Beeing John Makovich: How to become someone else

Date 22. Februar 2014
Start Uhr
End Uhr
Event Workshop
Place Upper foyer
With Mey Lean Kronemann (artist)

Names and pseudonyms are a significant part of a digital profile – a reflection of roles and self-perception while playing on perceptions of the outside world. Digital profiles are also trading goods and economic goods: from the cost of a well-developed active identity to the evaluation of digital companies and blurred identities in the personalised shopping recommendations – to search results all the way to bots, sockpuppets and fake friends. What is a digital profile and how is it constructed? Which functions are fulfilled by virtual masks? Participants in the profile coaching workshop will receive practical new profiles, give them images, a story, a past, fill them with life and make them ‘real’ during the course of the event. In a practical process of shaping their new profiles, the participants will learn about the possibilities and limits of a digital identity and how to judge and appraise credibility and authenticity for themselves.

Mey Lean Kronemann
© Mey Lean Kronemann

Mey Lean Kronemann is an artist from Berlin, whose special interests include swarm robotics and Open Art. Her projects have been exhibited at several international electronic-art festivals including lab.30, Piksel, LiWoLi, and were awarded by Digital Sparks (Honorary Mention for schuechterne lichter, 2008), Japan Media Arts Festival (Jury Selection Work for lumiBots, 2011), Art of Engineering (Prize award for lumiBots, 2012), and VIDA (Production Incentive for Tower of Babel, together with David Sanz Kirbis, 2013). She holds workshops and talks about topics such as Urban Hacking and emergent behaviour at universities, media art festivals, and hacker events, and has published and presented her work at international conferences (DIS 2010, Aarhus, ICRA 2011, Shanghai, technarte 2012, Bilbao). Mey has studied Interaction Design at K3 in Malmö, Sweden, and Product Design and Interface Design at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Germany, where she was a research fellow in 2010.
Twitter: @lumibots