Ahhh…the limitations of Twitter.
In 75 minutes, An Xiao & I publicly tweeted it out with 49 tweets (also 3 preamble tweets & 8 by fellow tweeters) and discussed An’s latest project @platea (a Twtreet Art Project), twitterification of language, the elegance of the medium, yesterday’s McCain/Stephanopoulous Twitterview & An revealed her deepest, darkest secret…well, almost.
It was a fun experience but limited by the speed of Twitter itself. While I thought the service’s 140 character limit would be our biggest limitation, I soon discovered that the instantaneous medium had speed limitations, perhaps the result of our excessive tweeting. I often waited minuted between tweets—and An & I are both fast typers. When Olympia Lambert (of Oly’s Musings) attempted to tweet the blogpix panel on March 7, she encountered another limitation of the medium…namely, her lightning fast typing (she used to close caption for a living) got her booted off the system and the blogpix account went into lock down by the wardens at Twitter.
But alas, limitations are fun, specially for those of us that love to challenge them. So here it is, my first twitterview with the techno-savvy An Xiao, who was the first artist to grace the feed of the Brooklyn Museum’s 1stfans Twitter account.
Here’s the non-hashtagged preamble to our twitterview:
- thatwaszen: An is psyched for her live twitterview w/ Hrag Vartanian in a little over 10 minutes http://tr.im/hvCS. http://ff.im/1Bbkr #
- hragv: @thatwaszen I think I’m more excited than you!!!! I hope we treat it like an episode of Oprah & you reveal something deep & dark!!!! WOOHOO! #
- thatwaszen: @hragv Get ready to break out the virtual hankies – it’s going to a twear-jerker! #
And the transcript of the real hashtagged (#axhv) thing (with outside comments in purple & non-hastagged replies to me are in light blue):
thatwaszen: @hragv To quote @schun: Machines that steal away our days! Communications tools have taken over our lives. Twitter and FB especially. #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv 1st is by joining @platea “statusing” (online happening). Next is by collab on future projects, as our focus is on performance.#axhv #
mattheldstudios: Is it tuning, reading, watching – twatching? @hragv and @thawaszen – #axhv #
joelleheld: @mattheldstudios – I think it’s twatching @thatwaszen and @hragv. #
thatwaszen: @hragv I don’t want to rule out the physical, but by “performance” I mean online, on social media. “Twerformance,” if you will. #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv It can be v deliberate and for a large audience. Def a performative quality possible – prob why celebs/polits so drawn to it #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv @artwhirled Yes – Y Kusama, V Acconci, V Beecfrot. Esp interested in artists who explore/interp public space #axhv
thatwaszen: @hragv More an exploration right now – want to get dialogue going around social media as public space. Successful if ppl engaged. #axhv #
jomc: Trying to explain to a non-twitter native the @hragv @thatwaszen interview is near impossible #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv @joelleheld lol but Twitter is almost always public, no? This is like any good Twitter convo, just announced beforehand! #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv Agree – it is quite slow, no? Suspect it helps Twitter remain in background of ppl’s lives w/o totally overwhelming. #axhv #
hragv: @thatwaszen If you could change one thing about Twitter, what would it be? #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv Hard to say – so elegantly simple and streamlined but still adaptable via API/apps. It may just be perfect. #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv Oh dear!!! Umm.. I often secretly surf the Net w/o using social media so no one realizes how big a dork I really am. #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv You’re right. Their talk was 2 non-Twitter natives trying to cover cplx issues in 15 mins. Just not enough time/space. #axhv #
remaerdyaD: @HragV chukl #
thatwaszen: @hragv Sorry to disappoint This was v fun tho. I hope folks join @platea & stay tuned abt coming public art proj w @telectroscope. #axhv #
thatwaszen: @hragv Thanks Hrag! And thanks everyone for twuning in! #axhv #
veken: @hragv great interview! Looking forward to seeing how @platea develops. #axhv #