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.
For my durational performance study, I am curious about how exhausting my emotion can affect my physical reaction. I decided to perform the game “he loves me, he loves me not” where one seeks to determine whether his or her love interest returns that affection by pickling one petal off a flower per phrase.
This semester I had the opportunity to participate in Big Screens which is a course that uses the IAC building’s 12ft tall and 120ft wide LED screen to create site specific video, performance or other screen based interaction. The final showcase will be open to public on November 30th. My team is working on a live performance about a future fitness training.
For our truth or dare assignment, we decided to redesigned the game into “Innie or Outtie” to encourage self-care.
We will start the game with a group of two or more. Player 1 will ask Player 2 to pick between “innie” and “outtie”. Player 1 will then give a positive suggestion according to Player 2’s choice. Innie is something you do for yourself while outtie is something the whole group do together.
We did a play test among me, Suzanne and August. August began the game and asked Suzanne to pick between innie and outtie. Suzanne picked outtie and August suggested that we all stretch for a minute. Afterwards, Suzanne repeated the same process with me and I picked innie. Suzanne asked me to talk about what I was grateful for and I responded “my family”. I then repeated the process with August. He also picked innie and I suggested him to set a reminder on his phone to ensure he leaves this floor by 9:30pm tonight.
Engaging in consented sexual activities is pleasurable and natural to human’s biological need yet sex is often a taboo subject in society and even “shameful” to a more conservative culture. As an ex-Berliner and burner, I have attended a good amount of sex positive parties where people were opening having intercourse by the dance floor. It was weird for me to witnessed that for the first time in the beginning of my Berlin life four years ago. As liberal as New York City is, what was acceptable at a standard techno party in Berlin would never be allowed here in the US.