Since Tinder’s launch in 2012, many similar apps appear. Online dating became popularized among the millennials. Meeting new people was much easier than before. Modern romance was born. Terms like casual but not a hookup; exclusive yet not too “serious” become recurring discussion topics you have with your potential partner, your friends and also conversations you overhear at restaurants, on public transportation or in universities. It seems like the introduction of these dating apps have effectively work in our new favor of promoting non-binary relationships over the conventions. However, I heard so many complaints about commitment issues, conflicts between expectation and reality, losing faith in dating and love. Why are so many people frustrated about dating nowadays? Has our expectation and perception of love really changed? My dream is to find answers to these questions.
I want to create a female digital entity “Audrey” through Google Home. She will not only have a physical presence but also an online profile like any other Tinder user. Only the person who matches with her online can go on a date with her in real life. Their first date will take place at a gallery with a table set in the center of the space with Audrey sitting on top on one end and a chair on the other edge for her date. The rest is up to the two.
There are too many problems in modern relationships that we put up with everyday. We pretend that we can live with those issues yet they are always bothering our minds in reality. The idea behind Audrey is to not pose an opinion on how modern men should behave but rather create an ongoing dialog of our current attitude towards love and romance.
Feb 14 – Research. Study films, books and podcasts that pivots around the topic of love and romance.
March 7 – Look for venue. Develop content.
March 28 – User Testing 1. Continue develop content.
April 1 – User Testing 2. Refine content.
April 18 – Final date at the gallery.
I visited the Whitney Biennial in 2017 knowing that the exhibition consists of work that reflects racial tensions, polarized politics and economic inequities. After checking out an installation about forest and mythology my friend was monitoring, I saw from a few feet away a long table with metal bars with people in VR headsets and a long queue around. Intrigued by why visitors were queuing up for that one particular piece, I walked over.
I want to explore the discomfort of interpreting human emotions through a synthetic voice that is easily recognized as a conventional voice assistant. Rather than just presenting it as an art piece, I also speculate whether giving personal devices personalities to better simulate their owner’s situation could work as a product.
Earlier this semester, I made two projects that both explore the Uncanny Valley but via two different medium – one with voice technology while the other with a 3D scanned avatar of myself. I am really interested in how the uncanny valley is being used in art and movies and would like to extend one into my final project for this class.
Nudity is often accepted when used in the context of art, performance or theater. However, it is a taboo subject in most other scenarios.
“Notes in Justification of Putting the Audience Through a Difficult Evening” was an interesting read as it addresses the discomfort from controversies and sensitive topics that are seemingly polarized yet challenging to pick a side at times.
Earlier this semester, I took a class called “Performative Avatars” where we learned about creating our avatars with 3D scanning technique and discussed various topics relating to our virtual identities such as body politics, gender labels and violence.