This week, I decided to continue with the representation theme and learn how to do face and color recognition.
I downloaded the OpenCV library on Processing and tested different example codes.
I used the kinect and kinectron this week, for the first time. It was a lot of fun and made me very excited for future projects with these tools.
Since moving to New York City, i've become increasingly more hyper-sensitive and aware to racial disparities, inequalities, stereotypes and the power of representation. These themes have been seeping to a lot of my work and did so in this project, as well.
Not too long ago, I saw a photo capturing a room of solely white men meeting to discuss the future of maternity care under the new health bill. It was odd for many reasons. One, why do men have control over how women carry their bodies and who in that room has enough qualification to understand exactly what it's like to care for a woman's body? Then, why is it only white men? Why aren't these spaces more inclusive and representative of the actual diversity of America?
As a Black woman, I decided to virtually give myself a Seat At The Table and be a part of the conversation because my voice is missing, vital and incredibly important.
I used the Kinect to scan myself and used the Kinectron to import the image of myself onto the canvas.
I also want to explore the ideas of representation.
But, I was facing technical difficulties in figuring out how to overlay the images that I wanted.
I photoshopped this cut out of Black girls watching TV.
And, I wanted to place them in the middle of scenes that they'll most likely grow up watching, while it being harmful to their mental health and sense of identity.
I want more empathy to go in towards how what is on TV screens effects children. How constantly having girls with light skin and long straight hair as the standard for beauty, in cartoon characters, destroys the mental health of little Black and brown girls. How i'm sure just as I don't want my children to grow up feeling ugly, White parents would never want that for their children.
Representation also goes in to stock images. I collected Google searches that exemplify racial biases and stereotypes that are exclusive and damaging. I wanted to distort these pictures, using the tools we've learned thus far, to change how we view titles and who holds them.
Using the code, I imported an image I took with the Ricoh Theta of me walking in the street.
I created a story called, "When The Uber Leaves." It is a quick depiction of the emotions one experiences when they realize that their Uber has left them.
Initially, I started off with importing a 360 video. But, there were things that were wrong with my code that did not allow it.
I also experimented with using photos that were not 360 but actually collages I made through photoshop. That was really inspiring and made me think of a lot of other projects I could embark on using a similar strategy.
For the data collection assignment, I wanted to experiment with using emotions as the stored data. When implementing this idea, I immediately thought of my favorite short film - Pizza Verdi. When watching this film, I came across so many different emotions. The plot twists within the film were so well done and unpredictable. So, I thought this film would be perfect to collect the range of emotions one would have when watching this.
I listed the emotions that I had while watching the film, on the top of the page. When the sketch would be completed and fully operating, the user would select the emotion they're feeling in that moment - and the sketch would track it through out the course of the video.
It would be interesting to observe the difference in different people's emotional strings when watching the same films.