Category Archives: New Media



Selfiecity investigates selfies using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods:

  • findings about the demographics of people taking selfies, their poses and expressions.
  • Rich media visualizations (imageplots) assemble thousands of photos to reveal interesting patterns.
  • The interactive selfiexploratory allows you to navigate the whole set of 3200 photos.
  • Finally, theoretical essays discuss selfies in the history of photography, the functions of images in social media, and methods and dataset.

The project is part of Lev Manovich’s Software Studies Initiative  that covers two directions:
1) Study of software and cyberinfrastructure and their deployment in modern societies using approaches from humanities, cultural criticism, and social sciences.
2) Use software-based research methods and next generation cyberinfrastructrure tools and resources for the study of massive sets of visual cultural data, asking theoretical questions which are important for humanities.

I Dream of Selfies – article on project in Hyperallergic


Hot Internet TVs on Frozen Winter Days

Hot Internet TVs on Frozen Winter Days
by Alicia Eler on Hyperallergic

Media theorist Marshall McLuhan once said that television is cool and radio is hot. This isn’t a temperature thing, but rather a classification of media based on the participation it involves from viewers — TV watchers can be more detached, whereas radio listeners are completely engaged. In the installations of artists Nam June Paik and Gretchen Bender, though, TV becomes the central, interactive medium. As the temperatures this week hovered in the negatives, I channeled heat by sipping tea and watching TV as video art from my global perch on the internet.
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Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Viewing Where the Internet Goes, NY Times, 12-30-13

When Edward J. Snowden, the disaffected National Security Agency contract employee, purloined tens of thousands of classified documents from computers around the world, his actions — and their still-reverberating consequences — heightened international pressure to control the network that has increasingly become the world’s stage. At issue is the technical principle that is the basis for the Internet, its “any-to-any” connectivity. That capability has defined the technology ever since Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn sequestered themselves in the conference room of a Palo Alto, Calif., hotel in 1973, with the task of interconnecting computer networks for an elite group of scientists, engineers and military personnel.

The two men wound up developing a simple and universal set of rules for exchanging digital information — the conventions of the modern Internet. Despite many technological changes, their work prevails.

…Both men agreed to sit down, in separate interviews, to talk about their views on the Internet’s future. The interviews were edited and condensed.

read entire article and interview: Viewing Where the Internet Goes

The Very First Website Returns to the Web

The Very First Website Returns to the Web
via Webmonkey |

Twenty years ago today [APRIL 30, 2013] CERN published a statement that made the World Wide Web freely available to everyone. To celebrate that moment in history, CERN is bringing the very first website back to life at its original URL.

If you’d like to see the very first webpage Tim Berners-Lee and the WWW team ever put online, point your browser to

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Law and Technology

New links I have come across:

Legal Ethics and Social Media
site contains both resources for legal information and curated links interesting articles from a wide variety of sites.

The Instagram Papers
from ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)

Copyright Crash Course from Univ of Texas

The Copyright Corner – resources for artists and designers
Developed and maintained by photographer and lawyer Michelle Bogre

First GIF Shared in Space

From the Hyperallergic Blog
Shoot for the Stars: First GIF Shared in SpaceTo launch a project that will crowdsource digital media projected into space, it makes sense to start with a GIF, the most beloved manifestation of our current internet noise. Today the first GIF to ever be sent into space started a journey to a distant solar system  — which it will reach in 2031.

The GIF was sent as part of the launch of Lone Signal, a new project that allows anyone with an internet connection to harness the power of the Jamesburg Earth Station in Carmel, California, and broadcast a message into Deep Space. As the mission states: ”At Lone Signal, we believe that crowdsourcing messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence (METI) is the ideal approach to establishing a stable, cohesive, and well-resourced intersteller beacon on Earth.”

Kim Asendorf, “Humans Watching Digital Art” (2011)

The Gif is by Kim Asendorf. Check out his pixel sorting images.


Image Atlas

another ‘search’ web project > Image Atlas

Image Atlas investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local engines throughout the world. Visitors can refine or expand their comparisons from the 57 countries currently available, and sort by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or alphabetical order.

Created by Taryn Simon and Aaron Swartz


Very touching link in memory of Aaron Swartz using the image atlas search for photos.