Like all things internets-related, I have mixed feelings about facebook. I joined up about a year ago to join the Bay of Islands Freecycle group but never did anything else with it. Lately, I have been more into it, finding long, lost high school friends, staying in touch with some people in Newfoundland, etc.. It has been fun but I always have a weird sense of guilt around it. Does it feed a negative kind of self-involvement? I am not sure. I have similar feelings about this blog - so much public airing of personal thoughts! Can it really be a good thing?
Today, in my trolling around facebook, I found a link to a website started by an artist called Eve Mosher. She makes public art projects that "have actions built into them" as she says in her statement. Her works are usually encountered in unexpected ways on city streets or elsewhere. She is largely interested in ecological issues and how they affect our social/cultural life. One recent project is called HighWaterLine. To quote from that project description: HighWaterLine was a public artwork on the New York city waterfront that created an immediate visual and local understanding of the affects of climate change. I marked the 10-feet above sea level line by drawing a blue chalk line and installing illuminated beacons in parks. The line marks the extent of increased flooding brought on by stronger and more frequent storms as a result of climate change.
Beyond really enjoying Eve's work, I am intrigued and even feel a little relieved to find that she not only has a presence on facebook, but maintains a blog, has several websites and even twitters (I really don't know what that is, but it seems very now). It occurred to me that it made sense for her to have this strong online presence since her work is all about engaging with a broad public, provoking dialogue, and acting as a catalyst for further actions- the sort of thing that the internets is perfect for (will we have to stop saying "internets" once W is out?). Here is one of her websites that I especially like: DIYPublicArt.