Curating Identity

The lack of our physical presence in the Facebook world breaks us apart online, our technology forms an extension of us as we dive into the sublime online world to interact with others. The mass of communication on the Internet creates its own buzzing energy  where unlike in our real world, one person can be connecting and interacting with hundreds, thousands, even millions of people at the same time.  Are we so keen to share our emotions online to compensate for the lack of emotion in online communication? I will be investigating the idea of who are we online versus in real life, how are we being judged and our personalities and emotions taken apart online as we chose to hide and reveal parts of ourselves. Our feelings are downloaded while other parts are deleted, commented on, liked and shared.


I am looking at themes related to social media, second life online, sharing secrets and emotions online. In many ways our technology allows us to be closer together but can also make us feel like where are in a real life relationship when we are in fact only in a fragmented, semi-committal relationship.  Much of the communication taking place online is one-way communication. Millions of people are sharing their feelings online writing on Facebook or recording Video Diaries on websites such as YouTube waiting for some form of feedback that is often delayed and not instantaneous unlike a real life conversation. Our idea of identity on Facebook is multi-faceted, we can chose to be anyone on our Facebook profiles and selectively present our personalities to fit with parts of ourselves we are more comfortable with. In a way, Facebook allows us to market ourselves and our identities in any way we chose, we can curate our identities guided by how we perceive identities.

 

Josephine Jost - Curating Identity logoProcessing Software

Josephine Jost - Curating Identity logoProcessing Software

Josephine Jost - Curating Identity logoProcessing Software

Josephine Jost - Curating Identity logoProcessing Software