Selfie Unselfie Project

Unselfie Title: Who am I looking at?

Artist Statement

I question my self
What is my normal
How can I portray the digital version
What happens to my embodiment
Where is my fingerprint
I am unique and trackable
Is my eye in contact with you
Where is your reply
Do I look at myself
Do I look at the future viewers
(That posthuman lens)
One last glimpse
Where are my hands, wrist, elbow, ankle
1 minute / 8 shots / choose one / upload / download /
New post
Insert image / Write / Preview / Edit / Publish
I'm reduced to common ones and zeros
There is no art in that!

Selfie: Twitter Profile picture
Purpose: To give the impression of a 'real' person that you could talk to
Design: Black and white to differentiate from the multitude of colour, taken at an angle like a passport photo, taken to ressemble the image that you would see if we had a video hangout, taken in my work office.

by Wendy Taleo for the #selfieunselfie project 2018

Tracks in the Stats sand.

Stats Pageviews 79....really? Ukraine (surely it's a bot) tracks did I have your permission? did you consent? DO I CARE?

Twitter chat safari

Image: Wendy Taleo, 2018
I missed the #Netnarr Twitter chat this morning. Here is a composition of my safari. With six images created a seventh image, I narrate my safari across these landscapes. What I miss is the interaction, so leave a comment and show that you have trodden this track.

Wearing the SOC(k)

Photo by Mike Wilson on Unsplash
These reflections are from the last iteration of Network Narratives. I feel that last years involvement was like being part of a SOC.
SMALL  OPEN  CLASS (SOC) At any point in time, there was between 4-10 open participants active (or that I have interacted with) in the Network Narratives activities. Some people were consistent all the way through and other people came into the class through the porous class walls. During our Open Bus Tour  Alan Levine mentioned this aspect of having this 'open class' and that it was 'about the right size'. I'm not sure about the size factor but I do know that it was a comfortable space and allowed repeated connections and conversations over the 3 months. The typical MOOC timeframe is 4-6 weeks and even shorter if you only participate for some of the time. Travelling along on this journey for a full University Semester has been a different type of open study. I was always aware of the weekly class of th…

Another Adventure Begins on the Messy Internet

In Week 1 of Network Narratives we were pointed to the website Network Effect. The above capture shows the word categories that are options for filtering this information. The front page of this programme has this information and questions.

The effect of this programme is nausea! A feeling of dread of the uselessness of it all, a sick feeling in the pit of one's stomach in the over dramatised but somehow ordered bits of information. The messy cultural messages. Did you try it? Leave a comment below on how you felt.

Visions of Elsewhere

"Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky." ~Willa Cather Networked Narratives Intercept 9 starts this way.

The following poem is another interception constructed from this video of Mia Zamora and Alan Levine chatting.

VISIONS OF ELSEWHERE Our sense of scale is corrected
putting self into perspective

when we view the sky or
the view out another persons window

we need this correction to see
our relative unimportance in the world

I feel the need of 'elsewhere' time
open space and air to breathe

it smells like desert rain
when you crumble the leaves

little things become precious
keep them in your heart

lupines are budding in your corner
my envy echoes through frogs croak

I anticipate the crunch of silence
like steps in the snow

sharing our enthusiasm of
daily views seen anew

opens the portal of knowing
allowing us to feel more

magical moments of seeing
are the horizon of our time.

Wendy Taleo CC BY SA

Taking the MOO out of MOOC

Maybe you thought I'd be talking about massive, open and online things.....but it's really just about a cow in a paddock eating grass.
This is the 'outing' and closing of The Jolt project. Way back when, like December 2016, I was chomping at the bit (oh that is a horse reference and he will come into this story as well) to get started on Network Narratives course. I think it was being promoted as a MOOC and due to the well connected stars at the centre of stage Mia Zamora and Alan Levine, there was a lot of interest. It was suggested that alternative personas might be required to participate in the Course. I went ahead and created The Jolt.  This was not a random selection. I was bought up on a dairy farm and have lots of memory, knowledge and history with cows. I figured I'd have enough material to work with. I also decided to stay in-persona when posting so this would be a separate identity. However I did mention this to Kevin Hodgson when he started posting @Ne…