Posted: October 5th, 2015
Hi there, I am a 4th year student here at UC Santa Cruz. I was born in Sacramento, California on June 17th 1994
and have lived there my whole life. I am a Technology and Information Management major out of Baskin's School
of Engineering. I am also a member of the UC Santa Cruz Club soccer team and have been a member for 3 years
Assignment #1: Reproduction and Representation: Arrays, Grids, Avatars
Race has always and will continue to directly and indirectly influence artists and their work, whether they are consciously incorporating it or not. It is obvious that the transition from old media to the “New Media” displays huge advancements in digital media art, especially the cultural details and ethnic influences. A new group of terminology along with racial influences are being discovered which is greatly improving the cultural and ethnic aspects of the works of art and their mediums. Including in these new discovered tools are assets including software, the Internet and many more.
Professor Lev Manovich is a digital media and author of many books who has been involved in persuasive debates about the influences and effects that technology and computer science has in the digital media market. In this article, Manovich explains how “’comparing new media to print, photography, or television will never tell us the whole story; to understand the logic of new media we need to turn to computer science’” (Nakamura 2). From the studying of the topic of race in digital media presently, the term cybertypiing was drafted. This term describes the variety of ways in which the internet has affected, reconstructed and reimagined art and digital media.
This image I have created is an example of cybertyping in digital media. Recently, race battles have unintentionally began because of a slew of law enforcement personnel around the country crossing the lines of their authority and murdering minorities, poor living conditions that force people to commit crimes against their own people, and many other catalysts that lead to these “racial genocides”. Propaganda is the epitome of cybertyping in art today, and my photo is a prime example of this subject.
Assignment #2: Text as Representation
Through week 4 of the class, the one reading that I believe had the most influential and worthwhile information with regards to the second art assignment was Jessie Daniels’ “Race and Racism in Internet Studies: A Review and Critique”. In this essay, Daniels takes several different viewpoints when it comes to racism and ethnic feuds in the technological world today, and incorporates them into a well-organized paper.
The one topic that stood out to me the most was his outtake on Online News and Sports and how racism has affected this area of society. Daniels believes that online news and/or newspapers are a tool that people use in order to stay updated and feel a part of their community. However, research shows that in these sports news articles and the comments that people leave with regards to them, racial-bias is fluent and often a large influence in these excerpts.
Therefore, I chose this topic of his paper to use in the creation of my second art assignment. In his article, Daniels states that “the presence, indeed the preponderance, of racist comments in the public sphere highlight a problem that Howard Rheingold has referred to as a ‘classic tragedy of the commons dilemma’ in which ‘flamers, bullies, racists, etc’ take advantage of open access to other peoples’ attention” (Daniels 7). From what I understand, Daniels is saying that people feel more obligated to make racist comments or be bullies when they are sitting behind a computer screen. With online news and headlines today, people are making biased and disrespectful gestures to these hardworking athletes just because they may like a different team. So I gathered a bunch of racist sports headlines and the comments people left under these news articles and created a text collage.
Assignment #3: Interactivity and the Multi-Vocal Work
The world has quickly transitioned to a network dominated by the internet and the social network applications. Despite this transition, there are still some major issues that have transitioned along with us, including race and social identity. Now that much of our youth are involved in social networks, racism and bullying has taken on a whole new level of despicability. Danah Boyd explains this touchy subject in the article “White Flight in Networked Publics? How Race and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook”. Boyd explains his viewpoint, stating “While Kat does not identify as a racist, her life and social world are shaped by race. Her small school is divided, with poorer students and teens of color in different classes than the white students from wealthier backgrounds” (Boyd 2). In this quote, Boyd explains how even in small public schools, racism has a dominant influence on the students behaviors and morals. For my assignment, I used Boyd’s viewpoints and examples as a foundation for my interactive text program in processing. I wanted to see how people felt about the topic of racism and bullying, even though I already had a good idea of the reactions I would receive. So I developed a program that asked the user how they felt about a certain topic related to these social networks and racism. So they enter their response in the box, press submit and their answer then pops on the screen 100 different times and in different colors to put emphasis on how many people feel the same about this topic.
Assignment #4: Sound Walk- The Art of Listening
Whether people like it or not, the world has transitioned from a day of simple pleasures and cultures to a day dominated by technology. Not only has our culture shifted away from simple sounds, but art has also taken the transition away from the sweet tones and chimes that can be heard thousands of times in an average person’s daily life.
The group ‘Ultra-Red’ takes a unique standpoint on this topic in their essay, “Five Protocols for Organized Listening”. The author touches on an intriguing topic, stating that “There is a saying among Ultra-Red members that sometimes the fastest way to get somewhere is to slow down. In militant sound inquiry, the urgency and impatience behind a research team’s political concerns transform into a desire for time and then into a certainty of time” (Ultra-Red pg.5). From my understanding, Ultra-Red is explaining to us that human nature has become all about time. We are always trying to get a task done by sometime and in some manner. We have shifted away from the simple pleasures of sounds. After thinking about this for a bit, I began to create my audio assignment. I tried my best to fit in a lot of quiet little sounds, but important and soothing tones. Now after analyzing this reading, sitting down myself and attempting to listen to the minor sounds of the world, I began to realize what we continue to miss out on every day of our lives. So in essence, I have transitioned myself back to a listener instead of an instigator
Assignment #5: The Augmented Human – Free Play!
The human subject has been up for interpretation since the birth of the first man. Now that technology has become an integral part of a large portion of the population worldwide, it is hard not to notice the transition humans have taken to depending on technology for their daily lives. In my assignment, I targeted our generation of youth who depend on electronics and technology. It seems that the human race has quickly transitioned to technology and augmented intellect to solving their everyday problems. In my picture, you can see how the young girl is using books to help her grab the tablet, when in the past she would be using those books in order to solve her problem whether it was homework or some other set of complex problems.
Augmented human intellect is an interesting concept that coincidently depicts how many people solve their problems today through the use of technology. Douglas Engelbart in his essay “From Augmenting Human Intellect” explains the purpose of augmented intellect in current daily life. H-LAM/T is an interesting phrase which stands for Human using Language, Artifacts, Methodology, in which he is Trained. This analogy depicts how humans use their skills and methods to efficiently and effectively solve complex problems in their daily lives. (Engelbart 93). Engelbart also defines augmented human intellect and how this concept is an exceptional and very useful tool. He states that, “augmented human intellect helps increase the capability of a man to approach a complex problem, to gain comprehension to suit particular needs, and to derive solutions to these complex problems quickly. Being able to solve complex and difficult problems by using methods, tools, etc. to gain better comprehension of the situations” (Engelbart 95). In essence, the augmented human being is a great example of how the human race consistently and quickly adapts and evolves to new and difficult issues that they come across.
Extra Assignment: This is my "TIME" assignment.
• Girl trying to reach a tablet
• She is standing on books
• Background is black to white gradient
• Statements look more negative because they are surrounding the figure
• Texts are quotes of young girl/children
• Addicted or constantly using technology
• Disregarding the books instead of using them to solve problems
• Quotes are commentary between people of the new generation
• Quotes are criticisms of the kids in the new generation who are dependent on the technology
• Created by adobe illustrator
• Created by adobe photoshop
• The piece is on technologies effect on the new generation
• There is a constant pressure to use technology
• Peer pressure is involved in the use of technology