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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.

The Telematic Embrace

Su Xian

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 03:19:04 am

@ Shu

This micro-project thrives on our ability to synthesise first and second space elements to construct by collaboration in a metaphysical third space. Through our desktop screens, we see a cohesive image of choreographed ideas. We are synchronising our actions in reality to interact with each other in the third space.

These scenes were screenshot during an interactive adobe connect session.

Our perception Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Good documentation and explanation of the project!

A Collaborative New Media: The World's Longest Sentence

Su Xian

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 03:01:11 am

@ Shu

The World’s Longest Sentence is an interactive art piece that is enabled by the collaborative contributions of the audience through a website. The site instructs them to “continue the sentence” by submitting material of varying type – including text, image, video and sound.

The audience member is unaware of what precedes in the sentence. I contributed by submitting the phrase Read more →

Categories: Research
You made an important distinction here between the World's Longest Collaborative Sentence and our everyday use of Google Docs. The former of course is an artwork, but also, it contains explicit, if open, instructions for user participation and interaction. We see how the artwork in the collective sense becomes a script for an unfolding user experience in the collective artwork. One comment: I'm not sure how this work demonstrates augmented reality, it's possible, you should elaborate on that, and while I would agree that this is an example of the third space, that too could use some clarification. Otherwise, very good!


Bella Dai

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 12:11:47 am

@ belladaiyunlang

I would like to give a name to this screenshot, e-connect. A lot of things in our daily life are going “e” (Electronic) because of technology. For example, e-mail, e-ticket, e-commerce and etc.. Technology improves the quality and efficiency of our lives. Today, we are able to connect with each other easily in the third space which the technology creates. Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
I am so glad you recognize the importance of negotiation. Without that all important key word, it would have been impossible to perform such an amazing X across our Webcams in such tight coordination.

Telematic Embrace, or: a Touchless Touch

EC Chee

Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 - 09:42:10 pm

@ 遠き世に

The keyword Randall Packer emphasised upon was “negotiation”: our adjacent positions on Adobe Connect made it important to collude with each other in order to achieve the various tasks assigned to us. It takes a while to reach that conclusion, especially where negotiation often connotes the act of “discussing” to reach a consensus, which did not quite happen (as opposed Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Glad to see you recognized the importance of negotiation! Critical to performance these kinds of synchronized events in the third space, as well as our everyday social interactions with others.

A Telematic Embrace

Cecilia HyunJae Cho

Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 - 05:35:23 pm



The third space. A space that combines our current space with another space. Yet, it is nearly impossible to coexist in two of the spaces simultaneously. However, this does not mean that we can not communicate with other who have stepped into the third space along side you. In a sense as we step into the third space, we are Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Many wonderful thoughts here and the image you shared is a real beauty! Excellent documentation and thoughts on the third space and the telematic embrace.

Hello World!


Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 - 02:46:11 pm

@ Jasmine

Hello World! is a work by artist Christopher Baker where he compiles over 5000 videos of different individuals speaking to an imagined audience from their private spaces onto a single screen as an installation to talk about participative media and the human desire to be heard. He is inspired by the interconnectivity present in our world today, where we might Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good point about whether or not Hello World constitutes the third space. When people are unable to communication with one another, and furthermore, when they are speaking asychronously, that is, not at the same time, is this the third space? We should discuss this class. However, the focus of this particular research critique was on the "collective artwork," so that is where you want to direct your assessment. Also, be sure and incorporate some aspect of the reading in your research critique, which was to re-read the section on the Collective Artwork from my Open Source Studio essay.

No Limit No Restriction: Online Collaborative Sentence

Daphne Ngatimin

Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 - 01:29:57 am

@ Daphne Ngatimin

The World’s Longest Collaborative Sentence (1994) by Douglas Davis. 

Born in Washington DC 1933, Douglas Davis was an artist, critic, professor and author. He played an active role in the field of contemporary art since 1960. One of his first few artwork, he set up a live satellite performance through the use of interactive technology as a medium for art Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good piece, excellent research, and great description of the work. I would have liked to have seen you though comment on how this is an example of a "collective artwork," and to use a reference/quotation from the assigned chapter on the Collective Artwork from my essay Open Source Studio. However, you presented a very compelling analysis of the work, it's contents, and the collective process of users from around the world able to collaborate on a single sentence. And good research for uncovering Douglas Davis' earlier work using satellite technology.