Could you name any sites or spaces online that produce data or information that you find particularly interesting? What elements of this data do you engage with most?
I will have a think, and a search and post...
Jenny: I initially became interested in information from digital interfaces, when I started stitching evidences of online communication in 2007. Previous to this, I had based a body of work on written communication, such as letters and other ephemera. As the majority of my own personal communication then began to be online - the internet screen seemed to be the instinctual place to draw from. In addition to textual information through hotmail, I also started recording messenger conversations, and mobile texts through stitched textiles, and printmaking.
'Text Message', 2007
|'Solitaire Game', 2007 (from Installation 'From the Other Side of the Screen it All Looks So Easy'|
|'Briefcase Icon', part of 'Desktop Diorama' Installation, 2007|
Hi Jenny : I had a very sudden relationship with on-line identity and user generated content. In my photography department I was one of only a handful of students who was not working mainly in digital - I very much found my home in the darkroom, especially colour - and for me this was the beauty of being able to study at GSA - being able to use the classic photography equipment. So generally I was quite stubborn with changing technology - and this included on-line usage.
It was only when I graduated that I suddenly had to consider how to go from 'student to professional', and then it dawned on me I needed to exist where everyone else seemed to home their professional identities - on-line!
Firstly it started with the change of my teenage and stupidly named hotmail account to my professional googlemail account, then came the 'artist website', and then finally I joined up to the world of facebook - which had both personal and professional perks.
Then I guess I became hooked, constantly sending, receiving and checking for emails, checking who is where and doing what on facebook, writing for the CAC blog and actually enjoying it!
For me I find the blog a very recent but interesting area for user generated content. Facebook has its purpose but I am always scepticle of a site that allows you to assign yourself a 'relationship status'.
So after a lot of ranting, I would say it is the blog that is most interesting for me, I like the idea of an on-line diary, sharing ideas, images and conversations with others - it is like the ultimate way of getting things off your chest! I am pretty new to the world of blogging but I am very much enjoying it, and in terms of identifying myself as an artist, it is a very free and open way of expressing my ideas.
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