the car navigation, to fully capture the meaning and significance of Media Burn as a media spectacle. It is through the staging of the spectacle that they aimed their critique squarely into the media space.