Observation + Labs: Digital and Analog

For this week’s assignment, I decided to observe people using CVS’ self check-out machine. It involves three steps: scanning your items, placing your scanned items into the bag and pay with either credit card or cash.

I find this piece of interactive technology very convenient to use. However, I recalled taking a few tries to learn how to operate it properly when I was first introduced to it and hence I wanted to see how other people interact with the machine.

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What is Interaction?

Both Crawford and Victor brought up the importance of human’s input, process and output in any interactivity. I agree with their argument and will define interaction myself as two individuals (or one individual and an object) responding to each other.

Reading Crawford’s categorization on what non-interactive activities are such as dancing to music and watching a movie allowed me to re-think what art work I have considered as interactive.

I saw Hito Steyerl’s video installation Factory of the Sun at the Whitney Biennale last year where she utilized darkness, blue perspective grid light and large video projection on a tilted screen to create an immersive cinema.

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ICM Week 1

First ever ITP post here! Transitioning from fine art into coding has been tough so far. Instead of directly applying paint I have previously mixed on a palette into the shape of a fish on a canvas, drawing in p5.js editor had similar process but in a complete different language. I created a mini aquarium because I like to collect underwater video footages. It was especially difficult to get the position and size of each bubble right. I had to test out several numbers. However, it took me the longest to get the color I want in each shape as well as the decorative grass at the bottom. I couldn’t figure out a way to repeat the triangle on its own so I had to duplicate and change the parameter one by one.

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