When talking about the internet and the net, or when seeing in the media, movies, tv shows, etc i have never seen a woman playing a main role. Either as a hacker or programmer or anything related to computers. I always assumed that the media and the society tried to assign this area of the world to the men only. After reading Web Art, A History of Internet Art I realized that is not that women in this area do not exist but rather are not usualy portrayed. Another aspect I realized is a webpage or an art has no gender? Any one can create a piece of art and you do not necesarily know who did it. After seeing texts like “The Vagina is the Boss of the Internet” or “Femail” I realized the internet provides a huge and potent tool to change the world when it comes to equal rights and equality between men and women. Cyberfeminism is used to describe the philosophies of a contemporary feminist community whose interests are cyberspace, the Internet and technology. The internet today reaches a huge part of the world’s population so it is only fair that it is used for the wellbeing of everyone.
“Just as water, gas, and electricity are brought into our houses from far off to satisfy our needs in response to a minimal effort, so we shall be supplied with visual or auditory images, which will appear and disappear at a simple movement of the hand, hardly more than a sign.” The story narrates the evolution of the reproductivity of art throughout the years, from only certain elements being able to be copied, to lithography to pictures to audio to visuals. There is, however, a new type of tools, the internet, and the electronic devices. Both of which provides an even easier way to transmit art. But this brings several questions, what about copyright? Why is reproducing someone else’s work useful? etc. In the Mona Lisa for example, the original painting is saved and stored in a place where it won’t be put in danger. But then if it was not for copies of it how would we be able to see it? Is it not the point of art to express something? to show and transmit a feeling? How could we do this without copying someone else’s work? Today we have copyright laws, however in most countries they are long and provide the original author around 70 years depending on the country the international consensus says “lasts for the life of the author and then until 31 December of the year 70 years after his or her death (usually referred to as “life plus 70”).” But in that case are we not denying that art to a whole generation? But how do we find a balance between one and the other? Between the recognition an author deserves and the point of art itself, its appreciation and its value as a form of communication.
Hackers and Painters:
As I was reading hackers and painters I realized I had a lot in common with the author. Just like him, I am still not that good at math and I genuinely don’t have much interest in it. However, for some inexplicable reason, I like coding. Before I register for this class I was so afraid of it, the idea of something so foreign as coding scared me. But as the class went by I realized it was a whole different area of education I never had before. Just like the author I also believe coding is more of debugging than writing a perfect code and then write it into the computer. I find myself always going back and forth from Google Chrome and Sublime. Adding one line, refreshing and adding another. However, in contrast with the author I have the fortune that, even though we have some limitations, the work we have to do is pretty much open to what we like and are interested in. “If you look at the work of a painter in chronological order, you’ll find that each painting builds on things that have been learned in previous ones.” I have myself go back to previous works and grab part of my coding. I do think hacking is not a science but I also think is not like painting but a whole branch of education that deserves its special elaboration. Especially with how today’s electronic world moves so fast. More and more of this education and practice will be needed.
Computers, Pencils, and Brushes:
Is not the pencil that in the hands of a drawer becomes the creator, but rather the drawer that with the pencil as a tool becomes the author. So why would a computer be the author of a piece of art created by the human? Yes, the computer has so much more power than a pencil in the aspect of efficiency but doesn’t it every new technology? before people used paint from flowers, now they have pens and industrialized paints. They both serve a purpose both one is more efficient than the other. It is true however that “without knowledge of design, the computer, like the pencil, is more than useless”. I think like I mentioned earlier, that this world requires not only the knowledge of what we currently know and posses, such as art school and manual design and hand-made drawings but also the knowledge of what the world is demanding know, electronic art, technology, computers. I feel one shouldn’t exclude the other but rather complement it.
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When I first heard about the Video Project, I knew a lot of work and effort was gonna be required in order for the project to succeed. I knew as well that it would provide me the opportunity to have fun and create something meaningful. And while it required so much more work, effort and time than I expected, I am really happy with the final work (Final work being: The “Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 8:04 pm” version). I definitely believe that the hardest challenge I had to deal with was work distribution and not only how to divide the work but also to make sure other team members would contribute to the final project as well. However, I believe this is still a challenge I have to overcome.
While we had several ideas for this project, such as Internet Hacking and the Deep Web, we decided to go for microaggressions after several talks and the assistance of Professor Nimrah. I originally wanted to do an interview project and the new idea allowed us to do so. I proposed to do interviews in which our main scenes’ idea would be based. I conducted and recorded the 5 interviews that were used. I tried to talk to friends because I really wanted their genuine experiences and feelings that only trust could have provided me. For the same reasons, I tried to keep the interview video with minimal editing to convey a more natural, genuine and real feeling. However, after listening to feedback from the CommLab guest, I realized some editing was necessary. I tried to interview a diverse group of people who could represent experiences minorities and discriminated groups go through.
Rebeca Ko (Sang Ah Ko): born and raised in LatinAmerica but a daughter of Korean parents. She talked about her experience as a person with a dual identity, and how stereotypes and visuals affect her daily life.
Qi An (Angel): born and raised almost all her life in Shanghai, Angel is a proud Shanghainese that relates how international stereotypes about China and Shanghai angers her and hurts her idea of home.
Jorge Barreno (Andrés): born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. He talks about how his color of skin and his nationality not only carries his identity but also a disadvantage.
Tyson Upshaw: born in Ohio, US. Tyson narrates his experience as an outsider within his own community “I’m not white or black enough” He talks about his discrimination within his discriminated community.
Nia Thomas: New Jersey, US. She talks about a personal story in which, in her new home Shanghai, she suffered from a racial stereotype from a local shop worker.
By identifying with some of these problems myself. I felt that the web design should have included their identity. In many conversations with the interviewed people, such as Rebeca and Angel, we discussed how sometimes we feel that not even our names belong to us. Rebeca possessing a Korean passport not only did she had to adapt to the Latin American name system but to the international as well. She has gone through Ko Sang Ah to Rebeca Ko to now Sang Ah Ko. And even though they all belong to her she feels stripped away from them. So does Qi An in which, in the transition from Chinese to American system, can be called Qi An, An Qi, Angel Qi. Coming from Latin America me and Jorge are used to using not one but both our last names, maternal and fraternal, while here we are forced to only use one and our “´” (acentos) are stripped away as well. Which in our language can change not only the sound it is spelled in but also the meaning. I, consequently, felt the obligation to provide them and represent them in a fair way, with their whole identities.
For the coding, I created the main page in which a menu with several options and our two main videos would appear (as seen above). I didn’t know how to use fonts, so I proceeded to take screenshots of my Microsoft Word with the same background color of the page (this applies to all web pages of the project) then divided the page into two columns. They gave me a lot of trouble in the aesthetics, I had to ask for help to Profesor Leon at least 2 times. (I am on the look for a more efficient way, stay tuned). On the first column, I added the videos and the images, all of them being links to other pages, I also added functions to them to create the shadowish’ effect when “onmouseout”. I played around with the margin of the images to fix their alignment. On the second column, I added our two main videos and created functions to not only increase or decrease their size but to also change the volume of this clips. For the other pages, I used similar techniques. (Sorry for my coding being in Spanish)
I also recorded the main videos using Jamie as actress one and Alyanna as actress two, it was definitely hard to record in this perspective but I felt being able to focus was the hardest. As well as walking behind someone while holding a camera over their head. However, I enjoyed my time doing so.
Overall, I think this was a project in which I was able to learn from all areas since I worked in all of them. It was not easy but I would definitely do it again with the corrections given in the feedback, and if teammate support were given. I believe the knowledge I acquired gave me the tools to create an amazing final project and use this knowledge in real life situations. Lastly, I would like to add that Safari is better than Chrome because it accepts DVC format, while Chrome does not.
Project’s Link: http://imanas.shanghai.nyu.edu/~jt3321/ivan_tiger_project/
In this project, we got inspired by telling a story without the huge reliability of imagery. We wanted to tell something meaningful in which students could relate. We wanted to keep the HTML webpage simple and understandable. We simply use the colors and an image to help the watchers and listeners to understand the story.
For the audio, we use internet sources and our own recordings. Tiger recollected the SFX effect and I recollected the voices. I asked my friend James and my roommate Enver. I had to record several times because they were either nervous, serious or just plain bad.
Some of the issues we faced were the idea. We thought about either creating a love story or an NYUSH story but after recommendations with our teacher, we decided not to go cliche. Another idea was a mix of songs, combining China and Mexico’s most popular music and creating a remix that would put these cultures together. Once we were talking about music the idea of creating a remix of a song that treats a social issue was discussed. Like LGBT Rights or Feminism.
We also had trouble finding certain sounds like the elevator door, the door of the house, the walking and the jumping into bed. So we opted to record them ourselves.
We also made some changes and opted to use online resources instead of our own. We made the audio first since we felt it was better to focus on what the CSS was gonna be inspired in. And use what could not be understood or was missing context with visuals. Like the change from day to night and the image from the city. We also felt like maybe some drama was missing from the story and there could be a meaning added to the story. Maybe a message the story could transmit.
After talking for some days about the project Tiger and I discussed the story. What could we inspire in? What were the important elements? What could students in this school relate to? We realized a lot of us drink and club and Tiger came up with this idea to combine both. How living a meaningless life that cannot be fulfilled by clubbing.
I really enjoyed working on this project and I was more than comfortable with the partner I got assigned, I could always rely on him and I knew he will help. I am really grateful for his work and his guide. If I had to this project again I would probably change the links that we used in order for them to be in the proper format.
“But because of America’s cultural and economic power, I had many stories of America” “White, blue-eyed.. snow…”
Just like the author I never considered myself Latino or Latinamerican till I came to NYUSH. Never, back home I had the necessity to identify myself with such a broad concept. I also embrace it, I feel I had the responsibility to educate others as for my country and apparently what they considered my geographical area (Latin America). I do not mean harm when I call out someone that does something offensive but, I am just trying to ask for respect. Respect for all of those other stories that the social media, literature, Hollywood, and others that have not told yet. It is always the same story, the Mexican, immigrant who either sells drugs or is a maid. I am done accepting the things I cannot change. I will change the things I cannot accept.
These stereotypes are so harmful to those who are not the established “the white or the American or the British” For example they believe that because she was from Nigeria she would not know how to use a stove. This same thing can happen in the labor area. Someone may not be able to get a job because they think that because looking a certain way or coming from a certain place they do not have this ability. This is part of such a bigger problem of racism as well. Where while someone from LatinAmerica speaks English must be a must, and having an accent is seeing wrong. An American learning Spanish is a plus an advantage.
We have to open our minds, do not let ourselves be trick by the illusion of a single story. We have to open ourselves and understand there are multiple stories everywhere that are waiting to be discovered.
As someone who lived in a border city in Mexico, before coming to Shanghai. I could often see my culture being misrepresented on the other side. Even though I talked about this in my last post I feel is really the best example that I can currently explain. The Despacito song that Justin Bieber not only presented but exploited has become famous worldwide because of him and while I believe that contributing to a song with the permission of the singers is fine, this carries a responsibility of respecting and representing the culture the best was possible. By using stereotypical words and phrases attributed to Latinos Video (Click) Justin Bieber failed to respect a culture he tried do embrace. Justin Bieber, as a worlwide famous singer has the responsability to transmit the culture he is exploiting as accurate as possible, for example, I, as a Mexican living in China, the exposure to my culture is minimal, the knowledge other people have about my culture is also minimal. So what happens when songs like Despacito reach China? at least in my case it angered me. After seeing the video and learning more facts about the song, as well as seeing everyday in the media my culture, that is always look down at, being used by Americans or others to create profit while my people are discriminated or making fun of for those same custumes and traditions. It angered me, it hurt me and it made me feel like if all my culture was being summarize to a song. A song that had lost all good meaning and was now used against me.
Mexican-Americans are now a considerable part of Americas population, these people are often disriminated from their origins and denied oportunitites. They found themselves in the limbo, where they are not part of America nor of Mexico. And when they tried to connect to their roots, all that is accesible to them is what the US white majority population has to offer. A unnacurrate representation of what they are.
And lets not het started with the “Mexican” halloween costume.
“if history is working against context, then we must, as artists, work all the harder to reclaim that context.” I believe artist who take someone else work and elaborate on them, have the responsibility to keep the context in which this art was based on. As the picture molotov became famous and the attention focus on other points, the artist who took the picture and tried to let people know of the situation of Nicaragua had its intention revoked. I feel is important to give credit not only to the author but also to the purpose of the picture itself. As well as in the second reading, yes sharing ideas is important but so is the credit. I agree that sharing ideas and points of view is important, since it brings a big data base of what our knowledge is, and I do agree it should be share. But i find it just as fair that people get a profit from their work. If not they would be no incentive in new technologies or art.
Kirby Ferguson’s Embrace the Remix talks about how “New media [is] created from old media” and how today’s innovations are just a process of “copy, transform and combine”. He discusses how patents and exclusion of ideas or products is blocking the development of new technologies ,and how it is hypocrite to even consider a patented product as one’s owns, when this product comes from a copied idea itself. But while I was watching the video I could not help but think about, an just as how the author exemplified with music, the famous song “Despacito”. copy, transform, combine, take the credit, make fun of ? The song was originally created by Puerto Ricans Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and as the hit became famous in Latin America and represented part of this community’s culture. It soon became a joke when Justin Bieber decided to remix it. And while the Ted’s author would argue there is nothing wrong with the remixes. This song soon backfire to the Latin American community. There is a fine line in embracing a song, a culture and in providing something to it, an advance. And in appropriating one. And even though this argument forms part of a bigger social problem is just an example of how respect and acknowledgement of the pieces of someone’s work is important. The American music awards: Billboards, usually misses and/or miss-represents the Latin American community. And after the Latin Grammy’s (that focuses on Latin American artist) were created, Justin Bieber won a category with this song. One, in awards that are not created for American artist. And two, even after a video of him, singing the tone of the song while making fun of the Spanish language and the Mexican culture ,using words like burrito, Dorito, was leaked. I believe that, Yes, the use of other’s ideas and products should be open to the world. But not without recognizing and giving it the respect those ideas deserve.
One of the main problems our team had to face was not being able to agree on the path that the different choices took the user to. After some discussing I realized there were some ideas should be prioritized more than others and we finally agreed on the paths. Another problem was that for every link we had to create a new page so we ended up with 9 html pages.
each page was a different path with the exception of the introduction page. Each page had its own css page. However one of the benefits of previous works is that we were able to grab information and examples from previous works. Like for example, the “Yes” or “No” buttons followed the same pattern as the navigation bar in this webpage:
I also used CSS animations that, I learned from the CSS workshops that we attended. And resources from W3 School. I found the coding to be really repetitive sometimes and confusing to work when the coding was so similar. I proceeded to name functions and classes as well as Id’s with completely different names and that gave me hints of what was I working with.
Overall, I felt there is many areas of opportunity to make this comic better but I believe it provides strong foundations for a entertaining and effective way of communicating a message. I would change the fonts, and fix the animations.