Project 1 - Para-Portrait
Breif - Create a self-portrait using and assigned input.
My assigned technology was the flatbed scanner
Experiment with this tool, focusing on the qualities, glitches, capabilities specifically related to its design.
As particular qualities emerge from this research, continue your experimentation to develop your own techniques that reveal or expose (or mis-use, or exploit, or amplify) the inherent nature of your tool.
Using your technique(s), produce a self-portrait.
You may use Photoshop as a compiling, layering, or general editing tool, but only in direct support of the output from your capture(s). (In other words, this should not be an image that relies extensively on filters far beyond what occurs within the process of the assigned input.)
Here is a sampling of expiriments and research I did with the photoscanners (both CCD and CIS). The most interesting aspects of the photoscanner was the ability to "unwrap" three dimentional objects into a 2D plane. I explored this aspect further by creating a full body "unwrapping" which led to my final portrait.
Project 2 - HyperPsychoGeo
Pick an object or a space that either has direct personal significance for you, or about which you have (or can acquire) a lot of knowledge (or opinion).
Capture or reproduce this object or space. This could be a photograph (where the non-relevant parts are removed), or a collage of photos, or a 3D model, or a digital or hand drawing. You should test multiple ways of making this before committing to a technique. The elements are simple (subject / content / visual language of the “tag” or comment) but each should be carefully considered, with a logic (even if that logic is subjective) behind your choices.
for this project, I decided I wanted to create a map of the planet Jupiter. Upon my first stab of organizing and mapping ideas, I struggled with conceptualizing the difference between a traditional "data visualization" and a "map". Here are a sampling of my initial tests:
While exploring alternatives, I found inspiration in the "voyager" record project. By creating a hyper restricted deisign language that would be intended to speak to any alien species that might come across it, I came up with my final map based around semiology and single line weights/simple geometry.
Project 3 - Distance Clock
Inspired by Situationist theory, we created a collaborative clock by using GPS data imported into p5.js. Each individual took an our long walk (or derive) and recorded there gps data. We collected the data and for the 12 people in the class, we compiled the hour long walks into 10 seconds per person on the clock. Here is my walk:
This class pushed me to think more intently about systems within my practice. It is an abstract concept that isn't quite straight forward but through the active work within this class, It helped clarify some basic principles. Any input is fed into a system that produces an output. By focusing soley on this term, wonderful possibilities can be produced.
Instructor: Tim Durfee