On-line exhibition curated by Daphne Dragona, organised by the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Athens, presented online and in the premises of the museum from March 18 to August 31, 2009.
Presented in Prague at ENTER festival with a kind permission of all the artists, the curator, the text contributors and the director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Athens, Mrs Anna Kafetsi.
Exhibition official site: http://www.emst.gr/tagties
Tag ties & Affective Spies is a critical approach on the social media of our times. What happens when we are “tagging”, “posting” and “sharing” our experiences and opinions in platforms such as those of Facebook, YouTube, flickr or del.ic.ious? Are we really connecting and interacting or are we also forming the content and the structure of the social web itself? The online works included, highlight the controversies of the web 2.0, commenting on its constant balancing between order and chaos, democracy and adhocracy, exposure and exploitation.
CHRISTOPHE BRUNO (FR)
GRÉGORY CHATONSKY (FR/CAN)
PAOLO CIRIO (IT)
WAYNE CLEMENTS (UK)
JONATHAN HARRIS (USA)
GEORGE HOLSHEIMER (NL)
SEP KAMVAR (USA)
LES LIENS INVISIBLES (IT)
DAAN ODIJK (NL)
PERSONAL CINEMA (GR)
MIRJAM TER LINDEN (NL)
PUTRI SADIQAH (NL)
RAOUL SIEPERS (NL)
RAMSAY STIRLING (USA)
THE ERASERS (GR)
A TAG’S LIFE BY GEORGE HOLSHEIMER, MIRJAM TER LINDEN, DAAN ODIJK, PUTRI SADIQAH & RAOUL SIEPERS
“A Tag’s Life” is developed to use the flickr, an online photo sharing platform, as an analytic and trend watching tool by visualizing the life course of tags. This visualization turns the user-generated content of flickr into a mirror of cultural trends. Whereas 2.0 websites such as the Youtube and the flickr mainly show the current popular trends, this project goes one step back by visualizing ‘historic trends’ on the Internet. With this, the tool opens up a kind of historic dimension and observes their development, their rise and fall within time and space.
The project is created by an interdisciplinary team of students from the fields of information science, arts and media of the University of Amsterdam.
Tagged with flickr, statistics, tag, time, trends.
DADAMETER BY CHRISTOPHE BRUNO
Global index of the decay of the aura of language, the Dadameter aims at measuring our distance to Dada. It was inspired by the work of the french writer Raymond Roussel and a game on language between homophony and equivocation. The project is a satire about the recent transmutation of language into a global market ruled by Google et al. and uses the most up-to-date technologies of control to draw cartographies of language at large scale!
Programming: Valeriu Lacatusu
Production: Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid-Jeu de Paume
Christophe Bruno (FR) lives and works in Paris. His polymorphic work which includes installations, performances and conceptual pieces has a critical take on network phenomena and globalisation in the field of language and images. He was awarded a prize at the Madrid Contemporary Art Fair with the ARCO new media prize 2007, at the Prix Ars Electronica 2003 and the Piemonte Share Festival in 2007. His work has been shown internationally.
Tagged with capitalism, dada, google, language, semantic
DEL.ICIO.US / WINNING INFORMATION BY JODI
What happens when the familiar associations between context and structure break down? When what you are used to recognise is not there anymore, and numbers, symbols and spaces have taken now over? del.icio.us – winning information rips off the categorizations, the forms and the semiology of today’s web. Navigation becomes difficult and chaotic challenging the user to find his own way out, offering this subversion itself as a spectacle.
Based in The Netherlands, JODI, Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans, were among the first artists to investigate and subvert conventions of the internet, computer programs, and video and computer games. Radically disrupting the very language of these systems, including interfaces, commands, errors and code, JODI stages extreme digital interventions that destabilise the relationship between computer technology and its users. Their controversial performances have been discussed in the international press and their work has been presented in museums, centers and festivals around the world. They have received the Jerome Commission from the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis and an Honorary Mention from Ars Electronica, Linz. *bio courtesy of rhizome.org
Tagged with del.icio.us, detournement, w w w w w w w.
FOLDED IN BY PERSONAL CINEMA & THE ERASERS
Folded in is a project about the notion of borders and their representation in the social networks of the web 2.0. User-generated systems like the Youtube show that users tend to reproduce in the web the same prejudices, superstitions and nationalistic beliefs of the real world and shape similar types of borders and even conflicts in the form of video wars. The project attempts a detournement of the representational space of YouTube, by transforming it into a gamespace, and by respectively turning the selected videos and the tags into game elements. Users are asked to cross tag – borders, conquer and map territories evaluating the data they watch. The Folded in project wishes to contribute to the semi utopian idea of the creation of the thoughtful gamer. What type of sociality does the ‘Social Web’ produce and for whom? Can it liberate ourselves from prejudices and beliefs through play?
Personal Cinema is a network active in the field of media arts. It plans and organizes projects and activities that encourage the critical stance towards the new forms of production, presentation and distribution of audiovisual products. Personal Cinema, anticipates cooperation with social and artistic networks, groups and individuals, that take a similar stance and consider necessary the creation of a visible space of debate; with those people that are engaged in constant inventions to render explicit and clear the ‘signal’ from ‘noise’, thus to say, the two unequal parts that compose the current pseudo-dialectic of information.
The erasers are a group whose work is based on the integration of various seemingly diverse elements such as: live cinema/ improvised music / performance_actions / the internet/ and installation techniques. The erasers are an open circuit: they are as few or as many as each project demands and they all function within the free association that the erasers are. The erasers search for the possibility of presenting their work to an open and unbiased audience has led them to work under various pseudonyms, some of these being: the instructors and the curators.
Tagged with borders, critique, detournement, gamespace, YouTube.
INTERNET DELIVERS PEOPLE BY RAMSAY STIRLING
“Internet delivers people” is an adaptation on Richard Serra’s and Carlotta Fay Schoolman’ s, Television delivers people from the 70s. By transcribing the original work and procedurally replacing only a few words, Stirling followed the “mash up” internet mentality to restructure content in order to convey a new message. Just like Serra and Schoolman referred to television’s role as an instrument of corporate control, Stirling now refers to the reality of the internet where the user is a consumer, a producer and the product itself at the same time.
Ramsay Stirling lives/works in New York where he studies at Parsons the New School for Design. His work, that is internet based to a great extent, has recently been shown in the Chelsea Arts Museum and the National Art Museum of China.
Tagged with capitalism, consumer, internet, parody, producer.
IOU.S BY WAYNE CLEMENTS
IOU.s continually gets new user notes from the del.icio.us website. del.icio.us, the popular social network that enables users to save and share their bookmarks, is an example of the ’social software renaissance’ phenomenon and the categorisation of information through tagging, done by ‘the people’, not the ‘experts’. In the era of folksonomies, and not of taxonomies, IOU.s concentrates, on the “user notes” that accompany the bookmarks and the tags and actually provide much more information expressed by the users. If you read several, you realise that the amount of product endorsement is quite striking. Maybe behind the “users”, there are also several companies are tagging their own products.? What is happening in reality? What if the folksonomist is in fact a taxidermist? (sorry, taxonomist…)
Wayne Clements is a visual artist and a writer living in London. His poetry, prose and visual work are published in a number of magazines and books, and his sound poetry is included in the book and CD Homo Sonorus, An International Anthology of Sound Poetry, Moscow (2001). His artworks are featured on the http://www.rhizome.org/ and http://www.runme.org/, ,and are also shown in many festivals and exhibitions of electronic art. un_wiki (2006) received the Award of Distinction, Net Vision, Prix Ars Electronica (2006), and was shown in Connecting Worlds, ICC Gallery Tokyo (2006), in a specially commissioned Japanese language version. He completed a practice-based Ph.D. degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2005). Currently he is Visiting Research Fellow at Chelsea College of Art and Design
Tagged with critique, del.icio.us, folksonomy, product placement, tag.
L’ATTENTE – THE WAITING BY GRÉGORY CHATONSKY
Taking internet flows as a starting point, L’ attente – the waiting proposes the network inhabitants’ fiction. Not the life-story of one person or another but the story of the Internet machine that feeds on our lives daily. There is two kinds of those Internet twisted flows taking as a starting point realtime web users’ sentences. Random words are extracted from those sentences and traduced in images using flickr. In addition to the words and images the visitor sees pre-recorded videos of passengers waiting for the train in the Gare du Nord looking to the schedule or chatting together.
Grégory Chatonsky currently resides in Montreal and Paris. He has worked on numerous solo and group projects around the world. In 1994, Chatonsky founded a net.art collective, incident.net, and has produced numerous works for well known centers and museums. Chatonsky’s body of work, including interactive installations, networked and urban devices, photographs and sculptures, speaks to the relationship between technologies and affectivity, flow that define our time and attempts to create new forms of fiction.
Tagged with flickr, internet, passengers, station, Twitter.
SUBVERTR BY LES LIENS INVISIBLES
Subvertr is a parody of the popular social network for images, flickr.
“Bored by mainstream media? Tired of boring social tags?Subvertize! Don’t let anyone else put the hands on your imaginary. Just subvertize and manage it by yourself: collect, detourn, alter and share it with other people like you! Share Share Share … Share your pictures with your friends, family and everyone else. Your subvertized images are now visible to everyone.
Subvertag! Let your images finally be. Give’em a title, add any stupid notes and organize them into delirant subverTags: become part of an insignificant, collective, visionary escape from common sense.”
Les Liens invisibles is an imaginary art-group from Italy. It is comprised of media artists Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini. Their artworks are based on the invisible links between the infosphere, neural synapsis, and real life.
Tagged with detournement, flickr, share, subvert, tag.
THE BIG PLOT BY PAOLO CIRIO
“The Big Plot” is a romantic spy-story played on the info-sphere. It looks at the role of espionage in intrusions into people’s internet lives, the dysfunctional sociality that is being created by media communications, the political use and exploitation of social networks. Four characters will tell a story using dialogues shown on YouTube videos, blog posts, and via entries on their Facebook profiles. The cloned identity of a real spy will be used as a plot device for telling a story about the political and sentimental weakness of our era, which are accelerated by the compulsory use of personal media and social networking platforms. The compromised privacy on this kind of media and the political control over the Internet will be some of the most important issues of the story. Audiences will have an active role in the story as well they will be able to interact with the characters.
Paolo Cirio is researching into media, communication, politics and cultural anthropology. Radically and ironically, he controversially plays with semiotic vectors in order to involve the audience in thinking about the meaning of representations of reality. He has worked as media artist in various fields: net-art, street-art, video-art, public-art, marketing-art, software-art and interaction-design.
Tagged with activism, privacy, spy, storytelling, web 2.0.
WE FEEL FINE BY JONATHAN HARRIS & SEP KAMVAR
Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved and a database of several million human feelings is formed, that can can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices. We Feel Fine is an artwork authored by everyone that grows and changes according to what’s on our blogs, what’s in our minds.
Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, Jonathan Harris designs systems to explore and explain the human world. He has made projects about human emotion, human desire, modern mythology, science, news, anonymity and language. The winner of two 2005 Webby Awards, Harris’ work has also been recognized by well known festivals and journals globally.
Sep Kamvar is a Consulting Professor of Computational Mathematics at Stanford University and the chairman of Wildflower Capital. He founded Kaltix, a search engine that was acquired by Google in 2003, and Distilled, a clothing line and artist collective based out of San Francisco.
Tagged with affection, information visualization, language, statistics, storytelling.