extroverted biedermeier

radio gathering, found on wmmna

Some time ago Berlin’s UDK had the luck to award Sasha Pohflepp with his diploma degree in Visual Communication for his brilliant work called Blinks&Buttons. Although I knew his work for some time my research on social interaction for a mobile world gave me reason to read it in more detail. It triggerd some thoughts on public, community, and private use of media.

Blinks of Blinks and Buttons by Sascha Pohflepp

In the center of Sascha’s work stands the moment that comes along with a photograph, or the link between the act of taking a photo (of situation) and the corresponding time (the moment). As it is based on flickr I wondered how taking pictures changes as the audience changes: No longer taking pictures for the private album but for a world wide community.

In another work, Occasional Coincidences by Nicholas Zambetti (via wmmna), I found that our current use of almost all media as

on-demand media has encouraged media isolationism

With all podcasts, streams and recorded videos online, there are no “Straßenfeger” (blockbusters) on TV any more, or – as I’d like to extrapolate – no gatherings around a “Volksempfänger”-Radio. We receive media on our individual demand and no longer on dates that are socially agreed upon (I watch the tagesschau-news at some time via webstream, too, not caring about its more-sure-than-physics 20.00 h start). That kind of public in a collective style seems to cease to exist.

Opposed to that (not against), we find permanent synchronisation via mobile phone (described in MOBIL) and Sascha’s work as well. Perhaps, social networks (and flickr is a social network, too) become so important because of a felt lack of a community gathering in front of a TV-set nationwide. Everyone has to (re)construct his own version of community today. There is no general binding any more about some information known to everybody as we stopped watching tagesschau together.

Our personal network somehow becomes our private public which is on the one hand accessible for others only partially because of personal codes we (love to) use and on the other hand we show as much private details and intimacy to the whole world as never before. That’s what I would call extroverted Biedermeier.

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