First Tutorial & Research

Within the tutorial, we discussed our idea, and changes we wanted to make to the inital idea. We were suggested to look into the ‘selfie’ culture, and what makes a selfie.

From this, we decided on a new idea, which was to use disposable cameras. We wanted to see how people would take a selfie, without seeing or being able to edit it they way they like. We were curious to see the different ages and the way they made use of the disposable camera for taking selfies. We would take the photos and display them all as a collage to see how similar/different the selfies were. However, we decided this was not a strong enough idea. So we decided to go back to researching, and planned to visit The Big Bang Data exhibition.

We wanted to understand why people took selfies, a TED book author Damon Brown wrote a book on why we are obsessed with documenting our lives online.

He says: “My concern is that we seem more and more focused on creating these anchors of memory – FourSquare check-ins, status updates, and so on. Unfortunately, the tools we use to create our modern anchors of memory, like the smartphone, require a level of multitasking that takes us away from the very experience we’re trying so hard to capture! It is the ultimate irony.”

I researched Jason Salavon, as suggested.He merged photos that were all similar using and created one photo made up of images that all looked the same.

We thought since selfies had similar characteristics we could create something similar. However, we decided not to do this, as we felt it was a weak idea and it was not convergent enough.

 

Daly, J. (2013). The asocial side of social media: TED Book author Damon Brown on our “virtual shadows”. 7 May 2013. TED Blog. [online] Available from: http://blog.ted.com/does-documenting-your-life-online-keep-you-from-actually-living-it-an-excerpt-from-the-new-ted-book-our-virtual-shadow-2/ [Accessed on 30 Jan. 2016]

Salavon.com, (2016). Jason Salavon | 100 Special Moments (The Graduate). [online] Available at: http://salavon.com/work/SpecialMoments/image/179/ [Accessed 18 Feb. 2016].

 

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