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Week 12 – Activity – Algorithmic Art (Late)

After I did a bunch of procedures that my classmates made, I finally came up with one. So I love drawing/doodling and I like the idea of using the alphabet. So my procedure is: 

Collage Procedure 

  1. Get a friend. 
  2. Ask your friend to create a list of nouns, using every alphabet letter (a-z). 
  3. Get a blank paper and a pen. 
  4. Draw the first word (starting with a) in the top left corner. 
  5. Draw the next word (starting with b) in the bottom left corner. 
  6. Continue, going counter-clockwise until you reach the letter z. 

Here is the list of my words: 

  • astronaut 
  • bricks 
  • chapel
  • drum 
  • eggs
  • flask 
  • globe
  • hanger 
  • ink
  • juke 
  • kelp 
  • lollipop
  • mailman 
  • needle
  • oranges 
  • pineapple 
  • quarter 
  • rubik’s cube 
  • slingshot 
  • teapot 
  • u-turn
  • volcano 
  • washer 
  • xebec
  • yarn 
  • zipper 

And how’s how my collage turned out! 

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This was definitely a fun activity for me although it took a while. I even messed up on a word but I left it, but that’s okay to mess up! 

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Week 10 – Activity – Student Choice

I was excited to hear that this week we got to choose what we wanted to do for activity!

I actually do art myself! I draw. I’ve been drawing since I was little. When I was younger, I would doodle little things but as I grew older, the subject of my art became girls/women. I was a smart child.. I dated (most) and kept many of my drawings! Up until now, I still draw. It’s hard because I’m busy and it’s hard to find time, but I still really enjoy it. In fact, I almost wanted to do it for a living but I realized that it’s more of a hobby.

So I took the time to draw this week. It’s been a very long time! I’m the type of person that has to finish their work in one day. If I leave it for the next day, it’ll never get done. As I said, the subject of my drawings are women. Usually I just go on tumblr and find a picture and start drawing. Here’s my drawing in the process:

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This took a very long time. Usually my drawings go for about 3 to 4 hours and are done at night. I really enjoyed drawing again. I hope I’ll be able to find more time to do this.

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Week 9 – Activity – Architecture & Urban Planning

Cognitive maps. This is my cognitive map of California State University, Long Beach. I only drew most of upper campus because I’m here a lot. All my classes are located here except one, which is at CBA, but I decided to include it in my map.

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Adopt a building. The building I chose to adopt is the Student Recreation & Wellness Center aka the gym/rec. I chose to adopt the gym because it’s one of the cooler buildings on campus. It’s beautiful and has several features such as an indoor track, rock climbing, and sand volleyball.

The rec on campus is a great place to get in shape and have fun at the same time. It’s a huge space with endless equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, fitness classes, personal training, and swimming. Something great about the rec center is that it has intramurals, where those interested in playing sports such as basketball, volleyball, or soccer but don’t play professionally can still play competitively with others in league games. It gives students the opportunity to enjoy their hobbies without “making the team.” If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to do CPR, you can learn at the same place and become certified! Some fitness classes offered at the rec include: cardio kickboxing, H.I.T (high intensity training), and Zumba! The rec also offers programs that are accessible for all abilities, which is a great way to promote health. After a good workout, students can stop by Robeks, located near the entrance, to grab a soothing smoothie to cool off.

The Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC) wasn’t always here but luckily for me, I’m able to experience this building. In 2005, ASI proposed the construction of a 126,500 square foot facility in a student fee referendum. In 2007, the vote took place and students votes yes with 74.7%. Construction began in 2009 and finished in 2010.

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Redesign the CSULB campus. I decided to redesign the area that includes the library. Something I’ve noticed is the need for parking by the library. My friends and I have have struggled with the fact that there is no general permit parking nearby. So I thought it would be essential to have two parking structures next to the library. There’s also this huge grass area between the liberal arts and fine arts building so I inputted an eating area. In addition, I’ve redesigned campus so that the beachside college dorm is on campus instead of off. Not only did I relocate it, but I added a mini spa and gym because the rec center would be on the other side of campus.

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Week 8 – Activity – Remix Culture

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My remix activity is of pictures. The first picture I used is one of my pledge sisters and I. The second picture is of my sorority’s greek letters. I merged the two pictures together because this weekend, my pledge sisters and I became the newest additions to Chi Delta Theta, of California State University, Long Beach, Delta Chapter. It was one of the best and most important weekends of our lives and gave me inspiration for this weeks activity.

I used an iPhone app called Afterlight to merge the two pictures together. The process was pretty simple but there where different choices such as lighten, darken, multiply, and colorburn and I had to try to figure out which one looked better with the two images. I chose lighten and then edited a little bit more by contrasting it and the final project turned out as presented above. IMG_5239

Internet Culture has many freedoms and restrictions. I think it’s awesome to share ideas but I believe that it’s extremely important to give credit where it’s needed. I don’t follow Copyright very much but I hope that it’s working. For my work, I chose Copyright All Rights Reserved, which is the most restrictive. I chose this because it’s a personal work and it’s really important to me and has great meaning that shouldn’t be manipulated without my consent.

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Week 7 – Activity – Portrait Photography

This week, I was excited to know that we were going to have a portrait of ourselves for our activity. Landscapes with a Corpse, by Izima Kaoru is a very creative concept and I’m glad I got to experience doing one myself. After watching the documentary, I decided to check out his artwork that he worked on for years. This photo is one of my favorites. I think it’s beautiful because of the colors. The deep red makes the beautiful woman stand out even though she is deceased. I also like the environment she’s in, by trashbags as if her body was as easy to dispose.

For my activity, I decided to do it on campus in the residence area, somewhere I can call home. It’s supposed to be a safe environment. But one day (you can interpret the way you’d like) whether it be because of drugs or alcohol, a violent act against me, or maybe accidentally tripping and falling, comes a death. I had fun doing this project but it was a little hard to figure out where to do it. I did it in several areas like grass, asphalt, paved road but on the stairs, it looked more natural. Overall the portrait photography was a great experience and I wouldn’t mind doing more of it and creating a series.

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Week 6 – Activity – Yarn Bombing

This week, our class was introduced to yarn bombing. I have never heard of yarn bombing before but when I watched the video of London Kaye yarn bomb the L Train, I thought it was really cool that people actually decorate cities with yarn. The fact that people complimented her and supported her Valentine’s Day project is pretty cool. For this week’s activity, I went to the fine arts 2 building and checked out some fabric art and this one is my favorite:

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I wanted to do a twist to our activity this week by actually making something out of yarn. Luckily, my friend Janelle, who’s also in art wanted to do the same! So we got yarn and looked up videos on youtube. We found a few interesting ones but for some, we didn’t have all the materials. We ended up doing yarn octopi! It was actually pretty fun!

First, we took an average sized book. We wrapped yarn around the book about 80 times and tied it up with a separate string of yarn. After that, we removed the yarn from the book and cut up one side and it ended up looking as such:

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Then, we took one side, and overlapped it on the other side. We formed the head of the octopus by tying another separate string of yarn tightly towards the top. Then, we separated the ends in half and started creating tentacles for each half. We made 4 to 5 tentacles for each, by braiding. The overall product turned out like this:

IMG_4859So what did we do with our octopi? We hung them in her room! We got the idea from the video our professor showed us in class, where London Kaye hung hearts in the train. We thought it would be more fun than wrapping pieces of a t-shirt around a door handle, and it was!

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Yarn bombing and graffiti writing are definitely two different processes. I’d say that both take time and effort and both are fun. Yarn bombing personally, was more challenging because I’ve done art with yarn before so it was new for me. Graffiti on the other hand, wasn’t so bad because I like to draw and I like typography. I’d say that there is a stereotype of graffiti being masculine and yarn bombing being feminine but honestly, anyone can do it. There are a lot of women who do amazing works of graffiti and there are men out there who enjoy knitting and crocheting.

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Week 5 – Activity – Kickstarter

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Kickstarter is a website where creative ideas and projects come to life. It’s a platform for businesses to receive funding and for investors to invest their money into these projects. There are many categories in which ideas are organized: art, comics, crafts, dance, design, fashion, film & video, food, games, journalism, music, photography, publishing, technology, and theater. This website is a great avenue for businesses to take off and for dreams to come true.

This week I chose to look through two categories: design and technology. I chose these two because I’ve always been interested in design and it’s always cool to know about new, innovated technology that’s going to come.

Design

  1. Tesla Amazing has reinvented the “post-it” notes with their invention of Magnetic: Paper That Sticks to Walls. Based in San Francisco, California, Tesla Amazing’s goal was to make paper that you can stick to any surface without the hassle of pins, thumb tacks, etc. The reason why this project caught my eye is because I like to stay organized in a fun way, so I like using cute notes to draw my attention. I decided to watch the video to see what it’s about. At first I saw that it was over 5 minutes long and I thought to myself, Aw this is going to be long… However, I was actually glued to the screen, taking interest in everything they were showing. Here are a few things I really like about Magnetic:
  • Different sizes, different colors
  • Easy to move and reuse
  • Sticks to any surface
  • Use the back like a white board

I really enjoyed seeing all the uses and features a simple product as this one has. I could see myself using Magnetic and I’m not surprised that Tesla Amazing exceeded their goal.

  1. Urban Tactical’s Urban Tactical Attachment Pen is another product I checked out. One reason I checked this project out is because I saw a Kickstarter Staff Pick sticker on it, so I thought to myself, Well then this must be a great product. I looked at the time of the video and it’s less than a minute which I thought that that’s a sufficient amount of time to pitch their idea. The pen is made of aircraft aluminum, thus it being built to last. The features the pen has is a small storage cache, a removable utility blade, a tungsten nib, a carrying clip, and a ball point pen. Towards the end of the video, there was a part where the creator was breaking glass filled with colored liquid using the pen. I didn’t really understand that part because it didn’t really show why I should purchase a tactical attachment pen rather than a normal regular pen. Although, the pen is very nice looking, I don’t think I would invest in this project as much as I would for Magnetic.

Technology

  1. Beam by Beam Labs, Inc. is a small projector that can fit in any light socket. I’m not really into projectors but for some reason I thought the project looked interesting so I decided to watch the video. The video is a little over a minute and thirty seconds and I think they used that time very effectively and efficiently to present their product. I like this product because it just made me think about Netflix and how it would be cool to project a movie or show on my wall while on my laptop. I also like the feature of it being an alarm clock and giving the weather for the day. I think it’s also cool that the projector can fit into any light socket, so if I need to read an e-book, I can use my desk lamp and have it project the book on my desk.
  1. Keith Beckley is hoping to innovate digital photo frames with his own product, Pigeon. I clicked on this project because I wanted to see how this frame is different from others. What’s special about this product is that there’s no hassling with emails with pictures; it’s all done by wifi. It’s also unique because you can share photos to one frame from anywhere around the world. Although this is a cool product, it doesn’t really attract to me. It’s main audience target are grandparents so I didn’t feel the need to want to invest in a product that has an older audience.
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