Start of Symposium Script

Here is just the start of what i have so far in regards to a script for my Symposium: There are a few links in there for my own note taking and a few bits which are just reminders if it doesnt flow properly.


So what is Instagram? For those who don’t know and for those who do let’s take ourselves through its process.

Instagram is a smart phone application which is currently limited to Iphone and Android but it allows the user(me) to take a Photograph and instantly upload and share it online with their network of followers. The Sharing of these images is very much based on the design of social networks where there is a constant ‘stream’ or ‘feed’ of information. With Instagram this information is Images.

(So we’ll take myself as the User) Photo –  So I take a photo, I can choose to title it or not, in this case I did and the title is bookshelf skeleton. And with this image I also chose to categorise what themes are in this image, and you do this with your hashtag. Categorise #tag – so we’ll take this tag #window….and we can see that how many images are in that category- 1,512,644 images that share that #. Lets take a look at another one #picoftheday ……………..54,122,750.

So we can see that people who search and follow these categories are going to potentially be exposed to your images if you categorise them with the use of #tags.

Number of Instagram users – Number of Photos – so its not hard to believe that 10% of all Photographs ever taken were taken in 2011.

one thing we’ve missed out…the filters….   — website for the filters image.

Kevin Systrom – co founder of instagram: “We set out to solve the main problem with taking pictures on a mobile phone,” he said, which is that they are often blurry or poorly composed. “We fixed that.” –

When we talk about an Instagram filter, what do we mean? First we understand we take a Photograph and then Instagram provides us with an optional editing process. It gives us a set of ‘filters’ which are almost like a controlled, designed editing process which are branded down to a quirky name like X-Pro or Nashville which all do something different to the image. We can then apply this filter or Editing process to one of our Photographs which then enhances it. Kevin Systrom co-founder of instagram in an Article for The NY Times said: “We set out to solve the main problem with taking pictures on a mobile phone,” he said, which is that they are often blurry or poorly composed. “We fixed that.”

The filters that are there for us to use are often seemingly designed on old film and processing aesthetics, With One tap on the screen you can turn your Digital Mobile Phone Photograph into a Handmade Analog Darkroom Print and its instantly ready to share online. There seems to be a pursuit for Nostalgia. And why is this? aesthetically it looks good, it’s quirky, it’s retro and cool but ultimately it takes us back to a time when we can remember interacting with the single artefact and the experience of it’s aesthetic. Whether you can remember handling, viewing and smelling the old Family photographs your Grandmother keeps in a shoe box or shaking a Polaroid Picture it’s this Nostalgia which helps us understand the potential of Mobile Phone Photography  and also Instagram. We practice and experiment with familiar medium in order to adapt to the new medium. When we talk about the Single artefact and these Old Analog Images, we are talking of the ‘Fixed Image’ you can touch it, hold it, frame it on your wall, you can smell it and if you want to you can EAT it. whereas when we talk of the Digital Image and especially with Instagram we are talking about the ‘Fluid Image’.

Polaroid pic link

We tend to understand technologies in terms of what went before – famously we referred to the automobile, at first, as the horseless carriage. We are going through this same process with the cellphone. We keep trying to contextualize it in the old medium and with old terms. A print exhibition brings the new image making back to the old methods of presentation.

Also, note how a lot of the visual filters are about

nostalgia for the image. We’re embracing the cellphone, but desperately trying to link it to what we know, our histories and what is familiar.

Meanwhile, the object itself is taking us into completely different areas. The unselfconsciousness of it is key. While everyone is looking at aspects, the Instagram filter, whatever it might be, actually something bigger is happening behind our backs.

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