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.
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During last month’s #TheSocialGraph exhibition, Hill dressed as a panda and lived in a crate in the gallery. He named the character, “Punch Me Panda.” For a penny you could either punch him in the gallery or invite him to your home in Brooklyn via tweet (@natexhill). He also roamed the streets trying to relieve people’s frustration and anger while he was dressed up in his persona. This conversation with artist happened late last month and reflects on his performance and what it is all about.
Man Bartlett’s “Kin” during the last day of #TheSocialGraph exhibition. We will have a photo essay tomorrow and there are a few more podcasts on the way, but last Saturday we threw a closing party for the show, which featured livestreaming of Man Bartlett’s “#24hKith” performance for the first hour of the event (the final hour of his performance) and a listening party for the Sound of Art album. Also, in a few weeks we will be announcing the publication of the #TheSocialGraph catalogue, which will include essays, photos, explanations and other texts to reveal a few more facets of the world of social media art.
This Saturday, November 27, we’re wrapping up the exhibition portion of #TheSocialGraph with a listening party for Paddy Johnson’s “Sound of Art” vinyl. The festivities will take place 6-9pm.
Yes, you may have been to the Sound of Art launch party, bought the t-shirts, even won the Candyass football (oh wait, that was just me, nevermind) but did anyone actually listen to the damn thing? Well, we’re going to change all that this Saturday night! BONUS: party starts at 6pm and Man Bartlett’s “#24hKith” (2010) performance ends at 7pm, so you’ll get to watch the conclusion of one of his signature 24h performances with fellow art lovers before enjoying the beats.
Los Angeles-based artist James Gilbert has been exploring the nature of privacy online with Tweeted, Googled and Inappropriately Touched. The cleverly named series incorporates smaller sub-projects, like “Privacy Is Dead Because We Said So, 2.0” (2010), which is included in #TheSocialGraph.
As part of the Brooklyn incarnation, Gilbert asks participants who would like to take one of the hundred hand-sewn plastic undergarments home to agree to the following conditions, including promising not to sell them, to post a photo with them online on some form of social media, and to send us the link. The images we’ve received (and posted on our tumblelog) portray everything from the very mundane shots of people holding them up to the definitely NSFW (see images here).
Mark Billy’s penis once got stolen, but that didn’t bother the intrepid artist. After the sculpture went missing, Billy just made a new one! The replica is on display at #TheSocialGraph, and this time, Billy used some extra protection.
Starting today, artist Nate Hill will be performing his newest piece, “Punch Me Panda” (2010) at #TheSocialGraph. If you are in Brooklyn, you can text (347-742-2293) or tweet Hill (@natexhill) to come to your home, where you can punch him for one penny. This is the first-time the artist has performed in the context of a gallery show and a rare opportunity to see “Punch Me Panda” in his natural habitat.
Man Barlett’s “Kin” is located in the main gallery of #TheSocialGraph exhibition at Outpost. It is one half of his work, “Kith and Kin” (2010), which was specially created for the exhibition.
Last Friday, the virtual art world became the real one as fellow Twitter followers met one another in reality, Facebook friends shook hands and a certain performance artist crossed the thresholds between digital and analog. During #TheSocialGraph’s opening at Outpost in Ridgewood, a growing community that exists largely online met in person — and actually talked. Like, with sound, instantaneously. This was all helped along by a large keg and stacks of plastic cups that may have been an exercise in relational aesthetics, but probably were not.