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Digital Natives, Twitter, Public Art & The Skwxwú7mesh Nation

Posted in Digital Natives, Media, social media, text, Twitter, Vancouver, Wordsworth by petercombe on April 6, 2011

Digital Natives
April 4 – 30, 2011
Electronic Billboard
Burrard Street Bridge
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is pleased to announce Digital Natives, a public artwork sited on the electronic billboard at the Burrard Street Bridge.

Curators Lorna Brown and Clint Burnham have invited artists and writers from across North America to contribute messages to be broadcast over the month of April, coinciding with the 125th Anniversary of the City of Vancouver.

Digital Natives intervenes in the physical, social and historical context of the site, the billboard and the city with a series of ten second text messages interrupting the rotation of advertisements. Taking the form of Twitter messages, invited contributors respond to the site’s charged history, the ten-second format and the 140-character limit of tweets. The sign itself becomes an artistic and literary space for exchange between native and non-native communities exploring how language is used in advertising, its tactical role in colonization, and as a complex vehicle of communication.

The Vancouver Courier reports that the project hit a roadblock just as it was about to go live this week when Astral Media asked for translations of the messages it was given two weeks ago and initially held back 25 of the posts, according to Burnham. As a result, messages in Squamish weren’t seen on Squamish land where the billboards are rooted, and the Kwak’wala message that included English Twitter-speak “OMG” for oh my God wasn’t posted.

Encouraging dialogue among artists and writers, between First Nations and non-First Nations communities, and between artists, writers and the public, Digital Natives is public art that the public not only ‘receives’, but may also produce. Local and remote audiences are welcome to tweet their messages to @diginativ, and they will be considered for broadcast.

Check out the billboard as a medium

The Vancouver Courier article here


Peter Combe, THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG, 2011


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