Marjorie’s This is the Remix Final–Underworld ATM

For my final, Richard and I decided to explore the long-held Chinese tradition of burning paper items in our real world, for our ancestors in the underworld. In ideating our exhibit, we attempted to formulate meaning in this practice, asking ourselves, is there huge, unchecked inflation in the underworld due to the constant, one-sided transfer of money? If we are to take this tradition of burning on Earth for those who have passed to be true, does this long-standing tradition change with time, as paper versions of luxury goods have popped up in funeral markets. When we went to visit our local funeral market here in Shanghai to source materials and to gain a better understanding of the practice, I was offered to purchase a Mahjong table, a toiletry set, and even a paper iPad, iPhone, and charger set (which I bought).
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Looks Shanzhai to me.
We wanted our exhibit to spark the kind of discussion that the two of us so animatedly engaged in. Thus, we decided to explore one small aspect of the narrative, in hopes to illuminate greater parallels within the tradition. Our project is to create an underworld scene, with an eerie town of authentic paper houses leading to a paper “Hell Bank Corporation” ATM. Our discussions kept hitting a brick wall once we started digging a little bit deeper into the logistics of the system. If the system relies on money, what about inflation? If the other items we find for sale in the funeral market exist in the underworld upon burning, then what is the use of the money? If both the money and the goods exist simultaneously in one economy, who become the merchants and who the consumers? Even more shallowly, is there electricity to charge the iPad? If everything that exists in the underworld is given by the living, has anyone thought to burn electricity? Or, as we wonder, an ATM?
To start this discussion, we created a ‘working’ ATM that dispenses paper money. The interaction is possible through the usage of a touch screen tablet that dispenses via a printer.
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The inner workings of an underworld ATM.

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Here is one prototype of our exhibit, as shown on the 15th floor after the Lu Yang panel a few weeks ago. As the body of the ATM is a remix of Lu Yang’s Delusional Crime and Punishment, we were excited to show her our work. Although the curation of the material was purely by chance (I found the styrofoam/paper piece lying on the street), it became integral in the overall feel of the piece. During class, I noticed time and time again that the best received remixes used works that we recognized. In viewing artwork that reworked original pieces in a new way, I recognized the difference that the remixer intended to portray. To our benefit, nearly everyone recognized that we were remixing Lu Yang’s work, which was about Hell, the brain, and the living vs. the dead. The usage of her imagery added a new dimension to our ATM, evoking a deeper sense of questioning of this practice. In the end, I wanted people to question what is usually taken to be true, and with the explicit, gory portrayal of the underworld of Lu Yang’s imagination, I think our ATM was able to further force a sense of, ‘wait, what?’
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Lu Yang actually quite liked the piece, calling it “cute”. Although I was nervous about showing her a cut up and reworked interpretation using her work, she was very receptive and said it was good that we recycled her piece. We made it to her Wechat moments, where her description included a sentence on our ATM.
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Remix Final – Climate Change on Twitter

My original idea for this project was to create a visual representation of tweets coming out of the African continent talking about climate change. After the first idea session, I realised that I was not remixing the material that I was getting from the tweets, just visually representing it. So I then decided to use the text I get from the tweets to construct a map of the world according to Africans on twitter.

Eventually, I settled on doing a commentary piece that shows the conversations about climate change coming in from different African countries on the twitter platform. I was of the assumption that most people on the continent talk of/see climate change as a thing that affects the more developed world, and wanted to make a piece that I dubbed “The Map of the World According to Africans discussing Climate Change”.

To do this, I decided to get a sample of tweets from every African country. I settled on five from each that I’d personally curate from the advanced search page based on location. Initially, I figured that I’d et the location to within 15 miles of the capital of each country but it turned out that for many African countries, Twitter doesn’t include their cities and you can only search based on the country. So some of my tweets came from within 15 miles of an entire country. Another surprise was that quite a number of countries didn’t have ANY tweets coming from them on the issue or had tweets from the same bot account that showed up quite often called @semanticearth. I definitely didn’t anticipate that.

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I ended up with around 130 tweets from all the 54 countries in Africa because some countries had no tweets at all while others had less than 5 after eliminating incomprehensible bots. I kept the information of all these tweets in a spreadsheet with, and the actual words of the tweets were put in a Word document that was alphabetically arranged according to which countries were mentioned or referred to in the tweet.

Here’s the links to them:

climate-change-tweets  and gw-master-sheet

Initially, I’d set out to create an html page that has the tweets arranged in the shape of the countries/continents mentioned as per the documented however, after numerous attempts, it proved rather difficult to get the shape while keeping everything cohesive and using just the words and not an image from a word cloud generator. For some the words, were too many esp for the USA and the African continent and the shapes were proving had to build especially since I wanted to use all the words I got.

I then tried to see if I could use masks made from photoshop with the different countries to place over the text so that the inside of the countries is transparent and the text could be seen through the shape. While I was successful for some, I wasn’t for some others. I failed to get one great cohesive map together cause each time the vector mask worked for one shape, it didn’t work for others or only the background would end up being transparent. See below:

Below are outlines I made myself in Photoshop for the African continent and some countries.

 

Also using an image over the top of the text in html meant that my text would no longer be interactive. So after a lot of experimentation, I scrapped this idea and instead decided to make something like a collage of these texts by hand. I printed out the outline maps I’d made and gotten, and also the tweet text. I cut out the maps as I’d wanted to earlier but failed to because of the Photoshop problems I had earlier. I then placed these in a map as I had wanted to aand started organising my text inside these frames.

I taped the words together so that they wouldn’t move around as I made the arrangements. My end goal was to have the words themselves make convincing shapes of the continents and countries without having to leave the guiding shapes there but when I tried it out, it all looked like a mess. So eventually I made my final product to be the words and the country shapes over them to be all apart of the final piece.

The final piece was all this, maybe collage, glued to a screen ( made of a big cardboard) that told the story of climate change as per tweets coming in from Africans on the African continent.. I tried to make the words and sentences flow together as much as possible within the shape constraint. However, it wasn’t always possible basing on size and positioning.

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As to whether this result fulfilled what I had originally thought it would, no not really. After thinking of various ways to execute the idea, I think wha failed me the most was the presentation and how to get that to make an impact as much as I wanted and has been emphasised in this class. I kept the continent whole despite some countries not being mentioned because dividing it up would have made the work even more difficult and yet  chose to keep the rest of the other 5 countries separate. Now I’m thinking maybe the work could have been better if I’d kept Europe shaped as Europe but smaller as I did with the countries to show it’s impact since only 3 european countries were mentioned: Norway, the UK and France. This would have made the map more balanced with just 4 land masses rather than the extra 5 pieces.. (Asia was only mentioned for Qatar, China and Pakistan as well). As for representation online as I had wanted. I still don’t know how I’d do that except by painstakingly writing each line of text as per shape in html and styling into position with css. While that would give me more chances to make the work more interactive by putting hover links that do lead somewhere, it’d also take so much time. Much more than was available to me. For now, I decided to place this on a card that can be seen and read by others. I also see that this could have been much more impactful had I printed images of the continents and made the tweet text out in bigger and different fonts. It took a lot of hours to put it together for the small one so doing a big version definitely will require some elaborate planning and execution.

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Updated response

Instagram, an artist and the $100,000 selfies – appropriation in the digital age:

The article raised the important question: whether art on Instagram is considered as art or not. We have seen examples in class of a black and white  photo that a man was standing in front of forests holding stick in his hand. Another artist remix it by replacing the stick with guitar and photoshop the man`s face and body to blue. We had discussion in class that almost all people agree that the latter piece would hardly be considered as a different work of art. From my perspective, the successfulness of this remix was the strong contrast between the modern elements such as guitar and dated style of background that he did not give credit for. And the issue in the article has the same issue.  Richard Prince’s exhibition, New Portraits was simply adding his comment on the original artwork on Instagram and selling it at a high price. Although he claimed that “he not only added his own opaque comments under individuals’ pictures before he took screen shots, but also reported previous comments as spam, ensuring they disappeared (when viewed on his own account), pushing his own comments to the top – thereby arguably altering the original work”.  However, even if his comments were brilliant and awesome, one of the main elements that make his remix successful is the original art piece. Therefore, what he claimed does not hold and what he remixed would not be considered a real art piece from my perspective.

Whats more, Prince did not ask permission nor share the benefit he got from selling the art work. And this brings about another issue that whether Instagram is a public domain where you can manipulate everything that was posted on it. There are regulations on Instagram and same with Weibo, the Chinese social media, that anyone who felt uncomfortable of others using your work can file a report and waiting for Instagram to examine their report. But we can imagine the efficiency of that. The demand clearly outweighs the supply. I know in Weibo tons of bloggers right did not get effectively emphasized that even bloggers who especially established used to defend for those rights existed. And I can imagine how many cases were still unsolved in Instagram. Prince can serve as a case for us to concentrate on this problem arises with social media and probably advance our critical thinking of IP rights.

Everything is a Remix, Part 4:

I have to say that I really enjoyed the entire series created by Kirby Ferguson. He had started the whole series with tracing of history and evolution of remix culture by tacking different of collaborative collections. The last part of the series,titled ” system failure”  elaborate on the essential issue of remix—the progressing “intellectual property” issue. It makes a timely comment on SOPA culture and timely comment of ACTA debates.

One quote I like from the series claimed that “Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.” It can be a really good start on the psychological paradoxes of how we justify doing the copying but resent being copied. The work explores the dislocation of copyright and reminds us that the original Copyright Act of 1790 was entitled “An Act for the encouragement of learning” and to also examine on the idea of upholding an ideal of a rich public domain with shared knowledge open to everyone.

the Yes men are revolting

I had enjoyed the time watching “the Yes Man Are Revolting” which offered a resonant understanding of these culture jamming ideas of them.  In the beginning of “The Yes Men Are Revolting,”, the two are focusing on global warming and pretended to be political officials. Bichlbaum announces on behalf of US Chamber of Commerce that they are going to work against on global warming and the other one supports him by arriving in a giant inflatable ball. When Bonanno can’t get in, he ventures to the Capitol with other SurvivaBall folk, and hurls himself down the landmark’s steps. The meaning behind this culture jamming idea is huge because they have incorporate the idea of relationships and jobs and a good way to show their activism, too. They have wrapped itself up as an ode to friendship and the teamwork required to create change.

Issues with “The Yes Men Are Revolting” mostly arise from the potential that this documentary’s wider scope invites. The overall Yes Man community inspires curiosity which extends far more than regard it as comedic documentary as entertainment. Their hoaxes with footage of news channels believing it can run with simply dressed-up madness and have unexpectedly making a point that is more rewarding more than any significant comedic experience. Personally, I can see  Bichlbaum & Bonanno to be not only entertainers but also activists who have done a great job at character-building.

clay shirky, “defend our freedom to share”

In his TED talk, professor Shirky made a convincing point on the serious problem of Stop Online Piracy Act(“SOPA”) /Protect IP Act(“PIPA”) which is the shift of burden of proving things or finding evidence. Though the two heavily debated pieces of legislation that dominated blog headlines these past few weeks, lawmakers will continue to work to pass bills with the intent to combat online piracy. With that in mind, professor revisits the potential consequences of passing SOPA in its current form. He had began telling the story of a bakery unable to let children draw pictures of television cartoon characters for their cake decorations. He said in the TED talk that,  “In the end, the real threat to the enactment of PIPA and SOPA is our ability to share things with one another,”He then gives an abbreviated history of the media lanscape and the legislation it lobbied for along the way.

He then made his point:“It turned out, we’re not really couch potatoes, and we don’t really like to only consume. We do like to consume, but every time one of these new tools came along, it turned out we also like to produce and we like to share. And this freaked the media businesses out, it freaked them out every time.” PIPA/SOPA marked the shift of burden of proving things. Under those, all consumers are treated as illegal unless they made their way to prove themselves as innocent. Therefore, the burden of proving themselves innocent have moved the burden to us, consumers. Professor Shiry claimed that PIPA/SOPA are indeed problematic and I agreed with that. The restrictions and burdens can have a negative effect on remix art.  Just as Shirky claimed at the end of the talk,  people are not satisfied to be a consumer only. However, they want to consume based on what they had produced.

lawrence lessig, “remix: part 3”

I really appreciated that Lessig offers in his article a different perspective that the copyright law should actually be changed in order to generate good remix pieces, unlike other readings we read before.  He not only stated his ideas about how to make RO and RW culture better off in the future and  listed five potential improvements of the copyright law. In his first change about the law, he stated that we should use a matrix to illustrate and deregulate amateur creativity. I appreciate the matrix since this can reduce costs for remixing and therefore people will be more incentived to create more remix pieces. The second change Lessig proposes is about the maintenance of the copyright licenses. He claims that the copyright law should grant the fair use for file sharing. The third change Lessig argues is to simplify the copyright law. Last but not least, he claims that the copyright law should grant the fair use for file sharing, if it is for non-commercial purposes.  

 I agree with Lessig that those five changes will eventually reduce a great amount of legal procedure for commercial work. What`s more, Lessig shows a lot of unsatisfactory towards the government. However, Lessig seems to be a little too aggressive on this point. The line of reasoning of his claim appears to be a little bit flawed. Overall, Lessig elaborates on the idea of remix but he took an aggressive position on reforming law. He claims that “If copyright regulates copies, and copying is as common as breathing, then a law that triggers federal regulation on copying is a law that regulates too far”. I think that he should have concentrate a little bit more on rights of original artists.

 

Final Documentation Dyadra Saulsberry

Culture Jamming is an artform that involves incorporating a usually subversive commentary on a commercialized item. One of the primary goals of culture jamming is blending some of the lines of consumerism so that many of the commonly ignored political issues are seen in correlation to a ubiquitous counterpart, which is usually some material item. Over the course of this class, we have commented on many of the issues of capitalism and free enterprise. This coveting notion suggest that branding and imagery are types of non-tangible elements that make up the idea of “intellectual property”. Whether or not the validation of intellectual property can be considered legitimate has been one of the founding questions of our class, I, with my final project seek to show that the entitlement of “branding” only leads to supplementing an elitist classes culture.

Commercialism has been a dominating theme amongst many of the discussions in our class. We’ve primarily been focusing on the effects of free enterprise in a capitalist society versus the socially marketed economy of the PRC. While we studied our unit on Shanzhai culture and copyright laws, we created a discourse on what exactly counterfeiting is and what the importances of patents might be. It was shanzhai culture that inspired me to make a culture jamming remix of a symbolic representation of the American educational system that would expose it in a nature that illuminates some of the commercial element of it.

My project is intended to be a sort of “window display” reminiscent of one that someone might see in a boutique window. The display features two mannequins wearing traditional western graduation robes and a suggested comparison between the two. One mannequin features a Louis Vuitton-inspired pattern evocative of the NYU trademark. The other mannequin features a plain garment, unbranded, unembellished. I’ve attached price tags to the items, with information gathered from collegedata.org, which host a useful database that can be used to compare the tuition prices of many American universities. The price of tuition for one year at NYU (all portal campuses) is $46,170, while the average tuition at a public school in the united States is $9,650. My final project is a culture jamming social commentary on the privatization of education. With my installation, I seek to propose that education is becoming commercial in a way that suggest that branding is the defining element of the education, rather than quality.

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The primary focus of my installation are the two graduation gowns. I had one remotely fabricated from a source that I had gotten from taobao. I made the print with inspiration from the notorious Louis Vuitton pattern and utilized the logos from all three portal campus. I choose Louis Vuitton to remix because it is a brand that is easily recognizable for its prestige as well as its parodies. They have established their brand as one of the most prestigious in the nation, much like how NYU has established themselves amongst the ranks of other non-ivys. My second gown only serves as a foil, and a comparison to the illustrious NYU gown. I found fabric materials around campus and was able to use the sewing staging in the ima lab to embellish the second garment. I also made the soles, or the sashes around the chest of the robes, as they serve to convey the symbol of american educational system.

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I have attached price tags to my gowns equivalent of the educational brand that they represent. The price tags are laser cut from black acrylic and secured to the hat in order to resemble tassels. The hat that is above the NYU mannequin I acquired from taobao, and it seeks to enforce this luxury idea of an NYU education. The bottom half of my project is too exaggerate this idea of commercialised education as a material item that one can buy. The shopping bags represent consumerism and I fabricated mock diplomas to fill the shopping bags to represent this idea that education has become a commoditized item that the privatization of education has lead to branding and serves as a symbol of status rather than a symbol of educational merit.

My project fits within the framework of our culture jamming unit in that it re-communicates a previously existing cultural entity with a political idea that leads to some transparency between the two. I would say that the outcome of my project fits its overall goes. I believe that it succeeds in its subversive suggestion about commercialized education. Moving forward, I would love to work on my fabrication for the additional garment, though, I can currently argue that the lack of quality is due to it’s lack of its conceptual value in comparison to the NYU garment.

 

 

Final Project || Documentation || Kevin Pham

Justice For All || Kevin Pham || Final Project || Video + Projection Mapping


So this project has been a quite the process for me. First and foremost: The thing that almost destroyed everything was my hard drive crashing. That was really crappy. I lost everything that I was working on and all the files for this project so it was quite unfortunate. However I think that it still turned out alright and actually something that I can say is meaningful to me.

As I discussed in the beginning of the ideation process, I wanted to do something that revolved around the idea of the American flag. Off the heels of the debate over actions taking by professional athletes, namely Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49er’s, who took America by storm with his choice to sit down the National Anthem, citing that he could not stand for a flag that idealizes this notion that the US is connected and supports all. That debate over whether it was okay to do such a thing got me really thinking. I found myself standing on the side of Kaepernick, believing what he has to say about the whole ordeal to be incredibly valid (let’s not discuss the fact that he didn’t vote, coming off as fake. That does not devalue the impact of the movement). I really feel that is true in America today and I do not think that I could ever listen to the National Anthem and believe that it encompassed everyone. By name only, but not by the actual implementation.

So what I wanted to do was make a commentary on the flag and the national anthem and what it means to different people. Eventually that became a choice to switch to the Pledge of Allegiance. This is meaningful to me because I haven’t sang or stood for the Pledge or National Anthem for years. I remember feeling weird about the lyrics of the Pledge and not really feeling myself believing the message behind it. So that tied into my decision to choose that song. So moving forward, because the Pledge encourages people to commit to America for we are all one together, I decided it would make for a nice idea to run with.

So I first chose to have kids singing the Pledge and back that with typical American images. Things that support the idea of a pro-pledge position. Then that transitions to the repetition of “Justice For All” (the main crux of my inspiration for the project). Then after that it goes to a man talking about the pledge (pro-pledge) then images of American things slowly switches from positive to negative, showing injustices committed to minorities in the country as well as people that do not necessarily support what the pledge preaches. Then it ends with the pledge again, but this time it is all negative images. This is to show the juxtaposition of stances in the US. It is fair for some and not fair for others. All the footage is found. And I finally finish it off by projecting onto a white board with white cloth on it because I couldn’t find a real flag.


This was overall a really good learning experience for me. Asides from the technological downfalls of my project, it really got me thinking. While I was not shy about the heavy-handed message behind the project, I realize that it would be good to be less obvious about it. Because at the end of the day, I want people to be able to interpret my project in their own way, rather than me just asking them: Do you understand the meaning? Because if they didn’t then the purpose of the project is defeated right? If I cannot accomplish what I want to get across then what value does my project have? I am not sure how to go about that as of now because I have grown so accustomed to over-explaining things that I cannot help but feel uneasy if I do not blast users with everything so they can understand. Perhaps not as effective, but that is my style. I don’t feel as bad for this project because I have a purpose that I want to express but it isn’t always the best thing to do.

Another thing that I really wish worked out in this project was the physical adaptation. Unfortunately the programs I was using didn’t accomplish exactly what I wanted so that was super frustrating. But I really wish I could’ve come through with the projection mapping onto the whiteboard with the white fabric on it. It would’ve been mighty cool to see. But I do appreciate the ability to mix and match mediums of remixes. Seeing some of the class’ works was inspiring. Makes me want to keep moving forward and thinking about how I can make things physical as well because there is something to be said about being able to see something in front of you.

Zeyao’s response of Everything is Remix Pt.4

The topic of pt.4 is system failure. In terms of the economy, the idea free policy totally limit the creativity because the cost of reproduction or the cost of hiring someone who copied the original piece was half cheaper than the cost of the original product. It mentioned the example of Steve Jobs again. I like one sentence that the narrator said, “When we copied, we justified. When others copies, we verified”. We can get other people’s product because it benefits us, but we couldn’t accept people to copy us because we don’t want to lost any benefits. Since people have these senses of being copied and copying others, it is more important to have a more complete copyright law. With a complex copyright law, the amount of cases and law suit will be decreased rapidly. People all like suing people for getting the money so it’s really complicated. After watching this video I realized the revolution of copyright will benefit every creators. It gives them  a motivation and a shelter to create more pieces for us to enjoy it.

Final Project Documentation

My final project is cutting Harry Potter into an introduction video of a business school. Since I am the only finance major in class, I think that I should try to combine different fields by starting with connecting what I have learned in this class with my major. Therefore, I chose to continue working on the idea of making ads.

It turned out that the project was far more time consuming than I expected. The biggest problem I encountered was that it was hard to gather enough Harry Potter footages. The video is required to exceed five minutes, but the longest single footage I was able to extracted from Harry Potter didn’t even exceed 7 seconds. Therefore, it took me a huge amount of time to gather enough materials. I not only went through the seven films, but also I tried to find footages in the 118 documentaries published by the Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.. Secondly, all videos introducing MBA programs are interview based, so I needed to find interviews of the Harry Potter characters. And in those documentaries, the longest interview scene is about 5 seconds. Therefore, I had to find more than one sources for each interviewee. This significantly increased the work load. In addition, the voices of the interviews were all taken from other MBA videos (except Cho Chang’s). Most MBA videos included background musics, so I had to use Audition to process those interviews in order to get rid of their initial background musics.

Source Materials:
Harry Potter Series 1 – 7
Harry Potter Wizards Collection Complete Extras (118 documentaries of the Harry Potter cast)
Wharton MBA Program Overview
MBA50 Cambridge Judge Dean – MBA50 Interview
MBA50 UCLA Anderson Dean – Interview Forbes
Emma Watson to United Nations 2015 – I’m a feminist
Emma Watson UN Speech 2016 – Universities Should Tackle All Forms of Violence
Backgroud Music: Inspirational Background Music – Spirit of Success by Alumo

final project by Linda and Sara

PROCESS

We had many ideas for this final project and it was quite hard to choose one. We quite agreed that we want to do a project criticizing the consumerism around Christmas time. First we wanted to use a bunch of Christmas trash to create the shadow of Christmas. Then as Prof. Roopa suggested we thought a bit ore about the messaging of the project. Then we decided to remix a sad video and using a frame as the shadow of Christmas. So I remixed a video using the worst news of year 2016. Then we got the idea of remixing a video about 2016 since it was quite a bad year, there was a lot of things happening worldwide, wars, Trump, terrorism, earthquakes and floods etc. I really like this idea and I think we managed to create a really powerful video that makes me cry any time I watch it. We showed it to some of our friends and got really good feedback, I mean sad, but that was the point. Then Linda was working on the code for the frame and the sensor that would start the music. We thought it would be simple to use Processing and Arduino, however Processing could not play the video as we figured. Then Professor Antonius suggested a program ,  Max 7  to play the video and audio. Linda learned how to use it.

 

Concept

The final concept is that  there has been a lot of bad news happened in 2016 and we question whether Christmas can make us forget, whether we should forget. I think we should not and the ultimate message of this project is that we should learn from our mistakes. We should not forget people that lost their lives because of war, terrorism, racism, pollution and natural disasters.

 

Whether we met our goal

I think we did in terms of messaging. In terms of interaction we need to work on the project a bit more to improve it, I think the main problem was that we changed our idea in the last moment so we did not have that much time left for the coding part. However, I think it was worth to change our idea since I really like the messaging of our idea right now and I think it is really important to tell the story of 2016.

 

This is the Remix- Final project Zeyao & Anthia

Final Version!

Concept

For our final project, our ideas have shifted a lot from the very beginning. We finally settled our proposals on expressing the idea that woman should not be restricted by social norms by remixing disney princess with Beyonce`s pretty hurts. We were inspired by the current news of Victorias secret fashion show and were reminded of the campaign “perfect body” they had in 2014. The slogan “the perfect body”  appeared with images of Victoria’s Secret angels on the company’s website and in stores in the UK. The company received lots of critics and petition for calling it offensive and disrespectful of various values women had. The company had changed the slogan to” a body for body” and some other companies had also posted their advertisement using models who have different body sizes. victorias-secret-under-fire

We have realized that society has gradually accepting different standards and values throughout time, especially in how society perceive as beauty. We used to think of super models–those with skinny waist, long legs and big chest– as the standards of beauty. And whats opposite towards those standards were perceived as “ugly”. But as for recent years, girls who have their own special beauty would be considered beauty as well. Another evidence for this transformation is the different characteristics Disney princess had. From the very beginning, Disney princess such as Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora etc they all have big eyes, pale skin, mostly blonde hair and almost flawless appearance. But during the recent 20 years, Disney Studio had surprisingly corporate different style of princesses such as Mulan, Ariel, Jasmie etc. They don’t have fancy dresses and flawless look to be a princess, but they are positioned as Disney princess without doubt.

Therefore, we have finally made up our minds to expand on the idea of how disney princesses have showed the transformations of social standards and to incorporate with the audio of Beyonce`s pretty hurts which fits best with our ambition.

 

Process and Challenges

During the process, Zeyao was in charge of editing parts of videos with the lyrics and I was in charge of searching all video clips to decide which points would fit with the lyrics. For me, I had a hard time to looking for all raw materials that fits perfectly with the intention of having a beauty contest for all princesses. Later, we decided to simplify our goal by having just showing the struggles of princesses contrasting with Mulan. I found 33 different video clips from Youtube for Zeyao and marked all points that expresses the lyrics of the song.

Zeyao, of course, also go through lots of difficulties. He spent lots of time adjusting the faces of princesses to the right places from one scene to another so that they looked like one music video. What`s more , adjusting the perfect timing for video clips is another struggle. It appeared easier said than done. Even some tiny scenes may take almost an hour to adjust so that they would fits with the lyrics. Last but not the least, beats of music video are also essential. So we also spent lots of time to match the movement of princess and with the beats of music.

From my perspective, we chose video as the platform for finals because we did have great time editing our midterm project and we wanted to bring our project to a meaningful level. Thus, we chose to make a remix music video instead of a family photo book. We both felt stressful during the process, but enjoyed seeing the final product we had. We hope this would be a good closure for this semester.

Source material

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcPElLWTyb4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fva07oD5osU

Final Project ~ post

Continuing from the last post about the progress of this project, I checked on my plants again and in my head, they look like they are sprouting but maybe it is just in my head. If they do not grow too much, plan B is to have other plant that could be placed inside the recycling bin as well. img_20161209_100439

I made a recycle sign using wires and tape as a trial and hope that I will have this sign onto the recycling bin after I stick all the other parts.

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Friday’s lab was me taking apart lots of broken phones and laptops. It was really interesting to do so because I always see others doing it, for example when I take my phone for repair or my watch, I see the specialists unscrewing things and screwing it back together but I never imagined I would be one to take things apart into separate pieces. I thought that was a great for me to experience because I was able to see all the pieces inside a phone and how they were all connected to make the phone work. I improved my “unscrewing screws” skills, and observed the intricate separate small pieces that make up a device. I thought that it was really nice that this project let me do that.

Some pictures of the process:

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Those two phones below were so hard to take apart, I could not manage to get it open:img_20161209_123158

Old Macbook Pro, such a cool looking laptop!

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The laptop was also a challenge to take apart because I learnt that apple products have special “apple screws” and unless you have the special screwdriver you cannot open and take it apart. This is good for protecting their brand and how they make their hardware. This reminds me of open source, a topic that we covered in class, and it was actually interesting to see it in reality, how Apple is not open source yet. Because we did not have the right screwdrivers to unscrew the parts, I had to break the screen apart from the rest of the body, which didn’t turn out as easy as I thought (stepping on it did not work).

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As I was working on placing the waste that I had collected and taken apart, I quite enjoyed placing them on my recycling bin cardboard base and making everything look more or less seamless from one side to the other. I decided that the recycling sign that I had made should go on the laptop screen because it has a wide surface and a uniform colour, so the sign would stand out better. Then I thought that I would spell out the word “recycle” using the keyboard letters. It was an actually really fun process to go through, although I burnt myself once or twice with the hot glue gun. I also found a lot of interesting objects in the trash that I had collected such as a mouth usb charger and large headphones, which I then used to style my recycling bin and give it an amusing twist. I looked up how recycling bins looked like on the internet and the ones we have at the residence so the top cardboard partof the recycling bin is designed based on those observations.

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Pictures of how it looks presently:

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I brought in a plant because my seedlings are still in the soil, just to experiment how it would look like and here are some pictures:

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I hope that through this project my message about environment and concerns about recycling is passed to the audience. The environment and protecting our environment is very important to me and I wanted this project to be reflective of something that I care about. I also thoroughly enjoyed making a project that does not require me being in front of a computer screen, but was demanding enough in terms of me going to find resources and turning them into something else.