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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!

The Online World

Elizabeth Quek

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 01:14:26 am

@ A blog for Liz


The third space network is a live video broadcast, which focus on broadcasting creative dialogue all over the world.

At the start, what becomes prominent in the broadcast is the various technical issues that appear in the broadcast. Glitches with the sound system, where the poor keynote speaker could not hear everyone else. Glitches in film, where the video would pause Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Elizabeth, you have raised so many fascinating and important ideas in your Hyperessay about the Symposium. In the opening section you discussed how despite there were technical difficulties, they were more or less accepted as part of the nature of communications technology. Yes, you can certainly refer to this as glitch, as well as a recognition of our modern day experience in the third space and on the Internet. Then of course, Annie Abrahams made an entire work out of these "entanglements" as a negotiation of performers communicating together from far away distant places. I particularly liked your discussion of Uncle Roy All Around You, where, the audience is put into the position of having to navigate and solve a possible that is highly impacted by communications and the concept of social broadcasting. My main comment is that the essay could have addressed social broadcasting as the main theme of the symposium. How did both Annie Abrahams and Matt Adams stretch the possibilities of the communications experience to create a more social experience, a more DIWO experience. Overall, you captured many excellent ideas and observations.

Are We in LOVE with the Connectedness?

Bella Dai

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 - 01:12:18 am

@ belladaiyunlang

What is love? What makes you fall in love? A lot of people tell me that love is the connection. Having the connection gives the feeling of belonging to a particular person or group. Communication is probably the key to create the connection. Our ancestors created languages for better communication and invented methods and tools to help with communication including, Read more →

Categories: Research
Very interesting how you expressed your thoughts on interaction in such personal terms: how we engage emotionally in the third space. This has been one of the key ideas we have discussed this semester, how meaningful interaction can be achieved despite geographical separation. Wasn't this proved when you elected not to interact in the chat for Annie Abrahams' performance, and found yourself removed and disconnected. This implies that is direct interaction that creates the quality of engagement in any form of interactive art. Perhaps it would be interesting and helpful to your thesis to applied this to Blast Theory's work: how the players and performers engage in something dynamic, arresting, and challenging in both physical and virtual spaces. I didn't completely understand the reference to Media Burn and your related statement to put your foot through a mobile phone. Perhaps you are suggesting that there can be so much mediation we cease to have positive connectedness?


Zhen Qi

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 - 08:23:23 pm

@ zhenqi

Days attended: 1 & 2

The Art of the Networked Practice Online Symposium is an international gathering presenting emerging research, artistic work, and technological innovation in the networked arts. Intended as a global and inclusive gathering, with no registration fees, the symposium unites local and remote speakers and audiences from all corners of the world via Webconferencing, Read more →

Categories: Research
Zhen Qi, I thought that you perfectly captured the power of the viewer in your reference to the chat. I agree, I thought the chat constituted the alternative social world I had pointed out in the symposium theme of social broadcasting. The chat was dynamic, vibrant, and as you pointed out, added a strong commentary and extension of the performances and keynotes. When reading your discussing of Blast Theory's Kidnap, a piece about control and submission, I couldn't help think how that contrasted with the freedom the audience had in our Symposium as expressed in the chat room. Perhaps you could say that any performance that takes place in a traditional theater where people must be quiet is a form of control, whereas in the third space theater, the audience is released from this control and free to participate in entirely new ways. That is a strong expression of the idea of social broadcasting. A few comments: be sure when you are quoting or closely referencing that you make this clear, such as in your opening paragraph. Also, I felt the conclusion could have provided some closure to previous commentary, although I couldn't agree more with the final statement. How does this ideas of role-playing as President tie in with the Symposium as a whole? I think there are some interesting ways to make the connection.
Thank you for the feedback , I will try my best to improve on the post :D

The Profound Art of Networked Practice

Su Xian

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 - 07:56:15 pm

@ Shu

Networked practice is indisputably one of the most revolutionary media in art to date. The engagement of social media has assimilated into the daily, who is to say how far it has burgeoned as a lifestyle, let alone an artistic media. What seems important to me is that we understand the blurred lines between the art, the philosophy, the Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project | Research
Shu, this was a very highly developed discourse on the Symposium. Whereas there were a few comments that could use some refinement, I thought you made an excellent effort to address many important ideas and concepts that were addressed. I was particularly impressed by your critique of Blast Theory's Kidnap as a commentary on control. Here is one of your statements that I thought was very powerful:
My favourite part of Kidnap is probably its ability to transfer the creative courage and power from the artist to the performer to the audience. It is this salience that creates an unstageable act of artistic research, a candid experience not just for those who participate in it, but also for those who watch it.
This transfer of power was precisely what Steve Dixon had discussed in his essay on cybernetics and existentialism, which I wrote about in one of my blog posts. Putting the viewer into the position of captivity forces them to question the very nature of existence, freedom, aloneness, etc. What would have been very interesting is to tie this transfer of power to the overall objective of the Symposium. As you could see, the audience was very active in the chat space, where they were free to comment and express their opinion at any point in time. This is essentially the idea of social broadcasting, transferring power from the hierarchical nature of traditional broadcasting (the monologue) to the collaborative, social forms that flatten the hierarchy and turn control over to the viewer. I wanted to mention that because tying your excellent commentary to the broader themes of the symposium would have been a nice addition to your essay. One thing I want to point out is the design work you did with your illustrations. Very nice!

Art of the Networked Practice

Felicia Chua Qin Ying

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 - 07:38:09 pm


“The third space network is an internet broadcast channel for live media arts and creative dialogues, in terms of broadcasting and bringing a global audience to creative dialogue, performance and other forms of activities.” – Randall Packer on the third space network.

Communication is a vital aspect of current society, especially with the Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
Excellent Felicia! This was a well constructed essay, and you touched on so many important points and made several very astute observations. I would like to point one out here:
The notion of leeches, the internet and the online users draws inexplicable connection as they subsist on one another. Also, one additional reference drawn could be: is there a possibility of wordplay when they make use of leeches as part of the performance? Could it altogether be a true reflection of the impact of technology and social media? The conception that we are over-reliant on mechanization as it leeches our time away on mindless scrolling.
I had not thought about the relationship between the leeches and our parasitic relationship to the Internet, but I think this was an incredible point, even if it wasn't the intention of the artist. We are reliant on communications, each and every day, and this reliance creates a dependency that can in fact cause "bleeding," at least in a metaphorical sense. Perhaps this may have been an opportunity to offset this observation with the concept of social broadcasting, which in effect, when used for critical and artistic purposes sheds light on our Internet condition. I thought your analysis of Annie Abrahams' work beautifully described how the artist might attempt to resolve this condition: by creating a space where the entanglements can become an aesthetic experience, a thing of beauty. This perhaps describes the unique differences between the two performances: igaies was, as described by the performers, a dystopic view of the Internet condition, whereas Abrahams was a more utopic rendering, at least in my opinion, in that she attempted to create a harmonious space despite the technological and geographical separation. This is a very fine essay indeed!

Virtual Insanity

Tan Yue Ling

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 - 03:36:20 pm

@ Moon Walker.

[On Social Broadcasting: A Communications Revolution]

|| During the Art of the Networked Practice 3-day (or night) symposium that took place from 29th-31st March 2018, I got to listen to very insightful speakers and witness before my very eyes how far art has grew simultaneously with technology. It is amazing to think how unfathomable all of these works would have been Read more →

Categories: Research
Yue Ling, this is a very comprehensive and well research study of not just the Symposium, but what we have been discussing all semester. Excellent! You touched all many important points and ideas: including social broadcasting as a powerful mechanism for bringing people, artists, and audiences together; as well as the ethical issues associated with our online lives. I particularly liked this statement:
To have the ‘Third Space’ in co-existence and seen in totality with the local and remote spaces would be to also accept the faults that comes with it, just like how we do not act in a perfectly rehearsed manner in real life, for that would be way too unnatural...
You are absolutely right: to accept the faults of our online existence is to embrace it, understand it, augment it, particularly for those of us who are artists and designers thinking about creative interactive spaces on the Internet. I also really appreciate your conclusion, in which you stated how we need to understand the various real and virtual spaces we inhabit, and as I always trying to teach my students, understand how to balance these worlds so they can be more harmonious and expressive as a third space environment. If we don't do this, we will forever be victims of our online interactions, rather than having a critical understanding.