Who Am I? (2011)

Curated by apersen
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Identity is defined as,the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another. Identity is something we obtain through our interactions with people and the objects around us. Who we are is based on our experiences and how they have shaped us and the way we act. The main theme of this curatorial piece is to see how identity is perceived, shaped, and translated by the digital world. When we go into the digital world does our identity go with us? Are we the same person in a digital space? Can we change our identity and if we do what does that say about our true identity? All of these questions arise when pondering identity in a digital world. The artworks I have chosen are united by the them of identity in a digital space. In "33 things" Identity is shown in the form of a blog, where James Ford and his wife transcribe and act out a list of things that everyone should do before they turn 10. In this art work James's identity is the same as the real world but the digital space is used to explore an aspect of his own self at a different age by doing things he should have done by age ten. In this artwork age in the digital world is something that can be transcended. "All my life for sale" very clearly plays with the role of identity and how it is both shaped by the objects around and the digital world. In this art piece John Freyer, put everything he owned up for sale. This brings up the question of how can i describe myself if not by the possessions of mine, and how big of a role does consumerism and media play on our identity. John used the internet to database his possessions by cataloging everything he owned and putting it on the internet . This in turn translating his own identity online and into a digital space to then be sold to others."confess" is a website where people can anonymously confess then score each other's confessions, encouraging "better" confessions for the reward of a higher score. With this art piece identity comes into play two different ways. people are encouraged to confess which is translating part of their real self into a digital area, but they do so anonymously so online they have no identity to be perceived except for what they write. "Real Costs" is a Firefox plug-in that inserts emissions data into travel related e-commerce websites. This plug-in uses your online identity by obtaining info from different travel based websites and can alter your real life identity by changing the way you choose to travel. This piece illuminates the changing nature of how digital spaces can change who you are and you perceived identity. Lastly the Piece "A parallel Image" uses cameras and monitors to transmit an image or body into pixels. "a parallel image" is able to take a participants physical body and transmit it into various pixels, transferring the physical identity into the digital one. Further skewing the line between what we perceive to be real or virtual.

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