After initial research, our first idea was a project called ‘Fragments/Fragmentation’
Summary of the idea:
The project will make a comment on the ‘selfie’ culture and question whether this illustrates a false representation of our image. Whether the increase in “perfect selfies” is warping our perceptions of our self image. The project will be installation based, consisting of a camera (e.g. Xbox Kinect camera) and either a screen or some sort of projection. It will initially act as a mirror – the user will be able to pose etc as if using a front facing camera on a device. However, when the user presses the ‘capture’ button to take the picture the image will immediately glitch before appearing on screen.Or perhaps rather than having the image appear on screen in front of the user, they take multiple images and then when they have finished, the glitched images appear on a screen on the other side of the installation in a grid format similar to Instagram.
However, this concept might be more effective if the glitch happens gradually when the user looks in the ‘mirror’. Perhaps the image will start normal as though the user is looking in a conventional mirror then over time the image will glitch, warping before their eyes.
How does this relate to Media Convergence?: This idea connects to Jenkins’ thoughts on media convergence in relation to participatory culture; the idea that everyone now has the ability to be producers and consumers. I feel that the ‘selfie culture’ is an aspect of this participatory culture that is worth exploring, our new ‘obsession’ with the self image. Perhaps the increase in the production and online sharing of our image increases a misperception in the way we view ourselves, ‘glitching’ our perception of our own self image.
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