Materials: three mirrors, one spy mirror, surveillance camera incl. software, computer
Dimensions: 90 x90 x 200 cm
Exhibited at Mediamatic Amsterdam in July 2014.
Selfie Horror Booth is a mirror cabinet that creates a mise en abyme with oneself taking selfies. The person inside the booth gets multiplied. The booth’s small dimension make people feel comfortable to take selfies. On top a surveillance camera is installed that anyone else can control from a distance on an external computer. After leaving the booth the person will see her/his performance on the external computer and makes then afterwards feel uncomfortable being monitored. It is an allegory to the digitally multiplied self and the loss control online.
True Selfie Horrors is a lecture about one part of my research on selfies; focusing on hidden layers that might have negative impact on one’s virtual and physical life, including accessibility for everybody to change context and identity, a selfies living their own lives online and the potentially chance of one’s selfie becoming an avatar for a bot.
Performed at Mediamatic Amsterdam, OTIS college for Art and Design, World Design Capital 2014 Cape Town.
— The power of stock photos lies in it´s contextual adaptiveness. A crucial role play the photo descriptions as well as the categories they are stocked in by agencies. Stock photography is not about the image as such, but the image as perception.
Wordseye is an online type to image programme, using a minimal sentence structure, comparable to the one of stock photo descriptions.
EyeStockphoto is literally copying stock photo descriptions and pasting them into the Woredseye programme. From this result images contrary to presumed perceptions, somewhere between 3d computer games and surrealistic landscapes.
Boy with head in hands.
Flowers atop a casket at a funeral with ribbons saying mother and grandmother.
Portrait of teenage girls with globe.
Laughing girl waving on the street.
Happy child with painted hands.
Young girl in the flower garden holding a camera.
Portrait of a beautiful young woman.
Portrait of a beautiful young girl in a playground.
Mother and son outside in the fall.
Surprised laughing woman.
Nylon bag, isolated on white.
Skyline of downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
Water drops on a bamboo leaf. High quality macro shot.
A set of keys, isolated on white.
A male office worker with speech bubble.
Old American flag.
Writing hand on white surface.
Hourglass with clipping paths.
Pristine white Caribbean beach.
Mouse on white.
Woman typing on laptop computer.
For sale sign over a piece of land with green grass, isolated on white.
Brown paper bag and apple on white.
Business woman on cell phone.
Shown during solo exhibition „In the Maze of the Other“ @ The Bookstore Amsterdam
iStockphotoforreal is the translation of iStockphoto´s digital watermark into a phsyical object. iStockphoto is an image bank for stock photos and stock videos. The digital watermark appears on each stock photo preview to avoid the free, or more to say, pirate usage of the actual photo. After buying the photo, the watermark is removed. The watermarked photo is so to say less valuable in the image economy.
In the class society of images, the watermarked photo takes the role of the poor image while at the same time, the non watermarked photo takes the role of the flagship1. By translating the digital watermark into a physical object, the watermark becomes a definitely part of the image, which defines the preview-stock photo as a self standing image.
In the history of stock photos, the setting to create a photo can be compared to a stage setting of a hollywood movie shooting. Photos were created with huge efford and a big crew of professionals, from actors and screenwriters to the photographer, of course. The images showed a perfect world and were mainly used in advertimsements to sell products2.
The power of stock photos lies in it´s contextual adaptiveness, as Matthias Bruhn points out in his text “Visualization Services: Stock Photography and the Picture Industry”. It is not about the image as such, but about the image as perception. A crucial role play the photo´s description, or tagline, as well as the categories they are stocked in by stock photo agencies.
On the website www.stockingisthenewplanking.com, which was just shut down in summer 2012, people imitated existing stock images and wrote their own tagline underneath their photos. The site shows examples of that with the original, watermarked version of the stock photo, placed on the left, and the imitated version including a new tagline, on the right. The digital watermark is what maked the stock photos official. And though they are (mostly) done more professional, the watermark brings them on the same level like the imitations, they are both for free4.
1: “In Defense of the Poor Image”, Hito Steyerl
2: “The New Heraldry: Stock Photography, Visual Literacy, and Advertising in 1930s Britain”, Helen Wilkinson
3: Visualization Services: Stock Photography and the Picture Industry”, Matthias Bruhn
Sellotape Selfies/ Sellofies and extreme metal aesthetics in times of face recognition and narcissism. Sellotape selfies were initiated by Lizzy Durley as a new meme on facebook. On-going. Description following.
Visiting the current political demonstrations in Bangkok, the most remarkable points were the ‚festive‘ atmosphere that was going on. The streets were filled with people wearing red, white and blue, the colors of the Thai flag; a symbol occupied by the demonstrators. The colors of the flag appeared on T-Shirts, sleeves, glasses, hair accessoires, gloves, face paint, and much more. These props were sold on the streets at merchandise stands, similar to the ones you come across at music festivals. And there were band playing on stages. Though there were bombs exploding and gunfires in other parts of the city, the mood in central bangkok was in general: fun.
It seems people were joining the demonstrations for different reasons: demonstrating against the government, or having a good time participating in the political festival. The latter includes another reason: to be seen. A huge amount of people dressed up and took selfie after selfie to an extend that the Thai demonstrations hold the unofficial world record of uploading selfies per day. It almost shut down Instagram.
The revolution´s digital life takes place on facebook and Instagram, partly protesting, partly posing in and with the mob. „Whether they were there to be seen and take selfies or seriously protest the government, there is – of course – now a Facebook page featuring the finest girls of the protest. „Mob Stars“ is now trending and has already collected over 26,000 likes for displaying cute girls and their nationalistic fashion statements.“1
Our EP „Physical Absence – Virtual Presence“ is out.
Listening online: http://clashvoid.bandcamp.com
Email me if you want to get a copy.
Twittercore is a 140 character realtime grindcore band and at the same time a new interactive music genre. It combines the social engine Twitter with the music genre grindcore.
During the performance the audience sends tweets to a certain #. The tweets are used as lyrics and sang in realtime. At the same time the tweets are generating a blast beat in the drum-computer. The tweets are either send right on the spot or by people from all around the world who attend the performance online. Incoming tweets are projected on a screen, immediately visible for the audience. Because tweets are limited to 140 characters, the Twittercore sets are limited to 140 bars of music. After that the whole system shuts down automatically.
Twittercore acts as a medium combining the systematic structure of Twitter with the extreme outbursts of emotion found in grindcore. Grindcore is for a large part about criticizing the system. Before this background Twittercore is acting as a medium to provide the audience with a platform to express different opinions, criticism, hate and fun. Twittercore is Stefan Schäfer (vocals, Nintendo Wii) and Christoph Scherbaum (electric guitar, programming).
Twittercore performed amongst others at CIG Poster and Graphic Design Festival Chaumont, France, Cite Du Design, St. Etienne Design Biennale, DePunt Amsterdam and OCCII Amsterdam and Worm in Rotterdam.
„PAVP: Physical Absence – Virtual Presence“ EP RELEASE, 18.10.2014 @ De Punt, Amsterdam
According to the Guiness Book of World records, the fastest song in history is „You Suffer, but Why“ by grindcore pioneers Napalm Death (1,136 sec). Our fastes one is still a bit longer „Wikicore Continue“, tweeted by Nuankhanit Phromchanya.
Twittercore performed amongst others at Cite Du Design, St. Etienne Design Biennale, DePunt Amsterdam, OCCII Amsteram and CIG Poster and Graphic Design Festival Chaumont, France.
Twittercore at Chaumont, set one
Twittercore at Chaumont, set two
Twittercore´s new interface for DePunt, 02.11.2013
About Twittercore, interviewed by Christoph Müller-Girod
Old School Twittercore: very first performance at former filmmuseum Vondelpark, Amsterdam.