As someone who didn’t grow up playing video games, it has been eye-opening learning about avatars in digital space. I really enjoyed reading the articles about LaTurbo Avedon and found her work strangely compelling.
As someone who shops online regularly, I began to notice the prominent growth of conscious and ethical fashion. We, the consumers, are always aware that our lives involve systems that we don’t fully understand yet it was only until recently that we started putting more effort into understanding how our essentials came into our home.
I really enjoyed Leigh Alexander’s short story. It was captivating and beautifully executed the dynamic relationship between human and technology.
For this week’s assignment, I imported my model into Unreal. After applying textures and adjusting physics, I began playing around with different animations. I have trouble applying the alternative physics to my avatar but will work on it this week.
The Sandra podcast reminded me of last class’ discussion on how to define a “conversation”.
This week I got to learn how to morph my 3D scanned body. It was a long process but very exciting seeing my avatar come into life.
Voice recognition technology is such an interesting tool for performance. I imagine using it to make a dating app inspired website where you find your “type” through voicing out keywords.
I have 3D scanned my bust for a VR project I was working on last year and was really excited about this week’s assignment which gave me a great opportunity to scan my whole body.
I have developed an interest in exploring modern romance via my art practice over the past year. After listening to Helpful Mom Voices, I was intrigued by the idea of seeing voice as the breath of souls that can elevate a creature to a higher order or being. I wondered how building relationships with strangers can be alternated if voice technology were incorporated in dating apps. Strange Connection is a prototype of my interpretation (a work in progress).
This week’s self portrait assignment asked us to create self portraits with two avatar creation systems – one with Adobe Fuse and the other with our own choice which I decided to go with Bitmoji.