Sep '06 - May '08
so i've been very slack in updating my blog. I'm sorry. It hasn't been a design oriented semester for me, which is weird. my time is spent mostly reading, writing, and thinking somewhere in between. its both refreshing, and incredibly disorienting. Studio used to be my spine, structuring my day to day routine, my semester, my academic life. Without studio, my life is spineless. This semester has been an exercise in navigating the unfamiliar.
What's happened in the past few weeks? reading. lots and lots of reading. mostly for both my thesis research/theory of city form class. More on that in my next post (i have a meeting next week where I need to turn in a proposal).
Also have a paper/presentation due soon for my Traumatic Urbanism seminar. I'm investigating the relationship between national identity, consumption, and how the dynamics between those two were affected by the death of the American myth, post Vietnam -- specifically, the role mass media has had in its mechanics. As for the urbanism part? I hope to relate trauma/consumption/lost identity to an affirmation of the suburban ideal, and the generator of new forms of "communities" and notions of "urbanity" via cyberspace.
my media lab class, "Other Product" has been my other big time sink. we've been learning electronics and programming the past few weeks. I just finished repairing my project that was due last week (that i'm showing tommorrow). The assignment: find a product at WalMart or Target that costs less than $20. Hack it, possess it, and exploit its mechanisms to alter its function/perform in an unexpected manner. I bought a 10 dollar children's toy phone, shaped like a crocodile. It made a bunch of crazy sounds when you press the keys. I took over the key pad using a microcontrolling unit and my computer, and both increased the speed and control one has over the sounds made by the toy. The result? a primitive beat box. You can hear a trial run on youtube here:
I've also started working on a personal website. While its not finished, I've got some projects uploaded. www.abfolio.com I'm updating it in between working on my various papers/projects, so please forgive its incompleteness. I'm horrible at self marketing, i suppose, otherwise i wouldn't have uploaded anything till it was all done. oh well.
3 more weeks. AAAAAAAGHHH.