A project by Philipp Schmitt, a camera that uses social media to determine whether a photograph can be taken at a specific place, based on the saturation of photos tagged with the corresponding GPS-data.
The project ›Savage Curation‹ introduces itself as yet another social network and invites the viewer for the obligatory discovery tour based on a random profile. But the page following that invitation is inhabited by a user of a different name, and none of its content really seems to work… or make sense at all. Drawing from databases such as the US Census Bureau, NASA or flickr, www.savage-curation.com generates random usernames, which in turn are used as tags to fill photo galleries, which are described by random data from outer space objects. The project ›Savage Curation‹, embedded in always changing backgrounds generated in Processing, strives to — accompanied by a term paper — point out the interchangability of the constituting frames and their corresponding content employed by contemporary social networks.
»Ours is a world in vertigo. It is a world that swarms with technological mediation, interlacing our daily lives with abstraction, virtuality, and complexity. […] Nothing should be accepted as fixed, permanent, or ‘given’—neither material conditions nor social forms. […] The real emancipatory potential fo technology remains unrealized. […] We are adamantly synthetic, unsatisfied by analysis alone.«
Created by Sebastian Vargas at ECAL (Bachelor Media & Interaction Design), Postgram is a bot for ‘human storytelling’ that explores issues of public data, privacy and image making using a process of “fair hack” to develop a story narrative. It speculate about the social network behaviour and search for new possibilities for film content.
Using @post.gram instagram account: each time a photo is published, the bot use the geolocalisation data to seek for someone living around using a public directory. Once someone is found, is automatically added as a new contact in Sebastian’s phone and then sends him/her a printed postcard of the image. New contacts are then called to notify them about the postcard and a proposal to meet and film the encounter. The meeting is filmed, stories told, narratives discovered. See project page for full videos.
(via Creative Applications)