Day 1

Posted: September 29th, 2015

Art 80F Assignment 1: Creating your webpage.

Hello, my name is Shin. I am a fourth year, Legal Studies major here at UCSC. I have a dog (picture above) Rexx, who has been with my family for five years.

My house recently also decided to adopt two cats. Whom are both still very little kittens. I enjoy going on hikes, naps, the beach, and everything that Santa Cruz

has to offer. One of the few things I wish to do before I graduate from here is to explore the backyard of UCSC and hike all the famous locations out there in the forest.

Day 2

Posted: October 1th, 2015

Art 80F Assignment 2: Prompt 1: Reproduction and Representation: Arrays, Grids, Avatars

This picture represents a bridge in race and time. Throughout generations people migrate from other countries to seek opportunities. America is often seen as the land of the dreams where if anyone can make it if they decide to put effort. Yet, in the land of the digital age where one would expect racial stereotypes to disappear, racial prejudices thrive. Lisa Nakamura does a fantastic job referencing just how racial stereotypes are referenced – often through the availability, or lack thereof of access to digital information. However, regardless of digital or analog, or whatever world we live in – racial stereotypes exists today. “These “Indian out-casts” are seen as a natural resource to be exploited – valuable workers, like Chinese railroad laborers. What’s more, they’re a racial group characterized “naturally” as always-already digital, like Asians as a whole. In 1997, Bill Gates indulged in a moment of foot-in-mouth cybertyping when he declared during a visit to India that “South Indians are the second-smartest people on the planet (for those who are guessing, he rated the Chinese as the smartest; those who continue to guess should note that white people, like Gates, do not get classified, since it is the white gaze in this incarnation, that is transcendental and able to do the classifying!)” This picture, represents an interesting theme. It’s a computer, or a collage, with code creating the shape of a railroad. There was a point in time of history where Chinese immigrants migrated to California to help build railroads. Now, immigrants come from all over Asia to help build code. Either way, these immigrants are still building someone else’s dreams.

Art 80F Assignment 3

Although this picture seems simple, as it was created on paint, I thought long and hard on how simple words can represents racism in a digital world. Here you see 4 words, Black, White, Yellow, Red. on the outside the words are colored with the opposite of their color wheel, for example, red is green colored, yellow is purple colored, black is white colored, and white is black colored. In the center, the 4 words show their true colors. In the readings they often call for how the digital world is supposed to go beyond racism, and break the barriers that we associate ourselves with so commonly in real life. Yet, the identity we portray ourselves in the digital world often mirror something we are not - blacks acting white, white acting black (the professor mentioned this) yet in the digital word race persists. This is because "Ideologies of “race” are so purposefully and intensively repeated and circulated in Western cultures, whether through institutional practices (policing, education, etc.) or the production of popu- lar culture, that despite overwhelming evidence that “race” is a lie, its mytho- logical links between skin and thought continue to shape most (if not all) aspects of living in most (if not all) parts of the contemporary world." Regardless of how juxtapose the words may be, if they're flipped inside out, backwards and forwards, people cannot escape the views that the contemporary world have accepted in the notion of race.

critique: The overall summary consensus was at first people found it hard to define because they were able to observe that the colors were opposite of each other, except for yellow. The green color was not exactly the most green, therefore it threw off some observations and observers went a different directions. Some critique of the art was on point: they questioned why it was a blue background with a black spots everywhere; this was not deliberate but really in fact to try to get the colors and words to pop and stand out. The overall critique was very good, and I appreciated everyones comments.

Art 80F Assignment 4:

This assignment is about having data transform into art. In our course theme it is often seen that race and identity is at a culture. I wanted to make this look at this in a more macro sense, by observing reaction (interpreted by the fuzzies getting excited) to a certain topic. I helped create this program from a previous class and have modified it to help fit this assignment better. Some of the things I did was to create a more human like context to the fuzzies, and changing them from the excited -> dormant to now dormant -> excited state. "Data must be interpreted in order to take on meaning and become information. A datum is a mark or trace that represents a portion of the real world. Data can be processed and transcribed into a readable language on a sustainable medium-a completed queStionnaire, a taped-interview, the recorded results of an experiment. Events or experiences that leave physical, virtual, or perceivable marks can be traced through data. (Daneils)" One of the themes was how art can make a statement in our culture. When you present something, in this case by continually clicking within the screen, what happens is that more fuzzies wake up from their dormant state. Like how our culture works, when we illuminate more and more points towards issue, certainly there will be some people that are excited, but the more we bring issue to it the more excited people become.

Art 80F Assignment: Soundwalk

In this assignment I represented the students of UCSC, or rather, my perception of what I think of UCSC. UC Santa Cruz offers an amazing campus with a beauty and draws like no other, an escape and a breath of fresh air for a student who lived in the city. Yet, this sound walk hopefully lets students understand some other things that go on in there. Often used at the beginning of an investigation, a sound walk allows people to enter into the interaction and experience and reflect on their surroundings. My goal was to let people understand just what to expect at UCSC in the most blunt manner. It is well, quiet walking (if you are enjoying the nature) and well, construction. This is because the alignment of campus is more or less a hidden city inside a forest. In the reading ULTRA – RED is a understandably a great space for giving social injustice the spotlight by going into the zone of tension and observing directly what is happening, yet what rings even more true to me is students like me who “attempt to resolve the contradictions of their education by making art that is accountable only to themselves.”(ULTRA-RED p.25) It’s a quiet endeavor but I realized only after creating this soundwalk that my perception of UCSC has become either silence in solitude or construction in metropolis. Ultra-red, Five Protocols For Organized Listening with Variations, 2012.

Art 80F Final Assignment: Are you linked in?

“[The previous generation] failed to achieve the humanist revolution because a.) the level of technology was not then adequate to make personal freedom possible for the majority; and b.) the forces of collectivism, nationalism and corporate power were, at that point, stronger than the forces fighting against them. Nevertheless the 1960s laid the basis for a new model of individual freedom, which, though never fully realized, was at least clearly conceived: it’s been labelled ‘networked individualism’.” For that I may concur with that opinion, yet I believe now it’s gotten to a point where the ‘networked individual’ basis has gone too far, too far to a point where social and racial injustice, when highlighted, are no longer effective as it used to be. Too much have our generation gone long processes to instant gratification – and that’s understandable given our climate of our technology today. Yet what I think people fail to understand now more than ever is the fact that social injustice, social movements take years and years to mount. That big social changes is not a thing that instant gratification can provide. Yet the generation of ‘networked individuals’ now preach and rage on the latest news cycle – until the next one comes, an aftereffect of instant gratification. - Paul Mason, Why It’s Kicking off Everywhere, The New Global Revolutions