1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for October 2009: Trish Mayo

We found that 1stfans really enjoyed Nick Fortunato’s project for June’s Twitter Art Feed because of the idea that history could come alive again and be relevant in a social networking age. Trish Mayo, this month’s artist for the Feed, sent in a similar proposal based around the issue of how historical figures would receive twitter if they were alive today.


Trish Mayo. Hot Bird’s Last Stand, 2008. All rights reserved.  Featured in Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition.

Trish is a photographer by trade—her work was featured in our Click! exhibition in 2008 and was recently part of an exhibition at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights.  In addition to having her work featured in the New York Times, she has a huge following on Flickr. Trish’s proposal was selected from the open call and we’ve noticed that the proposals we receive via this channel tend to be from artists who use Twitter everyday and have a great understanding of how people interact with the medium in their everyday lives. Here, in Trish’s own words, is her project for October’s Twitter Art Feed:

IF THEY ONLY HAD TWITTER – pity those poor people who lived before twitter was available! I propose to give those twitter-less people a chance to comment on the online social networking phenomenon using their actual words by posting a series of quotes. Taken out of context these quotes can seem to show support, skepticism or trivialize twitter and other social networking sites. Reading these words spoken or written many, even hundreds, of years before the twitter age should make us think not only about what we are saying now, but also about what has been said before and how it resonates through time and space.

The 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is no longer a benefit of 1stfans membership, but the original feed in its entirety has been archived on the Brooklyn Museum website.