Presenting SonicSpectrum: Society

Presenting SonicSpectrum: Society has certainly been a growing experience. I have a lot of thoughts about it, how I want to approach the project from now on, and where I want to continue it. I'll take more time to express those ideas here, another time. For now, here are visuals from the presentations. I first presented it at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications 2017 Spring Show. While presenting it there, I was invited to present it to a variety of different shows, exhibits and events -- which was very honoring. This documentation also includes it being presented at T+E+C NYC at WeWork in Times Square.

SonicSpectrum: Society

For my final, I wanted to discuss race, racism, and especially the idea of "Whiteness." I did so by creating an Interactive Audio Visual Interactive Mixtape (currently developing).

Weeks leading up to the final consisted of a long library visit, and a collection of books and articles that held such an incredible amount of information.

It became incredibly difficult to find a way to express this extensive amount of information in such a small project, as I continued to learn more and more with time. 

I opted to go as small as I possibly could, and focus more so on "Whiteness" and essentially the criminality of "whiteness" as my focus.

I was inspired by an impromptu experiment I had done at home with an orange piece of paper and a continuously changing light I have in my living room:

I loved how the electromagnetic waves of each particularly light distorted the electromagnetic waves my eyes would interpret of the orange paper. And I wanted to use color and the distortion of color as an analogy between racial and perspectives.

I created sight distortion tools that manipulated color in a way that revealed my hidden messages. I then placed those hidden messages within highly stimulating graphics. The graphics meanings and information changes with the use of the different ocular devices.

 

Here are my slides from my presentation:

Credits (to be updated):

Cultural Schizophrenia  - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dario-calmese/using-fashion-to-discuss-our-cultural-schizophrenia_b_9354654.html

Justification for Putting the Audience Through a Difficult Evening [response]

"...but how can we start to change our attitudes or our behavior if we haven't first thought about why we must change and in what direction?"

---Wallace Shawn, Author of Aunt Dan & Lemon, April, 1986

 

In this writing, Wallace Shawn goes on to discuss how people today love to watch films that are based on past racist and discriminatory times as they feel better about their liberal and progressive mindset and how "superior" it is in comparison with the mindsets of the older times. But, he goes on to speak of how "if we are, in fact, a uniquely benign and harmless group of people, blessed with unusual clarity of vision -- then our moment of over-cautiousness will have cost us nothing. Whereas if it should happen to turn out that we're not superior, our self-examination might save a lot of people -- possible all people -- from being harmed by us." 

That quote raises the question of if people today are truly aware of the underlying issues still going on? If their believe that they are superior to the past is actually ignorant and could lead to harm of the oppressed people.

He then goes on to describe how theater gives the audience the opportunity to analyze characters and their similarities between them. This is useful in observing society as it requires the audience to take a step back from a world that may be similar to their own, and observe it with a much more critical eye.

Wallace's points remind me a lot of today and the way people continue to operate. People want to feel liberal and seem "woke" and anti-oppression. But their mere existence in certain spaces can stand against that. The things they are funding and supporting, without even realizing, are harming people. --- I think a lot about the Women's March and how popular it was. Though I was proud of women for standing up for our rights, I was disgusted at the actuality of the situation. It felt mostly like a bunch of White women finally taking a stand when something effects them, specifically. But all this time of Black bodies being murdered by police and Black families being systematically destroyed and the general human rights of people of color being stolen just never seemed to aggravate them in any way. They stayed comfortably in their own homes and didn't fight for anyone else's problems. It's incredibly annoying to say the least. But, if you ask the general American, they would say that they are liberal and progressive and believe in equality. Where are the actions?

 

Midterm Idea

I have always wanted to create an infiniti mirror - and using the midterm for this class to embark on that project would be super exiting.

 

I've found a materials list of items needed to create this project:

  • Mirror
  • Plexiglass or acrylic sheet
  • Mirrored window film
  • Cardboard box or other container
  • LEDs
  • Power supply
  • Tape or glue
  • Cutting tool
  • Safety glasses or protective goggles

https://www.mcmaster.com/#mirrored-acrylic/=oym9ni

My Inspiration:

F For Fake by Orson Welles

The film, F For Fake, by Orson Welles was incredibly thought provoking and created room for some critical questions to be examined within the realms of reality and what is true vs. false.

The subject claims that this is a film about "trickery...about lies" while also stating that within the next hour of the film (which is actually 88 mintues) will be completely true and "based on facts."

He claims that when analyzing a painting it is not important to determine whether it is a good painting or bad painting, but whether it is a good fake or a bad fake.

 

[adding more soon]