#TweetByHand

Mike Figgis is an English film director and writer, famous for his ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ starring Nicolas Cage. Mike Figgis is also a Twitter user and uses #TweetByHand. Tweet By Hand is a tweeted picture of a piece of writing. Twitter is supposed to be microblogging: however, more often than not, an argument/sentiment/thought/idea cannot be fully addressed in 140 characters. We often see a tweet with a link to a blog.

However, Tweet By Hand means that Twitter users can read the thoughts without clicking away from the Twitter Interface. Furthermore, there is a sense of individualism: that the thoughts are considered. What I mean by this is that with typing on a blog, how often do we backspace and delete? Figgis photographs a written flow of writing, clearly crafted with a lot of consideration as to his language. But then I wonder, if he is a writer, then his writing ought to be good really!

Figgis is realistically marrying the physical with the digital. He writes these pieces to share online hence why he tweets them with the current date. The reader can see the change in ink and paper: this gives us a sense of identity and actually movement: we always use different scraps of paper to write things down on, but our thoughts written on blogs follow a very neat, consistent structure. (side note: even if we change the theme of our blog, the posts previous will change according; old writings are fluid on the web)

Another thing is that, followers (or anyone) could collect these images and print them onto paper (should they wish to). And even then it would be a collection of ‘artefacts’ all looking very different. I don’t think anyone would see my blog as a collector’s item, although I would be flattered if it was!

I really like the unique identity of this kind of ‘blogging’: Figgis is breaking the boundaries of how we read things on the internet which are controlled by style sheets and web friendly fonts. However, I can’t but help think that Figgis has deliberately chosen to Tweet his writing and titles the paper TweetByHand. He wants wide audiences to read it. However, the writing that I’m going to working with, is George Rodger’s. Writing that was before the digital age, never meant for stranger’s eyes. The idea that the writings were either for his own personal use or for the recipient of a letter, it makes them private, and this privacy is something that I wish to explore. I would like to have a ‘digital version’ of the work which marries to the physical, but keeping this idea of privacy and concealment.

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