Pull back the curtain

Computational Media is super cool to me for a couple reasons:

    1. Pulling back the curtain on programming and thinking like a computer.
      I have limited programming experience that mostly involves expletives and frustration. I see this class as the perfect opportunity to increase my code literacy and increase the intuition involved when trying to get the computer to do what I say!

      when the p5 shape wont move

      I like what we have done so far in p5 because its a very WSYIWG approach to programming. Instead of having to print() every line and interpret it, you can visually see what changing a function or number is doing to your program. Yet I look forward to the challenge of this no longer being available, just now equipped with a new understand of how the computer works, and being able to navigate the internet for the answers I need more efficiently (i.e. how to google like a programmer.

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Spend two hours making a child-like drawing

Hi ICM class.

Many many years ago, my friends and I created a “logo” for our “squad” called The Muffin Men. The logo itself is a muffin that reflects the sentiment of the name: funny & cute, but maybe serious?

You can see one (pixelated) rendition of the logo at the top of the page. For this week’s exercise I created the muffin in p5 and it looks like this:

To do this I utilized the p5 Shape reference page and made the muffin out of shapes primarily including the curveVertex() function to make the curves you see around the muffin top. To make the eyes, I tried a different curve function called quadraticVertex(), which I like much better.

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Make an atlas of the whole universe

…and fly through it!!

First class of ITP (Applications with Nancy) featured a presentation from Carter Emmart, who toured us around space to show you how small and unimportant we are.

You can see a version of it for yourself here.

The atlas is a feat of data mapping and visualization capabilities. It took a big team of people to put together and was met with resistance by traditionalists who saw it as a waste of funding.

But it was a powerful experience, and definitely got me interested in planetary and galactic concepts I wouldn’t otherwise care to know. So take that, lame scientists!

NYC 1993: Time Capsule

ImageThe New Museum exhibits are free to NYU students. For my field trip I went to the nostalgic time capsule exhibit titled NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.

In the museums own words:

“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” draws its subtitle from the eponymous album that the New York rock band Sonic Youth recorded in 1993 and captures the complex exchange between mainstream and underground culture across disciplines, which came to define the art of the era.”

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Working my way down from the top, I SnapChatted the pleasant view that the observation deck affords.

One of my favorite pieces was the first contextual piece. A series of about 10 TV’s were lined up and displayed a rotation of facts about 1993 color coded in order to categorize them into world news, US/NYC news, and entertainment/pop culture news. Seeing as how I was 1 year of age during that time, this was the most informative and educative installation in the exhibit.

Aside from that piece, I must admit I don’t have an opinion on many of the other installations. There were, however, two clear interrelated issues at the forefront of many works: gay rights & AIDS.

It is crazy to me that homosexuals were treated poorly so recently in our nations history. Although discrimination most certainly still exists, the video installations as well as a poster (describing the murder of a gay man) in particular make me realize how far the LGBT community has come in a score of years.

The digital exhibitions did a good job of portraying the pain and effort that the gay community carried in order to have their voice heard, especially in the context of HIV/AIDS. Although my view may be biased by these works, I find it appalling how little sympathy the government extended to its own people.

Overall I enjoyed the digital works much more that the other alternative installations. Exhibits like this one make me realize the place that digital art may have in other museums in the future.

 

 

Listening Exercise: Locked Out

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I chose to go to a corner bench area where I waited for my roomate on a day I was locked out of my house. I tried to keep my eyes closed but I didn’t like it. Overall this was a calming experience. I’m going to describe my experience on in a stereo format, with a left, right and middle aural experience.

CAR NOISES PERSIST THE WHOLE TIME – STOP, GO, ACCELERATE, SLOW

JaCkHaMmEr

car squeak – perhaps brakes or just an axel

birds chirp

Bike chain jingles

chain hits the ground

chain gets wrapped up; the whole time car noises & bird chirps disappear to me – then suddenly spring back…but the jackhammer is gone.

voices, [my own sniffle], a distant laugh

the sound of a storefront gate closing…no wait, just a motorcycle revving up

chainsaw? something like a chainsaw where the jackhammer used to be

child repeatedly yelling a one syllable word (probably ‘mom’)

metal banging on metal in rhythmic fashion

more kids and voices

one kid just going ‘ahhhhhh’ over and over

metal pipe hits the floor

my own sniffle, again

wind, followed by light raindrops

trash being moved by said wind