Idea Proposal and Sources of Inspiration

BRIEF: Create a project that uses one of the set texts / lecture themes listed below as its starting point. The project should either be a web based project or a native iOS / Android app.
In both cases it should only be targeted at mobile devices with appropriate interfaces and functionality to reflect this.
The aim of the project should be to imaginatively transform, explore and reflect the chosen theme.
There are no technical restrictions on how you make the project and it can be made up of any combination of text, photograph, graphic, video, or web-based media/interactive / code elements.

Choose one of the following options:

OPTION 1: Create a project and user experience that exploits and utilises data to drive, transform and format it. This may include live or a live, collated or archived data, including external data via RSS or similar feeds, or it might utilise data generated or created by the device, particularly if it is a native app eg: date, time, location, orientation, motion, media capture etc. Or it might utilise data generated by the user.

OPTION 2: Create a project and user experience that explores and represents information and data. This should include some interactivity and may make use of still / moving images.

[CHOSEN OPTION]: OPTION 1: Create a project and user experience that exploits and utilises data to drive, transform and format it. This may include live or a live, collated or archived data, including external data via RSS or similar feeds, or it might utilise data generated or created by the device, particularly if it is a native app eg: date, time, location, orientation, motion, media capture etc. Or it might utilise data generated by the user.

After reading the two project options I have chosen to go with the second option which focuses on exploiting and utilising data to drive, transform and format a web or native smartphone app. Below are some of my initial ideas and a few sources of inspiration for the project.

Short Proposal: For this project based on lecture theme of Privacy and Data Sharing, I intend to create a bootleg social media app/artwork, linked to a live API feed of Facebook’s stock market value trajectory, the app behaves differently depending on whether Facebook’s stock is up or down.

Long Proposal: For this project, I intend to create an app/artwork in response to the Privacy and Data Sharing lecture theme, which looks and feels like a social media app interface, however, the experience drastically changes depending on Facebook’s stock market value, specifically the trajectory direction of their stock price. For example, if Facebook’s stock is on the increase the app gives you lots of notifications, likes, friend requests and positive comments. However, if Facebook’s stock is decreasing the app is an incredibly unpleasant experience which spams you with pop up advertisements and angry emojis, and posts intimate photos from your phone, shares your location and intimate text messages from your phone with your friends.

[UPDATED] Proposal: For this project, I intend to create a browser extension, linked to a live API feed of Facebook’s stock market value. It will pixelate images on your timeline based on the percentage increase or decrease in Facebook’s stock value.

MOOD BOARD:

[RESEARCH] Sources of Inspiration:
Facebook Friendship Map: This is a map of all of the friendships formed on Facebook across the world, it is Mark Zuckerberg’s cover photo on his personal Facebook page it is accompanied with the caption “Updated with 2 billion people. The world is a little brighter now.”. This map, in my opinion, has a slightly ominous overtone, although Zuckerberg is unabashedly boasting about the number of users Facebook has across the globe it is also a reminder of Facebook’s aim for world domination, Zuckerberg is quoted as saying “Privacy is no longer a social norm”.


Paolo Cirio – Face to Facebook:
“This artwork appropriated one million Facebook profiles and posted 250,000 of them on a custom-made dating website with profiles sorted by temperament estimated by artificial intelligence analyzing facial expressions. The dating website (Lovely-Faces.com) provided a stage for anybody to interact with Facebook users’ personality traits, while Facebook had to confront the artwork made with its appropriated material and as a result of its security flaws. The project took place over five days of thrilling personal, media, and legal reactions, which became a Global Mass Media Performance. The performance generated over a thousand mentions in the international press, eleven legal threats, five death threats, and several letters from the lawyers of Facebook. The project addressed surveillance, privacy and the economy of social media monopolies as well as art interventions within global media. Co-author: Alessandro Ludovico.”


VIDEO: 
Another source of inspiration is this short film by Casey Neistat it portrays the issues sounding Facebooks’s privacy policy. Although the video is quite old all the points are still relevant  is a coherenet, visually interesting and handmade way

 

Black Shoals Stock Market Planetarium: Another source of inspiration is Black Shoals Stock Market Planetarium is an art project created by Joshua Portway and Lise Autogena.

(Photos by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Somerset House)

The Bruised Mark Wired Cover:Another source of inspiration for this project is ‘The Bruised Mark’ a photo-illustration created by Jake Rowland, a New York City-based artist known for his composite portraits, the image was used as the cover of the March 2018 issue of Wired magazine. For this image, Rowland mashed together an existing image of Zuckerberg with a photograph of a hired model—made up to look battered—whose features resembled that of the Facebook confounder and CEO. Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief of the magazine and coauthor of the story, wanted something that matched the article’s thesis. Here’s what Rowland said about the opportunity: “I was specifically inspired by the subject and our current moment. Those lines—between fact and fiction, document and forgery, what’s “real” and “fake”—have never been so slippery and difficult to detect. The manipulation of information and imagery online, especially via social media, and in digital media generally, is being used to warp our perception (and influence our politics) in unprecedented ways. The digital is spilling over into the physical world at an accelerating rate in glaringly obvious ways—and in ways we probably can’t even consciously perceive yet.”

(Artwork by Eddie Guy)

 

 

 

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