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Wk12- Art Experience – Game Design

This week art experience was kinda confusing.

I downloaded the Geocaching app ti find “treasure” on campus, but unfortunately,

after looking for more than 3 places, we still could not find anything. ūüė¶

Immortal.

We were literally like 3-7 feet away from it! But still could not find it. ¬†ūüė•
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Fire Hydrant.

We arrived there and try to look for the box, but after a while, we get to know that the treasure was gone through the reviews.
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Beach Structure

I followed my group to a place where the professor placed a caches here few months ago, but we could not find anyting, although we were looking into the right place. The stuff have got stolen or gone missing. ūüė¶
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Last,Beach Pyramid

We were looking for it for so long, the hint saids it is magntic so we try to look into the polls, but the treasure is no where to be found Instead, we found baby birds!

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The GPS coordinates of the cache I placed:

N 34 degrees 0’52.0416″

W 118 degrees 10’6.816″

What I have inside:

  • A coin
  • 2 pencils
  • A $1 coupon

Hint: Between 4 and 5.

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This activity is fun and frustrating at the same time, as we never get to find anything. ūüė¶ But the experiences you got from the middle of finding is great. ūüôā You discovered a lot more than others.

The experience was both hard and fun. It is really different.

It is really different, I have never taught of it will by that must still hiding around the places where we walk by every day! Next time when i am walking on the street i might think differently, just like a treasure haunter. *Who knows i might found a million dollars. Joking. HAHA But still they don’t know about the coordinate data and the mapping of where caches are, so they’re still pretty much

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I remember back in High School, my friend and I always like to spend our break at the empty field which located at the back of school. Slowly I noticed that we were the only “gang” there everytime during break and this place hardly ever have people come and therefore i got curious about it. I went ahead and ask my friend around, end up found out that the place where my friend and I always go, is suppose to be a “haunted” place in our school, as years before we got in, there was a student commit suicide there. Ever since then, my friend and i decided to moved on to somewhere else during our break instead of that scary haunted empty field. =X But nonetheless, that place will still be one of the best memory I will ever have in High School with my friends. Whenever i go back to the same place, i will think f my memories more than the scary haunted story that I have heard.

The haunted story of that field was one of the story others know but i don’t

I personally thinks that the only way to map personal feelings and emotions onto the geography of a place is possible with memory (virtually) but not physically. As years passes, that specific location that you usually visit might not look the same or even not there anymore. Therefore, the one and only way to keep track or documenting our emotions and feelings will be virtually *photos, videos* or memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wk12 – Artist Conversation -Tiffany Le

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Artist: Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Tau
Media: Mixed media, watercolor, ink,  color pencil, charcoal, BFK paper, Arcylic, Pastel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: http://www.letealeaf.prosite.com
Instagram: letealeaf

About the Artist

Ms. Le is currently working on her MFA, Master’s of Fine Arts. This will be her last semester here at CSULB, and she will be graduating in May.

She is a Vietnamese and her parents are refugees of the Vietnam War. She noticed that there isn’t¬†much information about the Vietnam War in the history book she study in school. Therefore, in the exhibition, she wish to bring out more of the “truth” and more narrative of the Vietnam war – what her parents and relatives have gone through in the past.

Formal Analysis

This exhibition¬†is very special for me. As I step in the gallery, the huge boat sculpture is eye catching, I took a step closer to look at the artist’s paintings, the art pieces do matches the story that was told by the artist.¬†
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There are many pieces that Ms. Le created, it comes in different sizes. The one that I like the most is the huge boat structure. Ms. Le told us that it looks better when the gallery’s doors are closed and lights are off, so she demonstrated it in front of us.

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The shape of the piece is irregular. *There are boats are different sizes.

The colors of the art piece is mostly white.

The scale of the art pieces is huge.

The texture of the art piece is not smooth.

Content Analysis

Ms Le is interested in her family’s story when they are migrating to United State. She feel that the first generation parent’s story are hardly known by the second generation like herself and therefore, she kinda “force” her parents to tell her more of their story when they came here. Thereby the story inspired her for the art pieces of this exhibition.

She wanted to knows more about the pain and struggle that her parents have experience but never shares. She wanted to use her art to represent and let others to understand more about the detail of the Vietnam War as we did not study in school.

My Experience

I feel that Ms. Le ‘s urge to understand the histrory of her first generations parents is really great, as far as i know there are many students who parents were from another parts of the world, but they as their child have no idea about their parent’s story or even cultures.

I personally thinks that understanding your own culture i extremely important as it is an extra knowledge or skills that distinct you from one another, that is why the word “diversity” is so important, Universities are showing their data of International student on campus every semester on their Magazine, which shows it as a multicultural and diversity place. But for me, the place would not be called or identify as “diverse” if the people themselves have no idea about their own culture or even their mother tongue. We must always remember, without the first generation’s parents struggles, there would be no future for us.

Therefore, Ms. Le urge to understand about her parent’s story and pain, and more of her culture and narrative is amazing. ūüôā

 

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Wk 12 – Classmate conversation – Katherine Pantoja

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I meet Katherine today!

I have always noticed her for her special hair color and today I get a chance to talk to her! ¬†ūüėÄ

She is currently a freshman, major undeclare. But she said she is leaning towards creative writing and she thinks that she will pick that as her major.

She have been interested in writing for a long time, and therefore she thinks that it is something that she wanted to try out, and do in the future.

In the future, upon graduating, she wish to work as a journalist or an author.

Katherine is bilingual! She speaks english and spanish!

From her personal experience, she think that college life is more mature in compare to high school.

Just like me, Katherine do commute every day to school.

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Wk11 – Art Experience – Turning Pages

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This week’s art experience is extraordinary! It is challenging in a way as we are doing something completely different from other students.

  • How can we document ephemeral experiences like Turning Pages?

I personally thinks that writing a blog post after the activity, or writing a diary recording what has happened that day do help in documenting. I prefer to document it after it have happen, rather than document it while it happens.

  • Can Words & Pictures capture an experience?

Words are pictures does help us capture an experience, as like now, I am blogging, therefore I am documenting what I have done this week for the art experience in ART110 class. If I were to look back at my blog after 10 years *if this blog is still available* It would definitely help me in remembering my experiences that I might have already forgotten. It goes the same as pictures.

  • Does the style of the words or images matter? For example, a blurred photo is less precise but might capture more of the experience of motion of a dancer, musician, or other active event. A poem might be a less precise description of an event, but it might offer access to the feelings of the art.

From my point of view, it does matter. As a blurr photo is more in motion for me, therefore it represents more than a photo that only shows a clear picture. For example, the picture that i took at the bookstore from the second floor is not really a “nice” picture, but it does shows what the people are doing at the moment. It is more “realistic” than just being “pretty”.

  • Can you think of other ways to share an experience with people who weren‚Äôt there to share in it live?

Filming a video works in capturing the words that we spoke and our motion at that moment well. Therefore I think Skype works for this case.

  • Does the act of trying to document an experience take you out of the experience? For example if you‚Äôre trying to photograph something as it happens, does the camera insert an experiential distance between you and the event?

It does, at the bookstore, i notices that when i am not 100% focusing on shopping, but rather I spend like 40% of the time taking pictures, checking them, and retaking it.

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I feel like I have more interaction when I am not taking picture in the library. I was able to focus more on what I am actually doing. Rather than taking photos + doing the shopping I was doing at the bookstore, I prefer to just do whatever I am doing at that moment without taking pictures.

My experience was kinda weird as it was my first time “going against the norms”.¬† I do feel awkward at first as I do¬†notice¬†that the people from the library and bookstore were like “WTF these people are doing?”. A guy from the bookstore even asked me personally what are we doing here, as the way we act are kinda “strange” for them.

The meaning of space for me is unlimited. We can do whatever we want in that particular space given. But when you are doing things that majority of the people arent doing, you are the “odds”, that is when trouble comes in. People around start to stare at you, or question what are you doing as if you are not suppose to do that. Take the library experience as an example, reading in a library sounds like a really normal thing to do, however, since majority of the people at the first floor are on the computer, thereby certain invisible “restrictions” are set. These invisible restriction made us appear weird when we were reading in the library, as we are not doing what majority of the people are doing.

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Wk10- Art Experience – Instagram

This week’s art experience is interesting!

Half of my instagram pictures are about nature.

I found out that in our class majority of the classmate are capturing selfies  and FOOD!!!

Couple of classmates are capturing the beauty of nature just like me! *Yayy!

These are my instagram post: ūüėÄ

 
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Here is my favorite:

 
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I noticed that we as a college student of the same school, same class for this semester, have something in common – majority of the pictures I could easily related to it. Like books in the library, the art’s gallery photos, food pictures and even selfies. Thanks to the classmate conversation every week this class have, I can now know a little bit more about my classmates and what they like. I rememeber one of the classmate that I have interviewed for the classmate conversation – Laine, she is a Vietnamese mix! And without doubt, she posted a picture of Pho. ūüėÄ

 

 

 

 

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Wk10-Artist Conversation-Helen Werner Cox

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Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Ink, Charcoal, Oil Pastels, Pastel, Paper, Monoprint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: http://www.HelenWernerCox.com
Instagram: Artist have no Instragram

About the Artist

Ms. Cox is currently a graduate student at CSULB. She is currently working on her graduate degree in Master’s of Fine Arts, in Drawing and Painting. This is her last semester here at CSULB and she will graduating at Spring 2016.

Ms. Cox was born in central New York state, was once a country girl when she was young, where her classmate will have to feed the farm animals before going to school.

Ms. Cox have was interesting in arts, and thereby with her excellent result, she got into the Boston’s University, School of Fine Arts. However, she did not continue and get her MFA right away, but instead, she got a master’s degree¬†in educational management in Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and start her teaching¬†career.

Ms. Cox moved here to Southern California in 1988, and start teaching a middle school at North Long Beach. After she have retired, she enrolled into the graduate art school here in CSULB.

Formal Analysis

This exhibition reminds me of my childhood, it uses a theme that majority of us are familiar with – the Marry Go Ground horses.
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There are many pieces that Ms. Cox created, it comes in variety of sizes. But when we asked what is her favorite, she mentioned this painting as it captures her energy very well:
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The shape of the piece, Silent Screams is almost like a perfect square.

The colors of the art pieces that Ms. Cox created are colorful.

The scale of the art pieces is huge.

The texture of the smooth, but feels rough due to the painting effects.

Content Analysis

Ms Cox is a full-of-life experiences artist, she uses her view, her life experiences, to illustrate the society.

The main theme of this exhibition is Chaos. Ms Cox mentioned that the society is just like the Marry go round, it just keep going round and round and round. We did the same mistake, and we still repeat the same exact mistake every time we move, it means that we are going back to where we were at the beginning.

Ms Cox explained that there was an artist that comes out with a different theory based on that. That artist admits that in out society, it does happen, people are basically walking in a circle, and they keep walking in that circle until the day they die. But for every mistake they make, they learned something new from it, and therefore, improvements are made, so each time when they complete one circle, they moved 1 level up, and continue another circle, forming a spiral form.

However, from Ms Cox point of view, it is not the truth. After all these years she is living and moving into different places, all she sees is people keep making the same mistake and no lesson is learned in our society. With this issue, she felt angry, fear and anxiety into her art work.

My Experience

Interviewing Ms Cox opened my eyes to a broader view of our society now. When I first walked into the exhibition, I thought that it would be a regular cute imaginative exhibition as the first time I saw was the marry go round. But when I took a step forward and checked on the title of the exhibition, I realized that I was wrong, it is called “silent screams”. When I look closely to the horses painting, I realized that they look like they are struggling, and none of them are happy.

When I saw little, I used to thinks that the horses on the marry go round must be very sad and lonely as they will need to spin at the exact same spot every day, every time until the say they “die”. Surprisingly, the thought I had somewhat matched with the theme, it is the sadness of our society, and the loneliness of our society. Ms Cox is right, everything is going round and round, again and again, as if there will never be an end. We are moving forward every single day, but sadly we are not getting anywhere, because we will go back to the exact same spot after some times. Only if we are lucky enough, we will be able to break through the endless circle and move a step upwards to obtain a spiral form in stead of a circle.

 

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Wk10-Classmate conversation-Helen Lee

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I am doing my classmate conversation with Helen Lee today!

I have met Helen Lee a while ago but I am only doing the classmate conversation today.

 

Helen was initially living in Korean town, Los Angeles. But her family than moved to South Pasadena and so she went to her High School. After she have graduated from High School, she decided she wanted to go to Cal State Long Beach. She then moved out of South Pasadena and rent an apartment in Long Beach by herself.

She mentioned that the biggest differences between living with parents and living alone is that she feel that by living on her own, she is able to grow internally. Although she do miss her families and also worried about them meanwhile but she thinks that this is a good time to be apart from the family as it helps her to grow and become more independent.

Her major is English Education and she is going to graduate soon at May 2016! She added that she will moved on to graduate school to get herself qualify to become an English teacher. The reason why she wish to teach in English is because she thinks that students in High School or Middle School are impressionable. There are loads of things going on with their life and something they do not know how to handle it, and therefore Helen wish to become a ‚Äúresource‚ÄĚ available for them when they run into a situation like such. Also, she thinks that English is a very good language that will enable students or anyone to express themselves.