Jamie Allen: I Love the Internet and the Internet Loves Me (2012)
Material: Low profile computer, audio amplifier, megaphone speaker
Despite the ways that our on- and off-line lives have merged and melded, there exist gaps and breaches between the kinds of public dialogue, relationships and spaces we inhabit online and off. Privacy and connectivity are negotiated in specific ways in both of these ‘worlds’. Although we speak of online activities as part of our broader public discource, in fact, online privacy, friendships and relations have come to redefine how we enact these concepts and connections in “meat space.” I Love the Internet and the Internet Loves Me discharges the artist’s public-private relationships online out into the “real world.” Jamie Allen’s Facebook, Twitter and other social network feeds are personified by a digital town-crier, reading the different friendships, personal relationships and indiscretions of an online life into the open air.
Jamie Allen makes things with his head and hands. These things most often involve peoples’ relationships to creativity, technology and resources. They often attempt to give people new, subversive and fun ways to interact with all of these. As someone who works at the intersection of art, social theory and technology, Jamie is an artist, a designer and a technologist, as well as a teacher, researcher and experimenter. Allen’s interests are in the ways people relate to electronic media and digital information in their diverse forms, beginning with their transduction into and from energy, as material. Technologies suggest themselves as a realm for work inside and outside traditional approaches to artistic practice, providing new a way into how we shape our tools, and how our tools shape us.