The Fire Side

Group – Blog: https://paper.dropbox.com/doc/The-Fire-Side–Afvr5n7aHV4ERDMjwBiCPHOXAg-MnaFZ3AnegOSYPe1zV9Xx

Group – Full performance:

Group – Process Video:

Group – Task

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Group – MASTER SCRIPT and COPY

MASTER SCRIPT and COPy

Group – RADIO SCRIPT & Sound

Throughout the festival week

Personal Feedback:

In this project, my group decided to make an immersive space with a live performance. We discussed many times about the environment set-up and how to organize the whole space. Finally we choose to use the orange color as our main theme color.

My individual work in this group was to develop music and elements for objects and performance. By following the radio & audio recordings and script made by my group members, I consider to added radio effects, reverb and echo and sound effects (one remixed track and some experimental sound both for the space and final performance) in Logic Pro.

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Those are the final exports

BGM Before the Performance

1st Broadcast

2nd Broadcast

3rd Broadcast

Environmental BGM

Unit 2 Elective

I’ve added 2 projects which were missing

What’s Up Doc – Animation exercise

In the project, I’m required to do some interviews and ask some simple question from different people. Then, I need to make those pieces to an animation. My final project of this class was about cooking, thus I asked some of my friends about some questions about their diet. Also, the date when this project due was near the halloween 2018 thus I made a pumpkin character. Whatever, this project was just a simple exercise that I reported the process of the final project of What’s up Doc program.

What’s Up Doc – Labyrinth

In this challenge, my group was required to using digital methods to create a documentary of labyrinth. First of all, my group decided to create a story, and the main role was a conductor. Then, we spread the group to animation group, sound group, and filming group for different jobs. After that, we made multiple classical instrumental sound tracks, then mixed with some sound effects. The effects are mainly match the turning points in each part of our animated story. And finally, my acting was edited into the left side of the video in order to make a connection between the character’s emotion and our animated videos.

What’s Up Doc – “Mad” Cook

This was also a project that we report our final project process in the What’s up Doc class. We were required to do some video makings. I decided to write a script as a part of story for my final project of this class.

Unit 1 Blog Report – Group 6

I’ve added 1 animation video

Project Proposal

 

Group members: Kingsley Tao, Yuxiang He, Mengge Qin, Zhicheng Yang

 

Theme:

 

The theme of our project is to aim to create an art exhibition that can be experienced in order to transmit and help the representation of socially marginalized groups in today’s society – the Drag Queen community. Our inspiration and motivation come mainly from three aspects:

 

  • Historical video materials and early documentaries on drag queens and related interviews, such as the 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston, ‘Paris Is Burning’ depicts the hardships of those individuals within the community.

 

  • Contemporary reality shows,  films, artistic creations and advocates of social influence of drag queen culture, for example, the IS reality show – RuPaul’s drag race.

 

  • Drag queens who have cooperative communication and daily contact with ourselves and their desire to be helped and to help, and for social recognition.

 

We will make the corresponding artistic installation through the understanding and in-depth experience of this community. The final presentation and exhibition will be decided to depending on our budget and sponsorship also the digital technology used.

 

Why this theme?

 

Drag queens are not only a marginalized social group, but they are exclusively part of a marginalized community also. the representation of drag queens within contemporary society has progressed towards positivity, yet there is a large sting associated with the art of drag – many people do not see drag for what it really is. marginalized groups are often penalized and criticized for their expression of individuality, drag queens and the art of drag not being excluded. the theme is centered around drag allows for our exhibition, and a group project to enlighten individuals about the importance of drag. the history of drag is of utmost importance, and should be respected by individuals – it is an art. not only an aesthetically appealing art, but an art of the expression of individuality, and the art of condemning social norms surrounding gender and sexuality. the ambiguity surrounding drag and its purpose is still vague, the theme focus is therefore intentional is explaining the whole community of drag. our analysis of past material and present-day material will allow us as a group to present the history of drag culture and its provenance within society. mainly qualitative research, this will enable our exhibition and final project to convey a personalized and objective view of the community itself – we will be able to vaguely conclude on the changing nature of social pressures, norms, and values that society has on the drag community.

 

Drag queens are often depicted as glamorous, perfect within their own self. though this may be true to some extent, the community has faced more issues, the majority which could impact and ruin the livelihood and wellbeing of the individual. Paris is burning is a great example of the tribulations experiences by, not only the LGBT community but the drag scene also. the influence and impact HIV and AID’s had on the community is still prevalent today – maybe more-so than previously. the hardships of the individuals within community break any other person within society, though people not in the community fear social rejection, those in the drag scene are social rejects, ranging from friends and aquatints to loved ones and family. this is where the strong familial bond of the houses within the community originates. within modern day society, we now question the boundaries of gender, and drag is a perfect way to condemn these social norms. they deviate, but they are not deviants – it is essentially a protest against the constraints of society. often drag queens are unable to provide for others and work multiple jobs in order to find financial, and social stability. drag queens are to be admired and praised for their art form, yet many people do not respect drag as an art, but as an entertainment – though it is entertainment, the art of drag is of utmost importance, the entertainment is a part of the art.

 

Statement of intent (Techniques):

 

For this project, we will use VR glass (Oculus go) to let people create their own Drag styles.

And also we are going to build an environment, in this part, we use projection mapping.

 

Practical ideas so far:

 

  • In-depth understanding of the Drag Queen group, through interviews and following shot documentaries, exploring the stage performance and the daily life environment of the Drag Queen (both positive and stressful aspects they have).

 

  • Refine the representative elements that can help them express themselves from our collected materials to design drag queen characters in 3D modelling, and show the audience the most authentic Drag Queen culture through the VR interactive games and scenes’ recalling.

 

  • Through the form of facial makeup and costume styling, making VR interactive games, let the audience understand the fashion culture and artistic expression of the Drag Queen by the first-person narrative.

 

  • Through the 360 camera filming, by comparing the stage performance of the Drag Queen with the scenes of their daily lives, let the audience understand the real Drag Queen culture.

 

  • Set up a room, using projection mapping to create an immersive environment, from the audience first go into this room, they start to truly feel what is the Drag Queen.

       

Tools for the final Installation:

 

By both considering the first and second performances of our installation, we need some kind of modeling and animation tools, open-sourced codings, and virtual-reality-based designs. The followings are the software or physical designs for our project:

 

  • Maya/C4D/Keyshot – These three softwares contains bunches of modeling tools. Of course we will use some presetted modeings, this will make us easier to do all riggings and rendering for animations, or 3D background designs.

 

  • Unity – By using unity for our part 2 installation, we will create a space which could be best represent our main theme. We also will use the original file that we record inside the 3D camera to VR spaces.  

 

  • Unreal Engine 4 – We still consider the possibility of using UE4 based on its inner Blueprint presets. We are not going to use the C++ coding based method for our project.

 

  • Github – This is a community that it collects plenty of open sourced datas, programming and codings based on different platforms. We will doing some of our researches on its official website.

 

  • Oculus – Oculus is an amazing VR glasses which could be easily worn and  systematically powered by Android 8.x versions. Oculus has bluetooth controller that make our interactive designs to be possible. Oculus also has presetted modeling support in its developing tools. Thus it is one choice for our performance at both part 1 and part 2.  

 

  • HTC Vive – Vive is also an professional VR glasses that powered by Steam on PC. Also it has clear views inside with good resolution. Thus we could make some complex structured animation such as stage effects and lightings if we use Vive.

 

  • Noitom Hi5 – The Noitom Hi5 is a third-party motion capture based – VR gloves for HTC Vive, it will make the gesturally interactive designs to be possible. We may consider to use this characteristic as a motional-controlled-technologies in Unity software for our designs in the first and second stage.

 

At our current stage, we’ve fixed some plugins and programming for those softwares and hardwares.

 

Potential next steps:

 

  • Waiting for the funding(6 weeks)
  • Interviewing Drag Queens and filming
  • Start to design characters and modeling
  • Making prototype and rent a room to make projection mapping
  • Testing installation
  • Final installation
  • Final event
  • Private view
  • Exhibition

Timetable: Project

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References:

  1. RuPaul’s Drag Race
  2. Paris Is Burning (1990)
  3. Exhibition, Beatrice Gibson, Crone Music,18 January – 31 March (2019)
  4. O’Brien, Jennifer ,”The Psychology of Drag”. Psychology Today.
  5. Boy George: “I’M Not A Dragqueen!”
  6. Moore, F. Michael. Drag: Male and Female Impersonators on Stage, Screen, and Television: An Illustrated World History.
  7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  8. Tom boy (2011)
  9. Pink Flamingos (1972)
  10. Felix Rodriguez Gonzales, “The feminine stereotype in gay characterization: A look at English and Spanish”
  11.  The Guardian, Levin, Sam, “Who can be a drag queen? RuPaul’s trans comments fuel calls for inclusion”.
  12.  School Projection mapping workshop with Bruno Mathez
  13. Exhibition, WE LIVE IN AN OCEAN OF AIR
  14. Mei Lanfang: “The Drunken Beauty” Choreography Plates (1930)
  15. Old Mei Lanfang giving Beijing Opera lessons (1960)
  16. X Japan, We Are X (2016)

 

 

After the steps:

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My Unit 2 Elective is called AI 9-5. This project is operated with Microsoft Cambridge. My Team mate is Matt and at the beginning we did some interviews with the people who’s major in AI. Then we got the idea of how to make an art installation and researches about AI organism and robotic technologies.

We did several interviews at paddington station, London. According to the interview, we found that many black drivers are getting hard to get customers nowadays. This is because many more drivers would like use APP such as Uber and Viavan. However, black drivers are not allowed to use those APPs. Then we decided to find an AI way for helping them. Some drivers thought that many customers are less willing to make payment slowly. The first idea we got is to make some AI programs relative to AI transaction system. And the second idea we got is to make a coding about memory machine, which will allow AI to detect the driver’s emotions.

 

Then in the midterm of this project, Matt and I decided to make some rendering some installation setting previews in 3D softwares. IMG_2690.JPGIMG_2689.JPG

At the final show, we decided to make a projection mapping with face detection by Python. We found some open sourced codings at Github and we did some special designs with light and texture effects in MadMapper. The video showed the processes of our installation.

What’s Up Doc – Project 1

I made the project 1 at the Oxford Library, this video was talking about a scare story. My main story is about discovering the secret path inside one door on the second floor in Oxford library. I designed some kind of horrible sound for increasing the attention of what gonna happen next.

What’s Up Doc – Animation exercise

In the project, I’m required to do some interviews and ask some simple question from different people. Then, I need to make those pieces to an animation. My final project of this class was about cooking, thus I asked some of my friends about some questions about their diet. Also, the date when this project due was near the halloween 2018 thus I made a pumpkin character. Whatever, this project was just a simple exercise that I reported the process of the final project of What’s up Doc program.

What’s Up Doc – Labyrinth

In this challenge, my group was required to using digital methods to create a documentary of labyrinth. First of all, my group decided to create a story, and the main role was a conductor. Then, we spread the group to animation group, sound group, and filming group for different jobs. After that, we made multiple classical instrumental sound tracks, then mixed with some sound effects. The effects are mainly match the turning points in each part of our animated story. And finally, my acting was edited into the left side of the video in order to make a connection between the character’s emotion and our animated videos.

What’s Up Doc – “Mad” Cook

This was also a project that we report our final project process in the What’s up Doc class. We were required to do some video makings. I decided to write a script as a part of story for my final project of this class.

What’s Up Doc – Final

This is the final project I did in WUD class. I was trying to build a narrative of personal story of cooking. In face I’m not a very bad cook now but I want to show some experiences of what I did at the time I first learn some productional cookings.

Instructor: Eleanor Dare

Members:

-Raf Martins
-Yuxiang He (Shawn) -Zhicheng Yang (Jake) -Jack Hardiker

 

Personal Report:

Name: Zhicheng Yang

Meeting 1:

There are 4 members in my team, who are Raf, Jack, Shawn, and I. We met with each other to talk about something relative to research. Personally I thought about an installation called “Mirror”. The idea is to create a storytelling that people could see their true identities through a mirror, and the mirror is also a tool that connect two worlds. Raf raised an idea that identity should be more relative to orientation and sexual. Shawn and Jack both thought that researching more core ideas will be better. So after coming back to home, I did many researches on how to create an art piece that relative to futuristic technologies about AI and cyborgs.

 

Meeting 2:

Each one in the team just did couples of researches. For me, did something about the research of future technology. Here are the links: The Future of Biotechnology
https://vimeo.com/278359673 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpO7eH5FYdo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61_cdC5J22I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vIT2da6N_o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTGrGG4jOXE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNmMSg8waLk
Our main aim is to get some inspirations from those future technologies. In this meeting, Raf showed some interesting about future robotic

technology, and Jack showed something about installations. Shawn also got many links about … Then we decided to doing more researches on the theories’ part of our project.

 

Meeting 3:

In the third meeting, Raf brought many brilliant ideas about 5 theories from philosophy about how those philosophers definite the identities of “I”. Here are Raf’s summary below:
The concept of personal identity discussed throughout times.

The urge to understand one of the core aspects of what is to be a human reflected in ideas and theories of philosophers and writers.

Our exploration starts bringing Plato and his concept of individuality and how the intellect makes every one of us unique. (Highlight the word PLATO)

SINGULAR (Can use an effect like an explosion)
After, Locke argued that a combination of body and soul, plus memories

and mental abilities were the blueprint to understand identity. PLURAL

(Can use an effect like an explosion)

In an attempt to doubt everything, Descartes, could not deny his personal power of inquest which he called ‘I’, creating the first correlation between individuality and language.

SINGULAR (Can use an effect like an explosion)

From the notion of language, we borrowed from Wittgenstein, that
all meaning, including a person’s identity, is entrenched in a family of significance which cannot be reduced to any fundamental essence but exists instead in a network of relationships.

PLURAL (Can use an effect like an explosion)
To complement that idea, we analyzed the Interpellation Theory, by the

French philosopher Althusser.
Interpellation is a process which we encounter our culture’ s values and internalize them. It expresses the one idea is not merely yours alone, but rather an idea that was presented to you for you to accept.

Step by step, together we envisioned a timeline of theories complementing each other and now are the foundation for our future explorations and discussions.

But what about metaphysics? (Highlight the word metaphysics)

Well, Wittgenstein argues that the vague understanding of the words used to communicate metaphysics takes the value of the subject from our every day’s lives. We followed the same understanding.

Identity instead consists of ‘seeing connection’ and understanding them. It is an intrinsic web immerse in an ellipse pattern of SINGULAR and PLURAL.

And it is what makes Identity so interesting. – Raf

 

We all agree about Raf’s research to be used in our project. Actually before this meeting I did some research on Chinese Taoism, and the theories from Confucius, but I didn’t find a way to bridge all those concepts.

Meeting 4: After the mid-term presentation, we focusing on the Sara Ahmed’s Queer Phenomenology. We discussed many possibilities about how Queer Phenomenology showed the orientation, disorientation, and the understanding of sexual identity. One thing we focusing on is: we try to make some connections between eastern and western cultures.

Meeting 5: In this meeting, Shawn and I just specifically illustrate the theory of “The Third Eye” and “The second skin”, and how those concepts could also be connected with the previous western cultures. Jack did many researches on other eastern mythologies, and Raf contributes a lot on how could the explanation of belongingness in Queer Phenomenology link with the disorientation we are going to make in our installation.

Meeting 6: Personally I made some renderings of the 1st version of device we are going to use in the installation, and couples of researches: Modeling and Researches:

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Researches-Chinese Mythology Nuwa- The first godness who creates human. -“She set about making man with clay. She shaped little figurines by hand. Breathing life into them, she set them down. As soon as they touched ground, they began to cheer and dance. These were the first group of men and women……The world became cheerful and colorful……But alas, this did not last long because many of the humans she made aged and died, if she went on making man alone, she might not be able to compensate for the rapid death rate. She thought out another idea. Why not make them mate and bear children by themselves? Every spring, she would summon young men and women from far and near and let them chase and play with each other. It was a season of joy, courtship and marriage. In this way families were set up, children were nursed and reared, generations of man continue to live on this earth.” The third eye Buddhism-Eye of the sky Taoism Philosophy-pure mind eye-able to see through gender, time, space and even universe Personal Experience: China’s Four Great Classical Novels Journey to the west God Erlang/Erlang Shen “When he was born as a god, he got three eyes. The third eye can let him see the truth of the world, through justice and evil, truth and fake, gender and soul. The third eye represents wisdom, power, and future.” The Three Kingdom Zhao Yun He was an outstanding warrior belongs to Shu in Three Kingdom period of China. His long pike is powerful and skillful. Back to the modeling The modeling designs by using those concepts of theories mixed with former concepts made by all of us. This is the first model draft of the smart device/machine. We will discuss about changing modeling and adding/ changing functions. The we talk about something specifically in installations. Shawn think that maybe we can do an installation in a small room with installed technologies for one person a time. He based on the concepts of second skin and he would like to create a space that people will understand themselves more deeply. Raf though the installation could be a single voice or face recognition by using AI to answer people’s questions. Jack also gives the team many brilliant ideas about how to use text to show the result of face recognition.

Meeting 7: We asked our professor about the third-eye theories, and she helped us with many new ideas about angle of views and installation references. Then we decided to make some design for our devices. First of all, we all think that Go Pro is a device that we should use in our installation, because the camera is tiny and easy to carry on. Then, Shawn and Jack just thought about to use a jacket to tighten the rod of Go Pro. We all felt thankful to Shawn because he spent a lot of money to buy the jacket at the first time and saves the whole team many times for doing future tests. Also, Raf bought a VR Glasses, and he finished making the awesome mask very quick, too. Personally I did some installation design and modeling those into a picture and shared to my team. I considered that our team may use projection mapping for the installation.

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Meeting 8: I just showed the technology about the face recognition to the team. However, I got a big trouble on mirroring Go Pro’s live camera to the face recognition software. Then Jack give us some advices on interface design about the text with face recognition. Shawn just specifically showed the research about “The journey to the west”, and how the “Third Eye” can be designed into the project. Raf was focusing on painting the Mask for the installation.

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Meeting 9: I finished the face recognition and debugged the coding part and all things worked fine. I also showed the process. However, because of the security coding on GoPro, I still not find some a way for using Go Pro as a second live camera to the software Cycling 74’s Max 7. Jack and Shawn was remodeling the jacket, and Raf finished the Mask with grey painted.

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Meeting 10: We made the first test of mirroring Go Pro’s screen to the phone and put it inside the Mask. Jack and I tested the whole process. It was successful, and we can see things clearing from the angle of Go Pro. I also find the- third-party software which will allow mirroring Go Pro’s live camera to PC.

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Meeting 11: Shawn tested the whole process, and everything worked fine. However, we also considered to adjust the angle of the back rod. Fortunately, I find a way to make possible to use 2 USB Wi-Fi adapter to do a double mirroring, which will allow Go Pro’s Live stream to be used in Max. I shared those with my team.

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Meeting 12: Our team went to Oxford Street for the real installation, and we received a success on watching with the angle with Go Pro. Then, we did many filming about the main concept: orientation, disorientation, and ThirdEye in different kind of places in London. The most interesting thing was we went to Jack’s friends’ home in a town located at east of London. The kid there were really excited with the mask we made and he tried our devices.

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Meeting 13: In the final step, I also double checked the coding in Max and debugged again for the face recognition. Shawn did many steps of video editing, and Jack showed some of his ideas on managing the scene. Then Jack finished all the lecture slides with effects and designs. Raf was continuing to adjust the mask for the final presentation. And Raf also gives us many advices for the frame cutting. Then I did many modeling which Jack designed for our team and Jack put all these into the slides.

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Meeting 14: Final Presentation: We show the final installation and the slide show.

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Instructor:

Eleanor Dare

Group 6 Members:

Raf Martins, Yuxiang He (Shawn), Zhicheng Yang (Jake), Jack Hardiker

Script for Kinect Typography

Hello! (The letters could be inverted to start to pinpoint some of the aspects we will be focusing our project)

The concept of personal identity discussed throughout times.

The urge to understand one of the core aspects of what is to be a human reflected in ideas and theories of philosophers and writers.

Our exploration starts bringing Plato and his concept of individuality and how the intellect makes every one of us unique. (Highlight the word PLATO)

SINGULAR (Can use an effect like an explosion)
After, Locke argued that a combination of body and soul, plus memories

and mental abilities were the blueprint to understand identity. PLURAL (Can use an effect like an explosion)

In an attempt to doubt everything, Descartes, could not deny his personal power of inquest which he called ‘I’, creating the first correlation between individuality and language.

SINGULAR (Can use an effect like an explosion)

From the notion of language, we borrowed from Wittgenstein, that
all meaning, including a person’s identity, is entrenched in a family of significance which cannot be reduced to any fundamental essence but exists instead in a network of relationships.

PLURAL (Can use an effect like an explosion)

To complement that idea, we analyzed the Interpellation Theory, by the French philosopher Althusser.
Interpellation is a process which we encounter our culture’s values and internalise them. It expresses the one idea is not merely yours alone, but rather an idea that was presented to you for you to accept.

Step by step, together we envisioned a timeline of theories complementing each other and now are the foundation for our future explorations and discussions.

But what about metaphysics? (Highlight the word metaphysics)

Well, Wittgenstein argues that the vague understanding of the words used to communicate metaphysics takes the value of the subject from our everyday’s lives. We followed the same understanding.

Identity instead consists of ‘seeing connection’ and understanding them. It is an intrinsic web immerse in an ellipse pattern of SINGULAR and PLURAL.

And it is what makes Identity so interesting.

Questions from Meetings:

Metaphors Mirror > distorted realities Masks > personas The philosophical problems of personal identity. Who I am? A sense of belonging or ownership. Personhood: What is to be a person? What is necessary for something to be counted as a person? Persistence: What does it take for a person to persist from one time to another? Evidence: How do we find out who is who and the evidence of first-person memory. Metaphysical: What composes our entire matter? What is the exact point where identity takes place? Theories and authors that can create the foundations for the concept, supporting and contextualising the parameters for suitable design approaches. The difference among humans, other living beings and machines (AI), and where empathy and emotions can be crucial to differentiate them. Evolution of identity: memory loss and how to discuss its implications. He/she still the same person or would them become someone different? The findings can lead to identity to be considered or classified as data and how this consideration can form the basis of a singularity. A unique set of data that can live in different times of evolution. What it takes for a past-person or a future-person to be you?

Links of biological identity research:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE-jIzVMLEM

https://vimeo.com/278359673

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpO7eH5FYdo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61_cdC5J22I    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vIT2da6N_o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTGrGG4jOXE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNmMSg8waLk

Notes:

Other important names – search these and identity: Plato, Locke, Thomas Reid, H.P Grice (talking about Locke and Reid), Ludwig Wittgenstein “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”. Finally the “Interpellation” theory.

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