Week 5 – It’s Video Makin’ Time

I cannot express how excited I am for this video project. 

The goal for this initial exercise for me is to collect 20, 2-second videos to make a 40-second video.  I want to mimic eye blinks, this will be through a first-person perspective. We are limited as far as our subject goes, which is texture and motion so it’s been a challenge. 

I focused on the texture of the human body and the movements of automobiles. 

(Not my image, but inspiration)

I tried to also capture bees, animals, and people walking. 

We will see how it all turns out!

Week 4 – While You Are Sick AND In Grad School, The Struggle Is SO REAL!

This week I want to explore new technological advancements in Assistive Technology.

As an HR, IT, Marketing Rep. for a disability organization I spend a lot of my time researching adaptive technology and other ways on how to make our sources more accessible, which has inspired me to make art itself more accessible. 

http://mashable.com/2016/12/29/art-accessibility-blind-low-vision/#7vWnZPwi7mqO

When I was in my undergrad I focused on creating 2-D art pieces, (some video) but, my art was more a reflection of myself and my ableist abilities. Now, that I have come to terms with my own disabilities and identities and the different abilities and identities of others, I am trying to focus on how to make art accessible to ALL regardless of socio-economic status and ability. 

What I have been inspiring me lately is this podcast I listened to from 99% Invisible about Augmented Reality. The focus of this podcast was Augmented Reality in audio primarily. 

99% Reality (1% Augmented)

I grew interested in this from a selfish standpoint of my own disability. I spend a lot of time dissociating. When I dissociate I spend a lot of my time grounding myself and coming back into reality. I was thinking that Sound Augmentation could be used as a tool to assist those who experience this come back to the moment or at least assist them to be more connected with the world without becoming overwhelmed and isolated.

This technology could also be used to bring art to those who are blind or visually impaired, and other disabilities as well. 

Is this a possible thesis? Maybe. But, for now, it is only a theory or what some might call a dream. Regardless, I’m going to make it happen.

Week 3 – The Struggle Has Calmed Down (Like 5%)

The biggest influences for me to pursue technology as an art form is to one, to expand my creative horizons, I have big ideas but don’t exactly know how to execute them (this is where school comes in). Two is to do what I want to do and not what is expected of me. As a woman of Mexican decent there are certain roles and expectations of me that I have not adhered to but at one point felt the guilt of needing to. As a Queer Femme Chicana, trying to fit into a box becomes more difficult, but I’m not trying to do that. 

“…But You Look Straight:” My Femme-Identity Does Not Invalidate My Queerness

I also have an invisible disability which affects my life daily, and then there is an expectation to keep it all together and not feed into the stigma that surrounds mental illness. To be “high functioning”. 

It can be a lot, but luckily I have the services and supports around me that help keep my life stabilized. 

A LOT of my inspiration comes from my life and how I can create things to make life easier for others or offer a productive distraction besides our own technological dissociation we gravitate towards, which is Facebook (i.e. Twitter, Tinder, etc.). 

I’ve decided to claim myself as this: 

I OWN crazy. I OWN Queer. I OWN brown. 

When I was younger I used to spend hours on this website playing games created by independent gamers and random people inside their house. 

https://www.newgrounds.com/

I’m totally going to post my Period. pong game on there when it is finished. One dream down! So. Much. More. To. Go. 

Week 2 – Keeping it Real

Coding has been a source of frustration but when I figure out something on my own it’s the most satisfying feeling in the world. 

My inspiration for this pong game has been my period. I have endometriosis, which is when the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus like roots overtaking a sidewalk except the sidewalk is your ovaries. This causes painful cysts to grow and explode like little nukes. It’s awful. At least that is what they think is going on, however, they don’t know for sure (future scheduled surgery). But, I digress. 

 

Much like the mystery of my own body complications, coding for me expresses those same frustrations. I feel like I understand a lot more than before but there is still so much to learn and do. I have pretty high expectations for myself and coding definitely have challenged that. However, I am determined to be self-sufficient and learn it all. 

I’m currently at a coffee shop let’s just say when you Google search “vagina” in a public place you get some side eye stares.

Week 1 – The Struggle is Definitely REAL

Why is it so difficult creating a website in WordPress? 

I do not have the answer to this question. All I have are theories. Maybe It’s because I lack the experience necessary to make a website truly badass. It is true that coding is a language I am not versed in yet. 

Some of the struggles I have been having as listed below:

  • The header picture either being too big or unable to be cropped for no specified reason. 
  • Not knowing what plug-ins do exactly, but after installing some (on a hunch and some research) problems like uploading images have been solved. 
  • Being mislead by the theme, I mean…it’s free so what else should I expect? 

I guess everything is a process, right? I expect this website to look completely different 9 weeks from now. 

Rant over with. Now, music.