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Please Change Beliefs: An Analysis


Thursday, Feb 08, 2018 - 01:51:14 am

@ Bala's OSS

“Please Change Beliefs” is Jenny Holzer’s first project on the World Wide Web. She is famous for her Truisms – they’ve been displayed on storefronts, billboards, and other public places, such as Times Square in New York. A great number of people have derived pleasure and provocation from them. With “Please Change Beliefs” (1997), that number grows all the Read more →

Categories: Research
This is excellent research! I was particularly impressed with your comparisons to social media, and how this kind of collective discourse is now common place on Twitter and Facebook. You presented in extremely detailed analysis of the work and its various components, as well as adding some critical commentary yourself regarding improvements to the work. Truly excellent and top notch research critique!!
Thanks Mr Packer, I'll continue to do my best!

The Telematic Embrace


Thursday, Feb 08, 2018 - 01:45:45 am

@ Bala's OSS

Last week, we immersed ourselves as a class into the third space with Adobe Connect. Our second spaces were relatively the same as we were all in the same classroom, but Adobe connect enabled us to see everyone at once, which was something we were previously not able to do due to our seating positions. It was also interesting to Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Beautifully expressed, and particularly your commentary on the eye piece. It is unusual that we see ourselves up close like that.

PLEASE clap if you BELIEFS

EC Chee

Thursday, Feb 08, 2018 - 01:15:35 am

@ 遠き世に

The truth is malleable: this is a statement brazenly declared by Jenny Holzer’s work, Please Change Beliefs. In this artwork, Holzer provides a list of truisms on a website, where anyone may access and modify as many truisms as they’d like to. These edited truisms are then permanently added to an online database, creating an extensive list of Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good comments about the relationship between truth and fiction. That is precisely what Jenny Holzer is getting us to think about: how there are variations on truth, to the point where the truth is blurred in so many individual perspectives. And of course as you point out, isn't that the problem in today's media culture! One comment: don't forget to incorporate statements from the reading that supports your research critique.
Interesting analysis of this piece of work. I like how you drew links from this piece of work to our present society as well as raising important questions which we can think about. :D

The World’s First Collaborative Sentence 1994 - Pioneer of The Multiple Authorship

Bella Dai

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 11:00:16 pm

@ belladaiyunlang

Douglas Davis, the creator of one of the earliest artwork on the world wide web, The World’s First Collaborative Sentence 1994. It allows everyone to contribute words, video, photographs, sounds and etc. to this long sentence in the collective third space. It was commissioned by the Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, N.Y. and The City University of New York, with Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good! And while it is interesting and relevant to bring in the Duolingo project, I would recommend focusing on the artwork you have been asked to critique, with perhaps a short reference to similar works. The research critiques are so short and compact that it is best to concentrate on the assignment work. One other recommendation, make the images larger when you insert them, there is a menu that allows various sizes, that way they are easier to read without having to click and enlarge. Good research though and glad to see you are grasping the idea of the collective artwork.

Together, a story of many

Elizabeth Quek

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 09:27:39 pm

@ A blog for Liz

Week 3 Essay

Artwork title: Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise

Artist: Christopher Baker

Medium: Multi-channel multimedia installation

Year created: 2008

The Review

Hello world is a video installation where 5,000 video diaries of various individuals are played along a wall. The people in the videos can be seen speaking in their rooms, kitchens, a space of comfort.

Walking into the Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent point! I am really glad to see you have made the important distinction between the live and the pre-recorded. So in that sense, since there is no communication between the makers of the YouTube, except through the positioning of the videos on the wall, I am not sure if I would truly call that the third space, which implies there is communication, either synchronous or asynchronous. But your comparison is well taken. Be sure and include an actual quotation from the reading, in this case, the Collective Artwork section of the Open Source Studio essay. You reference, but I would like to see a quote that supports your argument. Good work!

The World’s Longest Collaborative Sentence

Cecilia HyunJae Cho

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 09:23:53 pm


The World’s Longest Collaborative Sentence

“The Sentence has no end. Sometimes I think it had no beginning. Now I salute its authors, which means all of us. You have made a wild, precious, awful, delicious, lovable, tragic, vulgar, fearsome, divine thing.”

– Douglas Davis, 2000

What is “The World’s Longest Collaborative Sentence”?

“The World’s Longest Collaborative Sentence” is an collaborative and collective network based Read more →

Categories: Research
This is excellent! So many unknowns when Douglas Davis created this work, where the sentence would lead, how the links would be broken, and how it stand the test of time as a record of net culture in the early days of the Web. This is very well researched and written, with excellent use of references. One comment: don't forget to use the featured image, though I am impressed you provided a screen capture of the site!

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Tan Xiang Rei

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 07:59:10 pm


So for this mini project, professor Packer had us to think about negotiation, on collaboration, where the class sync up their actions and create a composite image. I had to sit out on this project, as adobe connect was not working on my laptop.

Creating the composite image was hard as seen by the constant exclamation Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Excellent review of the project. Be sure you remember to use the category "micro-project" for all micro-projects, or else they won't show up on the recent posts feed. I switched it on for you.

research critic on Jenny Holzer's Please Change Believes

Tan Xiang Rei

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 07:03:55 pm


Jenny Holzer’s please change believes, is a work base on the world wide web, where she invites the audiences to contribute and change the given truism. Her body of work focuses on the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces. These short truisms are very direct and are very obvious for us.  However, by inviting the viewers to Read more →

Categories: Research
Hi Rei! It's interesting that you mention that each truism is influenced by one's own culture and experiences. Since it's a reflection of oneself, the truism gives us a tiny glimpse into that particular person's life!
Very important comment you have made about how Please Change Beliefs gives wider forms of expression to the collective artwork. Rather than one person's "truth" it is the "truth" of many, such that there is not such thing as a single truth, particularly in the age of the Internet where everyone can weigh on an idea. I would recommend in your research critiques that you provide additional detail about the specifics of the work, perhaps describing one of the truisms you altered, such as "HUMOR IS A RELEASE," which I can see that you selected. It would be helpful to step through the process of how you changed the truism.

Truisms over the years


Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 04:24:16 pm

@ hello

Jenny Holzer’s ‘Please Change Beliefs’ (1995) is an interactive work that is available to the public via the internet. Jenny Holzer has a list of Truisms that she came up with and as the title suggests, the viewer is invited to modify a common truism that they choose.

The viewer first arrives on the homepage that include one of the many Read more →

Categories: Research
I really like your commentary on how the World Longest Collaborative Sentence reflects the changing culture, ideas, and memes that are in the air at any given time. It becomes in that sense a historical record reflecting the crowd-sourced commentary of the many, rather than the few. I think you picked an excellent quote and used it successfully to support your argument. That is precisely the goal of the research critique, to learn to take a reading (research) and use it to support your argument (critique). Excellent!

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Tan Yue Ling

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 09:47:31 am

@ MoonlingGraphics

|| Hello World! (2008) by Christopher Baker is a audio-visual wall installation that comprises of over 5000 videos taken from social media websites like Youtube, Facebook and MySpace. Each of them are a personal video recording from an individual to an imaginary audience (vlogging = video + blogging). The collective motley of voices that results can either seem meditative or Read more →

Categories: Research
Good research, and how interesting that you shared Murmur Study #1 regarding status updates to no one in particular. That seems hauntingly similar to Hello World: we are speaking out, collectively, but to whom? Does the speak to the important of live communication, which we have explored in many of the works this semester. I would think about the collective artwork, and consider the importance of many to many communication, not just one to many. Also, be sure an quote from the assigned reading to support your argument in the research critiques. Good work.
Thank you for the feedback, Mr Packer! I was actually in what way was this artwork interactive, and the only way I could see it being interactive was the participation of people via uploading their personal stories online but definitely not between the viewer and the main artwork (the video wall). I came to the conclusion that this piece was probably meant to contrast the previous works featured in assigned readings where ownership was given up to the audience.