Open Source Art

Selfie, a photo you take of yourself, has entered the Oxford online dictionary as a word. Online, photos are an important medium because they can express ideas so clearly. But you might laugh if you met someone who introduced themselves as a ‘selfie artist.’ Hold that smile though. Selfies are becoming a part of contemporary art.

In October, the National #Selfie Portrait Gallery opened in London as part of the Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair, which focused on self-shot short-form videos. So their selfies weren’t actually photos, but videos of selfies by 19 different artists. The curators have explored this idea before, having created the Shortest Video Art Ever $old!, which showed the sale of the world’s first ever Vine art, a 6.5-second piece of looping video content created specifically for the social media application.

Auction house Phillips specializes in contemporary art. In October, they worked with Tumblr to present GIFs, webcam selfies, video game screenshots and other experiments in screen-based pieces created from digital tools. The auction ended up selling 16 of the 20 pieces and brought in just over 90,000 USD. For an art auction the sum is pretty small, but the ability to sell new media pieces that are typically found online for free shows the changing attitudes towards digital art.

Improv: This is short for improvisational or improvised performance. Note we only use this abbreviation for performances not in a general sense.

Digital art is also using information technology as part of its creation. A dance troupe contacted people on social media to help design their performance. The IJAD Dance Company got ideas from submissions via social media and dancers even do some improv based on social media content created by users at the event. The performance is then shown live on the net.

Social media has made anyone with a blog an author. Continually advancing technology is opening new artistic opportunities to people who would probably never think to pick up a paintbrush. Want to try it? Go to this website. Move your curser around the screen and click to change the moving colorful image. At You Made That you can create your own piece of art, title and share it with your online community.

Technical term: Trolling: To troll is to leave abusive comments on websites in order to start conflicts.

That social media is having a noticeable effect on art and the artistic process shouldn’t be a surprise. What used to be called brainstorming is now called crowdsourcing and what used to be called getting inspiration is now probably called trolling the internet. Rembrandt and Van Gogh are just two painters who did self-portraits and who knows, if they’d had the opportunity, maybe they would have taken a few selfies as well.

Original article by Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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Selfie, a photo you take of yourself, is now a word in the Oxford online dictionary. Photos are an important medium because they can express something clearly. Now selfies are becoming part of the modern art world.

In October, the National #Selfie Portrait Gallery opened in London as part of the Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair, which focused on self-shot short-form videos. So their selfies weren’t actually photos, but videos of selfies by 19 different artists.

Auction house Phillips specializes in contemporary art. In October, they worked with Tumblr to present GIFs, webcam selfies, video game screenshots and other experiments in screen-based pieces created from digital tools. The auction ended up selling 16 of the 20 pieces and brought in just over 90,000 USD.

Idiom: To take to another level: This means to move something forward.

One dance group is taking the use of computer technology to another level. The group contacted people on social media to help design their performance. The IJAD Dance Company got ideas from submissions via social media and dancers even do some improvised performances based on social media content created by users at the event. The performance is then shown live on the net.

Social media has made anyone with a blog an author. Continually advancing technology is giving new artistic opportunities to people who would probably never think to pick up a paintbrush. Want to try it? Go to this website. Move your curser around the screen and click to change the moving colorful image. At You Made That you can create your own piece of art, title and share it with your online community.

The convenience and availability of digital media means that anyone can be an artist.

Original article by Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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Selfie entered the Oxford online dictionary this past summer, giving credibility, one would suppose, to the skill of taking a photo of yourself and posting it on the web somewhere. Photos are an important medium, especially online where ‘a picture says a thousand words’ so much easier and nicer. Photography and portraits are well-recognized forms of art, but one would laugh if they met someone who introduced themselves as a ‘selfie artist.’ Hold that smile though. Digital art is moving fast and furious into the realm of mainstream contemporary art.

Showcase: To exhibit, show publicly.

In October, the National #Selfie Portrait Gallery opened in London as part of the Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair, which focused on self-shot short-form videos. So their selfies weren’t actually photos, but videos of selfies by 19 different artists. The curators have explored this realm before, having created the Shortest Video Art Ever $old!, which showcased the sale of the world’s first ever Vine art, a 6.5-second piece of looping video content created specifically for the social media application.

Auction house Phillips specializes in contemporary art. In October, they partnered with Tumblr to showcase GIFs, webcam selfies, video game screenshots and other experiments in screen-based pieces created from digital tools. The auction ended up selling 16 of the 20 pieces and brought in just over 90,000 USD. For an art auction the sum is pretty paltry, but the ability to sell new media pieces that are typically found online for free shows the changing attitudes towards digital art.

Improv: This is short for improvisational or improvised performance. Note we only use this abbreviation for performances not in a general sense.

But the creation of digital art is moving in both directions; not only by an artist for a viewer, but also from a viewer to an artist. A dance troupe is using social media as their choreographer. The IJAD Dance Company is a London-based contemporary dance group that has often integrated technology and audience participation into their performances. Performances are inspired by submissions via social media and dancers even do some improv based on social media content generated by users at the event. The performance is streamed online for a global audience and physical audiences are encouraged to tweet and take photos.

The In-Finite series explores these possibilities even further. Dancers look at the connections between live art, history and social media performance with a goal of engaging audiences at every step of the creative process. They use social media to connect the troupe and their audience in a virtual world, with the culmination being a performance in the real world. The first In-Finite performance in March 2013 asked people to submit secrets, through online surveys and social media. These secrets were then used in the performance. Their most recent piece happened in October and was Twitter-based – built around responses to questions on Twitter.

Social media has brought ‘author’ status to anyone with a blog. Continually advancing technology is opening new artistic realms to someone who would probably never think to pick up a paintbrush. Want to try it? Go to this website. Move your curser around the screen and click to change the moving colorful image. At You Made That you can create your own piece of art, title and share it with your online community.

Technical term: Trolling: To troll is to leave abusive comments on websites in order to start conflicts.

That social media is having a noticeable effect on art and the artistic process shouldn’t be a surprise. What used to be called brainstorming is now called crowdsourcing and what used to be called getting inspiration is now probably called trolling the internet. Rembrandt and Van Gogh are just two painters who did self-portraits and who knows, if they’d had the opportunity, maybe they would have taken a few selfies as well.

Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona

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