Act 36

November 28, 2008

The New Feminine–Flickr group and tagging project

Organic Farmerunder the umbrellaNatasha

As we are coming to the end of the year and I am beginning to wrap up the 52 Acts project I have been looking back on some of the previous Acts and thinking about some of the ways in which I have wanted to further the knowedge I have gained from them. Early on in the project I had a look at Flickr images and the way in which they were tagged (see Acts 5, 6, and 7. I feel this was an important element of my work because the idea of ‘tagging’ (attaching several descriptors to an item for the purposes of searching) rather than categorising is central to the concept of web 2.0.

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Act 29

October 15, 2008

Another Hairy Legged Feminist Icon

beware hairy monster

Unfeminine hairy monster icon inspired by the discussion about feminism’s hairy image at Hoyden About Town.

Act 28

October 4, 2008

Putting Us Back Together Again–Cyber-Flip-Doll

I am stoked with this weeks act. I am really happy with it because it fulfills one of the goals I set for 52 Acts which is to use conventional items or programs in a way which they were not directly intended. To creatively misuse technology.

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Act 27

October 2, 2008

Representations of Feminism–Hairy Legged Feminist Icon

Here is the blog icon I promised in Act 25

Hairy Legged Feminist

In Act 25 I said “Most of the time my legs and pits are hairy, sometimes not depending on my mood, but really who the fuck cares?” and while I still hold by that I have been thinking more on it and decided it requires a little more clarification. Because *I* care.

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Act 5

February 3, 2008

Being Female on Web 2.0 – Flickr Quilt Part 1/3

female quilt 1
I decided to continue the craft theme this week while examining what it means to be female on web 2.0.

For this weeks act I decided to make a quilt using photos posted by flickr users. Because I only had one week to do this I chose to make this a decorative paper quilt rather than a functional fabric one, but it is a project I hope to revisit at a later date and expand upon.

The idea behind this work was to create a piece using creative commons licensed photos that were tagged with the word “female”, and to use that work to give me some kind of sense as to the way femaleness is represented within web 2.0. i think the resulting work was a great piece of art from web 2.0, but not so much an effective piece for web 2.0, but I think the failure of it to translate very well digitally was an excellent lesson in itself.

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