This time, my conference title is “radioactivity and beauty”–yes, another work about Japan. Since I am still new to the outside world, at the very beginning, my topic was about New York; however, the loose idea could not become something which is in a system. Hence, based on the figure of cherry blossoms and radioactivity, my conference structure slowly comes out. I constantly think about the topics about Japan is all because of my own instinct interest.I definitely like their cultures and symbols, while I dislike several aspects of it. My favourite symbol of Japan is cherry blossoms, and I chose the radiation as the contrast against the beauty of the country. Coincidentally, I visited the show of Japanese artist Yahoo. Kusama in New York and really inspired by her. The circles she made is diverse from other similar patterns to me. I’m actually afraid of images or symbols that concentrating together, but her work just leads me to overcome this fear. From her work, I understand that dense symbols can bring a different effect to viewers. Thus, I wanted to try this kind of pattern for my conference as well. The original image of my code is a flourishing cherry blossom tree. Then, I convert the flowers into a loose status–making them look like “the cherry blossom rain”; the final image is like symbolised, grey, faded flowers with the spiral lines– I have to say it is my favourite object of this course, because the regular rotation can be endless, and the pattern it has also fits the “system”. Actually, the cherry blossoms are converted by snowflakes. I changed several variations to make them be like radioactive elements, and the spiral lines are also like radiation lines. The successful part was to make the falling of snowflakes and the rotating spiral lines. Before I tried that, I thought it would be a little bit messy but it seems like look nicer that my prediction. It also went much quicker and better that I thought. This time I tried to avoid mistakes since I had spent pretty much time being inspired and structuring my work. Hence,I checked several codes that I wrote before to see how can I avoid unnecessary mistakes. Fortunately, except some errors happen to the changes of variations, I barely made mistakes! I felt really good and satisfied with this progress. The only thing that really confuses and becomes the most time consuming part to me was to add more things to my work. However, due to the concentration of the flower symbols, I thought a lot of diverse patterns which would not generate the scene too messy or denser. Then, Kusama’s exhibition inspired me again–the amazing, cute white circles just send me image of snow–another traditional symbol of Japan to myself. Though cherry blossoms will not appear with snow simultaneously, the scene of the two symbols combining together still makes the work look better. In Japanese, there is a special phrase to describe the flurry of falling cherry blossoms.Interestingly, the direct translation should be “cherry blossom blowing like snow” (桜吹雪, sakura fubuki). I borrowed this idea by adding “snow” to emphasise the strong contrast with the radiation lines–when two opposite elements meet each other, the feel and demonstration will be more unforgettable. Consequently, although my final work is not complicated enough in coding, but from my perspective, the artistic idea should be more essential and important. It is also what I learned from this course by seeing various famous works from modern artists; and now I also understand that arranging more time for inspiring is definitely not a waste of time. It will help you to have a clear structure to illustrate your idea.
My original idea of the wallpaper comes from “time”– When I choose new wallpapers, I always think about how to make the clock of my cellphone clear. Thus, I use many elements about “time” for this assignment. The picture itself only contains two very basic shapes: circles and lines; complex shapes will not form without them. The circles in the pictures present different planets, and the blue one represents the Earth. Since the Earth is rotating every second, the time flies. The idea from the universe inspires me to use the Riley Circles, but change the circle into lines. As time goes by, the lines become darker, and it means that time will bury everything eventually. It was actually a clock-like shape at the centre, but I will save it for next time–it makes the picture more messy. I am not that good at wrap and parameter so I need to work on that…;0
My portrait basically comes from the idea “abstract”. It was mentioned in our class, and I thought it is a good way to show how I consider myself throughout my work. To me, mosaic is a method to generalise the details of one image; it helps to describe my feelings about how I feel to surrounding environment–the very original picture is a selfie I took several days ago, and I tried to use mosaic to show that I am still new here–mosaic spreads the image into pieces, making my face look like a stranger.The code itself is not hard but repeated–it seems like endless to finish. However, the final expression exactly matched my prediction.
The title of my collage is “Japonism”. The idea of this assignment came from the time when I was organising photos taken in Japan. Since the country itself has vivid, various aspects to discover and enjoy, I decided to use my own photos as the material of the collage, and naturally, the title of my collage became “Japonism”–the word is about how foreigners understand Japanese culture, as well as how it influences us. Firstly I chose the photographic materials I had from the photo album, then I finished the draft due to the expressions of each image. Additionally, I found to web images to illustrate the topic clearly: the portraits of my favourite Japanese author Yukio. Mishima and two women in Taishō era. They represent different time and styles of Japan–Mishima represents the conservative, morbid beauty, and Taishō generation represents a democratic, liberal time period of Japan. Similarly, I used the other pair of contradictory images to reach the goal of “vivid Japonism”–the images of Ōsaka Castle of Tokyo Tower demonstrate ancient and modern Japan separately, and they express that this country has it s various charm as always.I used 4 images as my background: the images of Mountain Fuji, the cherry blossoms, the Kanagawa Wave and Japanese newspaper in Shouwa era. Comparatively, they become the symbols when we think about Japan. Based on this fact, to make another contrast, I took the sign of Akihabara Station, too. As the centre of Japanese animation and media industry, slowly it has taken an essential role in Japanese pop culture. Thus, the Akihabara Station is considered as the new symbol of modern Japan. The main background music I chose is the song written by Ringo. Sheena, the musical director of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. She describes the modern Tokyo by this off-vocal song, and the element she uses also includes traditional Japanese music melodies and instruments. In conclusion, I really enjoyed the process of make a collage by coding–although using photoshop to cut and remake images during coding was really tough and time-consuming, I think it is still a wonderful, challenging assignment for me to finish; the collage itself arises my thoughts about “Japonism” again as well.