Act 6

February 6, 2008

Being feminine on web 2.0 – Flickr quilt part 2/3

Feminine Quilt

This week I made a second quilt using the identifier “feminine” to choose the images that make up the blocks. I learned from last weeks experience that while photoshopping the blocks, printing them and then photographing them makes for an interesting art work it was not really a very effective web 2.0 piece. This week I took note of that lesson and made my quilt in html. You can see the full size piece here. Be warned, because I wanted to keep the quilt like feel I have ignored the no vertical scrolling rule, if you want to see a larger version all on one screen you can click through the above image and see larger images on my flickr page.

I used the same method as last weeks to find the images – a search for CC-licensed images that have been tagged with the word “feminine” – and I used the first 42 images returned from different artists. I find it interesting to remember that each image has been taken by a different artist when looking at the over all quilt as some definite themes have emerged.

Lips are feminine, eyes are not
some things I learned from this weeks piece:

  • 29/42 of the images are of humanoid females (or their parts), and 3 are of humanoid males deemed feminine (row 4, pics 4 and 6, and row 5, pic 6)
  • almost all of the human representations are caucasian
  • only 8 of the female figures are making any kind of eye contact – of these 3 are looking up from a subordinate position, one is part of a montage containing 3 other photos where she is not making eye contact, 1 is wearing very dark sunglasses, and one is peering through hair that has her eyes partially covered
  • there are 4 full body shots, plus another 7 that are most of the body plus the head, the rest are body pieces
  • there are 9 objects/abstract representations of ‘feminine’. These include 2 bottles of perfume (there is also another of a woman spraying perfume not included in the 9), cosmetics, a flower, and 2 abstract representations of vulvas (the ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter’ one cracks me up :) )

Full credits for the individual images used can be found by going to the html quilt here and clicking on each individual image, which will take you to the image’s flickr page.

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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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