Inspired by In C by Terry Riley, I decided to use the parameter of time in my final composed piece. Instead of each musician deciding to play their part for however long they wished, each musician or group of musicians instead begin at the same time and play their instrument or instruments until their part times out. I chose to focus on the gamelon and many samples from burial ceremonies, since it seemed relevant in that it reflected thematically on the concept of many people being born at the same time all over the world, living different lifestyles, and passing away at varying rates. For an example of this composition, please feel free to follow this link: WeTransfer
This first sample was generated by creating the DAC circuit found on Make Magazine’s site (http://makezine.com/2008/05/29/makeit-protodac-shield-fo/). The demo on Make’s site says it would make a Sine wave, but that’s not true, it was much more of a Sawtooth.
This second sample was generated by using an online generator found at (http://www.audiocheck.net/audiofrequencysignalgenerator_sawtoothtone.php).
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The above time log is from an extended observation of the downstairs security guard. The tone of the writing is narrative, and personal, almost alluding to something more existing, similar to Jill Magid’s work “Evidence Locker”. The decision to observe someone observing me, or the idea of them looking out for me because they had to was interesting in that it touched upon the impersonal nature of the action, albeit a necessary one. The interaction, or lack thereof appealed in that it was a space where observation or surveillance was to be expected and already okayed. The only twist in this situation being that it was two sided, instead of the single sided way it normally takes place. This exercise was helpful by giving me the opportunity to sit and actually see what these guards encounter on a daily basis. The numbers of people that pass before them, the difficulty in monitoring that many people, what people try to get away with, and the politics and power issues that at times befall them.
I was originally inspired by the WWII listening devices used to locate nearing enemy planes to create listening devices that amplify the surrounding environment and engage with it differently, possible being able to sympathize with persons who are extremely affected by sound. However, after making such listening “ears” I decided to pursue something of an opposite nature. Something that would be more of a social signal that would indicate to others that you are focussing and do not wish to be disturbed, a comfortable and lightweight cone of silence.
The above work was inspired by Gillian Wearing’s 1992-1993 project Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say. Her process for the project involved approaching strangers on the streets of London and asking if they would write a sentence or a phrase on a piece of paper. She would then photograph them displaying the piece of paper covered by a sentence or phrase that showed the personal thought or feeling. The above six images were done as a recreation in a brief way to see if what was written on paper (if the physical) would be any different than what would be said online. The fellow in red on the lower left side was a graduate of TISCH who didn’t have internet and was in the lounge online when I met him. The words above are what he wanted to express even though he was there laying low, and seem quite poignant considering that the lady in the background of his image is homeless, causing his words to resinate even further.
Trying to signify a concept that can apply to many types of people at different times in their lives with a single image in a grid by no means does justice to the variety found in life and lifestyle. The image below is an interpretation of what can stand in image-wise for something so complicated, on an age and relationship scale. This grid is a very watered down version of my interpretation of what these headings could possibly encompass, wishing to include people from different ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation only scratches the surface of the diversity found in life.
As a design experiment in Rhino , the goal was to create a button for Cartier. Since their logo is an italic script, I wanted to play with the letters in a more modern manner as some of their recent jewelry designs have been highlighting. This brand has been around for well over 100 years, and so the idea of time condensed into a piece was the motivation with these experimental designs. Whether it be the reading of the letters over time and condensing them into a 3D form from 4D time / space, or the idea of the C in Cartier existing in time in a non-linear manner in which the first letter carries itself thru space/time, almost like how the Italian futurists illustrated movement.