Monthly Archives: November 2014

Group Game #2: Attendance

In our group game, rather than choose between designing a simulation based on behavior or designing a game with a goal state, Ben and I decided to combine the two. We designed our game “Attendance” to make players understand and use the behavior of the system in order to achieve a goal. In our game you play a caring T.A. who wants to make sure all the students  are in their desks before the teacher arrives. Attendance start screen The timer in the center of the screen shows how long you have until the teacher arrives. Although it is hard to tell in this screenshot all the students are colored in correlation to their desks. So you must get the red student to the red desk, and the blue student to the blue desk etc.. All the students have different maxspeed and maxforce so as the player you must respond to the different behaviors of the system in order to achieve your goal. If you succeed in getting all the students to their desks before the timer runs out the teacher (starring the lovely Angela Ferraiolo) emerges pleased to see that her students are punctual. Attendance win state   However if you fail in getting all the students to their desks in time Angela emerges again, only this time not so pleased and the student’s grades suffer. Attendance lose state   The most difficult part of making this game was definitely getting the students to stop first at any desk at all, and then just to stop at their desks. I think the best way to improve on this game would be to improve the aesthetics, the simple colors on a white background leave much to be desired artificially.

Black & White Exercise #4: Particles

For the particles lab I didn’t make so much a game as a digital toy to play with. Rotation first shot The game starts with this cool image. The green circles are all orbiting the red circle using the solar system code, with a few changes. The biggest change is that as the green circles orbit they are actually just creating a new green circle in front of the old one, so those green lines around the perimeter are actually just thousands of circles all following one path and overlapping with each other. To make the game a little more interactive, I added a mouse toy like feature to the game. Like the green circles, as you move the blue circle it leaves behind a trail of blue circles which I think gives it an even nicer effect than just a straight line. Rotation with mouse toy   With the addition of the mouse toy the game becomes a procrastinators worst nightmare. Even writing this word post took me fifteen minutes longer than it should have because I kept catching myself doing this Rotation final shot So while it may not be a game, I found my particles lab to be a fun toy that ended up eating a lot of my time just playing with.

Black & White Exercise #3: Spinner

For my amusement park ride I thought that the best thing to do with matrices was spinning. The push and pop matrix format worked really well for rotations, so I came up with this. Amusement Park The black squares on the outside is the metal casing and the red circles on the inside are individual seats that also spin independently. Whats cool about that is depending on the speed and direction your chair is spinning the outside will appear to change speed and direction of its spin as well further disorienting the rider and giving him/ her more of that dizzying nausea they seek on these rides.

Conference Project Post #2: Valuation Exercise

Proposed Space 1

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Current Center     Since starting my conference I have seen a need to shift towards a new idea. Originally, I was thinking about commodity and personal agency over one’s art, however I struggled to find a productive goal for the project which I had proposed. In my conference I want to address the need to question artistic intentions and thought processes; while also interrupt the flow of Heimbold in a propaganda based approach. My project is a pamphlet detailing a theoretical group, The Collective Interview Initiative (CII). I want to create a fictional landscape and narrative, in Heimbold, through both text and imagery, using a this fabricated institution as a means of  branding my ideas under a pseudo-legitimate front; with the intention of shaping the way in which people both perceive and value their artistic experiences and methods of production:

CII, sees the strength of conversation as only matched by an individuals ability to create in the physical realm. The pedagogy which is promoted by the collective, is meant to bridge the gap between conversations of: nature of physical creation, crossing over into creation of fictional realms, reality television, gender, politics, and economics.

The pamphlet will also detail the tasks and roles CII members will fill and how they relate to methods of thinking and producing which I have deemed as beneficial.

The goal of CII is to breakdown the commodification of communication and production through the individualisation of products and spaces and the autonomy of the producers.

I see this project as being highly related to Sassen’s reading of new urban conditions in ,”Making Public Interventions in Today’s Massive Cities”.  This project acts to critique weaponized urban spaces, by providing a retreat for thinking about new conditions in education and production. The project itself proposes a world where people can shape the space they live in on a small temporal scale, allowing one to transform the possibilities of producing, not only art, but also physical and spacial conditions, through both conversation and production:

The physical manifestation of the Initiative is reinvented on a bi-annual basis. So far our two iterations which have been created thus far are born out of the dreams of our archivists, who manifest a rendering, which is then produced during the last two months of the second year of habitation.

The unsettlements Sassen discusses, and the monumentalization, which has caused them in urban space, directly relates to the way in which I intend my project to question the spaces in which one thinks and produces. I intend for it to show how as individuals we should never allow for a space to remain stagnant in our thoughts or vacant of personal politicization. Space is inherently political and therefore requires revaluation on a regular basis, even on a small and personal scale.
The goal of this initiative is not to create stagnant movements but to remain in flux between the minutiae of craft and creation, and the complex and abstract nature of charged conversation.
Forming new topographies is a major focus of the project I am proposing. The ideas of digital networks and connections, is played out through the intense focus on the creation of real human interaction and the digital analysis upon which CII relies upon:

Conference Project Post #2: A Formal Dinner

I decided to save some money and get the materials I need from home over break. We have an abundance of decadent silverware and dishware that my family wouldn’t mind me using. I have one friend who has agreed to take part in the performance, and I only need one more person, preferably a male. I was looking through a bunch of stock images recently and I thought it would be funny to make this performance look like a stereotypical date. Like so: Romantic-Dinner-Ideas romantic-dinner-valentine I’ll let the actors improvise, but one of the directions I plan to give them will be to ham it up a bit. Heimbold cafe is the last place I’d go for a romantic date. It would also be funny if they acted a little snobby and “high-class” given the setting. I have yet to figure out how I want them to act when they are approached by other people. Should they not pay attention? should they stay in their roles and treat them like waiters? Should they just pretend those people are strangers and tell them to “shoo”? Wineglasses filled with red wine will send a very strong message so I’m gonna try to get my hands on those (and maybe just fill them with grape juice, I wouldn’t want anyone to get in trouble). After thanksgiving break I’ll report back and let you know what materials I’ve managed to get a hold of. P.S. – I think doing some napkin folding might be kinda fun too: how-to-do-fancy-napkin-folding.WidePlayer fleurdelysnapkinfold a98917_1101_turkeynap_l ??  

Comment: Ornamentation, People and Play

Art can extend the cooperative qualities of nature into social life. All that we know about life is that it is an organized movement – It is chaos and complexity. The aesthetic begins by organizing the powers of matter and elaborating them in a way that responds to their complexity. Humans aren’t the only creators of ornament “The tremendously consistent purge of empty ornamental elements of form is in reality classism’s pyrrhic victory. it is tabula rasa for what is to come. for an art of the future.” -Isidore Isou at its best, ornament demonstrates a pact with the universe. Ornament art extends and distends the line as it is discovered in the social practice of qualitative engagement with matter. ornament is the aesthetic key to morn’s monism. the signature of a being that is univocal, and the reminder that history has diverged from coherence in flux. Jorn’s problem with Le Corbusier is that while he also drew inspiration from nature, he understands nature in apollonian terms, paring away at complexity- nature’s own ornamentation of itself – to get at an eternal geometrical essence.  people vs symbol voice of the people at the expense of the symbol Art is playful, play is social. Play may take nature as its object, but not as a means to an end: play is not consciously directed to any goal but is a delight, an identification with things themselves.  This is why play develops best in community.
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Comment: Jean-Paul Sartre and the Dérive

Sartre’s example of a intuition is telling “remove the prohibition to circulate in the streets after curfew, and what meaning can there be fore me to have the freedom… to take a walk at night?” Sartre goes out for a walk in the beautiful city during curfew street might look beautiful to him, or it might not, but this is just the street as an object of contemplation. the street he wants to walk is an object of his freedom his freedom selects it The dérive is the experimental mapping of a situation the trace of the probabilities of realizing a desire. there is still the police to contend with, and delinquent lettersets and their friends would occasionally end up in jail for the night. But the derive is no more than a no man’s land between consciousness and facticity for itself and in itself freedom and constraint Room to discuss, maybe.  
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Comment: Extreme Aesthetics

Concrete Design — Arises out of its own means and laws, without these having to be derived or borrowed from natural phenomena. This term is important. It lends itself to the idea of social conditioning, which pushes beyond the idea of naturalness. What is art without social engagement? What is a city without social engagement? Do cities arise out of concrete design? What are its own means? How does it have it’s own laws? But also, what is natural? Jorn says that man’s nature is just to cultivate and nourish his urges. The image of nature is merely a distorted image of capitalist society. “There is nothing so unnatural for a man as what the bourgeoisie call naturalness.” Important quote from page 47: “The whole environment created by us, from the spoon to the city, had to be brought into harmony with social conditions, which implied shaping those conditions too.” Max Bill believed in guarding against the danger of going by appearances, and instead, focusing on combining contemporary powers to form “one harmonious balance.” This balance was known as the good form. Bill’s declaration that “art is an order, a prototype of harmony” couldn’t have been further from Jorn’s understanding of Bauhaus artists. Naturally, Jorn revised and expanded upon his own writings on form, wherein he made the claim: “culture no longer takes place in a situation, because we can only speak of a situation when there is an event, and an act only becomes an event at the moment it is able to trigger sensation.” the rationalists seek an absolute symmetry between form, structure, and function, while evolution occurs precisely through an increasing dissymmetry among these 3 elements. Evolution of form is driven by dreams, longings, imaginary aims, the desire for sensation. Connecting back — reframing is sensational. Reframing attempts to shift the narrative in an image, and in our age, communication shifting toward imagery is carrying communication in our society. Modifying an environment shifts the narrative, causing changes in the way people feel when they interact with it. Art is experimental social practice which transforms nature into second nature, but without reducing nature to essence/order Aesthetic has the capacity to become a part of people’s habits of life. The aesthetic is a cultivating factor, forming and transforming habits of life.  Art banishes stagnancy. With art, we grow.

Conference Project Post #2: Glitched Heimbold

I have made a lot of progress on my conference work since the first wordpress assignment. Most recently (as in 5 minutes ago), I purchased several materials that I will need for the installation of my photo collage. Such supplies included a plexiglass sheet, fishing wire, and ceiling hooks, so that I can hang my final project from the ceiling and have it serve as a more interactive piece than simply a collage hanging on a wall. In addition to exercising my credit card on amazon, I have also put the photo lab’s scanner to work. I began experimenting with scan glitching, a style of glitch art in which I play and move my photo while the machine is scanning it. I was extremely excited to try out a new style of glitch art, and I’m even more pleased with the results. Below is my favorite piece of scan-glitching that I definitely plan to use when I assemble my collage. Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 12.27.24 PM I also used the scanner to upload a graffiti drawing that a boy drew for me on a date. I’m planning on playing with the image in photoshop over Thanksgiving break, to add color and clean up the image into something bright and exciting to include in my photo collage. man I’m really excited about the shape my conference work is taking, and look forward to watching it grow even more. I am continuing to take inspiration from Dada photo collaging styles, in addition to several readings from class. One reading that stood out to me in particular was the interview with Barbara Kruger, in which she said “if architecture is a slab of meat, then so-called public art is a piece of garnish laying next to it.” Kruger went on to describe public art as having a “decorative function.” I definitely visualize my conference work as a garnish, serving as a decorative function in Heimbold. The more I think about my piece and the more effort I put into it, the more I see it as having a dual function of decorating the environment as well as improving it. Hopefully the class and the audience will feel the same way.

Space HiJack: Thoughts to Share/Thoughts to Discard

box project project photos For my box project I made a couple of boxes  for people to put their thoughts into. I left slips of paper and labeled the boxes ‘thoughts to discard’ and ‘thoughts to share’. These labels were intentionally open ended in order to make it more accessible for anyone to participate in. I posted a photo of some of the thoughts to share papers. The responses ranged from quotes to admissions to silly comments. I was pleased with the result of the project. I’m happy that people participated.

Conference Project Post #1: Do You Control Space?

For our (Grace and Mathilde) conference project, we want to make a sticker story, explaining what Remix The City is, and the notions of space. The notions of space as in how we interact with it and how it impacts our daily life even if we don’t always realize it. We want to focus on the subtleties of how space impacts our responses to society and our creativity. Our sticker story will wrap the main aspects and notions we have studied and realized in class. Our goal is to mess with people’s subconscious and force them to question all these subtleties that they dismiss because society, whether we realize it or not, forces us to dismiss them. We want to follow the style of the situationists in the sense that they create things that might seem like complete non-sense at first sight, but have a very in-depth and complex underlying meaning. Our sticker story will be installed around the first (main) floor of Heimbold, around the base of the walls. We want to make it not too big, but still demanding attention, so people are forced to pay attention to it, without it screaming at them either. As people follow our story, they will at certain points have the option to go one way or the other, and determine their own ending to the story. Our story revolves around what we have to say about space, but also a main contributor to the overall meaning of the work is how our audience perceives it and interacts with it. In that sense, our project is quite playable, but we are shaping how it is “played” with.

Conference Project Post #1: Do You Control Space?

For our (Grace and Mathilde) conference project, we want to make a sticker story, explaining what Remix The City is, and the notions of space. The notions of space as in how we interact with it and how it impacts our daily life even if we don’t always realize it. We want to focus on the subtleties of how space impacts our responses to society and our creativity. Our sticker story will wrap the main aspects and notions we have studied and realized in class. Our goal is to mess with people’s subconscious and force them to question all these subtleties that they dismiss because society, whether we realize it or not, forces us to dismiss them. We want to follow the style of the situationists in the sense that they create things that might seem like complete non-sense at first sight, but have a very in-depth and complex underlying meaning. Our sticker story will be installed around the first (main) floor of Heimbold, around the base of the walls. We want to make it not too big, but still demanding attention, so people are forced to pay attention to it, without it screaming at them either. As people follow our story, they will at certain points have the option to go one way or the other, and determine their own ending to the story. Our story revolves around what we have to say about space, but also a main contributor to the overall meaning of the work is how our audience perceives it and interacts with it. In that sense, our project is quite playable, but we are shaping how it is “played” with.

Comment: Formulary for a New Urbanism

Today our culture and society is built around similarity and familiarity. We know what to expect everyday, what we are going to do, and who and what we are going to hear and see. Most of a daily activities are predetermined and planned out, without consciousness and we have become oblivious. Our days are busy and as a society we struggle to stop and take in our surroundings and the natural beauties of the world. Therefore, my formula for a ‘new urbanism’ aims to bring peoples attention to these natural beauties. I want to create a society in which everyone knows where the closest beach and natural area is to their main city and location. I believe it is important that everyone has a space where they can relax and be free. A calming environment without being surrounded by capitalism. A space where one is able to abandon everything and be in the moment and clear their minds. Growing up in Sydney I was always in an extremely close radius to different beaches and I would spend much time there throughout the winter and summer. Ivan Chtcheglov states in his “Formulary for a New Urbanism” that, “Darkness and obscurity are banished by artificial lighting, and the seasons by air conditioning”. Our world has become one of artificiality, we are constantly surrounded by an un-genuine man-made world forcing us to consume. People should have freedom to make up their own minds and be separate and be one with nature. Instead of creating man-made natural areas, which occurs a lot in today’s society, I want people to be aware of the beautiful natural areas that are so close to them that so many populations have no idea about. To be able to separate themselves and take time to contemplate their position within humanity. To realize what is important and understand the capitalism and manipulation, we as a population are witness to everyday.

Questions of Space

  • Is space tangible?
  • Is space intangible?
  • Does space have monetary value?
  • Who determines if a space is public or private?
  • Where is ‘your’ space?
  • What makes it ‘your’ space?
  • Who calls is ‘your’ space?
  • Who determines whose space is whose?
  • Do we as a society create space or it is something greater than us?
  • Who determines how a certain space will be used?
  • How much control does one have in a public space verses in a private space?

Space HiJack: “Disco Cube”

For my box, I wanted to do something fun and interactive, that would make people smile. When we first got given the project I planned to do something with packaging, e.g. fragile stickers, heavy stickers and bubble wrap, however I didn’t think that doing something like that would link to the “playable city” so I decided to create something more interactive, that would give Heimbold a bit more life and entertaining and enjoyable. Heimbold, even though it is meant to be the most creative and stimulating building on campus, as we have spoken about in class, is an extremely hostile and sterile environment, I aimed that my box would shift and change this, giving it a bit more life. I have always loved Disco balls, and how the light reflects off them and how it distorts your reflection thus I decided to create a “disco cube” and have it hanging in Heimbold near the door. I knew I didn’t want to convey a powerful and serious message with it, so just something that was visually appealing and interactive was the way to go. The actual creation part didn’t take that long, I purchased numerous mosaic mirror tiles from amazon and off I went. I am pretty happy with how it turned out however if I had more time I would have planned more carefully the placement of the tiles as some were uneven and there were areas of the box showing and also make it lighter as I was unable to hang it. As I couldn’t hang it anywhere, I placed the box on one of the tables near the café as well as on the third step as you go up to the 3rd level. I watched people interact and it was quite similar to what I expected. Most people stared at it and then just kept walking however some bent down to its level and viewed their distorted reflection in the mirrors. When I placed the box in Heimbold I watched people interact and react to the box and took photos, however my phone recently died so will have to do new documentation and then I will post photos from my new discoveries.

My Sketchbook: Collection Assignment

My collection assignment of three things – five instances are shown below: ?? 1-1 My first collection is wrapping paper on food or drinks bottles, which contains FIGI, S.PELLEORINO, TOSTITOS, PERRIER, and Coca Cola. For me, the significant about this collection is that I have the habit of taking a glance of the Nutrition Facts Column. Most of the brands choose to make their logos more fancy by choosing more dramatic fonts to attract customers. Nevertheless, the texts on the Nutrition Facts Column are always simpler so that they are easy to read. It is a revelation of the importance of typology in advertisement. ?? 2-1 My Second collection is cards of restaurants or pastry stores in NYC. I always take a card of a place when I enjoy the food or atmosphere of that place. These five instances attract me with their designs. Take an example of eight turn crêpe. The design is set vertically with a photo of the crêpe taken from straight above. The crêpe looks like a flower. The color of red, yellow, blue, and white works great to brings out customers’ appetites. ?? 3 And finally, my third collection is invoices. This collection is a representation of my daily routine. I take tracks of my expense to manage my personal finance. These invoices are always a way for me to recollect my memory of the day. You don’t know the fun of it until you try to do so ;P

Space HiJack: Smoke Free SLC

photo 1 (2) For my box project, I really wanted to make something playable that would fit our “playable city” chapter. I love the idea of subtle interventions in a building or a city that people can play with/have fun with, but mostly that defeat the seriousness and hostility of rules and commodities. The smoke free campaign has been a very discussed subject since the beginning of the year and even earlier. Of course, health wise etc it is a good idea to ban smoking on campus, but students/professors wise it really is a shame we won’t be allowed to smoke a casual cigarette on the lawn or outside of Heimbold. I think it is a reality that many students and professors smoke, here at Sarah Lawrence especially, and I feel like the school is really taking away something that ‘matters’ to many, when at the end, it really is a personal choice to decide weather or not to smoke and I don’t think the non-smokers are particularly negatively affected by our smoking. I think the smoking ban will cause more trouble than there already is, because how can you tell so many people they aren’t allowed to smoke here or there anymore, after they have been doing it for so long. Personally, I do not think the smoking ban will make people stop smoking, I just think it will cause extra trouble with administration etc. My box project revolves around the smoking ban campaign and is kind of a mockery of it. Heimbold is also a prime location for smokers. People are always outside of Heimbold smoking cigarettes, are always asking people for cigarettes etc, so I thought the location was perfect for the installation of my box. I came up with the idea of making a “fake cigarette” box pretty quickly, but the design/what I would do with it changed a lot. At first, I was going to make a big box filled with real cigarette packs, but with bubble gum/chocolate cigarettes inside and put a little sign saying “grab a cig” or something. Then I thought the message should be more ironic/more a critique of the smoking ban. I then thought of filling up packs of cigarettes still with the same fake cigarettes, but leaving them here and there, and see the reactions of the people. I thought that would be fun, but I don’t think it was practical/straightforward enough. Finally I just decided to build a cardboard box, on which I stuck images of cigarette buds and ash on all four sides, and then stuck empty packets of Marlboro lights on the sides on top of the images (2 on each side). Then, instead of filling the box with packets of cigarettes, I just dumped all the bubble cigarettes in there, so they would be much more visible. I wrote on the top of the box, on all four sides: “SMOKE FREE SLC” with the quotation marks, to emphasize the irony. I think my box was pretty playable in the sense that it kind of tricked people in thinking that they were real cigarettes, but also in the sense that it engaged with an issue that most people, especially in Heimbold I feel like, care about. I also thought it was fun that they are actually bubble gum cigarettes that you can eat, and not just fake cigarettes. Like Sophie’s box project, I think it’s nice when people can take something from a project, even if in my case it’s just bubble gum.   photo 2 (1) photo 3 (1) ~More documentation to come~

Comment: David Finklestein Improv Session

IMG_4150IMG_4182 IMG_4122 IMG_4098IMG_4141 IMG_4165 IMG_4171 IMG_4185   Today the class got a visit from performer/director David Finkelstein of the Lake Ivan Performance Group. We viewed David’s experimental film “Invincible City” — then  learned a bit about the techniques of using space, the picture plane, and an awareness of how these two views might come together in a performer’s mind to create small improvisational exercises about space. And we learned we are all amazing actors! Wow!