In a different format of a studio visit, NetNarr grad student Kelli Hayes joins us from the premier of “Degenerates Gallery” – an MA thesis art installation about online life and self-representation in the digital age.

The metalworks installation is meant to further reiterate the importance of participation and collaboration when it comes to new media practices. A life-size wire sculpture of the human head composes the main component of this work. The wire used to construct the sculpture has binary code chased into its flattened faces. The binary code spells out the message “Take Me Seriously” in a continuous loop, referencing the the slogan bastardized by the Nazis during the original degenerate art exhibition in 1937 but with a contemporary slant where self becomes the primary focus. This is emphasized by the main component of the piece being a metal bust of the human head. Often, the face is considered the primary representation of self. Rather than being made out of a sturdier, solid sheet of metal, though, this bust is constructed from precariously placed wires. This is meant to represent, as Saum states, the “precariousness” of self. Additionally, computer wires are also wrapped around the bust, meant to convey the ways in which digital intervention can provide stability but also suffocate our sense of self. There are little clips attached to the piece that invite viewers to engage with the piece by providing an artifact or a written explanation that describes their personal relationship to new media.

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The NetNarr class will be your hosts for the hangout live from the exhibit, and will be tweeting and meme-making during the event. Please look for photos and more under the hashtags #netnarr and Kelli’s own tag #takemeseriously — all of is part of the art.

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