Interview with Artist Justin Lincoln

This is the fourth in a series of 11 artist interviews I conducted in 2014 titled “a new space; artists and social media”. You can learn more about this academic research project at

April 2014

Lincoln is an experimental artist and educator whom I have been following on Tumblr for about four years. He is a well known artist using social media and his recommendations to me on who else to contact for this project proved invaluable. Lincoln is concerned with how we are dealing with, for the first time in history, such huge influxes of data due to online networks. He describes the information we have now as “atomized” and, as artists, we take this information and combine them in new and meaningful ways. His practice is to incorporate other artist’s blogs, as well as own content, into a series of “blogmix” videos. This process started when he started to sees “likes” as a run-off of content that he did not want to share as he would lose followers through the sheer amount of diversity of this content. He then realized there is many types of liking, and wondered what it would look like if one were to speed scroll through them. Citing the Structural Film movement of the 70s, Lincoln sees film montages as mirroring the moving images one after another we see in our daily lives online.


Self-Portrait as a Simulacrum

I’ve been enjoying working in virtual reality this past school term, and that has led to messing around with 3D modelling apps on my mobile phone.  As I keep figuring out about myself, I really enjoy working with the possibilities and limitations of a mobile device – including the artefacts and degradation of importing the real world into the digital world.

I’ve also enjoyed my philosophy class, wherein I’ve learned about thinkers such as Jean Baudrillard – though exploration of his ideas does not necessarily mean I agree with them, but there is something to them when we think about why people think they way they think.

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I would love to do an interactive full body work like this. So much fun.

Here’s some bonus screen shots of a sad stapler – my first attempt.

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I hate art: a test story & post via Storify

I hate art

An art critic’s critical look at critics of art criticizing art.

**UPDATE** Seems Storify is kinda clunky when it posts to WordPress When I self host my this blog (soon) then I may have more control over that by being able to embed the iframe they supply.

I really like the idea of covering events remotely on my blog this way, and being able to pull my content published from across the web and curated .

  1. So this is my first time using Storify – I really like it! The idea to collect some social media based on hating art is off-the-cuff, so we’ll see how it goes.
  2. Why People Hate Art: Brad and Kyle at SoOnCon 2011
  3. These two patiently tug and nip at the carcass of art in the barrens of the art world – at an art school. I think they actually love art (and art students) but the below poster is a different story…
    • To be fair, this poster never says they hate art – just art schools. They really, really hate art schools.
  4. Bad joke and bad art at Beth’s cafe
    • Don’t sell yourself short – that’s a pretty good drawing. It might actually help the national GDP. See below:
  5. Behavioural economics: The utility of bad art | The Economist
  6. Are speculators of bad art ruining the art world for the rest of us?
  7. There’s a lot of bad art out there, kids. Terrible, unspeakably horrific art. For the love of God, be careful.
  8. To be fair, Dana is more of afraid of some art in this tweet than actually hating art. The tweeter below has total sanctions going on any art trek:
  9. Have you visited any art galleries or museums recently? — No I hate going to them
  10. An honest answer. Most artists hate it too. This is still not someone proclaiming to hate art. Would he love or hate going to the gallery mentioned below?
  11. Did you know? There’s a MOBA (Museum of Bad Art)
  12. They’ve been around for awhile – not quite the same as hating art. Check out the video below for more about MOBA
  13. Bad art is funny, life is a comedy – Eduardo Jáuregui
  14. Hallelujah! Someone finally proclaims to hate art! And they swear to it too.
  15. Is it okay to hate art?
  16. I think it’s ok. I like it though. But do you respect it like the guy below?
  17. Napoleon’s art downtown don’t like it but well done
  18. Dude, that’s harsh. Just kidding – but I do like it too.
  19. Well that’s it for now. I’ll be back with more. Thanks for bearing with me through the first trial run. ~ Chris

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mountain path – the movie

Christopher Healey
From Feb 13, 2013 in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

This is a work I am experimenting with by presenting it as an “Online Exhibit”. Though there is nothing new or experimental by having an exhibit of digital works on the web, I wanted to show the work in many different forms (i.e. photos, slideshow, collage, movie) on many different platforms (Blog, YouTube, physical gallery space) throughout 2013.

Process notes:

It is important to note that this work is entirely captured, rendered and output through a mobile device and on location during one session.

Artist Statement:

For me, there are several classical and contemporary themes in the work, such as: the supernatural; a formal approach to landscape; a questioning of political / social issues involving digital topographical mapping; a spiritual journey reflecting on death. There are many other contemplations that are evoked for me when I engage the work, and hopefully there will be for the viewer as well.

I enjoy the compositions of the shadows and the rocks, as well as the idea of a digital shadow cast on real objects through a challenging process of documentation for both the tools and the artist. The stresses of this effort on the image and the human traces archived in the process are a very important part of the production philosophy for me. I welcome comments and questions in the discussion field below where this conversation can continue.

You can see the original posting with the work as a series of photos and a collage at: