Face Book, Literally

Statistics indicated that Facebook is one of the most used social media platforms in the world, even so in recent years. In sync with the outburst of modern technologies, app creators seized the opportunity to milk the market. Over billions of accounts are created online. A platform like Facebook, for example, is utilized to enhance and add colours to life.  Of disadvantages and risks, Face to Facebook, initiated by Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, is an installation that place accent on the societal idea of “privacy” and how it is one of the least concerned and most neglected aspects, both at the same time.

While the whole idea of social connectedness brings people together regardless the distance, does it truly bring about more benefits than harm? Writer D.E. Wittkower discussed in his writing on the critic of Facebook as a social media platform.

He said, “Is it important? Is it meaningful? We would only ask these questions if we view the status update from the outside as if Facebook were a television. But the feed is not a broadcast. The feed is our friends.”

It can be seen that he digresses to the negative rationale behind the campaign set up by both Paolo and Alessandro. It seems that Wittkower views the feed as a channel for people to build and foster strong bonds and establish relationships. In this scenario, he fully supports being in the state of social connectedness, in which the usability and functions (news feed) of Facebook succours to draw a parallel with the people you are connected with.

On a hindsight, Face to Facebook gnaws on the negative impact of social media, and how everyone has got an act – a duo persona, both online and offline. While I feel that disclosure of general information is still acceptable, confidential information that can be intrusive and used against us, ought to be communicated discreetly in a careful and prudent modus operand.

A video on how a woman deals with the power social media brings about, through her anxieties.

The Tale of Two Cities

Posted by Balachander Prashanthi on Sunday, 21 January 2018

 

Bringing you live today: The Tale of Two Cities

What kind of city, you ask? Its City hall station and City Square Mall, the location where the both of us were lived at. The main aim of this video is to match each other to someone/somebody that fits the criteria given by each of us. Alongside me we have our spontaneous teammate, Bala!

Then, we’ll begin searching once the live video starts. The challenge comes in where the both of us have to find someone suitable within a span of 15 minutes, which makes it really tricky – its a race with time! Apart from the whole finding the “Mr Right” thingy, we will be posting them questions that relay back to the criteria set out by my teammate.

For instance, Bala’s Top 3 criteria she looks for in a man is:

1. Tall (above 1.75m)

2. Sense of humour

3. Witty (Can be tested from the way he interacts with the questions posted)

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We conducted a street style interview together with our “potential candidate”, and before the interview draws to a close, a final question will be posted to the guy – “Will you swipe right on her on Tinder?” If the answer is YES, then it’s a match! Simple as that. Both of them have a form a heart with their hands in the middle of the split-screen. We thought by conducting a street style interview, it would heighten the engagement level, bringing in an extra element of surprise to the video content.

Indoor VS Outdoor setting:

While Bala conducted her interviews within the area of an indoor shopping mall, I did mine along the Singapore River. It was a contrast between indoor and an open-air area which I thought would make a pretty interesting juxtaposition in terms of ambient noise and the kind of scenery we can observe floating by in the background of the video. This would be an interesting point to note during the running of the clip.