Talk Dirty To Me (2011)

Curated by ckmiyamo
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For this exhibition, I have chosen five works that exemplify the lack of personal privacy in the digital age, whether it be social networking sites, logins screens that track your existence or 18 physical cameras tracking your existence. A few of these works deal with the construct and lack of personal ownership of one's identity in a social network. These works address the idea of an individual and an unseen being viewing or manipulating your constructed identity. In Dana Boyd's "Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life" she identifies four differences of the online realm. One of which being the concept of "invisible audiences" the idea of presenting one's identity without the control of who is viewing it on the other end. These works present the variety of power among this "invisible audience". **Your life, our movie** is an interactive installation that uses flickr.com as a database to make an interactive film in real time. You type in any word, and this installation comprises a film of photos matching that word. Flickr is generally a place for photographers or avid Tweet-ers to post photos of their lives. By creating an interactive video in which the user has the ability to create and observe photos of others in real time, the user becomes an automatic member of the invisible audience. **Journal of the Collective Me** presents tweets containing the word "me" in real time.This shows the vast range of what people are willing to share on a public, social network. The string of vain statuses range from sarcastic, inspirational, depressing and even hateful. **Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise** is comprised of thousands of unique video diaries on the internet. Each video consists of a lone individual speaking to an imagined audience (i.e. Boyd's "invisible audience").**Panopticon** is an installation consisting of 18 cameras on a concrete mass covering the gallery room, monitoring the viewer in this public space. He can hear them working, yet he does not know whether he is being recorded by a single camera or by all of them. And if he is being recorded, what will happen to the material on which he has been registered? This installation thus becomes a physical manifestation of the invisible audience, making the viewer aware of the presence of being watched by the unseen.**login** addresses privacy in cyberspace not a matter of something that you want to hide, but a matter of private information. The work is a large stream of login pages requiring personal information. We are under cyber-surveillance.

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