I never updated the end of my project for last semester but I did in fact accomplish it and here is a video if you so care to watch how it came out.
And this was the final max patches:
For my project proposal this semester I’m looking to build off what I was trying to do last semester. Last semester I was coming into myself as an artist, especially figuring out that I want to be an artist who says things that are important in their work. I have a lot of power to revitalize and support change by creating works of art. My experiences over the semester really helped me to see that I can accomplish things that are meaningful. This being said, I want to continue trying to push boundaries as an artist. I want to see myself become more radically experimental. I think that in order to be truly subversive against what I disagree with in society I need to be radically different and expose it. My work is dealing with the concept of binary thought, how that impacts all aspects of life and particularly gender (however gender cannot really be separated from most other aspects of life).
As a intersectional feminist I have come to understand the positioning of individuals in a way that I think is important, and I wish to share this experience with others. Intersectional feminism delves deeps into the idea of identity. What does it mean to be an individual, how is your identity chosen for you, how do you choose your identity, how to people interpret your identity. A lot of it is about being aware of the experiences each person brings to any situation. By looking at how different we each are (because none of us have the same experiences) you can begin to extend more compassion to each other.
If you’re interested in some readings surrounding the concept of identity I would suggest:
BECOMING AND BE/LONGING: KATE BORNSTEIN’S GENDER OUTLAW AND MY GENDER WORKBOOK by BINA TOLEDO FREIWALD
TENDENCIES by Eve Sedgwick
UNDER WESTERN EYES: FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP AND COLONIAL DISCOURSE by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF GENDER RELATIONS by Michael Kimmel
TRANSGENDER MIRRORS: QUEERING SEXUAL DIFFERENCE by Chris Straayer
TRANSGENDER HISTORY by Chris Straayer
DISLOCATING CULTURE by Uma Narayan
So fundamentally I’m incorporating my understanding of Queer/Gender Theory as intersectional and attempting to create an art piece that makes the participant aware of their bodies, how they effect the space around them, how others effect their space as well. Another aspect that has informed me on this piece is studying meditation. There is a type of meditation that individuals do which is to go through the 5 sense and state 5 things they are experiences that correspond to each. This meditation is a practice that teaches individuals to be present in the moment they are experiencing. The piece I make is going to attempt to bring the user into a meditative state in the sense that they are focusing on the present of the space they are in, the sounds, the visuals, the things they can touch.
Updates from my presentation yesterday I think I’m going to be making a sound board in ableton. The sound board is going to include of I think up to 250 words. These words will be extrapolated from interviews I conducted over last semester with individuals about their gender/sexual identity. I think I’m going to distort and edit the sound using Adobe’s Audition. I have a friend from Berkeley who has offered to help me set up everything I need in ableton!!!
The sound board will be set off by a motion sensor. I think I’m going to try and create my own infrared sensors using an arduino kit. I already found a number of useful links about how to create these. I have another friends who’s a computer science major who’s going to be helping me to create these sensors.
ARDINO KIT https://store-usa.arduino.cc
((ACTUALLY THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-IR-proximity-sensor-with-Arduino/))
With those 2 assets completed I’m going to be working on creating MAX patches that can detect the change in value from the infrared sensors and have that BANG output into ableton where the soundboard will be played randomly.
This is my current list of videos to watch about the creation of what I need in MAX.
Here are the links to the videos that I included in my presentation:
Hopefully I’m going to be buying my arduino kit this weekend, but here is my projected schedules: