Overall Evaluation of my Progress during Conceptual Strategies

I did learn quite a bit during my time in this class, I wish I could have done better about my late attendance and had notified on the days I was sick, regardless I still feel as if I took away quite a bit from the class and had explored a few new materials that I normally wouldn’t have thought of exploring such as Robotics and 3D print and some photo manipulation.

Summary of the Augmented Body Project: 

I was honestly at a loss of what to do with this project at first, it did tie in later on near the ending of when it was completed, though I wish I found out my intent or focus a lot earlier. Personally, the project felt sloppy on my end, and if I could change it, I would have executed its presentation a bit better for it. However, from it I did gain a general theme idea that I could expand upon and intend on expanding upon, I’m not sure if I would expand upon it in the same way that we did in class such as photo manipulation, but I would like to mix it with other techniques that I learned in and out of class.

Summary of Culture Jamming: 

There’s a general problem I had with trying to focus my ideas into one thing that I’d be satisfied with and simplifying the ideas. I knew what I wanted to do and what message I wanted to convey, but the part where I had to put it out in public and try to record it still made me a tad bit nervous. It was a really great experience however, and expanded more topics on the idea of artist and exposure, artist and messages to the world, setting, place, time, intent, I liked this portion impact wise but found it to be the most difficult part of the semester because of the mass potential it held.

Summary of 3D print Project:

Second favorite portion of this entire semester, the process and conversation during this part as well as mixed media research found during this time yielded to a slew of ideas and topics regarding materials and process. The one thing I wish for was more time with this portion and possibly working with larger scale projects. I loved the result of his project the most out of all the projects done in class, mainly because when I did show it to the people it had been intended for, we fell into a discussion about Moon Base Alpha and everything we talked about then. The end result playing out as a proper souvenir of that time and fictional place that we had been in.

Summary of Robotics:

First favorite and regrettably the shortest portion of the entire semester, my favoritism towards robotics comes hand in hand with my love for hands on projects and building things into a solid functioning piece. Even if my final product was a machine of futility that only served to remind me of a time where I had once taken on too many projects one year and had rendered myself near immovable, walking in circles at a snails pace and getting in everyone’s way, I felt somewhat proud of it. Sadly I should have thought out the modifications more, my original plan had flopped, I didn’t count in the factor of weight or strength of the motors or even potential problems with the battery, maybe a few more practical materials would have helped me and more preplanning . Overall, the amount of fun and trial and error that had occurred during this portion does have me leaning a little more towards robotics in the future.

New ideas developed:

Several new ideas developed occurred during my time in this class, many of them involving mixed media and considering the idea of delving further into robotics, maybe mixing it with some woodshop I used to do. Many topics course through my mind, many listed down, but one of the ideas I do want to further develop later on and has to do with my final final project is partially derived from an essay I read called “Sexism in English: Embodiment and Language” by Allen Pace Nilsen, which is one part of the series and another essay ‘Censorship Wins out’ by Andrew Stroehlein and ‘A Flood of Pseudo-Events’ by Daniel Boorstin, the hints are that the projects I want to work with have to do with a series of values and words, ideas and language, what language plays in our lives or rather communication with language and its influence.

Further Areas of pursuit

Possibly thinking of delving a bit more into photomanipulating and photobashing

Definitely Robotics is an area I do want to look into and some illustrator, debating on whether or not I should really delve into 3D print now or much later.

Overall, I learned a lot from this class and had some great experiences with it.


Additional Outside Event. YBCA Galleries

YBCA Galleries Attended November 15th 2014

701 Mission St. At 3rd

Exhibits Alien SHE  and Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible

Summary of visit to Alien SHE: I took this recommendation from my classmate to visit the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and found out that it was about the impact of a movement called Riot Grrrl and was a punk feminist movement that was very thought provoking in many ways on the issues of racism, sexism, homophobia in an extremely close and a very in your face kind of impact theses works had. Some of my favorites were ‘Mom Knows Now’ by LJ Roberts, a pink crocheted flag with a picture of where it was hung that reminded me strongly of our culture jam project accompanied by a pink crocheted fence that was they didn’t let us in or didn’t let us out (?), I can’t recall the exact title to be honest. The other work I definitely liked was presented along with a series of videos with audios called Horror story, sadly I didn’t get to write down the artist’s name, but it was a well timed video with a woman telling a story about her crazy uncle and held quite a bit of suspense about it.

Summary of Landscape: The virtual, the actual, the possible exhibition

I’ll admit that this exhibit held one of my favorite pieces, although my favorite pieces are generally accompanied with movement or audio movement, ‘Vanishing point’ was a series of 5 screens that told an abstract narrative with various scenes that relate with each other and text would appear on each screen in a somewhat random to structured to random order that would tell a story and had a voice of its own as if the piece itself were a person thinking back on the curiosities of life then going into a casual apologetic tone. The other piece was by Tsang kin wah ‘ We must draw the line somewhere you know’ text on the floor leading down a small hallway from the landscape exhibit back to alien she, sound that seemed welcoming and gentle, the window showing the street, it was a very light hearted piece.

Outside Event. Gorgeous and Roads to Arabia Exhibition

Gorgeous and Roads to Arabia

Both attended on  the Saturday mornings that I volunteered, the Gorgeous Exhibit was a joint exhibit done with the Asian Art Museum and SFMoma to place in 4 different room Modern art and Arts of Antiquity from Asia together as forms of parallels to relate things from antiquity and things with modern art to each other or held similar themes to each other in order to compliment one another while being extremely unorthodox. To challenge what is gorgeous and what is not, or general standards of one movement to the other. What is art in the face of another time period. The two pieces that I did enjoy the most were the Beaded curtain, a curtain of beads that separated the second room and could be moved by the people who pass through, and the glass chair, a chair made of plastic that rather than being light and delicate, was actually very heavy and contradicted its initial image.

At the Roads to Arabia exhibit that featured recently (40-60 years give or take) discovered artifacts, there were many interesting pieces that I would highly recommend going to see, one of the pieces was a statue of a man’s head and looked like a mixture of european and asian art meshed into one piece, intricate doors and odd sorts of tombstones that were beautifully ornate on not just the front but the back portion.

Outside Event. October 2nd

Instructables Tour 10/2/14
Guide: Jonathan Odom

Class trip to see an Artist in Residence program that gave a view on another opportunity available to artists and see artists hard at work using the programs provided by Instructables and provide an outlook on the kind of community that the artists form near each other. The tour definitely did show the various mediums used and programs that artists used in order to achieve different projects, I remember while there, there was a man who was making artificial arms for small children that looked a bit like toys with 3D print materials, another person had made a swinging meeting table, there was a wall of ideas (a humorous suggestion was instead of flower petals, throw legos at a wedding), some beautiful sketches of animals mixed with household appliances, and various chairs of all kinds some practical and some impractical. The tools on hand did vary from Color, Black and White 3D printers, various kinds of materials that were 3D printed, paper that could be sculpted after coming out in bulk, Maya, PS, Illustrator, AutoCad, Large machines that could cut from Wood to Metal and not so large machines. It was a very interesting experience and I would highly recommend checking out an artist in residency program and applying for it.

Outside Event. AlterSpace Exhibit August 28th

Alterspace Gallery : Soundwave ((6)) Waterworld
Attended on 8/29/14 @1158 Howard Street, San Francisco

From my other class Art 412, my teacher who was an artist for this exhibition in the Alterspace Gallery, Jeff Ray, had invited the class and given a talk/tour on the pieces displayed. My teacher’s piece had been named ‘Ark and Surroundings’ which was a series of pieces where he had made a boat that doubled as an organ which would send sound signals below it into a body of water (It actually worked too however I wasn’t there for his performance the next day). Accompanying the boat were several sound pieces that did contain the sounds it made as well as other additional sounds which he made to set the scene for his setting, the setting being that in a post-apocalyptic world, boats and floating structures would be the only living structures humans could survive on and so on so forth. The sounds were accompanied with pictures of boats or places with the sea in it to really capture the scene.

Two other works that caught my attention was ‘Sirens’ by Reenie Charrière’s, where these dressy figures that had representative seaweed hanging around made entirely of plastic found from all over the world really spoke to me on the increasing levels of plastic found in our oceans and the faint sounds which accompanied it only served to draw me in during that time.

Jean Tarantino’s Imagination Water Change was the other piece that grasped my attention during that time where a series of recorded voices are hung up like a drape and everytime someone comes close to one of the lines of speakers, the speakers would activate and tell the viewers in varying voices while moving back and forth what they think water is. The piece really showed various perspectives on the same subject and had been an incredibly engaging experience.

Some 3D Print Works and Artists

A list of some 3D printed works

Bear on Stairs by DBLG(London) 

Stop motion 3D printed bear on stairs by DBLG, a studio in London. The video can be seen here.

Digital Grotesque by Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger

a 16 meter cube that’s beautifully adorned to look like a mystical and beautifully detailed interior. Read about it here.

Wearable 3D prints by Neri Oxman 

Mushtari is one of the prints this artist has made. The wearable 3D works are “inspired and personalized based on natural growth” according to this article. There are 3 other works shown in the article link.

Replicants by Lorna Bradshaw

Three 3D painted self portraits that goes though different means of processing and yields differing results.

For more 3D print artists please refer to the following links






Robot Project. First stage, Last Stage

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On the last day of the robot project, the class was given instructions to make a simple wobbler robot with basic materials, then expand upon that with the materials that we brought in to advance that particular robot. The first picture shows the wobbler with the general materials provided with two motors, a box, and an empty battery pack. The second picture displays the same robot only with two bottles attached at the side, a slinky that’s been cut in half and attached at both ends, and inside each bottle are bits of wires to give it some sound.

The project itself did show a good intro to making robots and provided a lot of insight into more mediums that could be utilized in conjunction with what we’ve been learning in class.

To see both in motion

First Robot

With modifications