Browser Extensions

Shaved Bieber

An innovative tool to clean up the lower regions of web pages from unwanted Justin Bieber mentions.

Statement

Shaved Bieber is a JavaScript project converted into a browser bookmarklet and Firefox Add-on. This project, capitalizing on the success of Ctrl+F'd, and aims to provide tools to consumers to control, adapt, and modify the contents of the internet from their browser, allowing individuals them to hide content they choose not to see.

Personal censorship is an emerging idea in response to government and business censorship; an approach to providing a free, open, and neutral web that can still be censored by the individual.

The code is an adoption of the Ctrl+F'd project, modified so that only specific keyword matches are hidden from the user.

Explanation

This piece began as a simple idea and has spurned a public outcry of polar views on technology, pop culture, and online messaging mediums. In two weeks time, the popularity of this piece has garnered over 100,000 video views, 85,000 blog views, hundreds of comments, multiple press mentions, and tens of thousands of tweets.

After the piece began to grown in popularity, the hate mail and fan mail began to pour in through comments, tweets, and emails. Documentation of fan mail became important dialogical reminder of the effects of censorship, and the Tumblr blog was created for this documentation effort, from the accolades to the death threats.


Exhibitions

FAT GOLD Europe
MU
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Nov 2013
FAT GOLD: Five Years of Free Art & Technology
Eyebeam
NYC, NY
Apr 2013
SPEED SHOW vol.4: 'Super Niche'
90 Bowery Internet Cafe
NYC, NY
Oct 2010
SPEED SHOW vol.2: who the fuck do you think you are talking to?
Ă„ussere Mariahilferstr. 178
Vienna, Austria
Jul 2010

Awards

2010 Urlies
Peoples' Choice
URLesque

Press

PopEater
Telegraph
The Guardian
Toronto Sun (Interview)
Toronto Sun (Review)
Vanity Fair
Geekology
Nerdcore
Urlesque
Rocketboom
Sydney Morning Herald
News.com.au
Stuff.co.nz
Gizmodo
Gizmodo Australia
CNET Australia
CNET
National Post
Exclaim.ca
CBC.ca
Europa Press (Estonian)
Perez Hilton
MTV UK
MTV Buzzworthy
CANOE
ZDNet
US Post Today
Courier Mail
Metro.co.uk
Toronto Life
The Daily What
Geekophone (French)
Be Geek (French)
Rolling Stone Brazil (Spanish)
106.9 Virgin Radio Ottawa (Radio Interview)
Art Fag City
Times of India