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Hello I am desktop


Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 - 06:30:51 pm

@ Farz

I try my best to organise my files. I actually have a lot of unwanted and old files that I don’t delete(but I should). I procrastinate deleting stuff that everything just piles up.

The wallpaper is taken using a new 50mm lens I just bought during that point of time. Which I excitedly used it straight after receiving it from the Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project
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Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 - 06:23:58 pm

@ f e l ❍

The story of my desktop:

I like keeping it organised, consistently organised!! Only because I find productivity with a clean slate. Hehehe.

Categories: Micro-Project

Face to Facebook, Former Day Catfish

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 - 01:46:47 pm


Face to Facebook,

Face to Facebook is an online installation piece put together by stealing 1 million Facebook profiles and compiling them all in a unofficial and custom-made dating page. Thereafter, many reacted to the dating website.

The creators of Face to Facebook collected profiles through a special custom software. They then studied and then customized a face recognition algorithm which is Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent Daphne! You are absolutely correct: we fill our time and activities with often meaningless interactions via social media, but of course we are lured into this engagement through such fears as FOMO, in which we feel as though we need to belong. Thanks so much for sharing the additional examples, very interesting!

Face to FaceBook

Tan Xiang Rei

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 - 10:44:32 am


Face to Facebook is an installation piece created by Paolo Cirio as a third piece to his series, The Hacking Monopolism Trilogy. In this work he address the lack of privacy in the age of face book. Collecting 250,000 images from different account, they then run a facial recognition algorithm to categories their facial features. He then uploads these Read more →

Categories: Research
Rei, at the end of your essay you have made some very interesting points about how Facebook doesn't hold much meaning for you, and I wonder if this could be tied more closely to Wittkower's comments about the meaningless of social media. Now he is referring to the open nature of how meaning can be interpreted, which can be a good thing, however, for you, this meaningless has redirected your interest to Instagram, where I imagine you find more pleasure in telling pictorial stories. It might be a good idea to discuss why Instagram holds your interest. In regards to Face to Facebook, the issue here, as you point out, is how the meaning of our interactions on Facebook can be stolen and recontextualized. Perhaps it might have strengthened the essay to apply your very astute thinking about social media to support your critique of the artwork in question. Overall you have many interesting observations on social media that I look forward to discussing further.

"Until The End of The World" and Digital Identity


Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 - 02:11:53 am

@ Bala's OSS

1.0 Background

“Until the End of the World” is a 3D animated video work by Carla Gannis, for which her solo exhibition is eponymously titled. It is inspired by a a sequence in the 1991 Wim Wenders film “Until the End of the World” where a woman is addicted to watching her dreams on a screen.  It converges a Read more →

Categories: Research
Bala, this is an exceptional critique of the work of Carla Gannis and her "Until the End of the World" project. You went way beyond the requirements of this assignment and I am so impressed! What I would highlight in your essay, is the way in which Carla used the "medium" of the selfie as a tool for identity construction, critique and analysis of the digital condition and our future as a human species. Your essay is so unbelievably well referenced and superbly documented, including the references to the various technological, aesthetic, and appropriated classic art motifs that are incorporated in the work. This is very high quality work, congratulations.
Hi Bala! I think your research critique actually helped me understand Carla Gannis' work better; it went into a lot of detail and drew comprehensive links between the topic of Digital Identity and the content of her artwork! I was having trouble writing much about her artwork because I didn't really understand the video but after reading your research critique, I can really appreciate the works in her exhibition now! Great job :D
Thanks Mr Packer, I'll continue to do my best!! :-)
Thanks Yue Ling, glad it was of use to you!!! :-))

The Ghosts only your Phone can see

Elizabeth Quek

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 - 01:59:59 am

@ A blog for Liz

The art work

(source is taken from:

Gallery name: Until the End of the World

Artist: Carla Gannis

Year:  2017

Carla Gannis’ “Until the end of the World’ exhibition is executed like the ancient Greek theater where the ‘actors will speak through a mask’. in this case the ‘mask’ is her virtual persona, one like our social media, and how we portray ourselves on that Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good. I particularly liked the definition you found of digital identity, which set a good foundation for your critique. I also thought that the way you employed the quote by Wittkower about the way we use social media to shape our digital identity was a very good use of the reference. Perhaps a bit more commentary about "Until the End of the World," particularly of the video piece which is the heart of the show, would have strengthened your essay. But overall it is very good work and research.

Facebook and Reality

Su Xian

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 - 07:27:58 pm

@ Shu

Many of our Facebook actions are like this. They might seem to mean nothing, and yet be taken to mean something. They might seem to mean something, and in fact mean something else

A Reply to facebook Critics D.E. Wittkower

Facebook has almost become the holy grail in which we document our lives. We are documenting our reality through posts comprising of Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent Shu! You are very right about the fact that Elahi is camouflaging his true actions and online digital identity, by oversharing his daily actions. This is a true action of online curation, and one that makes a political statement as well. It is captivating indeed to see how he has carried out this project for 15 years! Very well written and researched post.


Bella Dai

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 - 06:49:22 pm

@ belladaiyunlang

Hasan Elahi, a Bangladeshi-born American interdisciplinary media artist born in 1972. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. His artworks focus on technology, media, issues of surveillance and etc. In 2002, he was added to the US government’s watch list, after The September 11 attacks. He flew back from the exhibition overseas and taken Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good! You made a strong correlation between the "meaninglessness" often associated with social media, and the way in which Hasan Elahi provided so much information about himself, but without the meaning of the personal or even context concerning his real life. And good observation about the difficulty of the Website navigation/interface, which is also as you point out a kind of hidden trick that contributes to his critique. I want to emphasize that one of the important aspects of Elahi's work is the way in which we give up our data, willingly and easily, which lies at the heart of Tracking Transience.



Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018 - 05:29:36 pm

@ hello

Face to Facebook is an installation piece that highlights the problem with the lack of privacy because of the influx of social media, in this case, Facebook. The work takes one million Facebook profiles from the database  (and processes them through a facial recognition software) and creates an online dating platform which then allows users to ‘date’ these profiles and Read more →

Categories: Research
I really enjoyed your personal assessment of Facebook, and how you have used it over the years to communicate with friends and to share (or not share) information about yourself. It sounds to like you are a very careful and thoughtful user of social media. In regards to Face to Facebook, you captured the essence of the fake dating site very well in your opening paragraph, however since the research critique is indeed to be a focus on the assigned artwork, I think more analysis of Face to Facebook would strengthen the research critique. But I am glad to see that you have used the work to trigger an interesting discussion about your own use of social media.

Poke, Spam, Tag, Friended

Cecilia HyunJae Cho

Thursday, Mar 08, 2018 - 11:57:18 pm


A Response to a Response about a Response

Facebook. The original superficial website transformed and metamorphasized into something completely new and surprisingly meaningful. That is to say that Facebook has forged an entire generation of users connected together by a mere “www” on the internet. FaceBook at its prime was the main source of communication among friends and family, especially those Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good analysis and I was pleased to see you prefacing your critique of Tracking Transience by discussing Facebook as a medium for sharing. I think it's important to note that the while Hasan Elahi is constantly sharing and "super-participating," that at the same time he doesn't reveal much about himself on a personal level. It would be interesting to note if this form of self-surveillance is similar to Facebook. The question we are asking is about digital identity. Elahi creates a very specific, impersonal digital identity, but how do we shape our identity through social media? Do we also filter out things about ourselves? These would be some interesting questions to consider and we will discuss them tonight in class.