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Who's talking?


Thursday, Feb 08, 2018 - 04:24:12 pm

@ Farz

The video starts with a zoomed in clip of a girl in a video talking. The camera slowly zooms out to reveal more videos of other individuals. Their voices start to merge and you cannot hear a single voice.

Hello World is ‘an immersive video installation featuring over 5000 video diaries found on the internet’, all framed on a big screen that Read more →

Categories: Research
(Sorry I was late getting to this essay, somehow I missed it when I was going through this week's research critiques.) Excellent! I was very impressed how you picked up on the irony of a multitude of voices all speaking simultaneously, at the same time, like a chorus, but without a true connection between them. Isn't that often the condition of social media? We are all posting, sharing, etc., but are we heard? Well, I think sometimes yes, but many times we are just lone voices in the crowd as so beautifully demonstrated in Christopher Baker's Hello World. I thought this was a very fine essay that asked some interesting questions about alienation, separation, individuality, the real and the virtual. Excellent.

Telegarden // A Change in Perspective

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Feb 08, 2018 - 03:15:14 pm


When we hear the word “gardening”, it usually involves physical soil space, a hand trowel, seeds, watering can. What the Telegarden team have created in 1995 has totally changed our perspective of gardening, replacing our hands with cursors and mouse clicks. Each action in the Telegarden, totally controllable at the comfort of your home, through a screen.

This web-interface allows netizens Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent research and glad to see you found the quote of mine from a very long time ago! Your description of the Telegarden is quite good and covers many of the key concepts about gardening at a distance. The only thing missing is the reference to the work as a collective artwork, how its use for social interaction was one of the key elements of our discussion of collective narrative. Otherwise, this a very fine essay.

Let's Hang Out Together, Alone! // The Telematic Embrace

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Feb 08, 2018 - 11:35:58 am


Connected to Adobe Connect together as a class, we were all immersed in our devices, busying signing up and starting up the application. That marks the end of our human contact. Migrating all forms of contact to the Adobe Connect application, this is the beginning of us hanging out together, while being alone!

Let’s Finger Touch!

The get-together as a class at Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Excellent and glad you found the telematically connected play and interactivity of such creative value. We will continue to explore!!

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!

Telematic Embrace

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.