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 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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