Social Media and Identity and Authenticity

As previously discussed in the last blog post, a lot of users of social media like Instagram struggle with keeping their accounts or online self-authentic due to the acts of self-branding. Goffman suggests that “people perform aspects of themselves for an audience, with both performance and audience contributing to the construction of the performers identity” (Holton, A.E. & Molyneux, L., 2017), this becomes more evident when individuals display multiple aspects of themselves through different social media platforms and curate an online presence for different audiences. Balancing their personal lives with their professional lives by creating separate media accounts or relying on a less public platform for personal content (Holton, A.E. & Molyneux, L., 2017). This can be seen in a number of instances, including university students making two profiles on social media accounts, one which is more job friendly and another for more honest and raw thoughts. So as the use of social media continues to evolve, the concept and debate of presenting our ideal selves vs our real selves have become more and more prevalent on social media platforms (Green, R.K., 2013).

Self-branding while widely taken up on social media platforms, is inherently contradictory. It prompts both authenticity and business target self-presentation (Marwick, Alice E. 2013). One could argue that these two things – authenticity and business targeted self-presentation – couldn’t exist in the same sphere as each other, and I agree. Read More »

Reading, Writing and Planning: Final Review and Moving Forward

This week was a time for a final consultation with the tutors and a check-up on the ideas that you have towards presenting the final product. I am still wanting to work with and play with sounds or soundscapes in particular spaces and see If I can change the feeling and vibe of a space. This idea is quite challenging and is something that I have been thinking about for the last few weeks.

The consultation this week with the tutors gave me some more things to look at and think about for the project, especially in relation to how it will look as a finished product and what sounds that I want to showcase in my work. The question of whether or not my project will work with a narrative, be subverted, have closed of open sounds (being able to hear the outside sounds through the headphones or not), big or small sounds and how these connections will be made between the spaces and the sounds I am thinking about putting in them.

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On Care and Reflecting

20180615_162225This week I further brainstormed the medium of sound and wrote down what I was thinking about working on for the final project. This week I looked into what sounds I would like to use in my final project and where I would like them to be in the spaces. I also looked into what spaces I would like to use to present my final project and came up with a few that I wanted to use like the entry of the media building, the canteen and lunch space and maybe the outside courtyard. Other places like underneath the staircase were also considered as I think it would be interesting to make a smaller space in a large space.

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Screen, Projection, Display: Presenting Your Work

This week we talked about how and where we will be presenting our final projects. I found that because my work will not be presented on a screen or have a set place I didn’t really need to write my name down and fight for space like other years.

I found that this week I did a lot of research into sound mapping and working on that website that I talked about last week. Over the week I have been receiving emails from the website with information on people updating it and putting their own sounds on the map. I found myself listening to these updated sounds and further exploring the website and its contents.

This week we also had some time to sit with our original groups and talk about our projects and how far along we were with them. I ended up working with one of my group members on their project by helping them create their prototype which was a cloud made out of cotton balls while also playing around with projecting images on to it. Read More »

Contemporary Media Arts

This week I dedicated my time to doing some work with the zoom and recording some sound to add to the website that I found last week. I ended up walking around the campus and finding some spots to record in that I found were a mixture of natural and man-made sounds. I ended up picking up two recordings which really emphasised this theme and uploaded these to the sound mapping website.

The first recording was done on the corner of the main digital media building and I ended up picking up some sounds of the trucks and cars driving passed on the road and also some natural sounds of birds in the background.

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Applying Research and Development

This week I ended up needing to get away from the main tutorial space and find a place to sit down and try to get my ideas for this project straight. This week I felt a bit overwhelmed and directionless with my idea and I was a bit confused.

I was found this week by one of the tutors and he sat down and discussed my ideas with me and helped me find a direction to work in and go forward with. I found this talk to be valuable and it really helped me find a path to go down and forget about the finished product and how it will look and just play around with my ideas. I knew the last few weeks that I wanted to work with man vs manmade sounds in space and found that my project over the weeks has involved much testing of ideas which is why I felt a bit overwhelmed with the number of ideas that I had running through my head.Read More »

Live Tweeting

Over the last 7 weeks, I have been engaging in a number of screenings while also participating in something called ‘Live tweeting‘. During the screening of these movies and series, my peers and I have been engaging in discussions on Twitter through the #BCM325 which provided a fantastic medium to unpack thoughts and concepts. Live tweeting on Twitter allowed for quite a lot of discussion to happen between my peers while the screening was happening but also created somewhat of a community as we all became connected through the hashtag while talking about the screenings each week. Twitter definitely allowed for a lot more discussion to happen between my peers which was highlighted at the end of some screenings where we were prompted to talk about a theory, but no one wanted to say anything out loud. Quite interesting.Read More »

Further Researching the IoT

In my previous blog post, I talked about the IoT and my interest in further researching the topic to further understand it. To grasp the ideas of the IoT and answer the questions that I have about it, I will need to build on my knowledge from my first blog post. To recap, in my last post I chose a number of questions that I wanted to explore. These included the following questions:

  • The IoT and it’s place in social and personal environments.
  • Looking into the current technologies on the market that makes the IoT’s a reality.
  • The representations and ideas of these technologies through utopian and dystopian mediums like cinema, television and fiction. – Are we close to this viewpoint? How are these technologies being represented/sold by marketing to us now?
  • Privacy of the IoT and the way in which these sociable objects collect and store data and how it could potentially be used.
  • How are these IoT technologies being currently presented? are there fears, tensions or anxieties towards the technology and their capabilities?

So for this blog post, I will be providing an overview of the sources that I have chosen to help me further answer the questions that I have. I have found some interesting sourced which have helped me enhance my knowledge and gain a better insight into the topic, these are included below.Read More »


This week was dedicated to group work and discussing our project ideas. My group members had some great ideas of things that they wanted to accomplish in the next few weeks and I felt like I had a good idea to start off with. I know that I want to create something like Leah Barclay and her project ‘Rainforest Listening’ and create an experience of arguments reality by using layers of rainforest soundscapes in urban environments. I think this work is something that I will use as inspiration for my end product as I think the idea and intentions behind the piece are really interesting and something that I would like to re-create.Read More »