first fyp post!
this is where it all begins. been spending some time converting my physical journals to digital formats. now i have my digital/physical archives all housed neatly in folders on my dropbox. it’s time to wade in and sieve through the contents. it’s going to be a massive project, but i’m looking forward to it!
It takes me a while to understand Jon Cates’ work, though from my own understanding of it, I see it as a theatrical piece of sort: specifically a monologue theatre. I am drawn to his dialogue, even if the screenshots is at first hard to understand. His spoken word is deliberately paced, and almost poetic at times “I want to reflect, I want to reflect, I want to reflect…” His inclusion of the noise and feedback sounds also contribute to the idea of this piece being a reflection of real-time: it represents the whole idea of “lagging” and how apparent it is in real-time video conferencing. I think it’s interesting he has chosen to embrace this technological error and include this in this piece because we inevitably go through such errors when engaging in these forms of communication. For example, we get that a lot in our Adobe Connect meetings in this class – such glitches are all part of what this is all about.
Another thing I’ve noted from the work is the idea of anonymity – similar to what Adriene Jenik mentions in her essay: “in virtual space, spatial and temporal bodies are masked and shrouded from view; it was fascinating to discover that shrouding ourselves instigated an emergence of people from behind their shadow online selves.” The image of Jon Cates is ambiguous and blurred, and even though we can see his screenshots and his actions on the computer, it does not offer the full picture. The images are monochromatic and so highly contrasted that they are whited out. Despite being denied of the physical identity, what is crucial is still being able to see his actions on the virtual space.
This is my desktop. There’s nothing on my desktop at all for 2 reasons:
a) Everything on my computer is on Dropbox.
b) I like to open my laptop and be greeted with an image I love, without any icons blocking it. I also reduce the applications in dock to those that I use most frequently. I did this illustration during the summer break of 2014 and it’s one of my favourites. I was at a bar with my friends and I had an especially good time. I went home and did an illustration as a memory of that night – to me it reminds me that summer breaks are absolutely the best: having a good time with my friends, and having all the time in the world to do what I love.
Here’s my real “desktop” which is my main Dropbox folder. It’s very cluttered and I only do a clean up after the semester ends. Everything bit of data I have is on Dropbox. I can’t do without Dropbox and with it, I can work effortlessly on both on my desktop computer and laptop. It also saves me the trouble of constantly backing up my information on a portable disk. If my computers happen to crash, I don’t need to worry too much about the loss of data as well as everything I’m working on is always being saved and synced with the cloud server.
The “Projects” folder is probably the most important folder on my computer with all my life’s work.
Some projects that I am working on: the first is an illustration I completed for a magazine. The second one is my blog archive which I recently collated for my final project in this class as well as my Visual Communication core class.
So here you go! My desktop world is my workplace – a really busy and cluttered one.