Social Media Narrative:
Issues in Contemporary Practice

hosted by The Rutgers Camden Digital Studies Center
and Judy Malloy and
the Rutgers Camden DSC Class in Social Media Narrative:
Lineage and Contemporary Practice

Facebook, November 16 - 21, 2016

Matt Held

M att Held is a visual artist, whose work, among many other projects, includes Facebook portraits and the curated exhibition "Where's My Jetpack?" -- inspired by the mythology of the Jetpack.

He is recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Council/ New York City Department of Cultural Affairs grant, and his "I'll have my Facebook portrait painted by Matt Held" project has been featured on Art Fag City, Modern Art Notes, Two Coats of Paint, Juxtapoz online, ArtNews, WIRED, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, The Daily News, NY1, as well as on European publications including Spreeblick, Focus Online, Jetze, Myself, Sleek Mag, derStandard, ZeitZuender and Italian culture blog, Polkadot.

The image is Matt Held's portrait of artist and Internet activist/innovator, An Xiao Mina.

"I'll have my Facebook portrait painted by Matt Held"

I am an artist primarily based out of NYC (though temporarily in Seattle at the moment). In 2009, I began a near two year long project painting Facebook portraits

With the development of social networking sites, I've developed an interest in how people take simple or complex snapshots of themselves, post them to their page as a representation of who they are and what they want people to see. It is an interesting form of control and, in a way, self-preservation.

At the time, Facebook was fairly new to the general public as it had previously been limited to universities. I was fascinated with this concept of individualism through digital representation and the spread of democratization aided by social networking and began painting portraits as a means to exam that. My original goal was to paint 200 portraits (I made it to 75) and formed a group that connected me to individuals around the globe.

Transcript of the "I'll have my Facebook portrait painted by Matt Held" conversation
on Social Media Narrative: Issues in Contemporary Practice

Panel Participants

Judith Adele
(Ada Radius)
- Avatar Repertory Theater

James J. Brown, Jr.
Social Media Harassment

Jay Bushman
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Robert Emmons

Joy Garnett

Dene Grigar
The 24-Hr. Micro-Elit Project

Matt Held
Facebook Paintings

Antoinette LaFarge
Mixed Reality Performance

Deena Larsen
Marble Springs Wiki

Mark Marino

Cathy Marshall
Who owns social media content?

Chris Rodley
The Magic Realism Bot

Chindu Sreedharan

Katrin Tiidenberg
Identity on Tumblr

Marco Williams
The Migrant Trail

Rob Wittig - Netprov

Alice Wong

Rutgers Camden DSC
Class in Social Media Narrative

Judy Malloy