Listening – Week 2

I resumed work recording my stomach by trying to create a better connector for my microphone to my stethoscope. I bought some kind of brass pipe coupler and taped it to the mic. On the other end, I retrofitted my old connector to fit into the brass pipe, allowing the stethoscope tube to be threaded through while blocking out some of the outside noise. This seemed a little better but not good enough.
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Seeing is Forgetting The Name of The Thing One Sees

Robert Irwin is a master in illusion. For him, “aesthetic perception itself [is] the pure subject of art. Art exist[s] not in objects but in a way of seeing.” It requires an active viewer to take it in and, hopefully, become altered, even if only for a second. Irwin induces a change in perception through his work, making the viewer reexamine their environment – which includes themselves. He believes the role of artists is to prod the relationship between the mind and the body, as two parts that are “equally dependent and mutually exclusive”[source]. This to me is the real magic of art; it can force an awakening of the mind and the body as separate things. When you become aware of the whole of you, in the environment, it produces a jolt of exaltation. It’s the most spiritual act I’ve experienced.
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Brainstorming Artifacts

For our brainstorming session, we selected three research topics:

Batteries
Climate Change
AI Neural Network Visualization

We then took 8 minutes for each person to generate 8 ideas. With one minute allocated per idea, each of us had to sketch something out and give it a name.

Some of the most compelling ideas that came directly from the brainstorm or as a response to it:
An interactive visualization representing the effects of climate change.
An led sculpture representing a neural network where users can feed in different images
A creation of a “school” for computers where users can experience what a lecture, test, and graduation might be like for a computer that learns.
Visualizing neural network through rearranging of physical objects.
An examination of batteries in our every day life, (like an xray into common objects), with physical representations of batteries.
Experiments in batteries – can we make objects that represent the chemical processes or experiment with their materiality, with the audience being able to take part in some play
Large sculptures where you can go inside of a battery

After sharing our ideas, we decided to focus on batteries. More to come…

My Social Media Pet

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– Description
My Social Media Pet is a game about the addicting nature of Instagram. A user creates a pet and keeps it alive with followers and likes. You get followers by mindlessly pressing like and follow buttons. You get likes by posting photos and covering them in stickers. At a certain point, the pet becomes tired of being online and the user must take it offline to progress the game. It’s at that point that the pet discovers it is in a matrix – a world full of other pets stuck in their phones.
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