EDPX 3701 Digi Fab – Week 2 (Plottin’ Patterns)

This Sunday was my first experience with a plotter, which was error free! 

Go me. 

         

When I used the plotter I found that all of the plots that I had hand drawn felt more complex as I was creating them as opposed to when I was actually plotting them. I was really inspired by the first set of polts that we were asked to do and focused on what was primarily textile design. 

So, then I started to experiment with overlaying the plotted images with different colors to see what effect it would give. 

Using this process I could see where pausing the machine would be beneficial in the process.

In the end, I learned that the plotter is beneficial for more complex vector designs because it provides permission. 

Overall, I understand the process and feel like I understand the plotter’s potential now that I have utilized the machine. I would like to design a layered design and experiment with the plotter and use it as a screen printer that would overlay colors and shapes. 

EDPX 5100 – Grad Critique – Week 1: Project Proposal

Project Proposal, Process, and Precedents

After finishing my undergrad I spent a lot of time watching several TedTalk videos and never has one had a greater influence than the talk Miwa Matreyek had given that featured her Myth and Infrastructure piece. 

While writing my project proposal I found that thinking big is the direction I need to go. That this Grad Critique is the first, and the one to really experiment with. 

Here’s how it will go:

  1. Coding in Processing – ongoing skill
  2. Writing a story – ongoing skill
  3. Include the figure (performance?) – new skill
  4. Move into (4D animation) – new skill
  5. Then include all of these elements into a moving breathing piece. 

Skills needed are coding, watching and studying several processing videos. 

Writing a cohesive story that I can “show” and keep people intrigued, using changes of mood through lights, movement and eventually sound (not this quarter). The story is central to bonds and how we create them psychologically as humans but primarily as women. My story involves searching for that bond but having nothing to attach myself to. (Finding a metaphor for that, the first thing that comes to mind is a barnacle). Perhaps I am forshadowing a future project where I plan to analyze a bond by measuring it and collecting data…

This narrative is about perception, memory, magical realism, and mysticism. I once read an article about how our memories make us who we are. But, what if the memories that we possess are fabricated? Who are we then? 

Identity. 

The resources I would need would be processing, (4D Program), computer, projector, self.

I expect to have a solid storyline to process in code but the second half of the semester and by the end having something finalized in (4D animation). The performance part of the piece, the soundscapes, those I expect to come later and to be ongoing unless I prove to learn how to use these programs effectively earlier on. 

The goal by the end of the quarter is to get proficient enough in code to be able to transfer my vision and translate it into Cinema 4D. 

Maybe…my figure can be animated…THEN come in later at a certain point? I’m not sure about the conclusion yet. 

But, that’s all she wrote, folks. 

EDPX 3701 Digi Fab – Week 1 (Those Patterns Tho.)

Per this assignment, I realized how much patterns influence my life, mostly because all of the patterns I chose came from my closet (or the pile of clothes that lives on my floor). 

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Another thing I learned is I wear A LOT of black and sometimes white. 

Some of the patterns were a little easier to replicate than others, although I tend to stylize rather than go the realistic route. The repetition is attractive and I can appreciate the design. My favorite patterns would be the more randomized patterns that I felt I was able to replicate well. 

 

Week 9 – Let’s Experiment With Breaking Things

I realized shortly after starting to learn how to code, and I use the would “TRY” with a capital “T” a Capital “R” and a capital “Y”. 

That I really enjoyed the idea of “breaking” code. I like the idea of glitching out a project to the point of it being something unrecognizable. 

https://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/469983

The trick is to make the code still be able to function in some way. 

https://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/469988

There can be several ways to do this. 

https://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/469992

However, I have found that in order to do this effectively, I do need to actually learn the code. 

https://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/459304

Because, right now all it is is code experimentation, which I really like to do.

I still don’t know what I am doing exactly…but I’m having fun.

 

Week 8 – Some Progress

Lately, I have been working on learning are arrays.

The reason why arrays speak to me more than anything else is the effect that the array produces. I seem to use more arrays than anything else.

https://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/457938

I do, want to learn more about coding. I feel like if I can learn how to make the arrays work for me the way they should I will be able to create SO MANY different things. 

I want to experiment with how the images work with 3D objects and how 2D and even 4D objects can all cohabit. 

Week 10 – Arduino’s Yo.

This is the week of the Arduino, which I am kind of in love with. A lot, actually.

For some reason, the language of the Arduino is a lot easier for me to understand than P5js. I believe it is more straightforward that coding a design, but I do still enjoy that frustration as well. 

My goal for this project is the make the Arduino do exactly what I want it to do, how I want it to do it. Instead of breaking the code, which can be fun in design, mostly because I’m attracted to the busted glitchy look. 

So, far…I have three blinking lights that go around in a circle that have the speed controlled by the buttons. I want to change the buttons to switch the lights and possible stop the blinking, but continue the movement around the circle. 

Blah. So, now…it makes sound…but…the buttons don’t change colors!!!! So…time to try and figure it out..

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For my final project, I wanted to experiment with creating a digital collage and how the created shapes would interact with the photos by either adding to the design or glitching out the design. 

I just can’t figure out how to make it work…better…but also…at the same time, do I even want to? The effect of the stare and the long drawn out slither help, it just needs another little tunnel…

Week 6 – The Future Has Fur – Process

The video project was inspired by my dog who was once trained to be my service dog back when I felt like I couldn’t leave my house by myself. 

The process for this project involved me thinking about all of the signs and symptoms that Oliver has already been trained to do and coincide that with a robotic dog that would offer verbal suggestions and help you monitor your mental health as opposed to keeping a mental health journal or something similar. 

I wanted the video to be in the form of a documentary/advertisement, but I received some feedback that an advertisement would be less hopeful and more dark and manipulative. 

Since this project was more of a personal project for me, I wanted to keep it simple and highlight the key roles of the “device” as if it was a well-known object already. 

 

4020 – Ch. 2 Corporate Cannibal (Shaviro)

Corporate Cannibal by Grace Jones relates to the application known as Tinder, in a way that is more foreshadowing. It has been argued that capitalism and consumerism have been influenced our thinking so much that we have evolved our very way of making our decisions about anything around the way we make choices based on capitalism. We essentially have become capitalists as opposed to humanists just as Grace Jones is transformed in the video. She is morphed into an unrecognizable shape, and I would argue that the morphism is comparable to the visualization of data, “she turns herself into a thing.” Data is what we become when we are collected into profiles on an app. Grace Jones herself transformed from a human to a thing much like we all have become, accumulated data informed by algorithms which, “demands or obedience, without promising us any hope of empathy, intimacy, or identification in return.”  Jean-Paul Goude expresses how his marriage to Grace Jones fell apart when “[Jones] felt I had started to love the character we had created more than I loved her.” As one falls in love with the idea of Tinder rather than the person behind the app that resembles, “Singularity,” in which all-too-human limitations are transcended through new technologies, and by the subsumption of flesh into machines.” Capitalism wants us to become more like machines so that our actions are more predictable and we are easier to control.