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. 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.

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

3D Final Product. A Memento From Moonbase Alpha

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The 3D Printing project was quite an experience, modeling, calculating the time in makerbot, watching the process and having discussions on the subject of the possibilities and future of 3D printing. The model is named “A Memento from Moon Base Alpha”, quick information on a game called Moon Base Alpha, free space simulator that can be found on STEAM. Moon Base Alpha is a game where a player, or a group of players, pretend they’re an astronaut, communicating with each other while travelling the lunar landscape, the basic form of communication between players is a text to speech program that holds a large potential to yield extremely amusing results. One of the most infamous memes regarding this game has to do with typing a series of UUUUUUUs into the text to speech box and hearing the robotic voice attempt to form a proper coheren’t reply.

Base information aside, this piece was made in tinker CAD, and had gone through Makerbot and took approximately 45 minutes to an hour to make on the 3D printer. “A Memento from Moon Base Alpha” is a souvenir from a time where myself and a few friends had enough free time to get together and played games. Where the atmosphere of a small community of people making memories and sharing lighthearted laughs while exchanging meaningful topics regarding the game’s interface and how we communicate with each other. During the days of Moon Base Alpha, my friends Noah, Matt, Zenzen, and sometimes Maria, we talked about how many people are fascinated with the unknown, with space as a large unknown that although we wish to delve deeper into the unknown, we do not actually want to be in the unknown where there are risks or go through the training to get there. The way the text to speech program gives a person a somewhat robotic feel, yet can convey who’s the one typing based on what is being typed and that despite the game being a fictional format and distanced reality, it is in fact derived from reality that can’t exactly be dismissed as being completely false or completely fake. Then, all four of us started talking about Pop art, pop art was a very popular topic during the Moon Base Alpha sessions, where you can take actual objects such as Campbells Soup cans or cereal boxes and put them, mass produce them on a canvas and tell people this is not real, but it is derived from reality. The images on the Television isn’t real, as in currently present in a person’s living room actually acting out a sitcom in that given space kinda real, but it is real in another place, just not where we’re viewing it from. Digressing, the significance of this topic is that, this souvenir may not look like much to many others until the history behind it is told that the souvenir is a simplified construct of one of the machines from the game and a piece that is both a partial reality given solid form, and a representative object that is derived from reality.

Arts and Bots: Momoyo Torimitsu

Momoyo Torimitsu

A japanese artist who took note of the high economic growth of Japan that transformed it into a businessman country, corporate arms race rather. One of his most famous pieces is a life like robotic sculpture of a typical japanese business man that he named Miyata Jiro, who he had crawl around through not only Japan but through London, Paris, and Amsterdam. He’s also done more projects like Miyata Jiro in the form of Horizons an installation of miniature business men crawling across a map of sorts and progressively destroy themselves and their landscape. As well as Inside Track which not only features a japanese business man but europeon and american life sized robots crawling on the ground in a similar fashion as Miyata Jiro.

(More to be typed at a later time)

Other Robotics Artists 

More Robot artists

Misc Art and sculptures made from recycled materials