This piece of generated poetry was inspired by the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001. The original text was taken from “Darkness” by Lord Byron, however the words were randomized in code, and edited by myself.
And wings; wildest flap brutes
tame vipers came and tremulous; crawl’d
twin’d and multitude, among they themselves
War, And a for moment more, was which no
Immediate inglorious; pang
Below are screen grabs of the randomized text and Python code used for its generation.
The second assignment of the semester is to animate 2 characters and give some weight or personality to their form. Since I have the tendency to gravitate towards still imagery, I used an old photograph and hand drawn character as the basis for the unusual 5 second narrative.
For the first assignment of the semester using After Effects, we were instructed to embody a shape with a characteristic in a short clip. Click the pict & enjoy!
For the final project Alina, Batu and I have joined forces to create a webpage that shows the most popular videos (from YouTube), images (from Pinterest or Instagram) and articles (from Buzzfeed or Reddit) of the day side by side, with a most popular search at the bottom from Google. This would be for people who have little time to consume content, but wish to stay current on a day by day basis. The url is: whathappenedontheinternettoday.com.
Currently for the presentation we have on the site YouTube’s most popular (of all time), Instagram’s top pict of the day, and Reddit’s top pict. We are currently sorting how to call YouTube’s most_popular which works within “today” and “all_time” to call the “most_popular”.
I worked on the YouTube API, which although seemed straight forward to make the call, was much more complicated and at times frustrating to work with than anticipated. (See the screen grab below for the code that was used.)
With great frustration and sporadic amounts of confusion I finally was able to get Shawn’s example of the database to work on my site. The problem along the way was in understanding the framework in which everything speaks. I had difficulty sorting out the errors, still not sure how to use MMAMP (keep updating live), and got errors along the way when trying to upload files (because I was trying to sort how to create a table in various ways). I’ve been using TeamTreeHouse and Codecademy to try to fill in the blanks about the where and how I can do things (which is helpful for a visual person as myself), but there is still a steep learning curve for me in all this coming straight from ICM. I also attempted a couple other databases, one which a person can write their name and level of workload, but beyond the first page I get an error I haven’t had time to sort out (see below).
Natalie’s work is described as “documentary” although I believe with any documentary work the element of interpretation cannot be forgotten. From NYC street photographers like Bruce Gilden to the photographers hired by the Farm Security Administration in the 1930’s like Dorothea Lange, the element of subjective interpretation has always existed within visual art. To quote Natalie, her work “aims to make visible social facts” as well as her “role in shaping and skewing those facts” seems to play an important part of her work as narrator. Humans by nature desire a narrative to identify with, and so it isn’t surprising that Natalie uses this as a method to inform her work and strengthen it. The theme that she works with, albeit social in nature, does not particularly touch upon anything new thematically, although her method of crafting and shaping it is different than others that have proceeded her. Her working method of looking “for patterns”, and building “new composite documents, rich with descriptive accounts and reflections of both current attitudes and social conditions” and edited “for repetitions and patterns” to “create a kind of mass choir out of seemingly individual expression” is an interesting notion touching back to the Greek chorus with an updated use of orchestration using ” a variety of quests to define and describe the self as a part of (and agent in) a larger social body.” “The tension is between this depiction of active attempts at self-identification and political subjectivity, and that of isolated individuals in an alienated space.” Natalie views her projects as “both documentary and aspirational, taking material already out there, and aspiring to make it more of a social experience than it currently is.” It is especially noteworthy that she mentions that “we have entered another level of alienation when our equivalent of a public forum is a person alone in his or her room speaking to a computer screen.” This point especially resonates with me in that my personal artistic theme of exploration is about identity especially in an era when that is being commodified. Of special interest are the nuances for the individual person, them within their immediate surroundings, and even globally. Having spoken with Eric Klinenberg about his work on “Heat Wave” and “Going Solo” regarding the impacts of people who live alone, and Lynn Smith-Lovin about her work on the shrinking social circles outside the family, has informed my personal quest of exploration on this topic, and so I applaud Natalie for her touching upon this in her work.
This class is where PHP has first entered my world. I’m still wrapping my head around when I can mix it with Html (order of weave), but as an exercise in using it, the class was assigned the task of designing a simple calculator of sorts. Input = An Output. As inspiration, I used a memory of having visited the Natural History museum a few years back and having come across some interesting creatures I had never known before.
I haven’t written in HTML for well over a decade, and albeit some of the syntax looks familiar, there are still some definite differences. For the homework for the first class I created a quick page to re-familiarize myself to get the ball rolling. You can see the results here for yourself: http://www.createubiquitously.com/Web/Teleportation.html
After reading Anil Dash’s “The Web We Lost” and “Rebuilding the Web We Lost“, it is interesting to note the cyclic trend period we are currently encountering. The web was started as a means to communicate & create, and it wasn’t until recently that it was being commodified. There have been great services that have come where others have gone, and unfortunately much of the web now supports “giant companies pursuing their agendas instead of collaborating in a way that would serve users”.
Innovative new opportunities still exist mind you, however it is by means of educating oneself about what has come before and avoiding those pitfalls, as well as keeping an open mind and paying attention to the needs of the audience that will help create success. As Anil said, “Right now, all of the places we can assemble on the web in any kind of numbers are privately owned. And privately-owned public spaces aren’t real public spaces. They don’t allow for the play and the chaos and the creativity and brilliance that only arise in spaces that don’t exist purely to generate profit. And they’re susceptible to being gradually gaslighted by the companies that own them”. WIth this in mind, we should make it our obligation to continue to create, innovate, and affect society and culture at large with passion to keep the human spirit alive and connected.
After reflecting on “Long Live the Web” and “As We May Think”, it is most apparent in my mind that keeping the Web open regarding access and data is essential for human progress. This is especially true since with greater knowledge being gleaned from the data (through advances in technology and increasingly better collection and analyzation), that it will be necessary in a world where specialization is leading progress. This is especially true for the physicists who worked on the Higgs boson, and scientists working on folding DNA and finding a cure for AIDS. With increased connectivity on the planet and unthrottled reliable access, “a new profession of trail blazers” will arise “who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record. The inheritance from the master becomes, not only his additions to the world’s record, but for his disciples the entire scaffolding by which they were erected.” (VANNEVAR BUSH)
The difficulty for the individual in this increasingly connected world would be not only keeping current on knowledge (as expressed by many doctors and physicists alike these days), but also the privacy and rights concerns that arise. “We should examine legal, cultural and technical options that will preserve privacy without stifling beneficial data-sharing capabilities”…. especially since “the goal of the Web is to serve humanity. We build it now so that those who come to it later will be able to create things that we cannot ourselves imagine.” (Tim Berners-Lee)
With this sentiment in mind, we should go forth envisioning and creating a civilization that elevates the human spirit, profiting by the inheritance of acquired global knowledge.