YOLO Professor Uretsky


The final portion of this project is a podcast created by the students about their experience performing generous actions on the assigned individuals.

Click here to listen to Professor Uretsky’s Podcast!

Performative Actions

Using their maps as a point of departure, students will then think of a social exchange that will occur in real time. The social exchange performed will be an action that represents the multiple meanings of the student’s Social Media Verb.

Students will then document themselves acting out their exchange/ action on the following people:

  1. A family member
  2. An authority figure
  3. A team
  4. Something nonhuman
  5. A stranger
  6. A professional
  7. Someone who doesn’t look like you
  8. Someone who doesn’t live in the same town as you
  9. A villain
  10. A hero

My social media verb is like. When I think of what I am expressing when I like something on facebook I imagine myself responding positively to something someone has posted, said or done. For me, to like something is to acknowledge a particular person’s actions. I wanted to emulate that sort of acknowledgement in real time by giving people Ninja Power Headbands. These headbands are intended to recognize and positively reinforce the recipient — and of course, give them superhuman powers!

A family member


I went to graduate school with these ladies, and in those two years they truly became my east coast family!

An Authority Figure


I’m not religious, however Mary is recognized as an authority figure by the Catholic church. She is someone people pray to and find comfort in.

A Team


An amazing Irish Dance team based out of Cranston, RI.

Something nonhuman


This hobby horse has diligently  served many youngsters.

A stranger

I met these two ladies at my friend’s dinner party.

A professional

Megan is a professional artist and art educator. She has taught me how to write grants and think critically about art. Megan is an awesome example of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Someone who doesn’t look like you


He’s a redhead.

Someone who doesn’t live in the same town as you


This lady lived in the next town over (from Providence, RI)

A villain


The majestic and alluring Swamp Woman. Villainous and difficult to document.

A hero


This woman is working with the state of RI to get affordable health care for artists! TRULY and hero!


Visual Mapping
Students will select a Social Media Verb and will be asked to create a visual map that should expand the definition of their Verb through a combination of text and images.

Student’s Visual Maps have only two constraints: 1. Maps must include both text and image and 2. Maps must be aesthetic.

There are no size, material or conceptual constraints for student’s maps. i.e. maps can be in the form of digital collage, drawing, video, PowerPoint – anything.



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