Response to “Danger of a single story” (Krom)

Coming from a place with three conflicting narratives, I do appreciate and understand Chimamanda Adichie’s explanation of the “Single story” and the dangers and limits it poses to the society, even though it often might seem harmless and without consequences. The Bosnian war is a story that is so controversial and tragic that it is near impossible to be quiet about it. At the same time, the nature of it, the three opposing narratives of it, make it extremely difficult to re-tell without falling victim to bias.

This is what makes me somewhat unconvinced of how possible it really is to avoid the Single story without avoiding telling a story about a culture in which one does not belong completely. I would often get into arguments over foreign films about the Bosnian war (such as Angelina Jolie’s “In the land of blood and honey”) and how these directors will always have to make one side a victim and one side a perpetrator, thus taking sides in a battle that is not their own, and would inevitably give in to a narrative harmful to one of the societies, even if the supposed aim is to shed light on the overall tragedy of the conflict.

Adichie’s goal is noble, certainly, but it is not something that is entirely possible in today’s sociopolitical turmoil. What we can take from it is, naturally, the lesson of cultural sensitivity and the importance of a mind open to different contexts.

~ Suncica

Audio project documentation (Krom)

Here is the (belated) link for mine and Roy’s audio project

Overall, I am very satisfied with the way our project turned out. The main effect we were going for is a sort of parody of guided mediation soundtracks. I feel that what the project ended up showing (even though this was not the initial message behind it) is how ineffective and counterproductive guided meditation can be at times, and the absurdity behind the phrases such as “just relax, just breathe”.
We started by making a list of sounds we both find extremely unpleasant, we asked some of our classmates, friends etc, and in the end we had a list of about 20 different sounds that we then had to organize in a way that it still follows some kind of ordered meditation. We downloaded a couple of meditation transcripts, out of which I used bits and pieces to create an outline for our transcript. We then added some phrases such as “You’re slouching a bit, aren’t you” that would add to the increasing anxiety the sounds aimed to produce.
We used the podcasting studio to record the narration, which was used as a sort of guideline/base in which sounds would be added accordingly (chewing sounds, for instance, came in only during the “picnic” scene).

In order to truly enhance the effect, Roy took the time and made a gorgeous website that would also visually guide the listener. I believe that this final touch really put tied everything in place in a way, and am grateful to my partner for offering his skills and taking the time out of his schedule to make this final design.

Again, I am very proud of our project, and hope that the audience appreciated it, but did not enjoy it.

~ Suncica Bruck

Week 8: Video Project Storyboard (Moon)

Partners: Quoey and Moon

Our storyboard lays out the foundation of our mystery. We start off with a student walking into the bathroom and finding the dead body. The screen then breaks to darkness and the title of our project, and then to the 5 suspects. The user from there will be able to click on the suspects and hear their stories as well as conflicts with the victim– the user will go on to try and figure out the killer. This storyboard is the setup for the rest of our story that will be continued.

Gabi Weiss

Week 1: Ant Farm Cook Book

 Explain why a fan or blower used for large inflatables.

Fans and blowers are used for large inflatables because they can provide large quantities of air relatively quick, so it’s the most efficient way of supplying air. The pressure provided by the fans or blowers is also crucially important for large inflatables because it is what holds them and allows them to stand firmly. Without it, the inflatables would be too weak.

What factors contribute to heat gain?

There are two main factors contributing to heat gain. The first one is due to the amount of sunshine over the inflatable. The second one due to the amount people inside the inflatable.

Explain what a “gore” is when building domes.

A gore is each sliced segment of the surface used to make a dome. Each gore is equally shaped and divided with respect to the others.

【Kinetic Interfaces】Midterm Project – Puppet

The project was initially designed to be a 3d puppet that’s built with  Unreal Engine. However, I encountered plenty difficulties during the process of creating a custom player pawn and noticed that there’s no way for me to finish this in time. As a result, the project switched back to Processing and the main mechanism of the puppet is using push and pop matrix as well as the translation from linear movement to rotation.


Unreal Progress:

To enable leap motion input, the user only needs to simply check the box in the plugins menu. After that, create a game mode BP and set the default player pawn to be leap motion related ones. Then under the world settings, change the game mode to the one game mode BP that’s just created. When hitting the play button, the hands will appear in the game.

one set back that I encountered was the plug in files are not displayed in the countet browser as default. Therefore, most of the production time was spet on trying to create that leap motion player controller pawn with skeleton mesh imbeded from skratch. 

It’s possible to add a cable component to the skeleton mesh in the BP therefore, it’s possible to create strings that tie fingers to the puppet.

Class 1: Response to The Inflato Cook Book | Maya Williams

Date: 22 Marcy 2018

Reading:  The Inflato Cook Book

Explain why a fan or blower is used for large inflatables.  Blowers are usually high-pressure low-volume air sources, while fans give out more air at a lower pressure. Therefore, fans are preferred for larger structures made of lightweight material.

What factors contribute to heat gain?  Both sunshine and the people inside an inflatable structure contribute to heat gain. These vary based on the intensity of the sun, the angle the sun makes with the surface of the inflatable, and the activity level of the people within the inflatable.

Explain what a “gore” is when building domes. A gore is one of the tapering-segments that a surface is sliced into in order to make a dome. For a dome, each gore is equal in length and their outer edges add up to the circumference of the dome. The dome pictured in The Inflato Cook Book (pictured below) is made up of 10 gores.


Isabella Homework Post 1: Inflatocookbook

1. Explain why a fan or blower used for large inflatables.

Ant Farm recommends fans from a wholesaler called Grainger’s. Fans or blowers are to be used for large inflatables because of their airflow (the former being of a lower pressure and the latter being of a higher one). With fans, one must take precaution that the motors are robust enough not to burn out with prolonged use, and also that they will not overheat and give off too much of this heat to the inflatable.

2. What factors contribute to heat gain?

Heat gain can be caused by sunlight hitting the inflatable, increasing the temperature at a rate of 300 BTU/sq. ft./hr., or people inside of the inflatable, at a rate of around  400 – 1,000 BTU/person/hr., depending on how much those people are moving.

3. Explain what a “gore” is when building domes

A gore is one of the surface segments that a dome is sliced into in order to be produced from one flat piece of material. The gores are connected at their edges and the concave space they create is inflated.

Video Project Proposal (Krom)

For our video project, we were thinking of doing a half game with user interaction and half video compilation all based on the game, “two truths and a lie.” We wanted to go around surveying several different people to tell us two truths about themselves and one thing that is false. The user would then have to choose the lie based on body language cues that we will be focusing on in the clip. For example, things such as pursing lips together or twitching hands etc. could be things to narrow in on. I think the best way to do it would be to have one person recording the speaker with a direct angle and one person narrowing in on body language. If we decide to just use one person as a recorder, then we wanted to definitely do closeups of their face to help the user discern between different ticks that indicate a lie. After this, there would be some sort of compilations of all the lies that were told in a separate video, which serve the purpose to help the user tell when someone is lying. We thought this could be not only fun because the game in itself is very entertaining and the things people tell about themselves is very interesting/funny, but also we hope to make it quite informative as far as when to tell if you are being told a lie.

As far as website layout, we were thinking to do a start page where the user presses a button and is taken to a new screen with several different videos to press. They could choose any they wanted. Once clicking on the video, a pop up would come up with the two truths and the lie told and the user would have to click on the lie. Either they get it right or wrong, which will light up in green or red. After finishing all the videos, a lie compilation video with tricks on how to spot a liar given body language will be shown.

Week 8: Response to Walter Benjamin (Krom)

Walter Benjamin examines the concept of originality and its relationship to art and how this originality is diminished through the mediums of photography and film. His essay addresses topics of conversation raised in other readings such as “The Medium is the Message” and “The danger of a Single Story.”
Benjamin believes in a concept called “Aurora,” which is the originality and authenticity of a piece of art which has not been reproduced. Thus, a painting would have aurora while a photograph would not. He argues that the medium of photography is changing the way we see things. Like “The Medium is the Message,” he believes that people are too caught up in the content of the photos and movies and are not truly understanding the way this technology is changing the way society functions. He believes that through the inventions of photography and film, society is shifting it focuses more on reduplications and losing creativity in its art.
In this way, individuals lose authority over art and the medium of film becomes more powerful than the men who made it. By becoming caught up in capitalism and politics, film gains more and more power. Individuals no longer contemplate film, but rather, film contemplates them. Cameras are not only a lens we look through; the lens itself has shaped society’s perceptions. It shapes how we see history and truths. Thus, we must be careful. If we view what’s caught on camera as evidence of a single truth, we will be blind to a larger, existing picture. We should be wary of the dangerous, single, story we are subjected to through film.

HW #1: Inflato Cook Book Response – Jimmy Kim

1.Explain why a fan or blower is used for inflatables.

A fan or blower determines the volume or pressure of the inflatable and gives the inflatable its structure. Essentially, it is the air source of the inflatable that gives its desired shape. Blowers are high pressure and low volume, while fans are lower pressure and high volume. Large inflatables should use fans that supply at least 5 CFM for every person inside the inflatable. A back-up fan source should always be available for the situation where the number one fan fails.

2. What factors contribute to heat gain?

Two factors contributing to heat gain are sunshine and the people inside the inflatable. Heat gain because of sunshine is approximately 300 BTU/sq.ft./hr. This is assuming there is direct sunshine with the sun at 90 degrees to the surface of the bubble. As this angle with the surface diminishes or the sun sets, the heat gain is also lowered. The level of activity of people inside also affects the heat gain. The heat gain due to people inside is approximately 400-1000 BTU/person/hr.

3. Explain what a “gore” is when building domes.

A “gore” is an individual segment of the surface of the dome. It is equal to the radius of the circle (dome) and opens up like flaps. The gore method borrows ideas from peeling tangerines or weather tubes. When the goes are neatly tucked, it gives the dome its half-cylinder shape.