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<nettime-ann> Turbulence Commission: "I'm Not Stalking You; I'm Socializing: Status Grabber" by Liz Filardi

December 14, 2009
Turbulence Commission: "I'm Not Stalking You; I'm Socializing: Status
Grabber" by Liz Filardi

A record of telephone interactions is gathered under the pretense of a
social networking service called "Status Grabber," in which a representative
makes personal phone calls to request very short "status updates" from
strangers. Call recipients are told that someone they know has anonymously
requested a status update about them, and that they should provide the
representative with an open statement about their career, family, social
life, or literal whereabouts. The service mimics the social activity of
users on Facebook and Twitter, where users stay connected without directly
interacting. In creating an analog version of those services, "Status
Grabber" places analogous pressure on individuals to relinquish privacy in
order to participate in this new model of socialization. "Status Grabber" is
part of a project called "I'm Not Stalking You; I'm Socializing," in which
the artist explores how social networking changes the ways in which we
relate to one another and enrich our lives. Visitors to the website can
directly request status updates through the satirical service, listen to
phone records, and view rolling, one-line status updates.


Liz Filardi is an emerging New York-based artist and recent graduate of the
Parsons Design and Technology MFA program. Through narrative experiments
with social networks, her work examines issues of privacy, property,
intimacy, and identity.


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