New website

I spent 6 hours yesterday making a new website design. In the last 6 monts I have probably gone through 5 designs, I keep on making sites people tell me are professional and simple to use, but I was never satisfied that it was reflecting me and my work. I decided last night I need to start branding myself so hopefully thats what i’ve done through this new website 🙂 let me know what you think, especially men, is the colour off putting?

www.daisywarejarrett.co.uk

Face to Facebook – smiling in the eternal party

This is a theory published by two men, Paolo Cirio a media artist and Alessandro Ludovico a media critic. These men very cleaverly design software that exploits online media instituions. They manage to find holes in the terms and conditions of big institutions such as Google Amazon and Facebook and then build software that gains them access to millions of peoples “public information”. After lots of analysing they use their findings in theories. The newest on is called “Face to Facebook” and the key part of their theories I am interested in is this…

“First, the profiles sublimate the owners’ (real) social actions and references through their virtual presences. Second, they synthesize their effectiveness in representing real people through a specific element: the profile picture. This picture, an important Facebook interface, more often than not shows a face, and a smiling one at that. Our face is our most private space and simultaneously the most exposed one. How many people are allowed to touch our face, for example?
And generally speaking, the face is also one of the major points of reference we have in the world.

There are even “special” regions of the human brain, such as the fusiform face area (FFA), which may have become specialized at facial recognition [3]. Faces are now so exposed that they do not remain private, but are thrust into the public domain and shared (they can even be “tagged” by other people). So any virtual identity (composed of a face picture and some related data) can be stolen and become part of another identity, through a simple re-contextualization of the same data. “

Amazing analysis by these two, explore how intimate our faces are but yet we offer it for the world to see. You can read the rest of the theory here

The Mary Profile Picture Project

Caroline Jaine created this Project, it’s aim was to create a cross-faith project in which people named Mary would send a profile picture of themselves via social medias to Caroline Jaine and she would exhibit them. Watch the video to see more.

Background info – taken from website

“Last year I learned that Mary was not just a key figure in the Catholic faith, but that the same woman – Maryam – is important in Islam too.  She is the only woman to be named in the Qur’an – in fact she has a whole chapter named after her.   And she was of course Jewish.  Although I am neither a Catholic nor Muslim nor Jew, I am a peace-builder, and the role that Mary could play as a bridge between faiths immediately interested me.

 As a visual artist concerned with portraiture, I am intrigued by how Mary is visually depicted – essentially in Catholicism.  Her grace and femininity are frequently illustrated, but she is often shown to be fragile, with her head bowed and eyes cast down.  Mary is seen by the faiths as the embodiment of integrity, compassion and honesty but she is also a single mother and a refugee and I wonder whether her resilience could be better portrayed?  How might a modern day Mary look?

 Across the globe there must be millions of Mary’s, Maryams, Marias and Miryams.  All taking the name of Our Lady – a living proof that she lives on amongst us all in many faiths.

This project is about demonstrating the diversity in the living Mary today. And exploring whether there is a power in her feminine quality, which is visually under-represented.

 *In some interpretations (but by no means all) Islam rejects depictions of humans and animals in art – especially stories from the Qur’an.  It is for this reason that I seek photographic images rather than painted or drawn self-portraits.  The aim of this project is to unite, not divide. “

Ego books and posters

Nicolas Cazagou has taken Facebook, our public diary format and put it back into traditional book form. EgoBook is a Facebook app that makes you facebook into a year book style paperback.

This then progressed into EgoPoster’s much like the collage style twitter portrait i posted about before, but it creates you profile picture out of images from your facebook.

Facebook This.

Samuel Schimek is and Artist and Designer who sets up a Social Media Booths at events, which allow users to take and upload pictures to facebook and tag them, his website ’15 min’ explains why…

SOCIAL MEDIA IS AT THE TOP OF CURRENT TRENDS FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS TO GROW THEIR FOLLOWING AND PROMOTE THEIR WORK, AND EVENTS ARE USING IT AS A MEANS TO BRING IN MORE PEOPLE. FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTO BOOTH PROJECT I USE THE LATEST TECH AND CONTEMPORARY BOOTH CONSTRUCTION. THE GOAL IS TO CATALOG VIEWER PARTICIPATION AND PROVIDE A NOVEL PLATFORM FOR INTEGRATION OF NEW MARKETING TECHNIQUES IN LIVE EVENTS.

My favourite collection is the Harajuku Japanese Street Fashion Party, mostly because i’m partial to a bit of Japanese Culture. But also because most other cosplay images i have seen lack the energy of the characters and presumably the eccentric people wearing them, but maybe because the subject is in an enclosed space and taking the images themselves which then by being uploaded to facebook makes them feel like they have ownership and control, they start to relax.

to see more of Samuel Schimek’s Social Media Booth work click here