Diary of a Star….

Thanks to rhizome.org for posting a link to the new I BLOGGED ANDY WHARHOL project I have been working on and pointing out a very similar project by Eduardo Navas called Diary of a Star. I hadn’t seen this project before, and the news comes as somewhat of a disappointment because it is very similar to my own. He explains his project as follows:

“Diary of a Star is a critical take on blogging that appropriates selections from the Andy Warhol Diaries. The online project Diary of a Star consists of two blogs that are juxtaposed, showing selections of Warhol’s diary and my comments on his selections. The way the project works is I select an entry from Warhol’s diary and type it verbatim on the blog to the right called “diary.” I create links of people and places that Warhol mentions. I then comment on the people and/or the entry itself on the blog to the left called “meta diary.” In Diary of a Star I re-evaluate Warhol’s thoughts and create my own narrative alongside his, which functions as a critical extension of his own aesthetic of constant exposure.”

The goal for my project was simply to allow people a platform for reading the text in real time. By converting the text into an RSS feed the entries can be read on the same day that they were originally written (minus 29 years). I’ve become some what obsessed with his work and life, and felt that this individual who photographed everyone around him, tape recorded social interactions, and dictated diary entires every morning really needed a blog. A side benefit would be creating an online archive of the complete text as a set of data for use by other media artists.
The main differences between the two projects is that Navas’s version contains his own voice as a narrative element, and edits the diary down to 10 months. My version is un-edited (besides the deletion of comments made by the editor) and contains only Warhol’s words and will take just over 10 years to complete if I stay true to the text. Admittedly, the two are very similar, and had I seen Diary of a Star before I started I probably would have dropped the idea. Now that I am into it, however, I really want to complete the project. Check them both out for yourself and let me know if you think there is enough difference to warrant the effort. In the meantime, I will continue to deliver up your daily dose of Warhol.
Diary of a Star vs I Blogged Andy Warhol