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SpY: “0 Likes”

Neue Aktion von SpY in Madrid: “It was proposed to a homeless person that he uses a sign with the message “0 likes”. After explaining to José María the intention of the intervention, he kindly agrees to collaborate. After spending several hours with the sign, there was a significant increase in public attention and donations. By the end, he liked the sign and will use it next time.” Via

Und sonst so? : 14. 04. 2013


Monotremu: “Second-hand”

* Sorry, es gab in letzter Zeit hier wenig Updates. Der Grund: Ab 18.4 wird ARTE Creative 2.0 gelauncht, überarbeitet von Pixelpark – und das ist gerade verdammt viel Arbeit. Aber ich denke das Ergebnis kann sich sehen lassen: Die Webseite wird dann endlich auf allen mobilen Endgeräten funktionieren und auch der Videoplayer wird eine verbesserte Bildqualität bekommen. Außerdem gibt´s viele, viele neue Features, eine verbesserte Informationsarchitektur und natürlich zahlreiche neue Serien und Projekte. Nur schon mal als erstes Schmankerl ein bisserl Namedropping: “The Message”, eine Webserie über Keith Haring; “Tricks”, eine Musikshow mit Tracky Birthday und Hasi International, mit dem Festival Oberhausen wird über die Zukunft des Kinos nachgedacht, Holm Friebe und Kathrin Passig schreiben wieder über “Das nächste große Ding” und natürlich das große crossmediale Experiment “About:Kate“.

* “Facebook Demetricator” is a free web browser add-on that hides Facebook metrics in order for a user to focus on content and people and not the numbers commonly representing them. All counts disappear so that a user can interact within a social network without enumerated rewards. According to Ben Grosser, the author of the software, “the quantifications of social connection play right into our (capitalism-inspired) innate desire for more”. Via

* “Alicia Reuter, Ulrich Wulff, Sophie Jung und Zoë Claire Miller haben den Berlin Art Prize e.V. gegründet. Im Juni 2013 vergibt die Jury erstmals den unabhängigen Preis für zeitgenössische Kunst aus Berlin.” Via

* “Meine Straße, mein Ghetto, mein Block”: Jay Shells hängt Schilder mit Rap-Zitaten an die Originalschauplätze.

* The Beauty of Swedish Bike Ornaments

* Ausstellungsprojekt von Alessandro Ludovico (Neural): “Erreur d’impression. Publier à l’ère du numérique” zum Thema “Digital Publishing”. Das Buch dazu hier: Post-Digital Print (Free Download)

* Google sammelt fleißig weiter – jetzt Kunst: Das “Google Art Project” (u.a. auch mit Street Art). Via

* Buchtipp: ”Rebellische Städte” (edition suhrkamp) von David Harvey. Via

* Wow, es gab sogar bereits eine LOLCAT-Ausstellung

* Klassiker: “The Contagious Media Project

Data Dealer: Legal, illegal, scheißegal

Data Dealer” das kritische Browsergame aus dem Kreis Wiener Netzaktivisten: “In “Data Dealer” schlüpft der Nutzer in die Rolle eines Datensammlers, der sich mit dem geschickten Handel von Daten im Netz eine goldene Nase verdient – frei nach der Devise: “Persönliche Daten sammeln – und das möglichst hemmungslos und in ganz großem Stil”. Via: Mail, merci Wolfie!

Tobias Leingruber: “Social ID Bureau” in Berlin

Das neue Projekt von Tobias Leingruber – der Facebook-Personalausweis. Mehr Bilder hier, das Video-Interview hier. “Online identifizieren wir uns fast nur noch über unser Facebook-Profil. Durch Dienste wie Facebook-Connect und den “Like”-Button färbt sich das Internet langsam aber sicher dunkelblau. Der deutsche Medienkünstler Tobias Leingruber greift dieses Phänomen auf und bringt es aus der virtuellen Sphäre in den realen Raum: Die Social Network ID Card. Wozu braucht man dann eigentlich noch einen Personalausweis? Im Berliner Projektraum “Supermarkt” organisierte er das Social ID Bureau. Eigentlich sollte es ja Facebook Bureau heißen, aber das fand die Rechtsabteilung von Marc Zuckerberg nicht so toll.” Via: AC

David Kerr: “Facebook After Google Plus”

Facebook After Google Plus” – eine Facebook-Aufklärungskampagne von David Kerr: “The project is based on some research I have been doing about search engines, operating systems, google, facebook, free software and open source technology.” Via: Mail

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Posse

… with 6.9 billion and 500,000,000 friends. Obey-Sticker im Facebook-Blau – eine Anspielung an die Stickerkampagne von Shepard Fairey “Andre the Giant Has a Posse“. Via

The Hacking Monopolism Trilogie: Face to Facebook

Face to Facebook, der dritte Teil der The Hacking Monopolism Trilogie von Paolo Cirio und Alessandro Ludovico, thematisiert Fragen zur Privatsphäre in Online-Kontexten anhand der Ikone aller Plattformen: Facebook. In Anlehnung an das Prinzip Facebook haben die Künstler eine Singlebörse gebaut, in die sie mittels einer speziellen Software aus einer Million Facebook-Profilen 250.000 solcher Profile importiert haben. Mit einem neu entwickelten Gesichtserkennungsalgorithmus haben sie die Profile dann – wie als einen ironischen Kommentar zu den Urteilen, die wir täglich über Leute fällen, die wir aus der Ferne betrachten – je nach Gesichtsausdruck und Eigenschaften in Kategorien eingeordnet.

“Face to Facebook is a project by Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, who wrote special software to steal 1 million public profiles from Facebook, filtering them through face-recognition software and posting the resulting 250,000 profiles (categorized by facial expression) on a dating website called Lovely-Faces.com. The project was launched at Transmediale, the annual festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, on February 2nd, in the form of installation displaying a selection of 1,716 pictures of unaware Facebook users, an explanatory video and a diagram detailing the whole process.

* The Global Mass Media Hack Performance: On February 3rd a global media performance started with a few epicenters that after a few days had involved Wired, Fox News, CNN, Msnbc, Time, MSN, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, Yahoo News, WSB Atlanta TV, San Francisco Chronicle, The Globe and Mail, La Prensa, AFP, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Independent, Spiegel Online, Tagesschau TV News, Sueddeutsche, Der Standard, Liberation, Le Soir, One India News, Bangkok Post, Taipei Times, News24, The Age, Brisbane Times and dozens of others. It was a “perfect news” for the hectic online world: it was about a service used by 500.000.000 users and it potentially affected all of them. Even more importantly, it boosted our inherent fear of not being able to control what we do through our connected screens. Exquisitely put by Time: “you might be signed up for Lovely-Faces.com’s dating services and not even know it.” At the end of the day Cirio’s and Ludovico’s Facebook accounts were disabled and a “cease and desist” letter from Perkins Coie LLP (Facebook lawyers) landed in their inboxes, including a request to give back to Facebook “their data”. We can properly define it as a performance since it happened in a short time span, involved the audience in a trasformation, and evolved into a thrilling story. The frenzied pace of these digital events was almost bearable.

* The Social Experiment: In the subsequent days the media performance continued at a very fast pace and what we still define as a “social experiment” was actually quite successful. Starting on February 4th the news went spontaneously viral: thousands of tweets and retweets pointed to the Lovely-Faces.com website or to articles and blog posts, often urging people to check if they (and their loved ones) were on the website or not. In a few days Lovely-faces.com received 964.477 page views from 195 different countries. Reactions varied from asking to be removed (which we diligently did) to asking to be included, from anonymous death threats to proposals of commercial partnerships.

* Back to Facebook: We approached the Electronic Frontier Foundation about legal counsel, but after a second warning by Perkins Coie, we temporarily put up a notice that Lovely-Faces.com is under maintenance. But they are not ok with that. They want Lovely-Faces.com not to be reachable. And they even want the same for Face-to-Facebook.net, the website where we explain the project. So basically their current aim is to completely remove the web presence of this artistic project and social experiment.
They missed out on Face-to-Facebook also being meant as a homage to FaceMash, the system Mark Zuckerberg established by scraping the names and photos of fellow classmates off school servers, which was the very first Facebook. Furthermore, it’s a bit funny hearing Facebook complain about the scraping of personal data that are quasi-public and doubtfully owned exclusively by Facebook (as a Stanford Law School Scholar wondered analyzing Lovely-Faces.com). We obtained them through a script that never even logged in their servers, but only very rapidly “viewed” (and recorded) the profiles. Finally, and paradoxically enough, Facebook has blocked us from accessing our Facebook profiles, but all the data we posted in the last years is still there. This proves once more that they care much more about the data you post than your online identity.

We’re going to reclaim the access to our Facebook accounts, and the right to express and document our work on our own websites. And even if we are forced to go offline, Lovely-Faces.com will never go offline in the minds of involved people.

Face to Facebook data:
People who asked to be removed from the database: 56
People who asked to be included in the database: 14

Commercial dating website partnership proposals: 4
Other partnership proposals: 9

Cease and desist letters by Perkins Coie LLP (Facebook lawyers): 1
Other threatened lawsuits or class actions: 11

Anonymous email death threat: 5

TV reports: 3
Online news about Lovely-Faces.com (source: Google News): 427

Number of times “lovely faces” introductory video has been viewed on you tube: 31,089
Unique users on Lovely-Faces.com: 211.714″ Via: Mail, danke Oliver!

Darija Medic: “The Us in Virus”

H1N1-Sticker mit Facebook-Slogan von Darija Medic: “H1N1 helps you connect and share with the people in your life” – stickers with this modified Facebook motto can not only found on many tea mugs and coffee cups in the Piet Zwart Institute, but also in bookstores, Dutch and Belgian trains, traffic lights and public toilets in and outside Rotterdam, restaurants and other places where people might share each other’s viruses. They are the first trimester project of Darija Medic, student in the Networked Media programme, and a good example of a media project without computers or electronics. She reasons that “the more the virus is spread, present, mutating, and becoming the virus per se, the more different reactions are born and mutating – turning the virus into a media monster, memetically infected with conspiracy theories and irrational behaviour. [...] Changed perception turns the virtual into true reality, and changes our experience of everyday life.”

Online/Offline I: “Dislike”

Sticker inspired by Facebook – mit “Like” und “Dislike”. Via

SP38: Fuck Facebook

Street Art 2.0 (erinnert an “Fuck Your Blog“) von SP38. Via