Friday, May 21, 2010

Final Project Images

In my monumental beef project for google earth, I  used halogram of cow projections in areas that have large groups of people and /or where beef  is consumed the most to spread the concept of how much cows are killed for their consumption. Every 30 seconds a cow will pop  up and "moo" ... The Google Earth project was a way to show where the exhibit of cows will be displayed and capture them amongst people and the environment that surrounds them. Blue cow will roam the streets at special hours in the evenings...
Google Earth

Washington  D.C
New York
New York
Santa Clara
San Francisco

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Computer History Museum

I went to the computer history museum on Sunday later on in the day so I didn't have a lot of time to observe everything. The thing I found interesting was that in the Hall of Fame there were only 2 women that contributed to computer technology advancement. The exhibit that the timeline of computers was interesting to me because media plays a large role in following the advancement in computer upgrades and developement. Everything starts  out gainormous and then strinks to a tiny ipad. The experience was great considering that short time limit I had. I had to work earlier to I when there late.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Talks about beef

Here is the guy I was talking in class.It inspired me to do my project. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Improbable Monument Proposal

Improbable Monument Proposal

I propose using holograms images that are life size to display  how demand of beef is destroying the world. There would be life size cows holograms taking up the spaces of people on the street and will multiple at the rate of  rain forests are being destroyed through satellite tracking and images.

I was researching on the rain forest and stumbled on livestock and extra land to grow grains for cattle. It turns out that my original idea of rain forest lead me to a bigger issue of the demand of beef in the US is destroying rain forests to make room for more cows so that Americans can grow fatter. When people destroy many rain forest that exist around the world it causes climate change and contribute to global warming. ( So, only 100,000,000 is killed a year... ) Americans are brain wash to believe that they need that much meat in their lives,which is strongly connected to fast food the industry.

Project Description:
I would like to build and program slightly larger then the average a hologram projector that is made of metal and hard surface that can be broken down into smaller units in order to install it in area that might not have the space for the projector. There will be 2 projectors set up in each highly populated fast food location such as outsides of malls downtown, schools and business areas in order to make a larger impact. The projector will be running on battery and back up battery supply. It will run for every 2 hour to conserve energy. It looks like a  giant heating lamp with a platform  underneath the cone over of the projector.This cone protects the generator from getting wet.  It will be on display for 1 month per location.

You will first see a hologram of the cow walking around the perimeter of the where the hologram is set up. The first cow will smell things and makes its rounds as though it in a field and then sits down on the ground and then another one will appear on the opposite side and does the same thing and sits down in another location on the streets and slow the street is filled up with nothing but cows for 1 minute then they will all disappear with a blink of a eye. Then we see a rain forest being brunt down, and then a bare field and a heard of cows enters the field as thought its was like the Holocaust days where Jew were gathered up and trapped waiting to be executed. Finally we will see earth rotates and a clip from the movie Wall-E will play, about how humans have gotten so lazy and fat. The Earth is no longer safe to live. I feel that this will plays a key role in reminding people that we can make and brake the world. We hold the power to destroy rain forests and cause global warning. Cows are the friendless creature in the world and are subjected to the worst way of slaughter to people's appetite. When people are subject to be around animals of a large scale they seem to respond to the realness of the situation and would understand how much meat is being produced and would also get a bigger picture of what the issue it truly is regarding. Now a day its hard to shock anyone with facts, you have to do it with images and sounds. We have to make them experience it. Not everyone gets to see a rain forest goes in fire. I feel that it will show where they are investing their money when they buy fast food and consume over a pound of beef a day. One day the planet will no longer be safe to live in because "we" destroyed it with carbon emission from numerous large livestock farms. There is but 1 Earth in the entire Galaxy. People won't be able to touch it because its a hologram. They can  be apart of the experience of the populated cows and burning of the rain forest and people gaining weight from laziness.
This is am improbable monument because it looks like you just walk out of the twilight zone into the world of Star Trek but its not like that at all. It is not a typical structure, it looks out of place next to the bright colored  building fast food restaurants and street lights. It is not a conventional thing that we are familiar with seeing. It will definitely raise re-actions.The goal is to get people to eat less meat and down size that use of fields and land for the purpose raising cattle.

I believe that the people's health that would gain from this awareness and especially the vegetarians and the cows too. This would help with climate change, gas carbon emission and slow down the process of global warming and save our top soil from depletion. Our culture would also adapt to thinking about preservation over consumption.The audience that this project is gearing toward  meat and fast food lovers of all ages. This monument is not to tell them to stop eating meat. It is telling them to cut back because our planet is headed toward the ICU emergency  facilities.

Timeline of Task:
There are a few factors that I have to consider in order to make this monument possible. I first have to find a organization that with sponsor my project, then find a company in the Hologram Trade show to sponsor my cause then I start getting some game plan fully in motion, but first and before any of that can even happen I have to successfully pitch the idea in a presentation. My PowerPoint presentation will take me 2 weeks to compile and prepare. The total estimated timeline starting from scratch to having the monument up and running is 6 months to a year depending on how well the hologram projector's quality and having the correct size, images and sequence of holograms pop ups, how sunlight play a role in reflecting the hologram during the day ( concern that the hologram may be too transparent to see during day time) and if  using battery vs. direct current power cord  is more cost effective. There will have to be several of test runs with the audio as well. Finally getting th city's permission to display the unit and wait for approval. If everything goes smooth I can say a within a year or so.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Cartoon Museum

I visited the cartoon museum today. It was pretty cool, considering I didn't think I care that much about cartoons. It turns out that I am more familiar with some of the  cartoon characters  then I am with art pieces at SFmoma. I felt at home when I was here, I grew up with most of the cartoons in this museum. I did not expect for some of favorite Japanese Anime characters to be here. I saw a cells of the characters from Samurai Champloo. When I was walking around, I saw The Simpsons, Bugs bunny, Powerpuff girls and Dennis the Menace. On the other side of the museum was comic book images during and after works. I saw the many phases of batman by various artist and have to say that I like the style and work of Neil Adam in The Silent Night of Batman during the 1970s. Each of the drawing or sketches has amazing detail and depth.

The comics and cartoons show the continuity of the history events and style of their time. Between Japanese and American style of cartoon and comics, their technique are similar except Japanese manga seem to hold a lot more action drama and emotions being that it is without color. I thought that was pretty interesting how some of the more stylized  Japanese's manga remind me of wood print blocks. The less words bubbles, the more action and detail and imaginary. It's beautifully done. It only costed $5 for me as a student and it was worth every penny.

Final Project idea: Monumental Halogram

The project idea that I am settling on is the concept of  using holograms to  project the images that will inspire people to think twice to make a difference. If my project is planned out well then this would not only be an awesome idea, it would link us  another dimension. The science  world would not only expand so would the art world as well. It hard to keep holography simple but I will do my best.

SFMOMA :75 Years of looking forward

My first trip to a place that has conceptual art is to SFMoma.  In one of their recent exhibit  includes Sol Leweitt and an exhibit of  Conceptual art pieces. I've have never been to SFMoma before, so this was my first time visiting this museum. I bought my ticket and enter the building to steps that was split into 2 directions both end in one location. There are 5 floors to this museum. The first floor was their 75 Years Looking Forward exhibition anniversary. I only made it to the 3rd floor because the museum was closing at 5:30 pm. I spent most of my time on the first floor admiring the pop art. I eventually made my way over to the Conceptual art room and stare at a t.v set  for about 5 minutes waiting to see what was the nextt position that the person in the t.v box might do. His name was .... The main attraction was that large screen in the back of the room , play clips  to construction people fighting/wrestling from a projector. I thought how does this convy art?  I could see that possible the act of reacting could resulting in movements that construct  a sort of dance or motion that is art. Or I am not thinking of much bigger ?  I finally turn the corner to the the next room and saw the Sol Lewitt piece. It's pretty amazing the graphs and plotting numbers could be art. I was very impress with what I  saw at the museum.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Possible Ideas for final

I know some of these things may sound silly but we all have to start some where....

A giant easy button

Statue of a man collecting trash

A giant  life saver

Mobile monument that helps mother nature

A sea saw

a Giant cellphone or ipod

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Assignment 5: Monument Intervention

Perpwork :Day # 1

My focus for the Monument Intervention Project was at the Japanese Tea Garden locateted in the Golden Gate Park. My partner for this project was Tane. We both researched on the location where we would find man array of monuments so that we could have a better selection. We narrowed it down to the Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor. When we were reserching the Golden Gate Park, we both found web sites that provided that key monuments that are the most popular. Tane found a pdf of building and Monuments in Golden Gate Park, which has a short description of the building and monuments.There was section made to show which monuments was adopted and funded. We visted Golden Gate park on Friday monring. We decided to check out the monuments that had the most funding and least funding or adoptions. It was interesting how much money was donated to care and maintain the art piece. We also visted other monuments that was suggested in our reserch as well. The monuments that caught our attention was the one with the most money which was the buddha $28,150 maintenance endownment funding and Conservation Funding $81,000) in the tea garden and the monument that receive the least funding is the Hagiwara family plaque ( $3,850 maintenance endownment funding and conservation Funding $2,000) which was also in the Tea garden ( ) 
Tane and I went into the tea garden to look for the Hagiwara family plaque, I totally walked passed it because I was completely distracted by the beauty of the lush green plants and enchanted surroundings of koi fishes swimming in the pond, blush pink cherry blossom flowers in full bloom and skilled architecture of the buildings. Tane had to tell me that I just walked right pass the monument for me to stop and recall what I was looking for. The Hagiwara family plaque was mounted onto an enmormous rock that sits in front of the park enterance and exit. At first glance you it looks like that it was a large rock in between 2 trimed bushes. The plaque does not stand out from the rock texture. I believe that this maybe a deliberate decision, they probably want honor  this this family with something that hold significant meaning that would tie into the garden,so the plaque to blend into the garden as though they are one with the garden.

History of  monument:

According to my reserch the Hagiwara family was one of the many family that taken over from Japan to live in a villiage created for the Worlds Fair Exhibitition in San Francisco in 1894. They started with 1 acres and expanded to 5 acres of land to complete the village and garden. The Baron Makoto Hagiwara was the great grand father that negociate a deal with the superintendent of the park name John McLaren, who agreed to keep the Japanese village and garden as a gift to San Francisco.

Creating Awareness:Day #2

Tane and I email each a few ideas that we had during the weekend of how we would raise awareness. Tanae and I both agree on using chalk to guide people to the Tea garden. Tane suggest maybe posters if it started to rain. I went shopping at Target and found glow stick bracelet and was inspired to use it for something. We end up making information bracelets that has fact about the monument and clue to where to find the piece as well. I though that it would be cool if we could track all of the people that we gave a bracelet too with glow sticks. We could count how many people actually checked out our monument by the amount of glow sticks bracelet that is in the garden. It using the concept of "Where is Waldo" to  make the bracelet more simulating. I bought 20 bracelets and divided it in 2 between me and Tane. I would do my set of 10 facts or clues and Tane would do her own. So, we had a more random selection of information. It looks something like this:

Front of tag/card:
Can you find this mysterious rock? This deceiving rock holds great value then you can imagine.
For clues and facts to where to find this rock flip over.

Back of card:
Makoto Hagiwara Family Plaque

1) It is located in an enchanted garden where koi fish swims, tea is served and cherry blossom blooms.

2) It was created to honor a family that once lived and maintain this garden as though it was a village in Japan from 1895-1942 which was the beginning of WWII when they are relocated to live in a concentration camp.

3) It is located in a location where "hello" and "good-byes" is usually exchanged.

4) It is sitting in a place where the care takers was suppose to over see the garden for 99 years.
More facts and information available at the Tea Garden gift shop

Tane and I met up early Friday morning to make the bracelet. I printed my information and then pasted on an index card. Then I made holes in the cards so that I could put it on the bracelet. When we were done, we headed over to the Park.

Unforeseen Conflicts:
When we arrived at the Golden gate Park, we decide to draw chalk arrows on the side walk for tourist and visitors to follow. We are in the mist of creating arrows on the floor when I could hear a horse coming toward me. Then a man in the park ranger uniform asked me what I was doing. I told him that I was creating an awareness for my monument project. He said that I had to stop because we need a permit to have access to certain parts of the park. If we don't stop he's going to have to give us a citation. I inquire if I could still pass out my flyer's? He said I may do so but it has to be 15 yards away from any entrance of the Tea garden. I was content with what I already have done so a permit wouldn't be necessary.

Passing out bracelets: Just say "Hello"
We  approach people around the park and told them that we are student trying to raise awarness for a monument in the Tea Garden. had a good conectionWe explained the information barcellet and told them to have fun. We took turn talking to people because the other person had to take a picture of us talking to person. We were there for 2 hours talking to people. Tane had a good connection with the younger people and I could help talking to elderly and  a mature crowd. We decided that we are going to avoid elderly people because they tend either ask a lot of questions, most of them not related to the monument and get side tracked about the topic and quiz us on life.
Someone asked if I was Japanes and I lied and said yes, I figured they would take my cause more seriously if I was Japanese that's why they asked. The response we got from people was that they thought it was cool to learn something new and that they are looking forward to checking out the monument. Some people were in a bad mood and didn't reply to us so we left them alone and another couple asked if we needed a donations.



When we were done with the bracellet, we stopped by the monument and stood by the enterance to see if there were people that we had approached earlier and there were a few people. By knowing that someone knows something about our monument and is there to apprciate its value, make all our work worth it. We had fun as well.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Adobe Illustrator Sweep : is my version of with the yellow AIM character from AOL instead runnning , he's on the verge of falling or slipping on to the floor with word bubble over head thinking ,"shit out of luck" (SOL) abbreviated in the bubble.  AOL use to be a popular until Google took over.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Visiting Monuments

My partner for the monument project,Tane and I spent this morning visiting monuments in the Golden Gate park. I has no idea that this park was this big.This first place we went in the park was the Japanese tea garden,luckily it was free on Friday. we discovered a few pieces that was very interesting, they were a family plaque, a lantern and Buddha. Then we went to check out a Pioneer Mother monument that rubbed me the wrong way. The boy and girl (siblings) were awkwardly posed and naked next to their fully clothes mother. Tane thought it was interesting and said she would research it. Then we walked further by the De Young museum and saw the Francis Scott Key monument, Apple Cider press,Lion and the Sphinxes. We reviewed what we observed and decided to that the Hagiwara family plaque, for it's placement location and lower investment on conservation. Here are some pictures to our trip.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Expressive Egg Expressions

I am not sure if this is considered conceptual art and it was done in a non traditional method of displaying art which tells a story. If anyone knows what this qualifies as, please let me know. It made me laugh pretty hard and I wanted to share it with you.Thanks.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chance art flip book

I selected 15 people including myself, to conduct my art experiment. I found that people's behavior activity change when ask them different questions. Culture has a lot to do with their decision. People's personality shows in the art. Numbers 3 and 7 are highly regarded. The question that I got most about my project would be if this was a psychological analysis. I told them its random art and people were unsure about the concept but did it anyway. The burden of putting down the "correct" answer was lifted and they liked not knowing what is going to happen next. The seem happy to answer my questions and when we were don with the last step off the directions, they wanted to do more of it. They said it was like they were in garde school,agaon. The important thing was everyone had fun doing it.

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Marta's recipe

This is my result from Marta's recipe.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monuments instill faded memories

In the article,Seeing The Past Tense, Working Thoughts on Monuments by Professor Levine, this article talks about how we idealize monuments that holds artificial memories for its historic value that may not tell the full story. Monuments are like giant grave stone, marking where our nation has grieved or celebrated.We pass on these ideas to our younger generations about how these monuments are suppose to represent a tribute to history and the fine details to how this symbolic symbol was deciede to hold was best suit the memory or why this event in history only is blurred from misinform information. Kirk Savage made a good point about how these monuments tell a different story that does not reflect the true meaning of the representation.

We have to remember that this monument is not only a symbolic representation but its also an art piece. Art can be interpretation in many ways. I've visited monuments before and I've always appreciate them as an art piece rather then it historic meaning. I believe that history is important for a representation of history in art has value and is needed to display your patriotism. Art attracts people for its aesthetes not its history. This article does make me re-evaluate the monument's full reasoning behind the monument and are we appreciating and honoring it for the right reasons or is it propaganda when we refer to such monuments that that are displayed in Washington DC ? It is in itself is the capital for monuments. I would like to re visit it and have a new prospective on them.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Photoshop Hybrid project : Petals

My creation is a gray cat with a flower growing in place of its right eye ball and its ears are butterfly wings. I call this cat "Petals". She was born from a hybrid of a plant and another animal specie.

Petal's story began when scientists was experimenting on stem cell reach with an embryo of a cat. They thought that cats have had an ancient history of holding mysterious power of the divine. Scientist thought there is still something they need to unlock or further explore. During her incubation of Petals as a kitten, an accident occurred during an earthquake when another experiment of re-growing butterfly wings on plants fell in to Petal's incubation box. It was 3 days before one notices that there was any change that had occur. The wings had broken off the flower and landed on Petals premature growing ears that was not fully developed yet. The flower attached itself onto her right eyeball and grew its roots and wrapped around the eye ball. She behaves like any other cat, expect she just looks different and butterflies tends to surround her, which can be annoying. One day she escapes for the lab, now she roams the forest trying to fit in.