So I’ve decided not just to keep a few things for the future but for personal reference to establish a number of things that may or may not pertain to the assignment that I find in my spare time. Most of the time on Sharing Time posts I post up things I’ve found while researching various things, but from art books that I find at the library, bookstores, and other places for minor reference.
1. Earlier I mentioned a Bacterial electrical current conductor, whichever vague name that came to the top of my head regarding it. The search result that would provide a better idea and more accurate results are Bacterial Nanowires, specifically the article that details the electrical current activity discovered three years ago now with results that pin point, the main cause of that activity are Bacterial nanowires or ‘cable wires’ each bacteria measuring about 1 centimeter long with bundles of insulated wires inside.
2. As I’ve noted and decided to look on my own, I wanted to do a few environment related studies and recalled that from some of my bookmarks I remember saving it for a later story project, however I feel that some others may benefit in a more artistic way.
Ocean Clean Up Array – A 17 Year old student devises an array to remove tons of Plastic from the ocean. Another Link
WaterLife – An extremely informative website that talks about various issues regarding fresh water in our lives
Bamboo Tower– Which creates 25 gallons of drinking water per day from air
Island Powered by Coconuts and Biofuel – The title is self explanatory click the link for the rest of the article.
Was it Worth it? – A series of pictures that show the destructive nature of mining and the tiny amount of metal or precious stones (in comparison to the damage made) that arose from these projects.
3. Other Links I’m starting to regret numbering my links so let’s place the other resources here.
Pedestrian Activated Crosswalk
The Pen is Funnier Than the Sword – Political Cartoons
Tomasz Alen Kopera – Artist who makes surreal works
Book Art collection – Basically book sculptures
Jordan Mang-osan – Artist who makes works using the sun and a magnifying glass
Gabriel Dawe – String Theory Sculptures
So on so forth.
The disruption and subversion of social media and mainstream institutions, for example corporate advertising, that criticize media, is called culture Jamming. Culture jamming, mainly utilized by anti- consumerists will place commentary on politics, capitalism, consumerism, controversial issues, by altering or creating their own “Advertisements” and releasing them out into the world.
While reading over Mark Dery’s Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of Signs the following three items stood out to me.
1. The Persian Gulf War and how the term “the Gulf War even ended like a World War II movie” which I’ve noticed personally, when it comes to war, how media in America likes to fashion most war movies as the success, the pride and joy of America, you come back a hero despite losing so much that it’s an honor, it’s always a victory of some sort. The romanticization of events that shouldn’t be romanticized but are because media has no longer just become a factor in which we gain information. It is a commercialization of information, a romanticization to sell a message to get people to believe something that isn’t necessarily true. As quoted from the reading “Everywhere the fabricated, the inauthentic, and the theatrical have gradually driven out the natural, the genuine, and the sponteneous…” That says a lot about the information we are given today, especially in the era of internet, where many people take most things for granted without sourcing which is what really brought my attention to this particular segment of the reading.
2. “How to box with shadows?” A question that halted a progress of thought before continuing to read to think about what it meant before actually reading the true meaning does present to mind how do you fight misinformation, consumerism, politics, especially if it’s all so visual? The answer that accompanied it was to fight visuals with visual rebuttal.
3. The final part was about a time when African- American activists expressed their disapproval of cigarette and liquor ads which targeted their demographic group by blotting out the billboard with white paint and finding out that over 1000 billboards that did exactly that were defaced in the same manner. It came across as somewhat funny when I initially read it, because it tackles the issue by censoring it rather than imply graffitying over the board, and since media censorship was mentioned earlier in the reading, it stuck out in a utilizing social media’s weapon against them, sense of irony.
Unnatural and Out of Focus–Beneta Lee
“If given a choice would you physically change about yourself and in what way?” This was the question I started with before I started the project, the only central focus in the beginning and the only prevalent thought I had in the midst of my scattered ideas. In a way, this became the main theme of the entire project, although it occurred after brainstorming various ideas on what I did want to modify and a few hit and misses. At first the project aimed for something beautiful, peacock feathers that accentuated certain features or fox features that seemed ideal. The sketches for the design ideas looked pretty, but it didn’t resonate with what I wanted, so I opted for something more mechanical, something with more practical uses and would enhance my body’s natural ability, however, along came with it several other things I wanted to enhance, I wanted to be protected, I wanted to go places faster without needing to drive, I wanted something to protect my eyes. My inspiration for other means of enhancement came from various artists who had also promoted enhancements to their bodies, especially deriving inspiration from the Superhuman art show that brought about the idea of applying prosthetics into my piece as something that would enhance my body as well as the TED talks show about a woman with multiple sets of prosthetic legs that enhanced her ‘disability’. Though after applying the advancements at first, the idea of making the advancements uncomfortable, but still useful, did not kick in until I looked at Corpus 2.0 by Marcia Nolte.
The reason why I didn’t particularly enjoy the results regardless of how pleasant and natural the initial sketches and visual appeals of the few test runs were. It was due to the fact that, no matter what I did to my body, the augmentations were not natural even if convenient. The clutter and the ideals and possibilities I shoved onto it did not display how unnatural and unhuman like it was, that the message I was trying to convey instead of how we can advance ourselves was, the idea of dependence on convenience even if we ourselves must become something other than human beings. Although Corpus 2.0 was about body enhancements that made it seem like a part of the human body, only placed in a rather off way, my project, at this point solidified into something of visible convenience that we hook ourselves up to, visible multitasked, scatterbrained convenience that reflected an uncomfortable mirror of the direction we as a society are headed for today. I modified my body and attached various parts to it to cover up most of the initial picture of what I originally looked like, left enough space to discern who it was, and debated on the background that would convey this effect.
At the end, to me the result wasn’t aesthetically beautiful, it wasn’t something I felt comfortable looking at while knowing the subject was myself, but as a message, it was definitely what I wanted to express. A screen over my eyes recolored in a blinding manner to represent some sense of ‘technological advancement’ that can double as a blindfold, Multiple screens for information processing, a scarf made of paper that processes information directly from the mind and unravel a bit to make printed copies, armored legs, a bullet proof vest, a sound system directly applied on the vest to assist in amplifying sound, four arms, rocket boots. All things that ranked the highest on augmentations that would make the current lifestyle I lead easier, but did not have a one unified purpose nor did it present a central focus. Scattered, like the thoughts I had when making it, and isolated due to the background that simply pointed out the piece as a whole as something, unnatural.