#beingofficialmichaelgreen was an interactive crowdsourcing project from 9.27.14-10.8.14 in which net artist Michael Green tried unsuccessfully to sell his ello.co persona on Ebay for $1111. Ebay suspended Green’s account after several listing violations. Green then posted his ello.co email and password in the comment sections of various major websites that have covered the recent phenomena of the social media site ello.co, for the purpose of exploring online identity and trust on the internet. The user could “feel free to log in this ello and post as me, interact with my friends, do things officialmichaelgreen wouldn’t do, sculpt him, experiment, make new friends, lose friends, say interesting things, post a GIF hi, whatever u can think of…” under the user name “officialmichaelgreen” (1), which has a photo of Green with a black smiley face that resembles the official Ello logo, placed on Green’s face. The results ranged from mundane posts, to offensive remarks of Green’s sexuality, to photo posts that are out of the range of Green’s personal aesthetics, to self~advertisement, to “mimicking” the artist’s persona..The project disbanded on 10.8.14 when the page was stolen for a 5th time…
Ello.co requires an invite from a current member to use the site, and due to it’s viral popularity, it could take up to a few weeks to get an invite. The @officialmichaelgreen ello page has been repeatedly erased and stolen from anonymous users as a result….
#beingofficialmichaelgreen examines who you can and cannot trust on the internet. The experiment has shown that the network of friends within Green’s Facebook were more likely to log in, post, then log out:) The further Green pushed away from “like-minded” individuals (ex. the USA Today demographic), the higher probability that the ello page would get hijacked and erased:(
(1)- comment section http://www.dailydot.com/technology/diaspora-ello-facebook-battle-of-social/
~UPDATE#1morning~9.29.14~update: ebay has taken down my ebay page twice, claiming a listing violation.
~UPDATE #2night~9.29.14~ i have violated Ebay’s Mailing List and Personal Information policy and my ebay account has been suspended for 3 days. It is unknown at this time if #beingofficialmichaelgreen will resume after the suspension is lifted. They removed my listing three times although technically I am selling a wearable usb flash drive for $1111.11, I am almost certain that this is the work of an automated computer algorithm. eBay mentions in their policy that you cannot sell a social network account that shares private information, but there is absolutely no personal information anywhere on my Ello. That being said, I am still interested in the idea of selling my online identity. I need Ello for this to work, so I will have three days to re-evaluate my strategy and decide if it worth the effort to continue.
~UPDATE #3morning~9.30.14~ Fuck eBay; within the next 24 hours, I will be giving up my online identity , allowing anyone on the internet to use the @officialmichaelgreen persona on my ello page.
~UPDATE #4 morning~10.1.14~somebody from the internet named @boycat stole my ello page, deleted all the posts, and made it her own page. Luckily i made a duplicate page yesterday I will post here and on my twitter when the new page is ready. thanx 4 your patience:)
~UPDATE #5 morning~10.1.14~ page is back and running. same address and password
password anothergreenello i negotiated with @boycat and told her to make her own account with my invite and she politely returned my identity.
~UPDATE #6 evening ~10.1.14~ over twenty posts and an attempted hijack. the challenge will be to sustain the flow of traffic.
UPDATE #7morning~10.2.14 the original ello page was stolen yesterday. there was over 30 posts by people who logged into this account and used my identity. unfortunetally, all of the data was erased and some dingus changed the name, people r horrible:(
~UPDATE #8 evening~10.2.14~NOBODY CAN BE TRUSTED ON DA INTERNET, INCLUDING “MYSELF”…In order for this to work, I need everybody to work together. This account has been hijacked twice already; identity stolen… Over 30+ posts have been deleted, and I am starting a new page once a day and it difficult to draw interest, if people see a blank canvas. don/t b a dingus. i would rather u take an invite and invite yourself….
~UPDATE #9 night ~10.2.14~ ello page stolen 1 hour after posted:(re-uploaded the 4th @officialmichaelgreenpage in 2 days may have 2 change course if this happens again:( will consult i~ching on next move
~UPDATE #10 morning ~10.3.14~ horrible awful people keep stealing the page
the project is working 40+ posts in two days
can/t keep making a new page / giving up your online persona to the internet has been more challenging than I thought…they don’t want 2 be u, they want what u got (identity theft:)
~UPDATE #11 evening ~10.4.14~ invites 2 Facebook network only seems 2 work…28 posts///lots of sexual comments@random wierdness//////network friends more trustworthy, but the USA Today demographic is needed 2//more SPAMads///people of the earth///invites r hard 2 find///not sure If it/s gonna work if people keep stealing///4th page up for over 24 hrs w/out theft:)
~UPDATE #12 noon ~10.8.14 breaking and entering for a fifth time..there will not be a sixth time /last post “cock”
11:33 pm • 30 September 2014 • 1 note • View comments
was a Ebay conceptual multimedia internet event manifested by net artist Michael Green which took place from Aug 25, 2o14 to Sept 14, 2014. It has received media coverage in The Atlantic, GQ, Dazed and Confused, Complex, ArtFCity,Art21 and the german version of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine to name a few…
It began with an Ebay listing for a GIF entitled “Balloon Dog Deflated” with a buy it now price of $5,800 to make it the “most expensive GIF ever sold”;It’s purpose, to open a public dialogue on how GIFs and other digital media could be valued and sold in the future. Two manifestos were also released on the ebay page:Ebay MANIFESTO
The project has attracted major media attention (check below for complete media coverage links) all over the world ☯
a multiplicity of online activity (Facebook, Instagram, Ebay, Twitter, Wikipedia, Media Coverage, Hate Mail, Comment Threads, etc.) occurred within the timeframe, with vital “hints” being updated on the ebay page on a daily basis, along with a real-time twitter feed, as a method to communicate the objectives of the project, and to accumulate the various range of data dispersed over the net by the artist; playing like a www.web jigsaw puzzle. During the three weeks that #balloondogdeflated unfolded over the internet, t-shirts, videos, net collages, tweets, an interactive Certificate Of Authenticity(1), instagrams, and a 2.5 hr live stream dj broadcast counting down the finale of the auction , were created to add meta-layers to the project…
the auction failed to sell the GIF on the first two attempts… A second, updated manifesto declared that a new starting bid price of $.58 would allow everyone to participate and determine the “true value” of the GIF. on the final auction, #balloondogdeflated was sold to Alex Bland for $202.50. It should be noted that the media covered the “outlandish” elements of the story (guy sells GIF for $5,800, must be laughable), but when the true intentions of the project became clearer (through the updated Ebay manifesto) with the starting bid drop of $.58, the media coverage for the most part completely disappeared, and the few who continued to cover the story did not mention the wider intentions of the project’s ambitions…Since the logical end of the project, the media has failed to cover the “results” of the auction.
It is like #balloondogdeflated has never happened…
$202.50 is a lot of $$$ 4 a GIF
for archival purposes, enclosed below; web links that are needed to archive and explore all of the data needed to “understand” the higher meaning of this project:
Ebay listing and MANIFESTO
Twitter (sept 4-sept 19)
Facebook #balloondogdeflated event page
TO.BE DIGITAL MURALS:
Certificate Of Authenticity
Ebay hate mail
Ebay message to scam buyer
51 watchers 11,477 views
unreleased $5800 “winning” manifesto, third auction
playing hardball w? CEO
USB @ Target
Ebay auction self portrait”.
this is the statement
he best review of the “balloondogdeflated” project is on facebook
so many secrets on the eBay page
portrait; day of live broadcast
LETTER TO VICE
live stream of #balloondogdeflated 2.5 hr DJ set
interview in Dazed In Confused
Italian version of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine
French version of Slate
Australian version of GQ
Tiny Mix Tapes
US version of Complex
and then this:
Bodybuilding website forum thread
a website that sells Luxurious goods like yachts, property, jewelry, etc.
#10 on the top ten most unusual Ebay listings of all-time
Wikipedia-Unusual eBay listings
1) The photo displayed above this entry is a smaller, watermarked version of the interactive COA PDF that the winner of the historic $5800 Ebay auction for the most expensive GIF ever, #balloondogdeflated (www.luxuryobj.com) will receive at the end of this auction Sept 15. It’s an interactive PDF file that has a hyperlink attached every single individual GIF frame from the animation. The hyperlinks contain haters mail, online coverage of this event, and various other data connected to the artist, Ebay, net art, and Koons stuff.
3:58 pm • 20 September 2014 • 3 notes • View comments
#balloondogdeflated FINALE is a live stream of a 2.5 hr dj set broadcasted on U Stream Sept 15 2014, by net artist Michael Green, to coincide with the final countdown to his Ebay auction, where he tried to sell a GIF file of a parody of Jeff Koon’s “Balloon Dog”, along with encouraging a dialogue on how digital art is priced through an ebay MANIFESTO, for a record price of $5,800. Green also provided live “tweets” during the performance. The GIF was sold for $202.50, a step forward in the way digital work should be priced. At the conclusion of the performance, Green announced that the Balloon Dog Deflated mulitmimedia conceptual ebay project would be the last work of his career. Green released a FInal MANIFESTO the next day
The original audio was poorlyrecorded with clipping and distortion direct from a Macbook Pro microphone. This video has been re-treated to make it sound even worse;to make it impressionistic , with lo-fi aesthetics representing the live broadcast transmission, then remastered/dionysus vibe/the final act of #balloondogdeflated
8:58 pm • 19 September 2014 • 4 notes • View comments
buy “ơɲє ɦυɲɗɾєɗ ɣєʌɾƨ ʅʌƭєɾ” t-shirt
M E T A D I A M O N D S 2 o 1 4
1:40 pm • 14 September 2014 • View comments
"E-MAIL TO VICE" explores the process of trying to accomplish the impossible. It presents a visionary idea and the technicalities and limitations that come along with it; and deconstructs the entire dialogue of "selling" an idea. If it is not bought, is it then a flawed idea? Or can it flourish through other methods of strategy and planning? It is part of the series of multimedia happenings from Michael Green’s "Balloon Dog Deflated" project which is currently trying to auction off the most expensive GIF in history on Ebay for $5,800
10:44 pm • 11 September 2014 • 1 note • View comments
hint: there are no boundaries in the mesh
buy the world/s most expensive GIF here (auction ends 9.15.14) ebay.com/itm/321516528404?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
d/l here soundcloud.com/diypyramid/hyperobject
V I S I O N D R O N E 2o 1 4
4:53 pm • 11 September 2014 • 3 notes • View comments
" lonely balloon dog without an owner contemplates the edge "
“When it is darkest, men see the stars”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
M E T A D I A M O N D S 2o14
12:48 am • 11 September 2014 • 3 notes • View comments
new tumblr PREMIERE:
wealth desire lust of class objects
…been working in MAYA with GIF’s experimenting with lighting and texture, trying to produce desirable objects that the wealthy would lust over.these are my luxury.obj/s…
Also, in the upcoming months, I plan to make a website primarily of my featured digital work, including Maya shit and GIF/s, whatevs,e t c . ; like more of an official site, while my current home page www.metadiamonds.tumblr.com will focus more on the audio and video and general overview of things (and more spontaneous photoshopped net art and wharves x2 e t c. )
2:35 pm • 4 September 2014 • 1 note • View comments
"kanye west photoshop oil painting"
M E T A D I A M O N D S 2 o 1 4
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M E T A D I A M O N D S 2014
9:48 pm • 27 August 2014 • 10 notes • View comments