Electronic Rituals: Become A Buddhist In The Internet Era

Collaborated project with Lucie Chen.

Website link: https://hereisjade.github.io/Detourning-the-web-hw/im_a_buddhist_v1/

According to Buddhist sutras, there are ten thousands of Buddhas in the world, which implys “infinity”. The information accessible on the Internet also brings us the feeling of “infinity”.  Continue reading “Electronic Rituals: Become A Buddhist In The Internet Era”

Final Draft: How To Become A Buddhist

How To Become A Buddhist (In The Internet Era)

Website link: https://hereisjade.github.io/Detourning-the-web-hw/im_a_buddhist_v1/

According to Buddhist sutras, there are ten thousands of Buddhas in the world, which implys “infinity”. The information accessible on the Internet also brings us the feeling of “infinity”.  Continue reading “Final Draft: How To Become A Buddhist”

Cut up letters

I read the whole fucking thing, that I may at least be brought to so govern myself as never to lose the love and trust that you have given me.
It’s been a long road since then, let us make and keep our love more beautiful than any love has ever been before.
You’re obviously a bright fucking chick, I am so lonely I can hardly bear it.
Of course,How long these hours are alone.
Thank you for your gorgeous and charming letter, that is the deepest need of the human spirit.
I was very miserable and fighting hard on my 21st b’ day, so have you now become the whole world of my spirit.
People booed me on the stage, to see you, hear you, is now the only happiness, the only life, I know.
So hang on, it lies in what you are, dear love.

Source code: github

FROM THE AMERICAN ARTIST ROCKWELL KENT TO HIS WIFE FRANCES (1926)

Frances! I am so lonely I can hardly bear it. As one needs happiness so have I needed love, that is the deepest need of the human spirit. And as I love you utterly, so have you now become the whole world of my spirit. It is beside and beyond anything that you can ever do for me, it lies in what you are, dear love to me so infinitely lovely that to be near you, to see you, hear you, is now the only happiness, the only life, I know. How long these hours are alone!

Yet is good for me to know the measure of my love and need, that I may at least be brought to so govern myself as never to lose the love and trust that you have given me.

Dear Frances, let us make and keep our love more beautiful than any love has ever been before.

Forever, dearest one.

Thy

Rockwell.

Iggy Pop’s words of encouragement to a fan (1995)

 

It took nine months for Iggy Pop to reply to 21-year-old Laurences fan letter, but the timing couldnt have been more perfect, as on the day his thoughtful note did arrive at her Paris home, Laurences family were being evicted by bailiffs. She recalls that moment in 1995:

By the time I finished I was in tears. Not only had Iggy Pop received the letter I had sent him nine months before, but he had read the whole 20 pages, including the bit about my Adidas dress (a semi-innocent allusion on my part), and all the rest; my description of being the child of an acrimonious divorce with the string of social workers, lawyers, estate agents and bailiffs at the door, the fear, the anger, the frustration, the love.

Although brief, Iggys empathetic response addressed Laurences problems with grace and eloquence. 

Dear Laurence,

Thank you for your gorgeous and charming letter, you brighten up my dim life.

I read the whole fucking thing, dear. Of course, I’d love to see you in your black dress and your white socks too. But most of all I want to see you take a deep breath and do whatever you must to survive and find something to be that you can love. You’re obviously a bright fucking chick, w/a big heart too and I want to wish you a (belated) HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY 21st b’ day and happy spirit. I was very miserable and fighting hard on my 21st b’ day, too. People booed me on the stage, and I was staying in someone else’s house and I was scared. It’s been a long road since then, but pressure never ends in this life. “Perforation problems” by the way means to me also the holes that will always exist in any story we try to make of our lives. So hang on, my love, and grow big and strong and take your hits and keep going.

All my love to a really beautiful girl.

That’s you Laurence.

Iggy Pop

Fluxus Artist: Shigeko Kubota

Shigeko Kubota, a Japanese-born artist who worked in sculpture, video and installation and was married to Nam June Paik (1932–2006), died in New York on July 23. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Tokyo University, Shigeko Kubota moved to the United States where she studied at New York University and the New School for Social Research in the mid ’60s. Kubota encountered video through her involvement with the New York-based Fluxus Movement, which included Nam June Paik, Allison Knowles, Allan Kaprow, and George Maciunas. Continue reading “Fluxus Artist: Shigeko Kubota”

Study Of Pathways Post-Mortem

It is that time of the project that rarely ever comes. Time to be critical of what worked, what didn’t, and what surprised us. All in the hopes that next time will be much better.

What pathways did you see?
The pathways observed can probably be divided into two main categories. There was a lot of back and forth motion, a lot of linear movement. This was particularly true of David as he moved around the room. Jade however, tended to move more about the same area, orbiting around in what could be consider circles or eights.

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Which ones did you predict and design for? Which were surprises?
Thinking back, we predicted a lot more of circular motion. But more important, we predicted a lot more collaboration among the users. We expected physical contact between them, at the end, they didn’t even touched once. We predicted a lot more of pushing and pulling, perhaps some rolling on the ground and a lot of expanding and contracting, both in a personal but also in a collaborative way.

What design choices did you make to influence the pathways people would take?
It is hard to say if there was a decision that influenced more than the rest but there were a couple that had a lot of weight. Moving the kinect from the ceiling to the wall in front of the performers had an immediate effect on how they would move. It literally shifted gravity, the range of possible movements. In retrospect, perhaps not really a conscient design choice, showing the performers on the screen in front of them really affected the way they moved. They seemed to be more interested on how the technology was capturing the movement than the movement itself.

Thinking about design choices it is relevant to talk about the code, even if it did not turn out as expected. The idea was to make a polygon by joining different body joints of the two performers. By showing previous polygons, the performers could see the history of their movement. This is important because it makes them aware of how their motion is not limited to space but extends through time. The visuals are a consequence of the movement but in turn these inform future possible motion.

What choices were not made? left to chance?
We only designed the interactions involved with one or two people, so the third person’s joints would not be shown on the display. And the joints selected to form lines were only left shoulder, left wrist, left hip, left foot, since we thought people might move these joints a lot. However, when the users started, they waved the hands and walked around to discover the space, with little focus on the shapes they formed.

What did people feel interacting with your piece? How big was the difference between what you intended and what actually happened?

We intended to project the screen to the wall which faces to the users, but due to the equipment locations, we could only project it on the floor. In this way, they firstly expected to see some visuals shown on the floor, but it seemed hard to understand the connections between user behavior and the projection because the visuals projected were reversed. We didn’t expect people to pay attention to the floor, but instead, we hoped they could watch the visual changes on the two computers. It might have affect how long people may understand the interactions.

After we suggested them see the computers, people could soon get the idea. But one of our programs with floating curves can only catch one user’s joints and thus couldn’t show an enclosed shape, while the other one showed a changing hexagon. We also intended that people held their hands together, and touched each other’s foot, but people tended to stay away with each other. And the shapes they formed became much wider.

Provide BEFORE and AFTER diagrams of your piece:

Performers on the floor, connected by foot-hand action
Performers on the floor, connected by hand-hand foot-foot actions

 

After:

Performers detached, walking and moving in very independent ways.

Alternative motions considered:

Code:

https://alpha.editor.p5js.org/sebmorales/sketches/rypE_wAdl

https://alpha.editor.p5js.org/Jade/sketches/BkfE2U1Yx

Thursday poems

http://hellopoetry.com/words/33964/thursday/poems/

https://github.com/HereIsJade/RWET-hw/tree/master/Thursday%20poem

Thursday poems

Then I remembered that it’s Thursday

It’s always Thursdays

Sometimes Thursdays have been fine

But when a day of the week hasn’t been fine,

It’s been a Thursday

Thursdays should be good

It’s a Thursday

Nothing special, to me its Thursday

Your chords on Saturday afternoons,

your hugs on Sunday morning,

your smiles on Monday chats,

your kisses on Thursday nights

Surrealism and chance in “The Rape”, 1935 by Rene Magritte

Rape (Le Viol), 1935 by Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte was a surrealist artist from Belgium, whose work was well known for its thought-provoking and witty nature. He challenged his audience’s perception of reality. The Rape was painted in 1935 and is considered highly controversial.  Continue reading “Surrealism and chance in “The Rape”, 1935 by Rene Magritte”

Two Materials

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This time I made a flower arrangement using wood, coil and wool. The vase is made of wood, inside the hole lies several coils that are winding like stems, and on top of some coils there are blue wool flowers.

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I used the drill press to make a wooden wheel and drilled a big hole in the center, then I used the sanded the top non-horizontally, but created a tilt surface.

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I found it hard to fold two wires and made the connection, so I soldered them together. I twisted the coil to make it stable and look like a stem.

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