Final Project Web Art (Chen)

Project: Final Web Art Project

Team member: Jessica Chon

Documented by: Angela Zheng

webpage link: On the Google Drive

Date: December 13, 2017

This documentation report will explain the concept and the development of our final web art project.

Overview: Our web art project is centered around the idea of explaining what net neutrality is in a simple, fun, and creative way. Our target audience is people who do not know anything about this form of idea. It is through our web art where users can click on links that could demonstrate this concept across. Our web art not only provides examples of what could have been like if net neutrality has been appealed, but it also provides users a simulation where they could see the deterioration of a webpage due to if an appeal of net neutrality were to happen. Our hope is that towards the end of our article the users can see how all these links and the stimulation can symbolize the concept of the importance of net neutrality.

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Final Project Proposal (Chen)

Team member: Jessica Chon, we will both be coding and designing our webpage.

Description of your project: Our theme is the benefits of the internet. We will be displaying how good it is by writing a passage about the many uses of the internet one can find online. We will be triggering many javascript functions to provide examples for users to see as they read and click on our passages. Our web page at first will be white with just text and then as users start clicking, many things will come to be on our webpage.

Description of media: We will be using multiple media sources including video, audio, text, and images.

Inspiration: The Internet itself is the inspiration and also this link

Storyboards/Mockups: This screenshot show our passage and our ideas link to specific words we chose:  

Google Document that has our script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FHHBULDQpn1h3vNloajtg485F4ZbogtIoRT_1UakD9M/edit

 

Video Project Documentation (Chen)

Project: Mission: Win Billy’s Heart

Team member: Jessica, Billy

Documented by: Angela Zheng

webpage link: http://10.208.8.141/~yz3352/commlab/Video/index.html

Date: November 22, 2017

This documentation report will explain the concept and the development of my team’s Interaction Video Project. 

Overview: My team’s video project is basically a funny dating game, where we get users to make decisions for our protagonist so she can get the guy of her dreams. It starts off with a video montage of pictures of Billy that the protagonist secretly took explaining her love for him. The protagonist then begins to ask the user to help her win Billy’s heart. Each choice that the user chooses will lead to a different scenario with a video of what happens after that choice. The game ends with having two endings, good or bad, and the user gets to play again if he or she is unsatisfied with their result.

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Week 12: Response to Green (Chen)

In the text “Web Work: A History of Net Art” by Rachel Green, the author displays how the evolution of “Internet Art” has evolved. Even though this new medium is supposed to be modern, base on the text it made “Internet Art” seem like an “old” trend. However, these images in the text do not distract one from understanding the meaning behind “Internet Art”. One fact that I found in this article that was very relative to what we do in class now is the program jodi.org. In the text, it is saying that it is programs like jodi.org or is, that is using coding to form art on web pages. This is exactly what we are doing in class, as were are coding to make forms of art. Moreover, what I like about “Internet Art” is that it is limitless. One can have so much creativity put forth in this medium if he or she knows how to code. I have always thought that coding was just colorful numbers and letters behind a black page but now I think that if you know how to code well you are also an artist.

Week 11: Response to Paul Rand (Chen)

From reading Paul Rand’s “Computers, Pencils, and Brushes” text, I started to question if people’s dependency on machines, such as computers, is really beginning to deteriorate our minds. Since computers are an easy tool to use and are very efficient, people are more likely to incline in using something that is easy and efficient. However, this affects our part of the brain to think manually because computers do it for us. I absolutely agree with Rand when he stated that we need to start to learn when is the right time to use these tools without losing our own ability to think. In this way, computers can become like pencils and brushes instead of a tool that does everything for oneself. One analogy that I came up with to connect to this idea, is one needs to be the operator to operate the machine, instead of the machine operating itself.

Week 11: Response to Paul Graham (Chen)

Paul Graham’s text “Hackers and Painters”, was very amusing. He redefined the definition of the word “Hackers” and “Hack”. I have always thought that hackers are the ones breaking into a computer software, however, Graham changed that definition to me. He displayed that hackers are just like painters, there are various commonalities between them and he used this comparison to showed the audience a brand new way of looking at hackers. Instead of holding a brush and painting a masterpiece on a canvas, hackers use their fingers on a keyboard to “paint” their masterpiece in a software. In addition, Graham’s essay seems to have this persuasive element as he convinces his readers that computer science and learning to hack is not a turnoff. One may view it as a turn off now, but in the future, it will become this new medium just as painting did. After reading this article, I feel like the companies and the science/mathematical field should see hackers in a new light, letting them do their work of art instead of them just implementing software. This article broadens my view for the computer science/coding field.

Interactive Video Project (Chen)

Group Members: Angela Zheng, Jessica Chon, Billy

Interactive Video Project
Our idea is to create a dating simulator story. Where the end result is dependent on the user’s choices. Each choice the user picks a video of that choice will be played. Our potential story is the protagonist has a huge crush on Billy. The whole game is centered on trying to get Billy to like the protagonist back. The user will be presented with options that will affect the outcome of the protagonist dating life.

Audio Project Documentation (Chen)

Project: Audio Project

Team member: Eric W.

Documented by: Angela Zheng

webpage link: http://192.168.50.184/~wl1508/commLab/audio/

 

Date: October 30, 2017

This documentation report will explain the concept and the development of my partner and I’s Audio Project.

Overview: For our audio Project, Eric and I visually portrayed remix songs. We use the visualization of wave frequencies to let users understand the high and low volume and pitch of a song. This also benefit a user if he or she is deaf because he or she will visually see if the song is up tempo or slow tempo and also the pitches of the music. We split up the work in a way where Eric can code the interactive experience and incorporate the wave frequency where as I remix some songs together. Our audio project also lets users DJ up the songs as we incorporated buttons on the bottom to let users click through each filter so they can see the changes it brought on to the original remix songs. 

Ideation: Our idea stem out of a website that Eric saw. On that website it only showed the wave frequency that matched up with a song. From there on we began our project. We really wanted to let users see the changes of wave frequency through “DJing” more of the song, thus we added the filter buttons on the bottom. 

Developmental Process: I used Audacity to remix two songs which were Closer by the Chainsmokers and Break Free by Arianna Grande. I put links in the credit section where you can hear the original version before I remixed it. Although it was very tedious in trying to figure Audacity out. I had a great time remixing the songs. I used a lot of effects including amplify, change pitch, change tempo, phaser, paul stretch, fade in and fade out, and wahwah. It was fun to see how the music change so much from the original. The hardest part was making it sound good as these effects were hard to balance. However, I feel like I did a good job in making these two songs work. Furthermore, I had to find out four filters that can really drastically change the song even more for our bottoms. Thus, I played around and came up with wahwah(ripples), high pass filter, low pass filter, and no vocal. 

Final Result: I am really happy with the result of my project. I feel Eric did a great job in incorporating the wave frequency for our project. Although the coding was difficult as we found out later that users can only click once on the filters. Thankfully, Ms.Chen figured it out (if your reading this Thank You!!!). Overall, I am really happy how the audio project came out. 

Lessoned Learned: Through this project, I learned there is an infinite amount of possibility one can do with music. I feel like it is really easy to manipulate it and in the modern society now that could be a good or bad thing. Even though, I only worked on a small software, I can definitely know why music producers enjoy making music. It is really fun to make it a music your own even it it stem off from an original.

Credithttps://youtu.be/PT2_F-1esP

https://youtu.be/2Ek3WMM7I-

 

 

Week 8: Response to Walter Benjamin (Chen)

In his text, “The Work of Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, Walter Benjamin argues the change in human sense perception due to the effects of modernity. He uses film and photography to display this notion as he states how this “aura” in films and photography has been lost through the mechanical reproduction of art itself. Due to how reproduction has been made easier, cheaper, and faster an art’s “aura” soon starts to diminish and lose its value since it can be easily replicated. Art has become this product instead of the definition of what “art” is supposed to be and people will start to unappreciated the work of art more and more throughout time. In addition, a theme that I found to be relatable to modern society is the idea of manipulation. Benjamin talks about how since film plays a big part in the mass market, his term of “the shock effect” in films is used to manipulate viewers as they watch the film. Benjamin’s term of the shock effect discusses how since the brain can only retain one image in a short amount of time; the constant stream of new images has the ability to shock the viewer into receiving whatever message is being displayed in the film.
From reading this text, I realize that the claims that Walter Benjamin is making are correct. Our world has become this place where the Culture Industry, which includes the arts, film, music, etc, has the ability to create mass deception. Not only that, the value and meaning of art have decreased throughout the years due to the simplicity of reproduction. From my perspective, I notice how more and more people are not going to art exhibitions because to them art has become meaningless. Thus, I can agree with the claims Walter Benjamin is making.

Week 7: Response to Danger of a Single Story (Chen)

I watched this TedTalk during orientation week and it had left a huge impression on my mind ever since then. I feel like I can totally relate to this story because as a girl, growing up in a total white town, the most frequent question I got ask was “do you eat dogs ?”. As the only Asian girl in my town, the news and media during that time have portrayed this idea on all people that all Asian people eat dogs. This soon became a stereotype on people’s mind and it soon became this image of me. Although it never occurs to my classmates that I never been to China that often, it was a base of my looks that people judge with a certain stereotype on their minds. I even felt more bewildered when teachers even came up to me to ask this question. Although this stereotype is not exactly false, like what Chimamanda Adichie, every stereotype is always incomplete. If people were able to know more than this news during that time and self-taught themselves more about this “single story” of Asians, people in my town would know that not all Asian people eat dogs and that most do not support this idea. Thus, this is why stories matter because if people only know one certain story, that story will always be imprinted on their minds. However, if they know more than they’ll gain more insight on that story.