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[EI] Final Project: Play, Draw and Point - Development


Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 - 11:28:25 pm

@ Francesca

Inspired by the works of Blast Theory, a UK-based performance group that creates interactive performances that engage the public community in site-specific locations, we were assigned to re-create similar collaborative performances using Singapore as our stage. We will be using the social media, Instagram as a secondary platform. The performance that we create aims to stretch art into life, breaking Read more →

Categories: Final Project | Process

On Location Performance: Strangers Art - Play, Draw & Point

Daphne Ngatimin

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 - 11:25:56 pm

@ Daphne Ngatimin

fiInspired by the works of Blast Theory, a UK-based performance group that creates interactive performances that engage the public community in site-specific locations, we were assigned to re-create similar collaborative performances using Singapore as our stage. We will be using the social media, Instagram as a secondary platform. The performance that we create aims to stretch art into life, breaking Read more →


Alternative Social World

Nadiah Raman

Friday, Apr 06, 2018 - 08:12:37 pm

@ ♡♡♡♡♡

Social broadcasting is a revolutionary phenomenon which strays away from the notion of one-to-many streaming mode. Instead, it allows for many-to-many interactive experiences that bonds artists and audiences in live third space networks. Contrary to traditional media, social broadcasting promotes direct collaboration, interaction and interconnectivity as it utilises the idea of DIWO (Do It with Others). It works towards an Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent essay and very nicely written. I was particularly interested in your very detailed comments on the Annie Abrahams performance, and your description of the the latencies reading demonstrated great insight into how this piece reflects on the nature of our online connections, the virtual distances between us, and how we can conjoin in these disparate spaces. I also thought you made a strong case for Matt Adams "I'd Hide You," regarding the participatory nature of the work. You are correct when you say that the work would be impossible to play without the cooperation of the players as well as the online audience. This is a very good observation about DIWO, because not only does it involve doing it with others, but the narrative of the work often strengthens this idea by necessitating interaction with others. It is this necessity that creates the quality of the work and the engagement of the viewer. Very well done!

Social Broadcasting: An Unfinished Communications Revolution


Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 04:11:25 pm

@ Bala's OSS

“Social Broadcasting: An Unfinished Communications Revolution” – this is what the symposium is themed around. Having attended all three days of the symposium, I have come to understand that although it is a relatively short sentence, it is one that is chock full of meaning. Immediately, three key phrases stand out to us: 1) Social Broadcasting 2) Unfinished and 3) Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent Bala! I liked the way you broke down your opening thesis into the three parts of the symposium: social broadcasting, unfinished, communications revolution. One suggestion: it would have been helpful in the conclusion to have re-addressed this thematic premise in order to propose any conclusive ideas. However, your paper is incredibly detailed, informative and well researched, including references outside of the assignments. I was particularly interested in your comments on the chat, and the power distribution that shifted from the presenters/performers to the audience dynamic. As you pointed out, the audience was given the opportunity to have a parallel dialogue in their alternative social world, in which comments, responses, and critique were not a distraction, but actually complemented the keynotes and performances. As you point out, that is the power of the third space, a distributed commons where people have agency and where hierarchy is flattened. Is this a utopian idea? I think so, at least for a few moments where people can voice their opinions in a free and open space of creative dialogue. Perhaps you could say that these are small moments of utopia, not that they necessarily change the world, but provide a glimpse of what is possible. That I think is the "unfinished" nature of the "revolution," in which there is a temporary autonomous construction of a more equal space where agency is heightened. But of course, we must return to the way things are and start over again. The project of the communications revolution is never finished, but it is up to each of us to move it a little bit forward. Thanks Bala for your detailed essay, it is a great record of the Symposium.

Communication Through Social Broadcasting, A Preface

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 04:02:30 pm


Computers, Changing the Way Art is Viewed

… if the first computer was the abacus, the ultimate computer will be the sublime aesthetic device: a parapsychological instrument for the direct projection of thoughts and emotions. -Gene Youngblood

Yes, it is obvious that in today’s world, technology and the “screens” have taken over the world instead of the evil ones… or is the Read more →

Categories: Research
Beautiful essay, Daphne. You are a very poetic writer indeed! I particularly liked this comment:
Annie Abrahams successfully took the minor keys of the internet and composed an internet piece with a perfect harmony, a harmony of disorientations.
I liked very much, as a composer, how you situated her work in a musical context, achieving a balance and harmony of discordances brought about by the inconsistencies of the network. That is great! I wish I had thought of that myself... Through the Internet we are brought into a new kind of space, which you allude to at the close of your essay. The "unfinished" nature of the communications revolution is simply as you stated: it is up to the next generation of netartizens to move the project to the next stage. Who knows what the Internet will be like in 50 years, or if there will still be an Internet as we know it today. Artists such as Annie Abrahams and Jon Cates are giving us a glimpse into the future by demonstrating the human elements of our relationship to technology, by unveiling the glitches and errors, blood and multiplicity of identity, noise and latencies. All of these are what make the Internet human, ultimately communications is a human exchange and the telematic element is how that exchange is mediated through technology, which you expressed so very well. Excellent!


Tan Xiang Rei

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 01:40:59 pm


Maria Chatzichristodoulou on telematic

Maria Chatzichristodoulou also known as Maria X  broadly defines telematic as a use of a telecommunication network to establish links between two different places at the same time.

Maria then began highlighting key art movement the Fluxes during 1960 to the 1970s. Some of the key work she highlighted was Hole in Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Rei, good description in particular of Kidnap. You brought up important ethical points about control, capture, and the way we are willing to participate in these kinds of situations. How do you think a piece like Kidnap relates to our use of social media? Perhaps all of us who participate in Facebook and other platforms are also giving up a degree of control of our data, our identities, our virtual relations. This is something to consider in your analysis. A comment about structuring an essay. It is important to begin with an introduction that states the main ideas you are about to discuss, one of which of course is the idea of an online symposium, but another would be more specifically the concept of social broadcasting. You do bring up the third space a little later in your essay, but perhaps it might be good to introduce that idea earlier so that your examples can reference the concept. Same with the conclusion. You want to resolve any ideas you raise, and bring them to closure by summing up the main points. These are essential elements of essay construction and hopefully you can think about how to provide more structure. Otherwise your descriptions and research are well done, and you demonstrated that you were highly observant during the course of the Symposium.

Communication Revolution

Daphne Ngatimin

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 09:57:41 am

@ Daphne Ngatimin

Social Broadcasting: An Unfinished Communications Revolution

Gene Youngblood is a media, arts and politics theorist that holds the belief that media itself needs to be democratic. The publication of his book, Expanded Cinema, in 1970 led to the impact of communication technologies on the democratic process and the capacity to participate. Youngblood announced the need for a “communication revolution” Read more →

Categories: Research
Daphne, an excellent essay! Beautifully written and extremely well documented. You presented many excellent details, observations, and critique throughout. I was particularly struck by the connection you made between the chat, where many who were strangers to one another were engaged in a very dynamic and compelling conversation; to your reference of Uncle Roy All Around You by Blast Theory, in which they ask: "would you trust a stranger?" I believe what you are saying here is that network, which allows us to be less inhibited, more revealing about ourselves, and therefore more engaged with complete strangers. I too found the chat very exciting, the kind of "alternate social world" that Gene Youngblood discusses. It is interesting how the decentralization of the space we inhabit, its distributed nature, despite geographical separation, creates such a nurturing, trusting environment. Of course not always: but I believe that with encouragement this is possible. Yet, we agree that the communications revolution is still unfinished.

Revolutionary Revolution?


Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 04:32:51 am

@ Jasmine

When it comes to social broadcasting, we can see the many changes that it has come to adapt and grow throughout the years. Many artists have experimented with the medium, using it to produce works and attempting to push the boundaries where it involves a greater audience and it becomes a work which encourages active interaction. Although it may seem Read more →

Categories: Research
Jasmine, this is an excellent paper, clear and concise. I particularly liked the way you set the stage for social broadcasting by delving into the history I had provided in the blog post you referenced. You then tied that to several examples in Maria X's keynote, two of which we discussed in class. Excellent! And then your analysis of Annie Abrahams' piece was so wonderfully annotated. I am impressed with your attention to this work and how it unfolded. You then critiqued Matt Adams' work and brought it into the context of social broadcasting. Of particular interest is how you noted the superimposition of the game structure in Uncle Roy All Around You, how this paper enhanced and extended the idea of social broadcasting. This is an excellent paper, congrats!!
One comment: I think there could have been a bit more media illustration to support your paper.

Art of Networked Practice Online Symposium: Hyperessay


Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 02:32:55 am

@ hello

I attended Symposium Day 1 and 2, and it was really quite eye opening. The Art of the Networked Practice Online Symposium was an event, a gathering across the globe that presents the artistic works and technological breakthroughs that incorporates art as a practice. The symposium was completely free and brings people from across the gobe together. Granted, many of Read more →

Categories: Research
Jocelyn, I am really pleased that you gained so much from the Symposium, and had such a strong realization about DIWO and it's impact on the way we create and experience art. I thought your descriptions of Annie Abrahams piece, along with the keynote by Matt Adams were very well done. Your statements about the relationship between art and life are very inspiring. Yes, this is the goal of the Symposium and much of the work and ideas being presented: to fine ways to blur the distinction between art and life, using the Internet as a communications medium to bring people together in exciting new ways. I think you expressed that idea very well. A few comments: I would have like to see you bring into your hyperessay the concept of social broadcasting, and how this Symposium theme was developed. Also, we call this a hyperessay, because we are writing in a medium that enables hyperlinks. These links are important because they allow references and a broader context. Your use of media illustrations was very well done. Overall a well researched paper and good attention to the Symposium events and their meaning.

3 years ago, I mused that, someday, A Level History would cover the rise of the Internet as a full-fledged topic. It's an important historical event, after all. There'd be so many possible subtopics, and all the Gen Z kids would love it. Still waiting though.

EC Chee

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 01:34:56 am

@ 遠き世に

Social Broadcasting: An Unfinished Communications Revolution. This is the theme of the symposium, and a phrase saturated with meaning. As quoted by Packer,

Gene Youngblood signals the need for “a communications revolution… an alternative social world” that decentralises the experience of the live broadcast through the creative work of collaborative communities’. (link)

And yet, this complete upheaval of the way we communicate Read more →

Categories: Process | Research
Excellent En Cui! I am very impressed that you attended and discussed the entire Symposium, when only two days were assigned. I want to address your statement about the unfinished revolution. As you point out, there is always more, more potential, more stretching of boundaries, more breaking down of hierarchies and barriers, and more ways to enhance our use of communications technologies for artistic expression. It is interesting that you pointed out the vibrancy of the chat. I completely agree, in many ways, the chat was a parallel work, activated by the audience. And perhaps best demonstrated the possibilities of social broadcasting in terms of inclusivity and communications exchange. Your writing was excellent and your attention to detail throughout the Symposium was exemplary. Excellent work!