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Wk 8 Extra Credit: Linda Weintraub by Alana Chin

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Linda Weintraub- Drop Dead Gorgeous: Beauty and the Aesthetics of Activism

I attended this lecture thinking that it would be just another lecture talking about how beauty is a societal manifestation meant to point out our flaws and highlight our insecurities. I’m sure we’ve all heard that beauty is given more priority and importance than it is worth. But this lecture was different and I was pleasantly surprised. Linda Weintraub did talk about this aspect of beauty and how society tends to place value and worth on things that are beautiful and then neglect or abuse the things that aren’t. However, she explored concepts outside of this and made me think about reevaluating my own perception of beauty.

During the lecture, Linda Weintraub presented several different artists and how they portrayed beauty in their art. One common theme was the concept that death and decay weren’t consider beautiful. Michel Blazy’s “encouragement” structure was a piece of a wall covered in food that was left to rot. Viewers could see the food decomposing and the fungus and mold growing from it. Another example is Gregor Schneider’s concept for “Death: Be Not Proud.” This project is still in the works but Schneider basically plans to have a terminally ill person die on display. At first, these pieces probably shock and disturb the general population. However, the point that these artists are trying to make is that there is no reason for death and decay to be considered ugly. Death and decay is a part of life, part of the life cycle that contributes to new life and recycling of nutrients. Death and decay is also inevitable and something every living thing will eventually experience. This artwork demonstates that not only does society neglect and shun the topic of death, but it goes out of its way to avoid it, thus indicating that society can’t feel comfortable with the idea that life is ending. Linda Schneider pointed out many more examples of this, like botox and anti-rust. She then concluded that the real shame behind all this is the fact that society is unable to fully appreciate life. Death and decay are essential parts of life. It is given that death is the end of life, but it is also part of a full circle of new life. And because death is so important, we can’t appreciate life if we ignore death and pretend that it doesn’t ever happen. In a sense, we are not being true to death.

Another interesting point from this lecture was that we tend to like it when humans interfere in natural occurences. Andy Goldsworthy’s work usually consisted of a scene from nature with some sort of orderly arrangement of the objects on site. For example, he stacked rocks in one piece to the background of a great natural rock formation. It was a very interesting and aesthetically pleasing photo. What was most interesting was how Linda Weintraub noticed that the contrast between the natural and manmade was most beautiful. The photo definitely would not be nearly as interesting if there was no human intervention. For examples of his work, click here If it is most beautiful when there is human intervention, maybe we are just justifying our actions for constantly interfering with nature by saying that it is “beautiful.” By the end, Linda Weintraub encouraged the change of the definition of “beautiful” to mean more than just the visual, but also to accept an ecological defition where function dictates beauty. I think this would be great for society to think outside of the usual definition and appreciate more than just the superficial.

~Alana Chin

Josh Bohbot, sec B- Religion v.s E.T.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Space and religion are two things seemingly unrelated but Judaism has much to say about this subject matter. The question that seams to be continuously asked is: Is there life on other planets and stars? In the Torah, the laws and guide to Judaism, there is a mention of a planet or star called Meroz that has inhabitants living on it. Judaism’s fundamental belief is that there are no limitations to g-d abilities in creation. To say that there is no life anywhere else other than on earth would be putting a limitation on g-d and his ability to create anything. The intelligence levels of creatures that live on other planets or stars might not have a comparable brain capacity but to say that it is an impossibility would be limiting the capability of G-d.

week 8- space- wei han ouyang

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Space is a very interesting concept. If one thinks about it, like what we see in lecture this week, there can be 10 dimensions if one really looks into it. An interesting point to look at it is that people usually don’t see their life as tenth dimensions. What people usually see are only three to four dimensions. When people do things they obviously do it in the three-dimension world. But as one looks back and review his or her action it’s a fourth dimension process because the action is already in the past. Like I mentioned in my blog about fourth dimension, fourth dimension is a space that connect the past and the present. And it is important for us to learn this through something, especially something easy like what we saw in lecture the other day created from both art and science. Another way to look at this “space” concept, we can take it to outside of our planet and look into space in our universe. From the lecture I recall one of the dimension is folding two spaces on a straight line together so basically one thing can be at two places at one time. In another words, time traveling. Is time traveling really possible? There are black wholes out in the space that even though there aren’t any experiments done to explore the black wholes, there is a possibility that black wholes are the results of folding spaces. But beside from time traveling, space is special especially because there’s no gravity. I saw a video that a astronaut recorded while he was in the space, his head was all read because without the gravity to pull down the blood. Usually when astronauts return from space they will have to go to physical therapy because they are not used to the gravity. So if one thinks about it, what kind of dimension does an astronaut live in?
We watched a video that explained fourth dimension in lecture and it displays a video of a twisted three-dimension world. I think the explanation is not literal. The rotate and the twisting of the objects in the video symbolize the relations between the objects. When the two human figures twisted around each other and when the human rotate around the tree, both concepts demonstrates the relation between human-beings and their relations to nature. In MIM’s new music video move if you wanna displays a similar effect.
mims-move if you wanna

In the music video, the editor keeps repeating the actions in the background while MIM goes on and raps. Notice that he wasn’t really stepping on the ground when he walks. And how the video displays a fourth dimension setting. It’s like he is rapping while other people is staying at the same place. It seems like time passes by and no one is noticing it.  At the end, like the clip that we saw in class, Mim starts to twist in fourth dimension. Im not sure if it was just a transition to the second part of the video or he wants to tell his fans to moving and have moves like him, but it’s just interesting how this kind of art can be incorporated into a hip hop music video.

Final Abstract—-shiyang zheng

Monday, March 2nd, 2009



Smart Box:


Smart Box is basically a box can scan all the objects in the box. However, it is different from the scanner in the supermarket. Smart Box does not require a bar code; instead it emits different levels of wave frequency to recognize and detect category and property of the object. For example: refrigerator’s cover. After installation of Smart Box on refrigerator, the refrigerator will have function to scan all the food and drinks, and generates a report to your computer or phone. It’s a great convenience if you forget what you need to buy in supermarket. Besides, Smart Box can scan large volume of objects within second, and can also detect moving object such as animals and human. 

Life in the Universe_ Piero Vallarino Gancia

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

For a long time we have been interested in the universe and its mysteries. As we have advanced into space discovery and imaging we have been able to reach new frontiers, such as the exploration of the red planet or the picture of the Hubble deep field, the farthest we have ever seen our universe. But certain questions still remain unsolved such as the existence of dark matter or how black holes affect space time continuum. The most daunting question however, still remains that of extraterrestrial life.

To the knowledge of most, some kind of life must exist out there, because the universe is too big and we would be too selfish to think that we are the only possessors of life in its immenseness. To others, the possibility of any life outside the earth is very unlikely or remote since they think the only possible path to life is the one taken by the creatures of earth. Others even, claim they have already seen extraterrestrial life on earth but these people are often taken as fakes.

One famous instance of extraterrestrial sighting on earth was in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. It has been said that alien bodies were recovered there by the military who planned a cover up of the happenings so as the prevent massive panic from ensuing. Since then Roswell has been synonym of UFO sighting but it is still uncertain if anything really occurred.

Our problem is that we do not know all the ways in which life manifests itself. We do not know how to look at different forms of life other than those that we find on earth. Our processors, microscopes, satellites are all setup to find life as it occurs on earth. What if it is occurring in other dimensions and we are not even aware of it? What if it resides beyond our visible spectrum? Outside our imagination?

Parallel universes come to my mind. If our universe is contained within something, a cosmic recipient, and this recipient is contained within another universe we will never be able to find this other place. If there is life there we are even more unlikely to find it. We may be trapped within a space time continuum within which only our planet has life.

Perhaps even, life has existed in the past or future. One theory says that if the density of the universe is greater than its critical density (the mass density of the universe which just stops the expansion of space, after infinite cosmic time has elapsed) then the universe will collapse onto itself due to gravity, thereby reinitiating the sequence of events leading to the Big Bang. This means that there could be a grand cycle in the history of the universe in which everything occurs times and times again. Hence, ironically I may have been doing this exact same homework at this exact same time in a previous cycle. Therefore, we could postulate that there may have been life before as there may be life exactly as it is now in the future.

Even if we do not find anything, our quest for life outside the blue planet is an important part of understanding our human identity and what really defines us as humans. Indeed, the probes Voyager 1 and 2 which contained some of the defining works of our civilization – among them Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and extracts of some languages – were launched and lost in space with the intent of entering in contact and making other civilizations understand who we are.

WK–8 Space ——Shiyang Zheng

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Earth is only a tiny spot in the whole universe. Human is also tiny comparing with the size of the earth. We, human, are too little to feel and to experience the vastness of the universe. Though there are many scientific hypothesizes of the origin of the universe such as Big Bang Theory talked in class, and the theory of Planetary orbits by Newton etc, there is no accurate evidence. Though there are footsteps of human being on the Moon, the Mars and other planets, our knowledge to the universe is tiny as the rice to the soccer field. However, we, human, have strong desire to explore, to know, and eventually to conquer the new we do not know. The desire to know the space is not an exception. The art as one of most active formats of expression of the human’s desire and feeling thus play an important role in the exploration of the new. The imaginary character of the art plays same role on human’s desire to know the space as well. As Thomas Edision said “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk”. Art plays off changing notions of the space and helps to transmit these concepts to the public. This is how science and art are related; and how professor’s scientific presentation and artist Gil Kuno’s artworks are related.

Here, I will show an example of how science and art are co-related and co-work together for the progress of the space exploration.

The University of Arizona Museum of Art presents “Robert McCall: Imagination Unbound,” an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by the noted artist and illustrator. For more than 60 years, McCall has chronicled the history of aviation, science and space flight and shared his vision through museums, magazines, motion pictures and books. His 35-year relationship with NASA has successfully delivered the progress of space technology and given Americans a view of its presence in space in ways never before imagined. McCall’s collection of works includes illustrations of America’s finest moments in space technology – from the inaugural manned space flight to the first steps taken on the moon. His visionary artwork invokes the thrilling sense of man’s ability to reach frontiers beyond the imagination, for McCall does not merely depict space, but rather man in space. While the UA makes history as its Phoenix Mars Lander speeds toward its landing on the Red Planet, McCall’s art asks people to consider their destiny in space through his observations and projections of the past, present and future. The effect of art on the space technology is not direct, but influential. It guides the public to think, and raises the public awareness of the space technology, and thus gives people the space of imagination and expectation of future technology, and eventually direct the progress of future space technology. This is a series of chain reactions!



The painting above by McCall Robert is very similar scenarios in many scientific movies such as star war.

Besides example of  McCall, there are many examples which can be found since early 14th century. The relation between art and space science were more complicated with the interference of the religion. In the old day, the god and the space were usually drew together. Interestingly, the space science and the art were fostered at the same time by the religion, especially Christianity. Here is an interesting article discusses the segregation between art and space science, and suggests a new way of combining two.

week_8 Abstract by Nikola Kondov

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

The project will resemble “the Building of Life” from the midterm project. The building will retain its shape (C60- buckminster-fulleren molecule). Each room, which will correspond to an “atom” within the “molecule,  will represent a different aspect of our universe as a whole - from the structure of a proton to an imaginary “image” of our universe. The important “upgrade” in this project will be that the rooms will not only depict the different aspects of our universe, but will also show how the different aspects interact with each other (eg. how atoms combine in order to form molecules, or how different animals interact within an ecosystem. It will touch the topic of animal consciousness and other abstract and revolutionary thoughts.

by Nikola Kondov

Week8_ Dissecting Space by Christine Vu

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

       In this week’s lecture, a guest speaker came to educate our class about the Space time continuum: 4th dimension and beyond. I found myself very intrigued by the topics he addressed as well as the various supporting examples. To start off, he brought up real life examples. I found myself wondering what deja vu really was. I always saw it as an event which previously happened in my dreams or in my past. Contrastly, he reasoned that deja vu occurs as a result of a bend in the space continuum in the moment you experience. For me, that kind of explanation is hard to grasp. This can indicate that the space continuum can be so much more than what we know. It is yet another mystery we need to study.
       Initially, my attention was caught as the guest speaker started to present on past experiments dealing with the space time continuum. He showed an inventor who utilized a rotating turntable, in which each horizontal line was displaced by several frames to create an illusion. What the naked eye saw was a woman revolving around pillars, defeating time and space. This just shows how manipulating the concept of space can contribute to the third culture: art and science. Another example was Alvaro Casinett’s invention of a chronas projector, in which a spandex was created to touch and depress. The place you depressed shows the displaced image in relation to time. There was a picture of a sunset overbearing a city, but then depressed, to show the city taking place in an evening setting. Nowadays, artists like Toshio Iwai are starting to share these new concepts to our society. Recently, Toshio set up cameras to capture ordinary civilians displacing images. This is a great way to involve the public. I feel that it is extremely important to publicize this new outlook, a new perspective. The guest speaker then defined entropy as a necessity to governing our world. Many pronoun leaders, himself included, are experimenting with entropy to create their work. For example, Philosopher Lucretius used entropy, chaos, randomness, and chance to articulate his ideas. John Cage, became popular because of his bizarre idea to throw trash on top of piano strings, to alter the sound of music. His compositions depended on chance. One of his most famous compositions is a pianist going on stage to play nothing, the noises from the audience were the composition. Many times, what captures our attention is what we have never yet seen or experienced. This expressionism gives hope to nonconformity.
       Finally, the guest speaker, introduced some of his own projects. One was the “Slinky Piece” in which slinkies fell down a ladder to create a sculpture as the final product. Another idea he has become interested in is focusing attention to the sounds of activites. For example, he recorded the sound of a ping pong game.He also wired pogo sticks with guitar settings to produce music. Many times, people are too absorbed with performing these daily activities that we fail to consider the sounds that come out of it. Our society often oversimplifies things we should not.
       My favorite piece, created by the guest speaker, is an instrument recently premiered at a Japanese concert. Because he was concerned about the constriction a normal guitar had, he designed a new instrument. He formed 6 separate guitars, each containing one string from the ordinary guitar. This way, with 6 different performers, you are able to produce chords that would not be able to be played if these strings were all constrained to one instrument. Furthermore, the compositions created by these new instruments were beautiful. This just shows what thinking outside the box can do. Think of all the possibilities that could arise from simple curiosities like these.

Final Abstract
       Wouldn’t it be great if the Undercover Weatherman (previous midterm design) could do more than just detect levels of humidity? In a world where technology has taken a huge toll, we find it inconvenient if we do not have a cellphone stashed in our bag or an ipod ready in hand. Delayed, many times we are frustrated by a simple mistake of not taking the time to charge our batteries to only suffer the next day’s consequence of bombarding bruinwalk flyering the next day. Therefore, I am interested in expanding my idea of humidity detecting underwear, allowing underwear to absorb solar energy as an addition. The underwear would then not only be a device to predict weather changes, but act as an energy source for electronical devices.

Week 8 Space – Isaac Arjonilla

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

This week’s lecture was focused on the various aspects of Space, and it served to remind me of how insignificant we might seem in comparison. In order to understand how small we truly are, we were shown a video in class where it continues to move farther from the earth, increasing in distance and showing us how small earth is and how big the universe is. I often wonder how small we really are in comparison, and how many other types of living organisms exist.


After watching the following video ( I realized how big the universe is. Usually, when I think of outer space I don’t take into consideration the other solar systems in our galaxy and the other galaxies in the universe. I used to doubt about possible life forms outside our planet, but when one begins to think about something as big as the universe it would be rather foolish to rule out other life. Something that is really frustrating to me, as a sci-fi movie watcher, is that it would be very hard to actually prove about what other life forms are in different universes. Also, I am always amazed by the mysteries of space, For instance, black holes. There will never be a way to see what happens after one enters one or where it leads to. From a scientific perspective, outer space is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, mystery to known man but from an artistic perspective, the wonders of space have inspired different styles of art, and introduced us to a film genre which has produced much success.

Every time I think about outer space, I always seem to be conflicted by religion. The Big Bang Theory and my religious beliefs often contradict, making it harder to have an idea of where we all life originated. However, speaking with all religion aside, I think that there must be something greater than an omniscient and omnipotent deity, other galaxies must share different beliefs than ours, and I think that limiting to only one religion and believing that there is only one true god will never help us begin to understand the mysteries that surrounds our earth, and our galaxy.


Final Proposal:
In a country where people suffer from poor mental health and stress issues, stress decreasing activities are always in need. I propose a highly sophisticated room with the sole purpose of improving emotional and mental health among the majority of stressed Americans. The room, which will vary in size, will be composed of liquid crystal displays that will display relaxing images, or videos to the subject. The projected content will be determined by their personality and preferences, and will be inputted into the room’s mainframe. Ultimately, this room should be able to reduce one’s stress levels, improve emotional health, and provide a new source of entertainment for many generations to come.

- Isaac Arjonilla

Week 8-Space by Justine Hicks

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

So this week in class seemed a little random to me. We went from talking about space to having the guest speaker talk about recording ants and people jumping on pogo sticks, so I didn’t really know what was going on. The space lecture was kind of interesting though, particularly when professor Vesna mentioned UFOs and aliens. I mean, I think space in general is interesting, but the fact that there might be other life forms out there, that we’re not sure actually exist or not, is an even more trippy thought.
I really don’t know what to think about space and everything or whether or not The Big Bang Theory is true, or whether any speculation is true. If it was caused by something that “defies our current understanding of physics (Big Bang Theory) then how could that be where the universe came from? Space is just one of those things that has never made sense to me. I mean how can we really know how it all came to be and how the universe is what it is, where did it all come from?? How did we all get here? I really don’t know what to believe.

On another note, I thought some of the projects the guest speaker did were pretty interesting. I thought the six-person guitar act was pretty creative, especially because it was pushing the boundaries of standard music and of what one person would be capable of doing with one guitar. Another project he discussed where he recorded the sounds of crushing things with that truck was also a little eccentric. It seemed like an aggressive way to make a project. I just like that he was into different sounds and trying to incorporate them to make other sounds and doing it in very innovative ways.

I want to create a device entitled MoodMusic. The concept of MoodMusic is to use a person’s emotional state to generate music and visualization simultaneously, corresponding with that person’s emotions. The idea incorporates using the human body, robotics, and aspects of the fourth dimension in that it would be a three dimensional robotic device, that while powered would be in constant motion. It would have sensors that would be able to detect a person’s emotion. Once the emotion is detected a corresponding song would be played. The visualizations would project from the device onto the surroundings. They could be images of space and because the device would be in constant motion, it could give the illusion that one is traveling through space. There could also be other visual effects to give the effect of possibly being in the ocean or walking through a forest. The effect could be that the listener almost exits a state of consciousness by not being so aware of his actual surroundings by being too enthralled in the illusion that he’s traveling through space while the emotionally matched music is playing.