About Me Update

Posted: February 2, 2017

Hello once again! It has almost been two years since I've edited my website and I wanted to provide a list of what has changed.



Now it's time to list what hasn't changed.


  1. I still can binge Netflix shows for a minimum of 5 hours.
  2. I am still addicted to Candy Crush.
  3. I still wait until the very last minute to work on my assignments.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a lovely day!


About Me

Posted: April 1, 2015

Hello, my name is Sabrina Luu. I'm a first year at UCSC and I'm also from Northern California! Photography is my preferred medium although I still consider myself a beginner. The photo below was taken at this beautiful campus with my Canon Powershot SX1.


Reproduction

Posted: April 9, 2015

My image is a take on David Hockney's famous photographic style of taking different angles and pieces of a subject and then layering them to create one whole photo. The left is the original structure and the right is the reconstructed version of the same building. The subject on the right is slightly saturated in color and it became more and more distorted with the placement of each new layer. This represents the idea that the more copies of a piece of art has, the less meaning and worth it contains. Walter Benjamin spends a fair portion of his essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction", arguing that art has begun to be made for that more for political use, causing the deterioration of its authenticity. "To pry an object from its shell, to destroy its aura, is the mark of a perception whose 'sense of the universal equality of things' has increased to such a degree that it extracts it even from a unique object by means of reproduction," (Benjamin 4). Reproducing a photo has become incredibly easier over the years; you no longer had to travel far and wide to see a famous painting. Since artworks are so accessible to the public, their viewing experience is negatively affected. I wanted to symbolize all the hard work and details artists put into their pieces by the great amount of layers I used. Due to the ease of reproduction, this effort is mostly going to have an audience that mindlessly absorbs the work because it is no longer remotely unique or original.

Walter, Benjamin. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. London: Penguin, 2008. Print.

The piece I chose to be critiqued was from week two which was not the best choice since my classmates had to think back to what all the readings were about etc. However, they still managed to give me a fair amount of feedback on the image. Overall multiple people noted that it was a building and felt like there were different sections taken from the image on the right and rearranged on the left. It came across as something related to a puzzle similar to a Rubix cube. The photo had an obvious industrial feel but many students said that they would have no recognized the building on campus, or the fact that it was a building at all if the image was solely the one on the right hand side. Later on there was a realization that the right building was in fact many layers of photos which became more evident from one of the darker and straighter edges of the top of the structure. Also the use of a variety of photos that were taken from different angles giving the sense of multiple perspectives. It was understood that my artwork followed other photographers with this collage type of style but it was also referenced to glitch art which I have never heard about. I suppose my message was not completely clear or not a lot of people remembered much about the reproduction theme but the point I was trying to make totally went over everyone's heads. My photograph, as described in my provided description above was to represent the deterioration of the subject's value as more copies are made. Sorry about the bad quality photo and terrible handwriting. But! All the comments made are summarized above. :)


Classification

Posted: April 23, 2015

Daniels mentions the structure and format of the Web and how it uses terms and colors that can be/are racially offensive to others. She further talks about how social networks such as Facebook, and many other internet websites seem to be firm on users classifying themselves from a list of options on a drop down menu. Also, how videogames overly-represent white male character options and condone the use of violence against the darker skin-toned characters. I purposely used white font against a dark background to imitate the physical look of the mouse selector we are all familiar with and to comment upon the notion white equals power. Users can only browse and execute their needs with the click of the mouse which happens to resemble a white hand. When it came to determining what font to use, I went with the most assertive looking form for the word master and the most plain, average type for the remaining terms. All of the terms I selected are found within the critique: when describing videogames, structural terms, what we draw towards when on the internet etc. I additionally wanted to include Wakins' discovery, that being, "...the same racialized language used to differentiate between safe and unsafe people and communities was used to describe Facebook and MySpace" (Daniels 8). This language was used to describe the transition between the two; MySpace was now trashy and ghetto whereas Facebook is trustworthy and clean. The final aspect of my artwork the exact drop down menu from gay.com that consumers have to choose from in order to complete their registration. This list is extremely condensed and reiterates Daniels' objection towards this concept.

Daniels, Jessie. "Race and Racism in Internet Studies: A Review and Critique." SAGE Publications, 10 Dec. 2012. Web.


Divide

Posted: May 7, 2015

The interactive art piece I created is quite simple. The user is to click their mouse until it eventually covers the people at the bottom of the screen (a total of five clicks). Both Facebook and Myspace have the dominant blue color implemented for their logo so I decided to clothe the people with shades of blue transitioning brighter as the skin tones become lighter. Be mindful of which people are classified or trapped behind the label "Myspace" in my piece and that it is a gradual drop as opposed to instantaneous. I took the idea of the mouse's resemblance to white power for the user participation aspect. It is basically emphasizing the increasing rein that white people have over the internet. Myspace used to be a popular social media platform for people from all different sorts of backgrounds but after the introduction of Facebook, there was an occurrence that Danah Boyd likes to describe as a "white flight". Boyd notes, "Those who adopted MySpace were from different backgrounds and had different norms and values than those who adopted Facebook. White and more affluent individuals were more likely to choose and move to Facebook. Even before statistical data was available, the language teens used to describe each site and its users revealed how the division had a race and class dimension to it"(Boyd 3-4). Facebook was new and had a more organized and professional look to it and appealed over Myspace thus the grand shift of individuals who fall under the category of upper class leaving old Myspace with negative and racially-based descriptions like the term ghetto.

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.


Screen

Posted: May 20, 2015

I take residence at College Nine which coincidentally takes ownership of the theme of International and Global Perspectives. In order to emphasize our theme and express diversity, we have two rows of flags from all over the world hung across two of the dorm buildings which I have documented in my first location pointer which is on the left. Chela Sandoval and Guisela Latorre's piece mentioned a quote spoken from Michelle Lee White that says, "Electronic technology, especially digital, seems to have pierced the protective bubble of fixed racial and ethnic identity by making it easy for us to create physically detached screen personas that transcend social realities" (Sandoval 83). There is a fine line between what is real and what is not and while on the internet, people tend to forget about where that line is. Users of virtual reality simulation games have a great tendency of getting too involved and wrapped up into this fantasy land they have constructed. I decided to take the provided window screen to use as my focal point to act as the electronic screen that creates this disconnect between one's true identity and what is presented online. I took this photograph early one morning to have an unedited gloomy tint to picture and made sure that the background was out of focus to stress the detachment further. As you explore further to the marker on the right I took a screenshot of the actual street view that Google Maps provides when you look this location up. As you can see the flags are nowhere to be seen, thus presents the idea of how our lives and environment is constantly changing, something the web is incapable of displaying: reality.

Sandoval, Chela, and Guisela Latorre. "Chicana/o Artivism: Judy Baca's Digital Work with Youth of Color." Learning Race and Ethnicity: Youth and Digital Media. Edited by Anna Everett. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008. 81-108. doi: 10.1162/dmal.9780262550673.081


Addiction

Posted: June 1, 2015

I started reading though the chapter titled "I Tweet in My Dreams: The Rise of the Networked Individual" in Paul Mason' novel named: Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions, and there was one that stood out to me. It was the statistic that apparently "...60 percent of all young people use a 'second screen' while watching TV" (Mason 130). I have not encountered text that accurately described me so well in such a long time. I have reached that point in my life where my attention span is so short, I absolutely cannot sit through a 90 minute movie, let alone a 30 minute show, or worse, a 7 minute Youtube video without using my phone at the very same time. Mason mentions further on in the text, "Wellman noticed that people preferred to live with multiple networks, flat hierarchies and weak commitments: Rather than relating to one group, [people] cycle through interactions with a variety of others..."(Mason 130). Just like everyone else I have at least four favorite social networking apps on my phone that I periodically sift through as the sun goes down. I wanted to incorporate the two so for my project I decided Snapchat. Snapchat happens to be one of my favorites and the posts only last for 24 hours reinforcing the idea of weak commitments. My "Snapsterpiece" contains all the components of a typical snap: quick, toddler-like drawing, a dramatic filter and text to clarify the image presented followed by unnecessary emojis. More specifically, the drawing is of me playing on my phone while "watching" my guilty pleasure. I scribbled over the head as opposed to drawing a face for outside persective (the hair on the back of my head) and also so it is more relatable to the viewer.

Mason, Paul. Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions. London: Verso, 2012. Print.