Violence and necessity of context

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.

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Rola Love

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.

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Innie or Outtie

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.

Designing sexual experiences

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.

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