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Week11: 3d printing is the next to go…

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So a development in idea process. Instead of a mannequin-like set up that is showcasing technology dying into itself, I’m focusing on a particular technology that is new, but will end up dead. 3D Printing.

Everyone says how this is the next big thing, but track record of emerging technology suggests otherwise. I want to showcase this physically. Take out the mannequin hand that is looking for the next technology to sabotage, and use my 3D printed prosthesis. Then with the kumi, project onto the hand the STL code from the file I got it with. Essentially, the 3D printed hand is a piece of code taken a physical form. This will act as a catalyst for the humanisation of a device.

The dead technology will still sit behind it, however the idea is that the 3D printing phenomena is the “killer” in the momentum of futures. The STL code will loop over a period of time to show all components that go into the piece. The question I want to address is how can we stop this trend? Is a trend of the new futures going to be how quickly we can move onto the next emerging technology?

Iteration and installation will happen next week, this week I just sat within the space and literally looked at the devices. Questioned the motifs behind what it really is I want to understand and was really effective. I want to mind map this all out and basically just throw it up. The aesthetic nature comes last now.

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A r T and Craftsmanship: week 6

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LED LIGHTING RBG Strip

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Could a current technology showcase a dead technology? Can we give the illusion or magic feeling combined with a dead technology and lights that presents it as alive.

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What is about the revisiting of old technologies? Is it that its:

  • nostalgia ? Simple human reflection?
  • Is it trends? Will the idea of grasping onto old materials come and go?
  • Human development/ progression/dependance on devices
  • Reverse magical? What is that feeling we have when we see something from our childhood in fully functioning condition. Is this the same feeling as when we see magic performed live? I want to investigate this feeling of connection and disbelief that something “works”. 

Questions:

  • in order to think about the “future” and more specifically technological determinism, do we have to understand and credit the past ideologies of progression.
  • We have to acknowledge human interaction and relationships with devices to create helpful trajectories in the future.
  • How do I create a setting with dead technology?

 

Human – technological being – always been apart of evolution

These are some more points of return that look at the way we have used certain technologies or aesthetics once before and are revisiting them more and more. I think for the week returning to class, I’d love to gather all the devices currently in my possession and assemble them around a space. I’ve also got some of the neon wiring that i was to ultimately weave in and around the devices, so that they give the illusion that they’re full of life. Using perhaps a new technology in LED lights and wires, into the old technology giving them a resurgence.

  • utopian – when we think back to that era, we had no worries/ no responsibility / fantasy
  • synth music

A REMIXERS MANIFESTO: RIP

Some of these examples I want to reflect on within the technological sense of futures. It works nicely with this idea of a loop of attention to certain devices from the past influencing the work of the future. This foregrounds that some of the research we see in trying to create a brand new product or the next gadget or device to change our lives, really needs to take notes from the past, and the human relationship with the particular job its going to create, help or save.

This idea links very closely with some further readings i’ve looked in theoretically, but when comparing all things media, music, art, movies and of course technology.

Task 2: Project Design and Management

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Earlier this semester, I detailed the beginning of a research project I wanted to undertake within the University to uncover the truths, myths and trends of student motivation toward starting and more importantly maintaining a project that would not only benefit the degree, but be a tool for creating and adding to the new age portfolio of digital literacy and competence when going to seek employment or start a professional career in a practise. My project proposal had a lot of ambitious research methodologies and aimed to gather as much information from students at the university as well as a survey and a background research into the generational trends that dictate student motivations

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The feedback from the initial planning was succinct into a working model and a realistic plan. I’m conducting a focus group discussion with the tutorial class on Thursday week9 at 2:30pm class. This will allow me to ask the following questions to a sample of students that are required by the degree to complete projects or equivalent related to my project plan. The questions are as follows:

Focus Group Questions

  1. What motivations drive your projects at university across any subject?
  2. Do you complete projects or think about projects in the way that you could incorporate it into a professional portfolio or something you’re keen to pursue after university?
  3. Do your projects require extra motivations because they’re being marked at university, or does the feedback assist the final product?
  4. Do the topics or inspirations for a project resonate an interest?
  5. What barriers or “put offs” you believe stop you (and other students) from starting a project and making it publically available
  6. What projects have you done in the past that are digitally available for a portfolio?
  7. Are these projects possible career options, or could they be moulded into a career niche?

I’ve identified the timeline I want to stick to, and leading into week 8 (this week) I’ve narrowed down the questions I want to ask as well as the research I want to look into and see if I can crack the code university students and teachers have been trying to channel since I’ve began my learning career.

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Why DO a Project ? // Research Proposal

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Are projects undertaken by students at university intrinsically or extrinsically motivated?

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Whether or not students undertake a research project based on intrinsic or extrinsic motivations are irrelevant, at the end of the day we all are required to do one in some form or another and this semester I aim to conduct the “inception” research methodology of a project about projects.

Throughout my university endeavours my classes have all required a major project or digital artefact in some format whether it be a physical submission of a device or a platform that is openly active on the internet. These were all based, for me personally, on a curiosity trajectory that I wasn’t sure i’d finish, nor did I know if it were going to be anything like the intention at the beginning. This is how I’ve come to be in the position I am, and is why I’m such a believer in the skill set characteristics getting involved and making things early and documenting everything  can produce. Is everyone else doing these projects set out to work towards a practice field or area of expertise? Or are there those that create content for the mark to pass a class for a degree?

I’d love to hold information sessions about the class initially, ask them what their projects are and then to understand the process that goes into the making of and thinking behind a creative work. Does their curiosity spark their works and/or are they looking at developing a skill set in media and communications ie. photography skills or editing in particular software. In terms of data collection, I think perhaps a focus group of a seminar group would be effective my my progress. I would adjust the sample number according to variation in answers and perhaps think about creating a survey based on the results in the form of if intrinsic/extrinsic in nature in response to projects what these are, and direction taken after completion. I’d also like to gather my own research into trends on generational differences in graduates, and perhaps looking at a shift in values from university, whether the full focus is on the career at the end or the present experiences created by what interests us.

Compare these results with projects completed in the past, which could serve an interesting tool for students to engage with my final project to reflect on their university careers so far and the direction they’re headed, whether it be theoretical  or practical in nature. This kind of project links directly with a guest lecture appearance I made encouraging students to not think about marks and essays as the “easy option” or “cop out” when a project gets overwhelming or looks like failing.

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BETA Critique: Food Review/ Aerial Photography

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The initial pitch from Paniti was to provide a comprehensive review of food places around Wollongong varying from traditional culture foods such as Chinese, Thai and Japanese to venues such as ‘Chickos’. This was then going to be aimed at the international students who perhaps aren’t showcased to these venues or targeted or have little knowledge they are existing around the area. The idea was to film his peers instead of himself, trying these foods and giving an informal, relaxed approach to the cuisine that was easily accessed on YouTube for those wanting an everyday University student response from some of the more interesting places to try.

The first initial pitch, quickly turned into an even more informal with the intention of making it humorous. The idea that perhaps the “rawness” of the filming and the locations chosen such as Bunnings Warehouse Sausage Sandwiches, Moon Sushi and a take away fish and chip shop that specialises in oversized burgers. Whilst these videos were somewhat informative, they served a very entertainment niche perhaps pop up viral videos or a meme page. The aims were to identify areas in the Illawarra to showcase to international student’s places to eat, yet I believed when watching them the target could have been issued to any demographic. The filming was smooth, editing was down really nicely with a channel intro and something that I’ve found really great with the videos posted was the information posted about the other segments in the description. I think this was a real positive for the channel as a whole as well as being able to direct the audience to a greater variety of content.

While this content was strong, the continuation and development wouldn’t have varied much in the way of content creation keeping an interest level. This is where the project has taken a new turn. Paniti detailed that he perhaps wanted to implement some new technology into his filming, edits, and intros for particular restaurants and food stalls, and he wanted to capture a new angle before reviewing the place with a drone. This was a really cool idea that would perhaps add a new element of showcasing, advertising and exposure to the hospitality industry but also his own expertise and individuality on YouTube, then he explained he had a Phantom 4 and a DJI Inspire 1 in his repertoire.

This opened a whole new opportunity and indeed trajectory for Paniti, in terms of aerial photography, the market for this is huge right now and the equipment he’s using allows the audience to view the geography of Wollongong in 4K resolution, the highest on the market. He needs to identify a need for this, would be my only suggestion. Approach marketing places, tour guides of Wollongong, travel tourism promoters. I know that We Love The Gong would be a great start and don’t then limit it to geographical locations, the implementation of drones in Australia needs these kind of aesthetics to change the discourse of the fears associated with letting them into aerospace.

Within Paniti’s video’s he’s able to encompass elements of visually appealing shots, incorporate creative commons licensing with resonating music, as well as information about the location and his channel. I think a great inclusion to this would be to share the ways he made the video. For example, he could link the audience a list of the products he uses ( drones, cameras, editing software) in the description so that people who are inspired to create this kind of content can easily see how it’s done. Another suggestion could be perhaps a showcase of his equipment in a review or un-boxing type scenario. I know this would be greatly welcomed by me personally who has a fascination with these products but hasn’t quite made the decision on which of them to dedicate funds to.  The review element after a filming session saying what worked, what was good about the particular choice on the day.

These suggestions come from people who’ve gained a massive following for their works and they’ve been able to incorporate sharing their methods with a large audience, to which i believe helps grow their channel and almost sets up the trajectory of a channel. The first is from Casey Neistat… the video below showcases a drone review and a comprehensive showcase of the equipment. My suggestion for Paniti would be to have a detailed look in the description. The aerial videography  is stunning but his showcase of all the links for the audience to find his equipment is something I believe would make this project.

He also showcases various platforms of entry and links to other sites for more information and content. I think if a social media page was created and the channel could take multiple platforms, it would encourage a wider audience, for which in the intended market of tourism and visual showcase, that’s like gold.

I think through an exploration of target audience and niche markets that could perhaps use these videos at a commercial level would be something, from experience, I would encourage. Find out the fears and anxieties, find out the policy and regulation in terms of what you CAN do with these aircraft. Then identify some real world applications for them and use the expertise and arsenal you have available to make a name for yourself.

Looking to further development and the trajectory of this project, I’d encourage collaboration perhaps with UOW and their events that promote projects like this with new technology such as Hackagong that supports start up projects but “gets the ball rolling” in a sense. Collaborations are a big part of how you could gain a greater following if that’s the aim of the project. But personally, the trajectory of this and the ways you’ve constructed the start of a professional portfolio on YouTube as a filmmaker i’d be looking for stakeholders, areas of commercialization and people that are looking for aerial imaging. Something that DJI really encourage is 3D mapping, this could be a huge avenue to explore in terms of future videos. A 3D modelling showcase could be an interesting exploration that hasn’t been covered extensivly in a project. Shown below could be an interesting topic to think about!

I look forward to seeing what’s been done since the last check in when the BETA of the project is showcased. Further insight will be on offer and could be added to this critique in person after the presentation.

Goodluck!