An art exhibition opening in Brooklyn tonight looks at the field of social media as a medium, facilitator, and subject for art.
Tonight is the opening for #TheSocialGraph, an art show exploring the emerging world of social media art. updownacross pointed us to an interview with the editor of Hyperallergic and curator of the #TheSocialGraph, Hrag Vartanian. He explains the theme behind the exhibition:
I’m trying to avoid the obvious Twitter or status update art (which I find played out) and looking at other ways it is used. Surprisingly there are some interesting experiments out there and some are more successful than others. Performance artists — like Man Bartlett and Nate Hill — use it as a way to connect with a broader audience, some use it as subject matter for their art, like Jennifer Dalton who dug through critic Jerry Saltz’s crazy Facebook profile. Then there are street artists and street art photographers, like Elbowtoe, Luna Park, Jake Dobkin, Sam Horine, and Becki Fuller, who are having pretty amazing dialogues in real time on the streets and virtually on Flickr…and I’m not even getting into the topic of artists using the social media startup as a medium … which #TheSocialGraph will explore too!
The exhibition will feature projections, virtual performances, installations, a social event space, and even plastic underwear you can take if you’re willing to you sign a contract and post an image of yourself with it on a social network (courtesy of James Gilbert‘s project) which addresses privacy in the social space.