it works.

I haven’t had my Flickr account even two months yet and already it is helping me understand social networks and how exchanges are made with the world in which I live.

In other words, I attend an art event, an opening. I like to document process, spaces and events and invariably end up taking digital photos. I had been watching Flickr’s progress for nearly two years now and was eventually impressed by the usability of Flickr’s interface, so I joined up with a Pro account, and have since started uploading and learning all that Flickr has to offer (tagging, geomapping, batch processing, etc.). It’s really really intuitive and really really friendly.

I had never previously attended an opening at Eyebeam and then heard about their ‘OPEN CITY: Tools for Public Action’ exhibition. Eyebeam are a generally well-respected venue, not your typical Chelsea space, and like I said I had never been to an Eyebeam opening and I wanted to see what the space was like during an opening, to see their crowd (nerdfest or culture vultures?) and of course to see some art showcased by this ‘art & technology center’.

(by the way I have been meaning to blog about this opening for nearly two weeks now! to make a long blog post short it was a great show, great work and a great crowd, especially the crowd. very good people and they were all pretty lively and talkative.)

So I take a relatively nominal number of photos (after all I have been known to take more photos of the Party Fair on Steinway Street) but still make sure I upload them to Flickr (remember kids sharing is caring!). Then Joanna Raczkiewicz, Eyebeam’s Development and PR Associate and current reBlogger sends me a message asking if it’s okay to use my photos in Eyebeam’s weekly e-blast. That’s cool! Of course it’s okay. After all thanks in the first place for having the event.

Actually then I thought all I would get is a link, which I did, but was well-chuffed to find that my image was also present at the top of their e-blast:
eyebeam flickr eblast

(as well as on their frontpage currently) It’s these small things that really excite people, that help remind us that our exhaustion of all these energies is truly worthwhile.


Did you get paparazzed? Check out these great pics taken by reception attendees and Open City artists: