1. Bring memory back to life
    With the increasing number of elderly which suffer from Alzheimer’s, technologies that could improve their quality of life and probably alleviate their symptom would be desirable. If we can implant the mindset of the patient’s close family or friend into a 3D printed human body of that person, and let him/her keep communicate with the patient, this can bring some of the memory back and probably immerse the patient in the joyful moments in the past.
  2. Swipe Left or Swipe Right
    Dating apps are becoming more and more popular with the increasingly pace of life. The so called “scientific proven” matching algorithms behind those apps are always under question. We can somehow develop a personality emulator that creates our virtual embodiment and evolve in a computer program to simulate all the intricacies happened in inter-personal relationships and record details involved in dating couples and rate them based on certain metrics. This would be a more “scientific proven” matching method.

  3. Spiritual Embodiment
    Is our spirit defined by our physical embodiment or does the latter shape/appearance become the former? If humans would have the body of a dog, would our common mindset be totally different from the one we currently possess? If a dog owns the spirit and consciousness of a human being, would their dog-like body evolve to cater the superiority of a human mind, probably capable of intellectual endeavors such as dancing, coding, deception, or empathy?

Project idea of using Syphon and Isadora or other softwares:
Medium: Syphon + Isadora + processing + perception neurons live motion capture
Project name: VJ Manipulation and/or Variation

The idea originates from Karlovy Lázně, the biggest music club in central Europe, which contains five different floors, with each floor playing a different style of music and visual. However, as one music club, one missing piece is the union of all the artistic components. The idea is to originate visuals of the five different floors based on one common raw video stream, created by either a common base music or a main DJ’s motion. Through Syphon the base visual could be shared and streamed to different Isadora programs to manipulate the base visual based on each floor’s different theme/style. In this case, the different themes or styles of each floor is maintained while the unifying theme as one single biggest music club in central Europe is also introduced, since all the manipulated VJs through Isadora are implemented through Syphon sharing from a common based visual.


MOMA visit

This MOMA trip was actually more inspiring than I thought. Although I have been to MOMA for so many times and seeing those painting so many times, I never had a chance to have someone stand next to me and explain its process.

We visited several paintings but there were few ones that caught my attention.

  1. Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond by Monet:
    The presentation that MOMA presents is interesting. When I first walked into the space, my eye were invited to this three canvases and this immersive experience makes me feel like I’m inside the painting. Although this painting is broken down into three canvases; however, this concave setting is bring all as one that creates an interesting on point perspective.



2. Louise Rosenblatt Literature as Exploration: 
According to Katie’s explanation, this painting was painting during the war and is categorized under Surrealism. The perspective of this painting is quite interesting because there is sort of a layer or depth inside of this painting. There’s a painting inside a painting which is depicted that the present world is more complicated than we actually imagine. Also, seeing the wireframe of the building can be a metaphor of seeing the truth behind.


3. Shovel by Marcel Duchamp:
First when I see this as an art piece, I was like “why?”. But after hearing the story behind, I understand the reason and was actually quite impressed and thankful by him. So, being the pioneer of modernism, he submitted this shovel to an art competition and called this as art when everyone else sent in their beautiful paintings.















4. 3 standard stoppages by Marcel Duchamp:
System: Duchamp made fun of the system that our society comes up with. The reason why we have system today is because our brain can only process so much of information and that’s why we have system. The process he came up with this was also pretty fun. So, Duchamp dropped the meter randomly on the floor and found out the patterns. Then, he made his own system to challenge the systems that existed in our society.

Honestly, after viewing several modern artworks, I really think the most valuable part is not their artwork, but their concept and message behind. So, I think the best way to present these modern artwork is to include their production process with solid description of their ideas while creating the art. I think this is better than just showing the art itself.

5. Painting (don’t quite remember the full title and artist’s name)
This painting is not as well known or recognized compared to those previous ones. However, the presentation of this painting is interesting. The layers of paints somehow creates a 3-Dimensional space and turns the painting becomes more alive. Also, since the paints are layering up, it creates the digital form.





Einstein Dreams_interlude 1 through “29 May 1905”

I read the part from interlude 1 through 29 May 1905 with the topic of discovering time. In the beginning, I found no relationship between each chapter; however, I realized the author continues to discover and discuss from different perspectives, which I found really interesting and inspiring.

The chapter 8 May 1905 is talking about the world will end soon at a specific day in the future and everyone remains the same time to be alive, which the world becomes peaceful without crime or negative feelings. This immediately reminds me the idea of Socialism. Things are distributed equally to everyone in order to make everyone equal. However, this is still not a perfect solutions to make everyone happy with what they have. Also, people can suffer together but hard to share with others because greed has no limits. Today, people are trying hard to extend life and trying to live as long as possible even they are lying on bed in the hospital. But, there’s no happiness anymore; instead, with a limited of time, people are actually happier and enjoy the most of their life.

This also refers to another chapter, 14 May 1905, which talks about without time there’s no life. Some disagree but I do agree. With a fixed and frozen of life, is like extracting the best part of your life and store as memory to others and die with happiness.

The next chapters, 15 May 1905 and 20 May 1905, talk about memory. After reading these two chapters, it brings up a thought that if in the future should people have the ability to delete their memories or not. With memories, our lives become richer; without, we become like a robot. A lot of emotion will be lost; however, people might be more efficient, easier to be friends with, and even become better human being.

midterm progress

We worked on three different ideas:

First: the stairwell with a cover…

By looking up the stairwell, we used a piece of fabric to cover the opening above. This is to test if we can create an illusion of a floating ceiling which is similar to the mirror reflections. The only challenge would be the cost of the material.



Second: create a fake door…

To just try out, we use a projector to project an image of a door on a piece of white paper in the hallway. The effect seems pretty nice. We also tried out to project an image of the same background as the wall and resize the image a bit unaligned with the wall in the back and see how that works…the answer is…it’s pretty obvious to tell due to the different surfaces. The challenge for this idea is the lighting in the hallway, the material to use (tape, images, or applied wood?), and the freedom of using this space.



Third: a peephole on a door

We tested it with a door peephole and see through an image on an iphone. It seems working and we are more leaning towards this idea. We will have to find a larger device so we would be able to see through wither larger view. The only challenge now will be finding a spot to install and hide the device and makes the peephole seeing nothing will be hard.



Midterm ideas

Isadora Exercise 2:

Teammates: Kim and Brandon

We went down to the Tisch building and thinking to not use the projector (we hope). We came up with three ideas with three locations:

First idea: Reversible/ ambiguous figure
maybe creating a optical illusion with tape or laser on the stairway






Second Idea: Infinity/false direction (false exit signs, arrows along the stairwell creating confusing direction, a door that leads to nowhere)









Third idea: Peephole (looking through a hole in the wall, light coming through cracks around the door)








Potential locations:

  1. stairway / steps for reversible / ambiguous figure








2. hallway for false direction









3. Door crack for peephole idea








we found a great door that fits our aesthetic but we have no access to the other side. Therefore, we might make a fake / invisible door placing somewhere to fit in our hall idea in order to create a infinity illusion.









sequence of progress reduction _Robert Irwin

The first time seeing Irwin’s works was in summer 2016 at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, which is one of my favorite museum in the United States. After reading his progress of reduction from the lines, the dots, the dics, to the eye and the scrim, I realized how hard he had work on to those concept, tricks, and methods. I remember back in 2016, when I stood in front one of his work (the one looks like a eye), I sort of get his intention but the lighting wasn’t bright enough to show the invisibleness. However, I am more impressed by the scrims. The natural sun light and white lights illuminated the room which turned the scrims utterly transparent and opaque. Then, you will feel seduce to touch the scrims if is actually there or not. I think this is the most successful one that I have seen of Irwin’s work so far.

“The art is what has happened to the viewer.” I totally agree with this definition. Although we had the discussion in the class last week regarding to the purpose of art, I still believe that art has to convey message. However, it could be simple enough but without any message, I would say is just an object that you somehow influenced by something unconsciously. Therefore, I believe art only exists when there are intellectual impacts on viewers which creates the chemistry on the original idea and translate into a brand new thoughts after the bounding. This entire process/experience, I would call it art. This is how I see the difference between art and object. In addition, Irwin later talks about the experience of art.

“Once the viewer look at the art, they leaves with the “art,” because the art has been experienced.” The idea here is similar to what Irwin discussed in earlier chapter; however, he talks about the “experience” of art is that we have chosen the specific and associate with our pass experience. “All art is experience, yet all experience is not art.” This statement fully explained the previous clam that I made that art occurs when there’s collision or impacts on the viewer. So, the viewer may have infinite times of experience but I think there’s limited times of experience that occurred art.

After reading his art progress and thoughts, I found my favorite quote: “The wilderness is stalked by explorers without maps and without any particular goals: their principal compass is their reason.” I love the metaphor. In both the world of arts and science, the fields are open-endless and requires passion and curiosity. Just like Irwin, his progress of reduction has taken most of his art career. The progress from emerging the boundaries to confining the edges is going reverse from the complexity to the simplicity, which reminds me another quote that I love: “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

F for fake

To be honest, this film is very hard to follow without additional research. Although it is a very different form of film that I normally watched, I appreciate the visual explosion to my mind. The usage of montage is giving the feeling of disorienting while watching this film; however, the movie began to calling back from the beginning when the women is walking around. Because of this disoriented stories, the audiences sort of falling into the illusion of “real” or “fake.” Orson Welles not only mixing the true and fake stories in the film, but also include himself to confound the audience.

The message behind this film is the debate of authorship and authenticity. What is the real art suppose to be? In the story of Elmyr de Hory, he as a forger sets up the illusion to fool the public that he is the origin of the Picasso’s painting. Who knows if the painting is painted by Picasso after the imitated versions take over the market. Without Picasso himself, who would realize the signature of those replicated paintings are fake? The forger became popular and being praised by the scholars and public. In my opinion, his painting is definitely not the original and can’t never be the original because those weren’t mechanically replicated. There are chances of tiny differences. Instead of calling it fake, “copy” is a better word for that.

In today’s market, signature is what makes the art valuable and recognizable. With the signature (artist’s reputation), the audience tend to magnified the art. So, do the audience actually care about the aesthetic of the painting or just the signature of the art? This is a good question for everyone of us when we go to every museum.

Also, the stories of Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving are both the documents and movie scenes from the French director, Francois Reichenbach. After meshing up with the fabricated story about Picasso and breaking up the storylines, this film challenges the our normal definition for a documentary film.