Addition to MoMI post
I somehow forgot to mention a social media piece that I saw while at the Museum of the Moving Image in my previous blog post. The work is by Christopher Baker who also did the Murmur Study at the Pace Gallery Social Media exhibit.
This work is titled Hello World! or: How I Leaned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise. It features over 5,000 video diaries found online.
He describes the work:”Hello World! is a large-scale audio visual installation comprised of thousands of unique video diaries gathered from the internet. The project is a meditation on the contemporary plight of democratic, participative media and the fundamental human desire to be heard.
On one hand, new media technologies like YouTube have enabled new speakers at an alarming rate. On the other hand, no new technologies have emerged that allow us to listen to all of these new public speakers. Each video consists of a single lone individual speaking candidly to a (potentially massive) imagined audience from a private space such as a bedroom, kitchen, or dorm room. The multi-channel sound composition glides between individuals and the group, allowing viewers to listen in on unique speakers or become immersed in the cacophony. Viewers are encouraged to dwell in the space.”
I found the work to be interesting and it was literally the first I saw when I entered the museum, taking up the entire side wall just past the entrance. It was almost overwhelming the number of videos that were going at once.
Here is a link to the Hello World! piece on his website with a video and photographs: http://christopherbaker.net/projects/helloworld/
And here is a link to it on the MoMI website: