Week 10 – Project 5: Self Portrait

Drawing on your explorations of self representation online through creative and social media practices create a self portrait in any media. From deliberate profile making on social media to the pages of content we post across sites that cross boundaries of the personal and professional we are rewriting the idea of a single self into one that is expanded and multiple. Dr Dana Boyd, a Senior Researcher at Microsoft, has a term for the control we exercise over these cyber self representations, she calls it ‘impression management’ – but what about all the stuff we post but don’t think about so carefully, or the stuff we posted years ago, the stuff we forget…what does that say about us?

If you’re looking for more inspiration take a look at this project Learning To Love You More by American Artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. This is an early exercise in online participatory art practice. The artists designed assignments which members of the general public were asked to respond too – the public was also invited to contribute assignments. Some are more self portraiture than others. Take a look, adapt an assignment or use them as inspiration for your own response to Project 5. Good luck!

Guidelines on how your work will be assessed:

  • Your ability to address critically in practice and in reflective analysis the problematic nature of creative media practice and networked public sphere through investigations into matters of origination, voice, form and audience.
  • Your ability to devise, design, write, select and produce works of creative media art using both fictional and non-fictional sources in the production of two creative media works exploring self and society.
  • Your willingness to explore creative resources offered by technology in the context of online social media technologies.
  • The willingness and creativity you demonstrate through the practice and development of creative and technical skills in cross media arts.

Podcasting to the Digital Community and Beyond

Project 4 of the online portfolio you are required to devise, plan, record and upload a Podcast to the Podcast Page of your blog.  A Podcast is




A multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player, computer, etc.

Make (a multimedia digital file) available as a podcast.

Here are some useful and interesting podcast sites for you to look at. Listen/watch a few to get a sense of the format and content presentation of a range of Podcasts on a variety of topics.

BBC Points of View

‘Best of’ UK Podcasts selection

Best of 2012/13 Podcasts [Canada]

A great way to share research and deas:

Aleks Krotoski – researcher and journalist

Digital Human Series 1 and 2

Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world, looking at the urge to capture every image, experience and feeling for online eternity and how technology touches everything people do, both on and offline.

untangling the web – Krotoski book published April 2013

Tricia Wang – sm researcher and sociologist

Danah Boyd – researcher in social media

And finally here’s some exemplary eco-activism use of podcasts and social media to build communities and awareness of environmental issues:

the story of stuff project

That’s plenty to be looking at for now.

E-mail me your ideas and I can give you further direction for your research.

Week 7: The Vision Dataset

Close reading questions for:

Vertov’s Dataset

By Lev Manovich

From The Language of New Media

  1. What does Manovich say about the contrast between cinema and computer users?
  2. What are the 2 types of montage Manovich refers to? Why is montage important?
  3. What do you think Benjamin means when he says the camera can ‘pry an object from its shell’?
  4. According to Manovich, whose vision is it? What does it privilege?
  5. What does Manovich mean by ‘a database imagination’?
  6. What, according to Manovich, are the 3 levels of Man with A Movies Camera?
  7. What is the Kino-Eye? How does it offer new ways of seeing and thinking?
  8. Why does Vertov’s film have particular relevance to new media, according to Manovich?
  9. What ways is the film a database?
  10. What is the significance of the ‘loop’?
  11. What is the significance of the ‘spatial montage’?
  12. What is the cinema an interface to? [According to Manovich]


The Introduction


  1. What is Manovich attempting to do with this analysis of New Media?
  2. What is his methodology?
  3. What is his key conceptual tool?
  4. What are the 5 key concepts addressed in the book?
  5. Explain the concept of ‘information culture’?
  6. What is a new media object?

Find the answers to these question in the given texts and be prepared to discuss them in the seminar.

Also the 4th project The Podcast will be set for completion in week 9.


dana boyd always has something interesting to say…

dana boyd is a researcher and expert on all things social media. her doctorate got her a job at Microsoft and an affiliate with Harvard University so safe to say her work is rated.

there are a number of articles and videos of her work and ideas online.

here’s a link to the talk entitled ’embracing a culture of connectivity’ that i’ll be showing in week 1 of The Networked Image course

be great to hear your thoughts.

No More Decisive Moments – Just Stream

Thinking about Networked Images and how snapshot or popular photography has changed the way we produce and consume images in this era of cameraphones, photo-blogging and global sharing, this article is a fantastic introduction to the subject offering historical context and many useful references to further research in practice and theory work.

A LIfe More Photographic

Read it and then consider these questions:

What is snapshot photography? Describe its key features.
How has the Internet changed the nature of snapshot photography?
How has the move to screen-based photography transformed the way we take photographs?
How has the practice of photo sharing or photo blogging re-instated the ‘marginalised practice of looking at‘.
What does Lev Manovich describe as ‘a new paradigm to interface reality’ ‘? Why is this significant for understanding the networked images?
Have we lost the ‘decisive moment’ in photography? Substantiate for your answer.
What implication does the artist Paul Frosh’s ideas about stock photography have for networked snapshot photography?
Elsewhere the internet has been described as a ‘network of desire for wealthy countries’.  How might this be considered in light of Rubenstien’s/Sluis’s understanding of ‘the rhetoric of personal photography’.

Be great to know what you think or post any related articles of interest.