Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mechanical Turk Review of My Art# 25

This is a project where I pay workers on Amazon's Mechanical Turk to review my art and website and pay them $5 dollars for 500 words. This is the 25th review I've received:

What first captured my interest at was Modern Greetings - a contemporary manual featuring alternative ways to greet people. My thoughts on this interesting twist to accepted social convention is that it could be a standard protocol for attendees at keynote speeches. Perhaps companies like Apple Inc. or Google, or Amazon could incorporate Paul’s ideas of Modern Greetings - a contemporary manual featuring alternative ways to greet people into their corporate culture? I wonder if they would go for the idea? Can we send them the manual and see where it goes? These companies all pride themselves on thinking outside the box. Ugh, just a thought. Maybe I did not look deep enough into, but how can I get this manual? I mean this could go viral. Mostly because it is so much fun, especially the Butt Bump and the Cell phone Rub. It looks like really fun stuff, Paul - I like it! Another clever project I wanted to comment on is the Missed Connections Project where you use personal ads from the “missed connections” section of Craigslist to create handmade, text-based objects. Craigslist has become such a staple in today’s world that this piece really makes sense. I have a feeling that there is lying dormant within the Craigslist mutli-verse many more projects. They are just screaming to be uncovered. 

Now my favorite art has to be “The Business of Selling Yourself,” with its quirkiness and funny twist to the “Getting to know you” approach to life. So, my first question is to ask if this is copyrighted? Can I use this? But in all seriousness, or maybe not, I can’t help but image what an attractive woman would think when reading this as she was walking away from you. What I would give to be there. How do we sell ourselves to others? This art is cool because it causes us to examine ourselves and again accepted social convention. It’s all about turning accepted social convention on it’s ear, if I am reading your website and your art correctly. I like what you do, and it inspires me to come up with my own art that fly’s in the face of accepted social convention. Honorable mention has to go to “It's Simple, But Complicated” because it is simple, but complicated. As with the idea of tinkering with accepted social convention, “It's Simple, But Complicated” tinkers with complicated cultural meanings. If I’m getting the main theme of the idea of tinkering with complicated cultural meanings right, then I really like the whole concept. The breakdown of sorts on the side of the road is a true work of art and should garner critical acclaim. I will enjoy watching for the next projects as they unfold in real time at The only thing standing in the way of mind-bending art is the limits of the imagination. Paul, I’m convinced that your imagination literally has no limits, and if it does you are finding ways to break the imagination barrier every single day.