Last week, Benjamin Lotan of Social Printshop stopped by Hyperallergic HQ to chat about his VC-funded art project that explores social media startups. Also, he’s been commissioned by the social media tech site Mashable to create a wallpaper of all their Facebook fans, and there’s still time for you to be part of it!
My latest thoughts on the evolving discussion about the use of social media in art and where it should (in my opinion) go.
This month’s ARTnews includes an extensive feature by veteran arts writer Barbara Pollack on social media art. This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in understanding the emergence of social media art and how artists are using the medium to create work.
In two weeks, #TheSocialGraph will open at Outpost in Bushwick, Brooklyn and we’re incredibly excited. What is #TheSocialGraph? It is an evolving exploration of the burgeoning field of social media art and the relation of contemporary art with this populist tool as a medium, facilitator, and subject for art.
I am the curator of the project and I’ve pulled together a number of interesting artists, writers, social media mavens, and others to share ideas and explore possibilities presented by the intersection of visual art and social media. Some of the art in #TheSocialGraph will be about social media, some will use social media as an integral component of the finished project, and some will be more of an experiment so we’re not exactly sure what to call it.