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New Discoveries 09032015

Digital Identity clearly has a weighty, ever-increasing balloon of a definition. As the digital is infused into the everyday, the crossover between identity and digital identity narrows, hence the balloon, but does it / will it burst? At the same time, we could illustrate our actual identity in the same way. The more different experiences we have, the more it shifts. It is almost as if corporeal and digital identity are going through a state of reverse mitosis (although, thats obviously impossible).

As our everyday dependence on the digital increases, so does the tangibility of this phrase “digital identity”.

Discovery –

How often do you find something new on the internet? A video, article, clip, piece of information, image, link, etc. The likelihood, unless the example is grossly niche, is that the majority of elements you “discover” have been regurgitated through a number of people before hand. This sense of discovering something new is an exciting moment especially if it is in the box of what you would deem your passion. For example, a music lover discovering a new singer.

At the same time, the first port of call for understanding a new topic / subject is to go to the internet. Here, unlike in the library, lists of well catalogued, tried and tested, reviewed material can be found. It would be counter-productive to do anything else. This platform makes it very difficult for something new to be discovered. Then again, maybe a new discovery will never happen online, as it would have had to be posted first. Anyway, I’m wrongly comparing the internet as a space to that of the earth. When trekking through a cave, there is better potential for a new discovery, as the space’s composition is natural. If the path is uncharted, you could discover something completely new. On the internet, I feel that the endless potential connections from page to page and the vast quantity of these pages allow everyone to go on different paths. If this person were to consider using the internet and its surrounding technology as second nature, this path could be considered a sort of digital thinking process. Although what endpoint and all the stops along the way may not be new discoveries, the movement from link to link will be completely individual. This obviously depends on the depth of the search.

The Wikipedia Game: Pick a start and end point, these can be topics / people / places / anything on wikipedia, and see who can get from A to B in as few clicks possible. This idea gives an example of how the way we interact with information on the internet can help to explain our actual thinking process. The connections (clicks) we make will often differ from person to person. Obviously, within a technical, well studied topic, these connections will more probably be similar than if someone were to be looking up “dance music”. Music is a good example for this. Youtube, Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, 8Tracks, MySpace, TuneIn, etc, all allow you to never have to listen to the same song ever again. There are so many options that if you wanted to, you could try to listen to it all, and die before its over. When somebody discovers new music, although many others will have already come across it, it comes with it a sense of validity and excitement.

“New Discoveries” is a terrible working title for a project looking into these false discoveries. This work is based on an LED and Arduino circuit that uses an ultrasonic sensor to allow the LEDs to brighten as the viewer approaches. This mimics the feeling of having a head torch or a lantern in front of you. It also aims to reflect a consumer technology’s user experience. Giving the audience power to see the narrative in the same way we open websites and apps.

LED / Arduino / Projection Tests 01032015 – 08032015

Arduino / LEDs Test: 

1. LED A to B when sensor is activated.

2. LEDs brighten as distance sensor is activated.

3. Reflective Background, LED shines through Prototype cutout.

Projection Test: 

4. Blocking projection light and successful back projection.

Jim Campbell – LED light installations


Exploded Views (Improv), 2011; 2880 LED lights, custom electronics; installation view; commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Courtesy of the Artist and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco – New York. © Jim Campbell. Photo: Sarah Christianson.


“Home Movies” (2014)


‘Scattered Light’ 2010, New York.


Ambiguous Icon #1 Running Falling (2000)


Light Topography Wave

And So the Year Begins…

The past month has been as refreshing as it ever is. The work i’ve done hasn’t had the impact on my research as I would like… but I must forgive myself… as it was Christmas!…. (seems to get longer every year… oh well)

I needed to make some money to buy christmas presents, and luckily found the chance to do a few Christmas Portraits. All of them are simply pencil on paper, and have been done from photographs rather than sittings, though I do aim to start a weekly life drawing class early this year to work on my confidence with sitters.

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All year I’ve intended to do something to remember the centenary of the First World War, and in my usual style…. i left it to the final 3 days of December to cram it in. With a stroke of luck, and a few potentially rushed decisions, I completed an A3 lino-cut to honour both the soldiers, and our remembrance of them 100 years on. It depicts a line of soldiers marching through the mud on their way to war, and below them the poppies that stem from their sacrifice.

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The beginning of the month, however, was a little more productive. I created a sketchbook to bring together the work done in the first term. It simply acts as a reflective journal of my initial ideas when approaching the project proposal, including the original mind maps / notes / readings / images for inspiration / as well as my artworks. Here’s a few pages below:

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Below are a few till receipt sketches done whilst bored at work….. and a few other random bits and bobs from the month, both hand-drawn and digital.

IMG_6918 IMG_7013 IMG_6961 IMG_6779This month, I will continue working on a commission. The work is looking into digitised society, and the spectacles many of us miss as are faces are buried in our phones.. Its a large canvas, in fact, the largest I’ve done for a little while. The original blueprint design is a photoshopped image from different photographs taken throughout 2014. Many of the figures within the final piece, are figures I have used in separate, smaller works. The current condition of the canvas is still only an under-painting, but I will log its progress over the next few weeks, and be sure to keep this updated.

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The other thing I’ve been working on, however, I aim to do a much more detailed post on this… includes an arduino and LEDs.. I have purchased the components needed to fulfil my concept…. however I am wading in waters I have no place in swimming… and haven’t yet figured out the coding necessary to fulfil my hopes…. though I did manage to get the LED working! Which is a small step…. but one thing at a time!


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My first tutorial we discussed my aims, objectives and general themes of my project. Although there are many creases still to iron out, my project will revolve around the themes of identity, media creation/consumption, and virtual space.

We discussed potential techniques. One of which I certainly intend to carry out. I’m looking to create multi-media cityscapes, and therefore am interested in including elements of light and maybe even sound. For the lighting, we talked about the possibility of setting a variety of different coloured LEDs in molten wax casts. Given that glass’s melting temperature is much higher than wax, hopefully the heat will have no effect on the lights….. Though I will have to wait and see. I’m aiming to carry out this test as soon as possible and therefore have a few things to put on the shopping list. Including: An Arduino, LEDs, Wax and an Ice cube tray.

Moving on, we talked about the hilarity of media consumption, specifically within the news. How can, what should be the most delicate information, be broadcast as entertainment across the world. I am no angel with this and certainly have fallen into the trap of watching the news daily, but after a while I can’t help but think that much of it is a gross exploitation of sensitive information. Of course there are fantastic news stories, and necessary information must be broadcast, though it is the manner at which different broadcasters curb these stories to either satisfy their own views, or the views of their audience. And thens there’s the question of ratings…

This can be nicely exemplified by Sky News’s new Conflict tab on their iPad app or the way in which they advertised for Oscar Pistorius’s Sentencing. There’s no doubt that many people across the world have found Oscar’s case both abhorrent and, for the fact that it was broadcast, incredibly captivating, but his sentencing is not Christopher Nolan’s most recent release, and in fact stars no actors, but still they insist on editing their advert as if they’re selling tickets at the cinema. The moody strings and dramatic cuts to slow motion shots of Oscar as he listens to his fate resembles the sort of editing technique that would be used in almost every Oscar nominated trailer.

We discussed my interest in embedding BBC news live into a painting of a family in their living room. It aims to highlight the growing issue of daily news consumption and it’s effects on it’s audience. In this piece, I aim to mirror project the live images onto a canvas. In the gallery, I’m focused on it’s first impressions, whether the audience take it for what they came to see, art, or whether they begin to use it as another information point. Including live data and media into artworks is something I will look into doing. Another idea is to include the live tide times, weather reports into work, however I’m keeping these on the back burner, as I’m not quite sure how i’d approach it yet.

All in all, the tutorial went well. We talked about a range of topics that loosely bared some importance to my project proposal, as well as some techniques in executing them.

A great day!