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Discrete internet based artworks highlighted through the festival website and accessible at the exhibit venue.
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Satoko
Sugiyama,

Hunter College
The Passage Chronicles, 2012
Interactive Web Documentary

The Passage Chronicles is an interactive web documentary that tells the intimate stories of female migrants from around the world. The website invites audiences to experience the journey each migrant took and become emotionally invested in their experience. What made her seek a new world? What became of her old world? Who is she now? What is the meaning of “home” to her? Where is her home? It explores women’s personal identities, understanding of gender roles and sense of belonging.
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Aaron
Reed,
University
of California Santa Cruz
Maybe make some change, 2012
Interactive fiction

Maybe make some change merges parser-based interactive fiction with textual and multimedia layering to produce a confrontational exploration of
a true event. Inspired by the trial of Adam Winfield, a whistleblower soldier accused of murder, the piece freezes a single battlefield moment and replays it from half a dozen violently conflicting perspectives.
“Change” questions the trust we place in narrators, and explores the fine edge between moral and immoral acts in a war zone. Juxtaposing its text narration with both footage of first-person shooters set during contemporary wars and online social networking pages of the accused soldiers, the piece also challenges the representation of and engagement with current events in mainstream interactive media.
Leo
Leonard
Selvaggio,
Columbia College
Yourareme.net, 2012
Netart

My current work, www.youareme.net , explores what happens when the methodology of open sourcing is applied to identity. In effect, I have relinquished control over the creation of my persona online, and have provided to the public my identity and image as material to be manipulated, created, and even destroyed. In our highly surveiled and sensitive society, I am interested in what a public might do with open access to my information. I am not only concerned with the dynamics of supposed public and private information, but also with the carefully curated creation of an online identity. How do social technologies like Facebook shape the way we present ourselves, and how do we go about editing the realities of our lives for online consumption? And if we create or recreate ourselves through our technologies, who exactly could I be, if that process is one open to public discourse.
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Benjamin
Grosser,
University
of Illinois
Facebook Demetricator, 2012
Browser add-on

Facebook Demetricator is a web browser addon that removes all the metrics from the Facebook interface. Under its influence, the site no longer foregrounds how many friends you have, or how much people like your status. Instead these numbers are stripped away, inviting you to try the system without these things, to enable a network society that isn't dependent on quantification. In its place it leaves new questions, such as who are my friends, or how do they think? Along the way Demetricator explores how the designs of software prescribe certain behaviors, and questions the motivations behind those designs. What purpose does enumeration serve for a system (and a corporation) that depends its user's continued free labor to produce the information that fills its databases? Where does it lead when quantity, not quality, is foremost? The software is free and open source, and works on Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
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