New Work on Social Relay Mail” by Brooke Singer / Fever Creative and Turbulence Artists’ Studios: Andreas Maria Jacobs

Turbulence Commission: “Social Relay Mail” by Brooke Singer, with Fever Creative
Turbulence Artists’ Studios: Andreas Maria Jacobs

== “Social Relay Mail” by Brooke Singer, with Fever Creative ==
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“Social Relay Mail” (SRM) is an app that lets you identify a stranger on Facebook and use your social network to deliver a private message. Turn your friends, your friends’ friends, and your friends’ friends’ friends into your personal courier service. Sending the message is only half the fun. In the process, discover the strength of your social network via a handy data visualization. Did your message arrive at its destination or get dropped? How many people had to be enlisted along the way? “Social Relay Mail” is part Pony Express and part Facebook hack — testing the limits of interaction in a controlled social space.

“Social Relay Mail” is a 2010 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site. It was supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Brooke Singer engages technoscience as an artist, educator, nonspecialist and collaborator. Her work lives “on” and “off” line in the form of websites, photographs, workshops, maps, installations and performances. She is Associate Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York, and fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.

Fever Creative is a digital technologies lab, straddling the art & tech worlds, developing cutting edge tech solutions for clients, and far out experiences for their own amusement. Fever Creative products elicit novel and transformative experiences in their audiences. David Jimison is founder and Creative Director.

=== Turbulence Artists’ Studios: Andreas Maria Jacobs ===
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Using Google search results, textual fragments found on the Web are programmatically rearranged, deformed or crushed. By applying this strategic process new, dismantling and reorienting contexts arise, not directly conforming to the mundanity of the original result listings, deconstructing and re-contextualizing the actual text. Both reflecting and reinforcing changing attitudes and roles towards art, religion and technology.


Andreas Maria Jacobs lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Walkenried, Germany with Judith V. and their 3 children. He has been the publishing editor of Nictoglobe magazine online since 1986. His work is included in the Electronic Literature Collection Vol. 2.

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