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Tweets and Photography: Visual Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

GEOLOCATION: Artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman bring 140 characters to life

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

As part of the Visiting Artists and Lecture Series, collaborative artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman will speak about their photography projects in the LaSells-Stewart Center at Oregon State University on Wednesday at 7pm on November 6. A reception will be held at 6pm prior to the lecture. Larson and Shindelman scan publicly embedded GPS coordinates in Twitter updates to track the location of user posts and then pair this text with a photograph of the originating site. This resulting image and text combination form part of their GEOLOCATION series.

The GEOLOCATION project raises questions about the level of privacy in the use of social networks and memorializes the trivial nature of fleeting online messages.  Their project also raises questions about anonymity on the internet and draws attention to a singular tweet that otherwise might be lost in the ever-expanding proliferation of trivial Twitter tweets. Recently the pair has been exploring the use of topical hashtags, such as #howtokeeparelationshipwithme, to explore shared experiences. They also recently completed site-specific public art iterations of the project, returning the tweets to the communities that produced them.

Of their project the artists said, “We listen to whispers on social media and link them to places in the physical communities that originated them. There is a digital noise surrounding us, invisible chatter, and we notice and memorialize these brief virtual moments in each city we travel through. We’re interested in both the potential and unintended consequences for this shared information.”

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman’s collaborative work focuses on the cultural understanding of distance as perceived in modern life and network culture. Their projects have recently been featured in Wired Magazine, The Picture Show from NPR, The Dish, PetaPixel, Fast Company, Gizmodo, Hyperallergic, the New York Times, Hostshoe Magazine, the Washington Post, Utne Reader, Flavorwire, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, the BBC News Viewfinder, and on the radio program Marketplace Tech Report.

Their solo exhibitions include Light House in Wolverhampton, Blue Sky in Portland, United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, and the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas. Selections have been shown at the Light Factory in Charlotte, the FotoFestival in Poland, the Athens Photo Festival in Greece, the Houston Center for Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Moscow International Biennale in Russia, RAIQ in Montréal, Peloton in Australia, and Conflux Festival in NYC. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Portland Art Museum.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Program is sponsored by OSU Art in the OSU School of Arts and Communication. 



LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
Julia Bradshaw
1 541 737 5014
julia.bradshaw at oregonstate.edu
Art Department
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