In this update, I embedded Sol LeWitt's wall drawing system into Facebook's profile system. Sol LeWitt's work takes off from the idea, make artworks that are directions for drawing on walls. By deliberately misinterpreting his use of the word "wall", I merge the different conceptions of "wall" present in both systems. By updating the notion of "wall" in LeWitt's work and allowing the present to flow into a system of the past, new dissonances and harmonies between the two emerge, and previously inaccessible conclusions become clear.
Sol LeWitt's wall drawings and Facebook both exist as visual experiences, phenomena, and systems of transaction. Here are the aspects of each system that I consider most significant:
|Wall Drawings|| Facebook Profile
Sol LeWitt's work raised the persistent question, is a work legitimate if it did not come directly from the artist's hand? My update merges this question with a new one: can a Facebook profile be legitimate if it is not the product of the profiled person's hand? This naively rephrases the modern issue of identity theft as an old artistic question.
Also, this work highlights an aspect of the Facebook profile that has been largely undiscussed and unexplored: it is a free exhibition space. Though it is meant to indicate something about a person's true nature and their actual friendships, it need not be--it is simply a repository for whatever information you want to put into it. This echoes the subversiveness in Sol LeWitt's idea that drawing on gallery walls could be a legitimate method of exhibition.