Memory, Love, and the Handmade in Interactive Data Installation
The following is a short paper to preface a talk about my new media arts practice in the context of sharing of data installations and net art that will be presented in May at the 28th International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2023: Symbiosis in Paris, France. Artists talks at ISEA are 10 min talks that present works in progress. I am posting this because it will not be published in the proceedings, but I would like this to be archived publicly somehow..
Nightingales is a 5 minute sound art piece and love poem in the form of net art. It was shown at the Thatcher Gallery in SF in the group show, If I'd Known Then in March of 2023.
Cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse) is a collaborative drawing approach. It was first invented by surrealist artists in 1925 to create bizarre and intuitive drawings.
This is a fun and lighthearted evening of extraordinary creations. In this workshop participants playfully collaborate with others and manifest a creaturesque drawing using the exquisite corpse drawing method.
As a creative worldbuilding exercise, the group uses these drawings as a creative drawing prompt and explore narrative elements such as plot, characters, point of view, setting, theme, conflict, and style.
Adorned is a personal music curation project composed of crafting together liturgical, tape and electroacoustic music. I publish in the form of a reoccurring radio show that plays on index radio. It plays at night and is just an outlet for me to craft unusual songs together when I am bored.
the moss corpus is the evidence of my ever-evolving creative writing practice that has taken me years of getting over personal walls of ever publishing to the internet.
Digital Media Design is an introduction of detailed history, theory, and practice of screen-based new media arts and web publishing.
Index Radio is a community radio platform for talk and music — anyone can submit a segment to be played at index-space.org. Think of it as an aggregator for all the cool work the community is tapped into like podcasting, long-form writing, DJ mixes, personal playlists, etc.
I teach various courses that span across focuses in new media. Graphics for the Computer is a foundational class covering the basic tools and concepts of graphic design. Coding for Designers is a course where students are introduced to the basics of coding for creative usages within interaction design. Interactive media I introduces students to programming skills and interaction design for the web.
Short paper called Codex Endogenous: Designing Interactive Self Data Visualization Tool for Trauma Impacted Individuals. This paper proposes the use of a data visualization tool for patients who are in therapy for PTSD. The paper speculates on future possibilities in the use of a novel method combining the quantified self, journaling, and data visualization.
The four artists represented in memory.unshift() exhibit their contemplations, memories, thoughts and meditations on the shifting and tenuous relationship between electronic technology and human consciousness.
I have been developing a course in foundational skills in programming for the web, with a focus on ideas around "the handmade web". Each week, a new practical skill in coding is learned and we end class with a creative prompt at the end. By the next week, each person will have added a new block to a collective webzine to exist as an artifact representing the time spent in class together.
As part of a cohort in Digital Love Languages, handmade data sets take part in collecting moments with a loved one. The program spits out a JSON file that prints a real piece of paper and collects over time. The prompts aim to capture the height of intimacy, yet still fails to encapsule a full state of mindfulness.
The Quantified Self is best described by Gary Wolf as “self-knowledge through numbers.” William James’ theory of the consciousness of the self and the study of coping inspires drawings that retell personal narratives at the same time reveal traces of the subtle emotion associated with intentional forgetting. Codex Endogenous is a project that reveals and visualizes the beauty and morphology of a “self ” and its environment. Here, “codex” refers to a collection of pages stitched together, and “endogenous” is a term in cognitive neuroscience used to describe phenomena that is spontaneously generated from an individual’s internal state. Every day, quantifiable information about the self is produced; left unrevealed would leave the spirit of a self undiscovered. In this project, the self information is transformed into self-knowledge. Data is tracked throughout a day, categorized into implicit and explicit information, visualized as daily data drawings. Analogous to the practice of keeping a daily journal, Codex Endogenous is a digital journal in a screen-based format. It is composed of drawings that embody data representation of the quantified self in the context of environmental habituation including the intentional redaction of information rather forgotten.
Artist Talk: Using Metaphor and Naturalistic Geometry to Visualize Quantified Self Data
I attended International Symposium of Electronic Arts 2020 Montreal and presented my
Theory of Mind Prism is a large scale installation takes data from the people around a space but instead it emits a mirror image made up of grey squares in a grid. A prism of lines oscillating in a light color spectrum, reminiscent of the saturation of color seen emitting from prisms start to connect lines and entangling the viewer and their accompanying friends. Theory of mind is the psychological phenomena that lets living beings understand other’s emotional states. Behavior in this space facilitated a sense of play and joy. Viewers were seen frockling past the installation waiting for their lines to trail behind them and entangle with their friend.
Sense was the first idea to track myself using various devices and use the data output to draw on a canvas. The canvas drew out a network-like pattern that cooresponded to an accelerometer. The idea was that I could connect several sensors on a wristband and have it constantly emit data throughout the day. The result of the day would be an artistic representation generated purely by self data.
Rain Beakon is an ode to the longing for rain and solace. Three panels of sheer fabric hang from the ceiling with a projection of rain falling projection-mapped so that only the fabrics are illuminated in the space. Rain sounds are strong when no one is present, rain sounds are calm when people are present.
Paying homage to Daniel Hertzfelt’s award-winning animations, Pulse of Anonymous Images is one’s memory are displayed with projections onto sheer fabric hanging from the ceiling almost like holograms. The image that is being projection-mapped onto the fabric has photos from an anonymous being. There is a pulse sensor on a pedestal. Once there is a finger on the pulse sensor, the color channels of the image start to become offset creating layered overlapping of color interactions at the rate of the current visitor’s pulse. This forces an intimate interaction with the user and the anonymous being’s memories.