About Me

Posted: September 29th, 2015

I am Jialing Sun. I am a freshman which is studying Mathematics and Economics double major. I am a South African Chinese.

Prompt 1: Photography=Art?

Posted: October 8, 2015

Walter Benjamin said in his "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" , “for the first time in the process of pictorial reproduction, photography freed the hand of the most important artistic functions which henceforth devolved only upon the eye looking into a lens (Walter, 1935)”. I think the most important artistic function is the presentation of the artist’s point of view through their medium.Benjamin points out that the technology’s advancement is not destroying the artistic function, but instead is simplifying the process of producing a picture. When photography was invented, it also freed the artist' from the time consuming process to create by painting or drawing. Like my JPEG shown below, I just needed 0.25s to take a selfie, but with the self portrait, I needed much more time to first find the color of my skin, then paint it. I know in the olden days there was no such technology as cameras that can take photos. So if you wished to get a portrait of yourself, you needed to pose in a still position for a long time to get it. However now, you can take as many pictures as you want rather than use many hours just to capture a single frame of what you see. Almost everybody has access to photography and the result is everybody can be an artist. People have all different points of view, and different perspectives on what art is. Photography is a medium for presenting point of view. There are also many other methods to express the artist’s point of view, but photography is the most accessible. Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader (1935): 6. Print.


Posted: October 23, 2015

“Race” traps the body in real life. It attaches meanings to skin, hair, and bones that have been organized around the ambitions of colonialism/imperialism, capitalist exploitation and psychoanalytical differentiation, and which have proven difficult to destabilize.” (Gosine, 2007)In life, people cannot choose their ethnicity or race when they were born. Originally, people are born without choice of their color of skin, hair, and their features. People may see a whole race as one individual created by stereotypes. For example, when people think of a African American individual, many will think of stereotypes portrayed by the media. If we think of a Caucasian, a light skin person with blonde hair will appears in our mind. That does not mean all the African Americans or Caucasians are like that. Those are just stereotypes thrown at them by corrupted people. Every single person on earth is unique. We should not judge a person based on their race and their culture background. People may see a whole race as one individual constructed by their own race and their ancestors. Many people tend to point out the flaws of many races’ history and have been proven difficult to destabilize. Just like the Japanese invaded China seventy years ago, that does not means all Japanese are brutal. Are we going to say because of Adolf Hitler, all Germans are brutal? People are all the same, just with different appearance. It is not fair for those good people in the race group that you were being raced too. We should just all Keep Calm and Stop racism. Gosine. A 2007 “ Passing White in Queer Cyberspace” in Brown to Blonde at Gay.Com

Digital Environments

Posted: November 5, 2015

The artwork presented in the sketch tab is divided into two part. Both parts having different shades of grey, the top list grey block represents the majority and the bottom dark grey represents the minority in society. Society has always been turbid and unclear approachable to the color grey. “Just as physical spaces and tastes are organized around and shaped by race and class, so too are digital environments.” (Boyd, 3) Because people today try to adjust being accepted in society, humanity has put a title of social classes on people. Using the artwork as an example, the top block named “digital environment” or society may represent the majority of the native population in a nation and the bottom block also named “digital environment” may represent the minority population. The balls falling from the top represent opinions and ideas which flood the bottom block. Overall, the majority have more power than the minority and end up making the minorities opinion not matter. Most of the majority population today try to become the top dog in the “society tree”. Many people seek and crave for social acceptance and social class. Eventually the people in the bottom are often ridiculed or judged by the upper class. Many people of the upper class refer to the lowers class as ghetto or other negative terms. “Being ghetto refers to a set of tastes that emerged as poor people of color developed fashion cultural artifacts that proudly expressed their identity.” (Boyd, 3) “Ghetto” is a ball that is dropped from the majority to the minority created by people seeking satisfaction for themselves. Lower social class people deal with being ridiculed and have no choice being described this way because of many reasons like limited opportunity, having a difficult background, or even oppression from the higher social class community. Citation: Boyd, Danah.(2011). “White Flight in Networked Publics? How Race and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook.” In Race After the Internet (eds. Lisa Nakamura and Peter A. Chow-White). Routledge, pp. 203-222.

Solitary to solidarity

Posted: November 20, 2015

I edited an audio I recorded from the sound walk we did this week, that is related to the Ultra-red reading piece, Five Protocols For Organized Listing, for this week. When I was editing my piece, I first divided it into six different sections. Each section begins with a person stating what community he or she represents. After they introduce themselves, I select the highlights and topics from their sound walk to represent them. When listening, an individual can sense what kind of person they are and what kind of culture and community do they come from. For instance, there is a bird chirping in the background from one of the presenter. It shows that he is an individual who enjoys being in nature or the forest. In addition, I added a walking sound in the background to show that we are walking as a group and that all the members are listening to each other when others are talking, each person that is talking is the leader to lead the next journey. “Learning to listen is the intentional task of solidarity” (Ultra-red 2). Each member of the group is an individual, yet we are learning to listen, and forming a solidarity group spirit. The audio piece I edit is really quiet; which shows the suburbs life in Santa Cruz is relaxing. The volume is soft, so people have to concentrate to listen in order to pay attention of the small details it exposes. Additionally, it brings all the solitary unique listeners to a solidarity as a listening group. "Ultra-Red : Five Protocols For Organized Listening [PDF-5]." Half Letter Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.


Posted: December 4, 2015

The Internet provides a neutralized public space for everybody. There is no need for someone to introduce themselves about their culture, race, or gender. According to Jennifer Gonzalez, “There is a recurring desire to see online digital spaces as sites of universal subjectivity that can escape the limitations of race. This desire tends to intersect with assumptions about public space and systems of ethics that valorize the neutralization of cultural, racial, and sexual difference, as well as historical specificity” (37). In this art piece, the laptop represents an online digital space. The dialogue, which appears on the laptop screen, represents the Internet as a place where identity is no longer needed. Using the country flags, the background of my art piece, indicates different cultures and races. The cultures and races are behind the online digital spaces. People can use the Internet as a sort of camouflage. The Internet also provides a mask to an individual behind the screen. They themselves form their identity by his or her opinions. An individual can be anyone; he or she does not need to show their identity to others. The phrase “I AM EVERYBODY” means, as the Internet being a camouflage, each person can be someone they want to be, or they can represent anybody. “The Internet provides an unprecedented possibility for a new ethical encounter between humans” (qtd, in Gonzalez 38). People on the Internet are sharing their opinions without being judged of their culture, race, gender or social class. Everybody is equal. Gonzalez, J. "The Face and the Public: Race, Secrecy, and Digital Art Practice." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (2009): 37-65. Print.

Critique feedback

Posted: December 3, 2015

The sounds that my classmate heard in my piece are- car, female voice, door opening, footsteps, introduction, people’s name, male voice, wind, dinning hall, water, UCSC student life, “I represent UCSC”.The similarity of my soundwalk piece and the other one are both have car sound, introduction who they are, records from outsides, use voices as narrative, feature youth. The differences between two pieces: my piece is quiet, in the daytime and does not have music; the other piece is loud, in the night time and does have music.