As NetNarr moves towards the upcoming exhibition of the Field Guide project, this week we participate in a special event, an art exhibit by one of our own classmates.

We visit and will share live online “Degenerates Gallery” – an MA thesis art installation about online life and self-representation in the digital age – created by our very own Kelli Hayes.

We will meet in the atrium of the STEM building at 4:30pm and together we will participate in this interactive installation, sharing the work with a broader audience through twitter. The #NetNarr class will be responding to the work, tweeting about your experience using the #takemeseriously #netnarr hashtags. In addition, there will be a live Studio Visit hangout to cover the event, hosted by NetNarr students.

Kelli Hayes (Apr 23@4:30pm ET)

Kelli Hayes (Apr 23@4:30pm ET)

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 ...

Take Kelli seriously and be part of the live event, 4:30-5:30pm ET.

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. These pieces of paper will be provided at Research Days 2019. In addition, during the 2019 presentation, Research Days guests will be asked to tweet to the #TakeMeSeriously to expand upon their perceptions of self in the digital age and the abilities of new media to translate self.

On to the Field Guides

Your teachers are available after the art exhibit to help you with questions about your field guide project. See the specifications listed at You will get via email after next week’s classes, the instructions for how to post your final project here (due May 7).

Our last class is next week, April 30. We will ask each student to do a 3-5 minute “preview” of your project, status, and use this as another chance to get some feedback, especially on ideas how to write your work as a conversation between you and your alchemist mentor.

Make NetNarr come alive even more this week, support Kelli’s work and your own.

Featured Image: Poster image for Kelli’s installation superimposed on Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay

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