Identity and experiences

What I like about Meryl Pataky’s work is her personal involvment in the work and how it captures her identity. As she claims that her work relies heavily on personal narative, Pataky’s sculptures suggest that our identity is shaped by our experiences in life and through our own experiences, we are all a “different material…a different mold”. Thus, her use of materials comes to symbolise identity shaped by experiences. Pataky herself asserts,
“these experiences are what I relate to most intimately and, in turn, allow me to confidently make the appropriate decisions about my work, its concepts and materials. We are all molds that are filled with different substanes. These are delicate blend of our paths, experiences, beliefs and interactions that form our being. As a result, we are all different casts – we are all made of different material.”

Challenging initial perceptions-core concept of site

Beyond the beautiful graphics and interactive narrative of the site, I find the core concept of the site the most intriguing. While the site simply opens to a simple, albeit simple layout with a single beautiful image, when the user pulls a scroll on the top left of the screen, the image zooms out into another world…challenging our initial perception of the site. This is what I want to achieve through my site as I want to challenge the user’s initial perception that the site is the same facebook they use on a daily basis.

are we limited by facebook’s profile template?

Today I thought about facebook profile templates. Facebook is focused on connecting people by presenting profiles of who they are. However, can our identity be presented effectively when it is limited to facebook’s set features?

Facebook gives us the opportunity to present ourselves through the following features:

  • profile pictures
  • profile information
  • wall
  • friends
  • mutual friends
  • photos you’ve been tagged in
  • videos you’ve been tagged in
  • notes
  • posts
  • facebook groups
  • questions (polls)
Are  these features effective in presenting identities? Or does it limit the user and suppress individual expression? This is something else that I want to question through my satirical simulation of facebook – perhaps I can subtly add a new absurd feature to this list of facebook functions – or perhaps I could simply swap these features around and use the individual’s ‘profile pictures’ for the ‘friends’ list and confuse the user and question whether someone’s list of facebook friends is an expression of who they are.

how effective is online communication?

I enjoyed this video as it questions the effective the internet as a tool for connecting people. The human interface becomes a symbol for human interaction through the computer. While he is communicating with people through email, he is essentially constrained by the 4 walls of the box. While the human interface portrays human interaction and communication, the box that serves as the ‘computer screen’ simultaneously symbolises the decreasing face-to-face interaction that results from online communication – it’s quite a powerful irony!

The internet allows us to connect with people more frequently ie. facebook posts and emails… but how effective is this medium of communication and human interaction? This is an idea I wish to explore in my final website, as I question the effectiveness of facebook as an online medium of communication.

Exploring Shinto beliefs that all objects and organisms have spirits, Sayaka Ganz’s work compels us to question our initial perception of everyday objects. Through the uniformity of the colours used for each horse , the responder initially identifies the work as a cantering horse. However, upon closer inspection, we realise that these horses are made up of everyday objects. Thus we are forced to perceive the work differently and appreciate the work on a different level.

It is this multi-faceted nature of Ganz’s work, that I find interesting.  When the user comes across my website, I want them to intially think that the page is facebook’s log-in page as they know it. Yet, as they are led through to the following pages with different elements re-positioned on the page, I want their initial bewilderement and confusion to be replaced by an realisation that this site is, in fact, a satirical simulation of facebook, questioning its effectiveness in portraying identitites.