Scream 2.0

Goodwin, Mitch (2011) Scream 2.0.

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Abstract

The tiles in this mosaic are made up of 649 profile pictures mined from the artist's friends list on Facebook. This resulting self portrait is an evolution of the artist's interest in the images of screaming/suffering/faces which appear so regularly on the internet and which, as they emanate from an atmosphere of chaos and complexity, seem to hark back to the trauma in Edvard Munch's original. But here, this interchangeable personal data, the soup of the digital commons, signifies our social interactions and visual abstractions in the social media realm. This personal data and its many manifestations are reflected in the artist’s pose and the logic for the mode of the collage's construction.

Research Statement

Research Background The iconic image of Edvard Munch's "Scream" is central to Mitch Goodwin's research into the aesthetics, it is also a thematic concept which has strong permutations throughout network culture including the "Rage Face", the text based emoticon :-o and Noam Galai's "Screaming for Help" (2006). The finished mosaic image was (re)posted onto Facebook with each of the artist's friends tagged in the image and therefore receiving their own image repatriated back to their account, albeit in the company of hundreds of others, in a permanent preserved snapshot.
Research Contribution The mosaic version of the artist's self portrait develops this theme further by creating a web presence for the image on social media by including 649 profile images from the artist's Facebook account. This use of interchangeable personal data - the soup of the digital commons - signifies our social interactions and visual abstractions in the social media realm. This personal data and its many manifestations evoke the context of Munch's work as reflected in the artist's pose.
Research Significance The finished image is a dense construction, its value and meaning fragmented, each portrait a pixel of the artist's constructed identity. The finished image exists online, networked to the individuals that constitute its make-up in a way which is much more personal and much more permanent than the relationship with the artist could ever replicate. The image was also central to the Dark Euphoria exhibition and central to the promotion campaign in print and online.
Item ID: 26533
Item Type: Image
Media of Output: Digital print on paper (A2)
Keywords: scream, edvard munch, facebook, image mosaic, dark euphoria, September 11, internet memes, mitch goodwin
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This work was exhibited in Dark Euphoria: Unclassified Media at the eMerge Media Space, Townsville from October 2011-March 2012.

Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 05:27
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190504 Performance and Installation Art @ 30%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures @ 20%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190203 Electronic Media Art @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 75%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) @ 25%
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