- the fragility of cloud file storage in social media, and
- the visual traditions of everyday photography, plus
- scrapbooking/family archiving culture
Writing and Images by Rob Wittig, Mark C. Marino, Bridgette Webb, Maria Raykova, Sarah Tillery, Ana-Alicia Solis, Katie Porter, Isaac Pringle, Danielle Rosales, Velvet Arriola, Ryan Lau, Atineh Sepanian, Anton Schuetze-Coburn, Raj Bains, Yong Hong, Austin Carter, Edward Ng, Sara Lanier, Graham Stinnett, Teagan Trautwein, & anonymous. Some participants were members of Mark C. Marino’s writing class at USC.
Rob’s Initial Thoughts
I am delighted with the images and texts that came out of the playfulness of this project. From a storytelling perspective the entries were sweet, funny and wickedly well-observed. Numerous, complex story lines are interwoven beautifully.
There were many, many sweet, funny, touching individual image-and-caption combinations, like this wonderful “first car”
. . . and this trip to the zoo:
I also loved the many running gags and visual/verbal themes that developed. Among my favorites was the glamorization of the ultra-banal, general issue, standard black office stapler, tape dispenser and kleenex box that appeared doing hot yoga on 8.5 x 11″ office paper yoga mats.
These objects are so universal that it wasn’t long before another netprovver had produced another image of the “characters” doing yoga on somewhat smaller mats:
. . . followed by an even more glamorous echo:
One of the many things I learned from this project was how deeply ingrained (and already sophisticated) are our social media rhetorical tropes for images and captions. The fiction played off of these — and revealed them — beautifully!
Q: Is this project done? Could it be continued or re-staged?
A: You tell me! That’s one of the great things about an emerging art form like netprov. Either of those alternatives — and others — are possible. It remains to be seen what netprovers will find most pleasurable for their creativity.