A mess of unorganised thoughts for my visual artefact:
Visual Artefact – Block 1
What’s this video all about?
Images in the video footage
My visual artefact attempts to capture my relationship with technology – digital, or not.
(Wo)man + machine
In my video, I’m trying to portray things in contrast:
Light and dark;
Machine technology (coffee grinder) with digital technology (laptop, etc.) and skates (a non-digital technology);
Piano: the simple and monotonous piano melody against the wild freestyle piano experimental excerpts
Sound Effects: Digital sound clips (computerised, mech-tech robotic sounds, typing, coffee grinder, power cord, old radio, etc.) against sound clips of dishes, coffee beans, people, breathing and heartbeats; and…
Mixing everyday life – studying, working, making coffee with the expansive land of the digital – of online distance education –
As the video draws to a close, it speeds up; breathing quickens, heartbeat races, etc… As I often feel in my own life – that I’m out of breath!
“…Gutter was interviewed again, this time before 50 cameras arranged in a rig to capture a three-dimensional recording of him telling his story in a new way, by answering questions that people are most likely to ask.” Source: https://sfi.usc.edu/research/initiatives/new-dimensions
Just Pinned to #mscedc: Researchers are now working on the creation of life-size 3D holograms that can answer viewer questions through Siri-like voice-recognition technology. http://ift.tt/2k3LCFM
Just Pinned to #mscedc: The University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation is teaming up with the university’s Institute for Creative Technologies to develop interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors. The technology is expected to be up and running within the next year, and will be installed in select museums around the world. http://ift.tt/2kad5br
Week 2 of EDC has been difficult because I’ve been very involved with training for my new job in communications in the nuclear power industry (I know nothing about nuclear power). I’ve had limited time to dedicate to my lifestream blog and am feeling the pressure to produce worthy content to post. I was glad to participate in Helen W’s Togethertube catch-ups where we discussed the films from the Film Festival. It was great to hear ideas from my peers but was sometimes difficult to follow the film, think about the film and follow the discussion. I also think it was difficult for me since I have no background in these topics (I’ve never seen Bladerunner!).
This week, I’ve also been giving much thought to my visual artefact and expressed some of those ideas in a post HERE, along with thoughts about ‘transhumanism’ from the Bayne (2014) paper.
I also discussed my favourite films from the Film Festival in a post HERE. I loved We Only Attack Ourselvesand found the imagery quite impactful and representative of the human-cyborg struggle.
I am lucky to have become friends with Chenée who I chat with quite often on WhatsApp; in this post, I illustrate our discussion through a screenshot and through an image of a sketch I made about culture after hearing Chenée’s thoughts.
Of all the films in the Film Festival, I was most struck by the films on memory and especially: We Only Attack Ourselves. I loved the image of the purple scarf flying away through the desolate landscape and destructive environment. It was very emotional – the music and the sadness and despair of being forced to become a cyborg. What is the message? Humans and cyborgs don’t mix? Did he lose his identity…did they lose their identity as a couple? They can no longer have a relationship? Or perhaps it was the change in form, from human to hybrid, that drove a wedge between them? Very thought-provoking…
Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto (2007) tells us that a cyborg is a “creature in a post-gender world;” I wonder, however, why some cyborgs (today) are depicted as either male or female, as Gumdrop (female) is as in that film because of “her” voice and body. I also love the contrast of past and present in Gumdrop with the futuristic robot and the old school black and white Charlie Chaplin scenes.
During this second week of EDC, I participated in a couple of film festival catch-ups on Togethertube, graciously hosted by Helen W. It was great to re-watch the films and engage in discussion with my peers. I am finding it a bit difficult to relate to the topics because I have no background in studying cybercultures so it’s been great to have access to observations and perspectives from my classmates.
“This block ends with you creating a visual representation of a theme or themes covered during this first part of the course. The idea here is that you try to represent your knowledge and understanding of the core cybercultures themes we have considered by creating something which is visual rather than textual – an image, a video, or some other kind of digital representation.”
Create a “visual representation of a theme…”
Given that through necessity and experience I have come to enjoy creating videos, I think I will choose to create a video and publish it on YouTube for my EDC visual artefact.
After reading Bayne (2014), I am intrigued with transhumanism – of how “radical technological modifications to our brains and bodies are needed.” This makes me think about learning, of acquiring knowledge and experience… Are we not modifying our brains through learning – through the acquisition of knowledge? We are, at least, enhancing or building upon our knowledge (perhaps this is referring toPiaget’s constructivism?)…
I must admit that I had to go through Bayne’s (2014) paper a number of times as I found it a lot to grasp. I still think I don’t entirely understand everything. Again, I guess that is what learning is about.