Spring 2012
Projects


Michael Castillo

Six Deaths of Sociality


In the natural world, humans occupy physical space and the architecture it contains, while in the virtual world, humans occupy bitmap and server space. With the rise of Facebook and Twitter, our lives have become entrenched with the minding of our public virtual personas. With Six Deaths of Sociality, this becomes seen though the creation of six characters in social media, as each portray various personality traits of social networking in addition to being linked together in their pseudo-real life counters-space to provide an over-arching narrative.

Matthew Cook

Presents


Limiting experiences to daily encounters is void of picture, null of apprehension. There is a world unseen that we don’t typically think to appreciate—a world where our feet might play, dust might gather, and is rarely given reason for conscious or cognitive touch.

This is a place where you may notice the unnoticed. Travel the undiscovered spaces of a room, treating them as you would the surroundings of your natural headspace. Voyage frame-by-frame, as perspective drastically shifts and close ups become landscapes. Explore using the browser as your transport, and your mind as a portal for adventure.

I present to you, the presence of the present, a presence not present, and a present presented by presence past the present.

Katherine Cresto

Experience Internet

This project functions as
a fictitious company that gathers specific visual and auditory stimuli to provoke the feeling of being elsewhere. The site is geared toward individuals who are stuck indoors all day and would like a mini-getaway, if only mentally. 

Maria Eubanks

Sketch-a-Tweet

This site serves as a bridge between tweets and how I imagine them as a physical reality. Just as the people of twitter are documenting their daily lives by tweeting ,as if writing in a diary, I document their tweets through illustration in a sketchbook to give them a more permanent feeling. Click on a sketched tweet to trace its Twitter origin. As you will see some of the tweets have ceased to exist due to deletion and others have continued to live on and are still being retweeted in the world of twitter.

Jennie Matusova

What You Hear Is What You See


Explore downtown Los Angeles through the eyes and ears of your choosing. When you put on your headphones and walk around the city, the songs you hear and the mood you're in affect your visual perception of the spaces - a blend of the senses, a synaesthesia of sorts. Panning through the blocks of downtown LA within your browser window further enhances the effect of augmented reality - what space are you in and what exactly are you seeing?

Nicholas Stubberfield

Short and Sweet

The big moments in our lives are usually thought to be the ones that define us and create monumental memories. What about the small moments though? Buttoning a shirt, waiting for a crosswalk, opening a door, tying your shoe. These are the moments that when pieced together form and shape how we function and live each day, second by second. Short and Sweet is an attempt to take video snapshots from everyday life and explore and challenge how and why we define certain moments in our life as more important than others.

Kyle Takesue



I am illustrating my experience with YouTube the best I can. Everyone has different perspectives and memories, but in the YouTube environment it’s surprising that certain subtle hints or visuals will trigger specific memories regardless of the content of a YouTube video. Personally, I end up feeling nostalgic or end up on YouTube tangents where I start watching videos that have no relationship to the first video I started watching. YouTube is a huge database of cultural artifacts, I  revisit my childhood or re-live memorable times of my past. At times the YouTube memory database leads me to reinvent memories and discover unseen connections and surprising relationships.

Garyin Tat

My Facebook


Have you ever wondered how Facebook would look if it had been launched in 1994? This experimental project takes you back to the period of the amateur web to explore the endless possibilities of an ambitiously creative home page. Using elements such as animated gifs, grids, glitter, midi files, and textured backgrounds, the project highlights a simpler and more creative time in internet history. It may also be viewed as a critique on the static nature of Facebook's layout and design, which leave little room for customization, creative expression or chaos. As we continue to comfortably display our personal lives on social networks such as Facebook, this project embraces themes of the vernacular web (inspired by net artist Olia Lialina).