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To do: assess my data and its container

MEMO TO POSTSELF / FB = container / meta-software?

re: iNforMaTioN > “…as the power of computing increases and we must begin to think about the relationship between consciousness and our organization and dissemination of data. We must also reconsider how the organization of data reflects our collective shifts in perception and our relation to information and knowledge. Knowledge production is undergoing a radical reorganization because of the huge amount of data that is systematically being digitized and made available on the Internet. This digital reorganization means that we can anticipate the relatively fast-paced demand for, and creation of, new systems and establishments. Artists are in a unique position to participate in this process as “information architects” using data as raw material.” (Vesna, 2007)

re: SpaCe > “How one moves through a physical space such as a building or a particular room is very much determined by the way an architect has conceived it….The work presented within these spaces, in other words, cannot be viewed without a strong sense of their containers. Similarly, when navigating through various software “containers” and inputting our data, we are in effect following the established parameters of information architecture. ….the idea of an overarching meta-software that is intended to be used by one and all is alarming.” (Vesna, 2007)

*quotes above from Victoria Vesna’s “Seeing the World in a Grain of Sand: The Database Aesthetics of Everything,” in Victoria Vesna (Ed.), Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow (2007)

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re: eStaBliShiNg tHe iNdiviDuaL iN SOcial NetwOrk teMpLateS

“Often users can only choose from a limited set of templates. In networks that allow even less modification of the overall look , users attempt to individualize themselves by using characters (^_^) in their user names…Unlike the open source movement on Wikipedia…participants of social networks do not seem to follow a common noble goal, or celebrate a community spirit. The focus here lies on the individual, like the “i” in iTunes, the “my” in MySpace, the “you” in YouTube or the “we” in Wii (emphasizing the option of multiple individuals playing together). Even the shape of the “i” reinforces this sentiment. Similar to icons used to represent the user – a neutral figure which on one hand could apply to almost anybody, but on the other hand expresses personalization and individuality. The “i”, the torso with a faceless head stands for a promise of individuality and a big pool of me’s.”
~ Dennis Knopf, “Defriending the Web” in Digital Folklore (2009)


Introduction: Selfpost | Postself

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Postself is one component to the art project Selfpost | Postself.
I will use this blog to document and reflect upon my relationship to the online networks that I exist within, specifically the network of all social networks – Facebook. Although I became very aware of Facebook when it first emerged on the internet, I have been observing the behaviors of its subjects and analyzing social implications from afar. To fully understand the implications Facebook has on one’s sense of self, and the impact of digital space and time on the human psyche, I have decided to enter this space as myself; I have decided to “selfpost.” Expecting myself to emerge and transform throughout this experience, I intend to document this experience here. I intend to examine the “postself,” and to explore questions about self/selves after Facebook….how selves respond to the digital medium that surrounds us in contemporary culture…a philosophy of the self in an age of social networks.
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Read the project Manifesto here >

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