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28 FEBRUARY 2014

Identity performance: YouTubers, real-life dolls and cosplayers

Fig.1 "My Strange Addiction: I'm a Living Doll", TLC, Season 5 (2014), original air date 1 January 2014.

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2014Barbie dollbelongingbody modificationcelebrity • china doll • china figurine • commodity fetishismcompulsive behaviourconstructed identitiesconsumer aestheticscosplay • cosplayer • digital narcissismdolldoll fetishism • doll-like features • dollificationdress-up • Emily Smith • escapismexhibitionismfadfamefantasy characterfashionable fadfetishismidentity performanceimpression management • Justin Jedlica • living dolllolitamediated representationmimicry • My Strange Addiction (TV Series) • online behaviouronline followersperformativitypersonapersonal identityplastic surgeryreal-life dollrole playingsensationalismspectacular societysuperficial appearance • TLC (TV network) • Venus Isabelle Palermo • Victoriana • video bloggervisual depictionYouTubers

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Simon Perkins
30 NOVEMBER 2013

Confiscation Cabinets: an exhibition of confiscated childhood objects

"Artist Guy Tarrant's display cabinets show artefacts gleaned from 150 different London primary and secondary schools over three decades. These objects include homemade games, keepsakes, cult toys, peculiar adornments, weapons and other forbidden objects which characterise the flotsam and jetsam of contemporary school children.

Since qualifying as a teacher, Guy Tarrant has investigated pupil interaction, play and resistant behaviour. The objects in the cabinets highlight mischievous and distracted behaviour played out in the controlled school setting where children spend much of their time. These confiscated items are evidence of the pupils' playful and impulsive activities and how they may reject or evade rules."

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ad-hoc • adornments • artefactsauthoritychildhood imagination • confiscated items • Confiscation Cabinets • confiscation drawer • controlcontrolled environments • cult toys • cultural significance of objectsdiscipline and punishmentdistracting attentiondistracting behaviourDIYfad • flotsam and jetsam • forbidden objects • Guy Tarrant • homemade bombs • homemade gamesimprovisation • impulsive activities • intriguing objects • keepsake • makeshiftmaterial culturemischievous behaviour • Museum of Childhood • personal cultural production • personal objects • plastic toysplayful activitiesprimary schoolpunishmentregulationresistant behaviourrulesschool children • school setting • secondary schoolsocial interactionsubversive actionssymbolic controltoy • toy guns • V and Aweapons

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Simon Perkins
25 DECEMBER 2012

Echograph: an interactive animated GIF app for iPad

"A little over a year ago, Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck mashed up fine–art photography with animated GIFs, and the 'cinemagraph' was born. Since then, a cottage app–industry has sprung up around this ingenious digital art form, offering everyday folks easy tools for creating artsy animated GIFs of their own. Now a new iPad–only app called Echograph is targeting professional and 'prosumer' imagemakers who want to get into the cinemagraph–making game.

If apps like Flixel are trying to be the Instagram of animated GIFs, Echograph is more like Photoshop Elements. It's pitched as a creative tool, not a social network or a digital–hipster fad. That's why it's designed for the iPad, which can display higher–resolution imagery and offer users enough screen space to subtly finesse the details of their animated compositions. 'We saw an opportunity to harness Echograph as a more professional medium that takes full advantage of DSLR and higher resolution videography,' Echograph CEO Nick Alt tells Co.Design."

(John Pavlus, Co.Design)

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animated compositions • animated gif • app-industry • artsy • cinemagraph • cinemagraph medium • cinemagraph-making • conversational tool • creative possibilities • creative tool • digital art formdigital photography • display ads • DSLReasy tools • Echograph (app) • fadfile formatFlixel (app)GIFhigh resolution • high-res imagery • imagemakers • immersive editorial content • iPad • iPad-only app • Jamie BeckKevin Burgliving pictureslomographymotion photograph • Nick Alt • partially animated photophotography • Photoshop Elements • Polaroid • popularised • prosumersingle still frame photographstorytelling medium • tactile feedback technology • videography

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Simon Perkins
11 OCTOBER 2009

Exploitation and Entrepreneurialism and the Star-Belly Sneetches

"Among my favorite Dr. Suess stories is his tale of the Sneetches. As you may recall, these beach–dwelling creatures came in two varieties. The Star–Belly Sneetches were a snobbish sort, and the Plain–Belly Sneetches longed be like them. So, when entrepreneur Sylvester McMonkey McBean showed up on the beach with his star–making machine, Plain–Bellies eagerly slapped down cash for a ride through this contraption. The result: Their bellies now sported stars, making them indistinguishable from those born with the mark.

The native Star–Bellies were none too pleased. To remain unique, they hurried to pay McBean for a trip through his star–off machine. Now the formerly starred were starless, leaving those who began life without stars regretting their new tattoos. So, they, too, took a trip through McBean's removal machine. Even if you don't know the story, you can figure out where it's headed.

As one class of Sneetches desperately sought to retain its exclusiveness, the other class sought just as desperately to pierce it. Each Sneetch paid for multiple passes through McBean's expensive machines, till all had run out of money and no one could tell one class from another. When McBean drove off the Sneetch beach that day a very rich man, he left behind a poorer, wiser, integrated society."

(Todd Temple, Boundless.org)

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class warfare • discrimination • Dr. Suess • economyentrepreneurentrepreneurship • exclusiveness • exclusivityexploitationfadfashionfashionable fadmoral talenaivety • rich vs. poor • Sneetches • social class • Star-Belly Sneetches • Sylvester McMonkey McBean • tattoo • Theodor Seuss Geise

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Simon Perkins
27 OCTOBER 2008

Interactive Timeline of Internet Memes

[Interactive timeline listing popular Internet phenomena]

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chronology • Dipity • evolutionfadfameinteractiveInternetInternet memememememe cultureRichard Dawkinstimelinetrend

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Simon Perkins
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