The city is my playground

Some updates since my last blog post…

Here’s my midterm presentation.

After my first prototype with Audrey the Fist, I began brainstorming how I could present my stories. I immediately thought of using the city itself as a home to these oral stories that are usually invisible yet relatable to many. Meanwhile, I was also drawn to the idea of creating a comedy style performance between Google Home (Audrey the Fist) and me because that fits more into my style (funny and sarcastic). I spoke to my BFF Roland about my concerns that the first idea made more sense to me yet the second one was more exciting and he responded “Why do you always have to be so sarcastic? I like the geolocation idea. It’s poetic and unlike what you have done before”. Thanks to Roland. It’s true that I don’t always have to be so sarcastic. I then decided to create a location based audio storytelling app that allows you to listen to a dating story that took place right where you are at. I came up with two different approaches.

One is mission driven where you 1) open the app, 2) greeted by a chatbot, “If you want to learn about how straight millennials approach romance, you can say: I want to listen to a mildly frustrated story, a medium frustrated story, a super frustrated story or an unbearably frustrated story”, 3) select a category, 4) chatbot told you to go to a designated location 5) once you are at the destination, a play button will appear and you can listen to the story.

The other is chance discovery where you are at a place (perhaps a cafe) and you receive a notification from the app, “There is a super frustrated modern love story that took place right where you are at”. You can then listen to the story.

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Straight millennial problems

Finding love in an urban metropolis like NYC was never easy even before the digital age. The rise of dating apps speeds up our worst behaviors and magnifies our frustrations of this so called “modern romance”.

By now, I have officially interviewed 20 millennials about their dating experience in NYC and also gathered about 15 stories and various opinions on modern romance through unofficial conversations. It has been fun listening to people sharing their dating stories and hugely rewarding learning that so many millennials as well as the generation before us love talking about their love lives. Re-visiting all the audio and written notes I took from those interviews has made me realize that many of us have exceptionally similar frustrations with dating in digital age NYC as online dating become the norm.

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Nice Guys Are Hard To Find

A good friend of mine once told a few years ago, “Kim, I am too cynical about dating in general that I would never try out any of those apps, but I love listening to all of your dating stories and troubles. As an artist yourself, don’t you find your experience inspiring and want to make something out of it?” It’s funny how that a few years later, these personal romantic experiences have indeed become a recurring theme in my work that now evolved into my thesis.

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