IOU.s

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Wayne Clements
UK – 2008

IOU.s continually gets new user notes from the del.icio.us website.   del.icio.us, the popular social network that enables users to save and share their bookmarks, is an example of the ‘social software renaissance’ phenomenon and the categorisation of information through tagging,  done by ‘the people’, not the ‘experts’. In the era of folksonomies, and not of taxonomies, IOU.s concentrates,  on the “user notes” that accompany the bookmarks and the tags and actually provide much more information expressed by the users. If you read several, you realise that the amount of product endorsement is quite striking. Maybe behind the “users”, there are also  several companies are tagging their own products.? What is happening in reality? What if the folksonomist is in fact a taxidermist? (sorry, taxonomist…)

Wayne CLEMENTS is a visual artist and a writer living in London. His poetry, prose and visual work are published in a number of magazines and books, and his sound poetry is included in the book and CD Homo Sonorus, An International Anthology of Sound Poetry, Moscow (2001). His artworks are featured on the http://www.rhizome.org/ and http://www.runme.org/, ,and are also shown in many festivals and exhibitions of electronic art. un_wiki (2006) received the Award of Distinction, Net Vision, Prix Ars Electronica (2006), and was shown in Connecting Worlds, ICC Gallery Tokyo (2006), in a specially commissioned Japanese language version. He completed a practice-based Ph.D. degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2005). Currently he is Visiting Research Fellow at Chelsea College of Art and Design

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