Angry Women by Annie Abrahams

Angry women is a five part series done by Annie Abraham exposing how the subject of anger changed the groups dynamics. She was also interested in exploring how the performers managed to maintain their social identity in this experiment.

In a society where authenticity and privacy become endangered it is important to find ways to access our vulnerabilities and doubts, to make them public, to cherish our messy side. We need to make space for the beast in the beauty, to go back to reality, to claim the human. ” – Annie Abraham

Annie Abrahams has embraced the Internet as a medium for live performance for two reasons. The first, as she describes, is to “study human behaviour without interfering in it.”- Randall Packer

I feel that for this performance Awie Abraham was able to leverage on the qualities and characteristics of the third space really well to get her participants to reveal their authentic and true self. By conducting this in a familiar environment of the subject homes coupled with the online animosity of the third space, this has made the participants feel safe enough to reveal and unleash their anger. In addition by having it in a group chat, I feel that the energy of the women and the participants are able to bounce of each other, fuelling the anger to greater height.

I particularly agree with what Annie Abraham has said. Through the constant use of social media, many have been creating false persona or facades of themselves online. However this is very unhealthy. Constant suppression, may lead to a mental breakdown in the long future. Annie Abraham provided an outlet, showing the public that it is okay to show your anger, normalising it. Only then we will be able to embrace our true self, all of our flaws and insecurities.

Video Selfie: Playing god

So we were tasked to record a alter ego of ourself.  For me one thing that I have been wanting to do for a long time is to cut my hair into a pixie cut and dye it. But my mom strongly disapproves of it (and I need a place to sleep) so I haven’t been able to do it. So my alter ego is like a god, that can give me what ever I want, at least virtually. So through the use of photoshop, I decided to play god and give me and my sis what we wanted. This is my alter ego, a god (at least virtually).

This is me: My Desktop

If you can see the files all of them are screenshot for research as part of the project that I’m doing. As you can tell I don’t have any files on my desktop. this is because I recently sent this laptop for servicing and they wiped my HDD of all the data. I retrieved my laptop two days ago, but I haven’t managed to install any of my adobe programs except after effect on my laptop. Yeap thats why its so clean. (because I can’t work on my laptop 🙁 , all my work is on my iMac instead).

I always have Spotify on my laptop, with my playlist playing nonstop. As for my wallpaper, I’m too lazy to change it and I thought it look pretty nice so I just went with the default wallpaper.

you probably can tell that I’m not the most tech savvy person. I have no idea how to customise my laptop, so its pretty much the same thing as what you will get in store.

Face to FaceBook

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 images on the a faux dating website, allowing people to see and connect with these people. Many viewers have mix reactions towards the piece many wondering how much data was scraped legally.

The things that happen on Facebook are really pretty meaningless. Not that they can’t have meaning, but simply that they don’t. Or, at least, they don’t until we get our collective hands on them. – D.E. WITTKOWER

Similarly, the creators of this piece mentioned that we put on a false persona on Facebook trying to portray the best side of ourselves.

The vast majority of pictures were both amateurish and somehow almost involuntarily or unconsciously alluring. And they are almost always “smiling”. – Paolo Cirio

On Facebook many present themselves base on Facebook primary function to connect and make friends. By placing these images on a dating website, Paolo Cirio, further emphasises on this shallow quality of making friends on Facebook. In the dating app, users use profile pictures to obtain the first impression of the partner before deciding to date them. These superficial qualities of attractiveness  are also used Facebook friends makings.So if the online persona is false, how can Facebook hold any meaning?

Personally, despite my inactiveness on social media, I still find myself censoring my thoughts when writing my post or comments. My online persona is vastly different from my RL self where I am more direct and crudely blunt. Facebook or Instagram don’t hold much meaning to me, as most of the post and photos are curated. however with the functions such as Instagram story, it allows people to capture that short moment of time, making it more genuine.