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Design Column #3 - Likes

from December 22 2012 until March 17 2013

Design Column #3 - Likes, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Design Column #3 - Likes, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Design Column #3 - Likes, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Design Column #3 - Likes, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg

Design Column #3 Likes brings together a selection of works that illustrate the double-edged nature of social media. Both openness, sharing opinions and connectivity, but also kneejerk reactions and superficial engagement are easy to like.

It is often said that social media make an important contribution to the spread of free speech. By people retweeting tweets, liking Facebook posts and sharing blogs, messages are sent around the world at lightning speed. During the Arab Spring, these platforms enabled the whole world to keep abreast, in real time, of protests and fighting in the streets of Cairo, Tripoli and other conflict zones. And more recently, during the conflict in Gaza, the Israeli army, the Israel Defence Force (IDF) , announced military operations against Hamas via Twitter. More than 200.000 followers on various social network sites were kept up to date by the IDF about the attacks and numbers of victims. Design Column #3 Likes brings together a selection of works that illustrate the double-edged nature of social media.

In conversation with

The Design Column is not only a presentation but is also an opportunity for reaction and dialogue. You are cordially invited to participate in a round table conversation on Friday 15 February 2013. If you would like to participate, please contact the curators of the Design Column at designcolumn@boijmans.nl and explain your motivation.

On view in Design Column #3 Likes:

Anonimus et Libertas: the digital butterfly effect

Eva Storck, Anonimus Et Libertas, 2012, newspaper

Eva Storck created the newspaper ‘Anonimus et Libertas’, a special edition of the daily newspaper ‘NRC Handelsblad’ in which all editorial content is replaced by anonymous online responses to the daily news. With this, she points out that responses can have a negative effect on the image of an article, a subject or a person: a digital butterfly effect.
Here you can find more information about Anonimus Et Libertas by Eva Storck (mainly in Dutch).

Face your Facebook

Charlotte Porskamp, Face your Facebook, 2010, video

On Facebook, virtual actions such as ‘liking’, ‘tagging’ and ‘poking’ are completely normal ways of relating to friends and acquaintances. But how appropriate are these kinds of behaviour in the real world? Charlotte Porskamp made a series of short films in which two actors subject an unsuspecting public to various Facebook actions. Mike Senders stands in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam where dozens of ‘friends’ walk by. On the Damrak he tells everyone what he likes. It is Santje de Boer’s birthday and he receives lots of good wishes. ‘Face Your Facebook’ confronts us with the absurdity of our virtual social behaviour. Watch the videos of Face your Facebook here. (Graduation project from Design Academy Eindhoven)

The Wiki Truth

Kyra van Ineveld, The Wiki Truth, 2011, ink on paper, bound in leather

Not so long ago traditional, printed encyclopaedias were seen as established and authoritative sources of information. On Wikipedia, the largest and most frequently used reference work on the internet, information can be added or changed by anyone at any time. Kyra van Ineveld asked ‘Wikipedians’ to identify the Wikipedia entries that have been edited most. She printed out the top fi ve and bound them into five classical volumes. The books contain the entire history of each subject, including how they have been edited and rewritten. The Wiki Truth shows that knowledge is always questionable and that the truth is transitory.
(Graduation project from Design Academy Eindhoven)

Evgeny Morozov; The End of the Internet Utopia

Marije Meerman (director), Evgeny Morozov; The End of the Internet Utopia, 2011, episode of VPRO's Tegenlicht, broadcast 26 September 2011

In this documentary Evgeny Morozov, author of the book ‘The Net Delusion’ (2011), argues against ‘cyber-utopianism’: the belief in the democratising effect of new media. He believes that the Internet cannot bring about revolutions but can only accelerate them.
You can watch this episode of VPRO's Tegenlicht on YouTube (party in Dutch).

Powerslave, Revolution Main (Signature Series)

Powerslave, Revolution Man (Signature Series), David Jablonowski, 2011, video

Visual artist David Jablonowski explores the workings of collective memory and how people translate events into words and images. In his work he often uses communication tools such as manuscripts, photographs, printing presses, television monitors and laptops. His art centres on the meaning of references in today’s information society and in art itself. The stacked objects in the work exhibited here can be read as analogue hyperlinks.

0. Democracy without secrets

Metahaven (Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk) and Jonas Staal, 0. Democracy without secrets, 2012, animation

Metahaven is a studio for graphic design and research established by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden. In addition to designing commissioned graphics, Metahaven undertakes research into subjects such as visual identity, social media and information networks. In 2010 Metahaven designed a new visual identity for Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks. The ideas behind WikiLeaks and other political movements such as Occupy, Anonymous and the Piratenpartij are at the basis of the project ‘0. Democracy Without Secrets’. By making government documents available via an online database, in the future it should be easier for citizens to consult them.
Watch the explanation and the animation of the project on the nulpunt website.

Res Sapiens

Pieke Bergmans, Res Sapiens, LAMP014 en LAMP015, 2011-2012

The project ‘Res Sapiens’, a collaboration between Pieke Bergmans and LUSTlab, raises questions about the merging of the digital and physical worlds. The manner in which we receive information has changed radically through the use of smartphones, tablets, social media and news sites. Both installations reflect upon this development by translating possible emotional responses to online news stories into physical movements. You can communicate with the lamps via Twitter: @ResSapiens.
On the website you can find more information about both projects and a video.

Please note that LAMP014 and LAMP 015 are on view from 15 January. Until then, you can see the installation on a video.

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