Friday, May 30, 2014

Social Media Connection Analysis and The Internet-based Collection Project

This social media connection analysis is based on the two year investigation with the social network links for the Internet-based collection project website. The investigation began with two popular social media sites, Google+ and Facebook.[1] I have included my blog on the attached visual, because the hyperlink from the project’s website provides public access to the experiences and research forming the collection. The Public Bulletin Board Collection theme is presented with each year’s social network links to offer the public an opportunity to engage in the collecting process. In 2013, the collecting process was managed through the project’s website by collecting submissions of digital images through an email address.[2] In February 2014, I moved the collection theme to a Tumblr site for easier public accessibility for posting images to the collection.[3] My connection analysis is not based on statistics that pertain to specific numbers from traffic to the website or “likes,” but the length of time and experiences with the engagement from the social media sites.    

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Continuation of Social Media Page and LIMITS

         The intent of this blog post is not to slander a major social media site, but is toward research of my Internet-based collection project. The social media research is used toward understanding social media sites as links to digital media art and public accessibility. This post is a continuation from the September 15, 2013, Social Media and LIMITS, post.
            The September 15th post was about no longer having specific features accessible on the collection project Facebook page. This continuation concerns the 2014 cycle of Facebook’s constant emphasis to promote purchasing of their online ads. The cycle of the Facebook’s ad sale campaign has altered my page manager screen with many types of “advertise your page” buttons and notifications (see the accompanying screen shots). In addition, these notifications sporadically interrupt my direct login to the page and lead me to Facebook ad information. 

Screen-shot of page manager screen with ad notifications and pormotions
            My continual social media research of Facebook’s fan policy page and with the page becoming inept of being a functional social media site (unless I buy a Facebook ad along with meeting the quota of “likes”); I have decided to no longer currently post on the page. The page will not be deleted instead the Facebook page will become part of the research toward the interdisciplinary aspect of the project. As I stated in my November 25, 2012, The Collection Project and Social Media’s Role, blog post, “ I have no intentions of paying for marketing promotions of my ‘collections’ project, since the social networking page was intended to promote an online social interaction with the recent additions of the collection and not intended as a brand-marketing tool.”[1]     

Screen-shot of page manager screen with ad promotion

Screen-shot of email response to no direct login
My last post on the Facebook collection project page has asked viewers to directly follow the projects website and my blog. The concept of diversity in communicating the collection project is still in consideration with the open accessibility around central Internet platforms. My research will continue and possibility be altered while waiting for the outcome of the FCC and net neutrality standards.[2]  

[1] [Accessed November 25, 2012]. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Participation in a Street Road Project

            Last month, I received my river rock from the Street Road Artists Space in Cochranville, Pennsylvania USA. Street Road Artists Space is an experimental art space housed in a 1930’s cottage style of architecture. The building and the surrounding grounds is the site for the outdoor longitudinal line installation, Homma Meridian, by artist Kaori Homma.
Finished River Rock for Street Road Rock Project
            The Street Road Rock Project is an ongoing participatory project that is being displayed inside the building as well as the outside garden site. The open-ended approach with this project offers endless opportunities for participants to use their individual perception of how they can modify their rock. My travels and experience from visiting Street Road in April are what I considered when altering my rock.
             My thoughts were on the conversation pertaining to my visit, while traveling the back roads of Pennsylvania to Delaware with my rock in tow. My choice to depict the travels of my rock was done through penning a slimmed down version of my Google Map directions directly to the rock. The language of the directions was written to consider the four main route numbers, along with how they would be verbally presented in giving someone directions.
Detail of Side of Finished River Rock
            During my visit at Street Road, I was also introduced to the next upcoming exhibition, Arterial Motives. I know my anticipation of the May 31st opening for this exhibit has influence my thought process on how to modify my river rock. The dialog during my visit involving my own transportation and noticeable changes along the Pennsylvania back roads is what prompted Emily Artinian, Street Road artist, to mention Arterial Motives. 
            Arterial Motives presents a global perspective of artist’s responses to automotive traffic. The range of artwork is from four continents to the dialog of a local traffic intersection. UnTOLLed stories, a toll booth installation, is the response and intended exchange of dialog between citizens and governmental actions to the current shift in traffic patterns of Route 41 in Cochranville, PA.  

Follow the Arterial Motives exhibition, UnTOLLed stories, and the Street Road Rock Project on the Street Road website