In the movie, Do The Right Thing by Spike Lee, Lee sets his movie in the neighborhood of Brooklyn New York. He mainly focuses on the lower class while using a racially diverse cast. This movie was taken during the summer using scenes which are supported by it. I noticed several reoccurring events that happened in the movie. One of them were the riots that would occur constantly around the neighborhood. This would cause police officers to come and eventually murder. Additionally, I noticed how Lee emphasizes on the message of displaying how risky it can be to behave differently depending on people’s race. However, the characters that are in the movie are very stereotypical to their race and appearance. This is seen from how they dress and act. During the first couple scenes in Brooklyn, one man drives his car past a group of kids who eventually disturb him and cause trouble. On this block, a number of people have showed up because of how close their community was. Everyone knew each other around the block. Another scene was at the pizza place they were at. During this time, the audience is able to see how the people interacted between each other. The man who worked at the counter displayed attitude which caused the kid to leave. One of the biggest issues I see today is inequality. Inequality still occurs today and is seen especially in income. This is because of discrimination from race to gender.
Sleep with your head at the other end of the bed. For the past seven days, I’ve been sleeping with my head a the other end of the bed. It’s a lot different than I expected. Every morning, I wake up to light seeping through our window and it always wakes me up. Our window in my dorm is sheer and it doesn’t cover a lot of light. Sleeping at the other side of the bed has been making me wake up later than usual. This is because I no longer wake up to the light shining on my face and I’m not sure if I like it. I still prefer the side I usually sleep on because the light that shines onto my face every morning helps me get up earlier. Also, looking out my window and seeing New York City every morning sets my morning in a good mood.
During my trip to The Museum of the City of New York, I felt different emotions and was able to relate to a lot of the works. While viewing Interior Lives, which are a collection of contemporary photographs of Chinese New Yorkers, I saw a variety of photographs that made me feel nostalgic. This is not because I experienced that but because it reminded me of the places I would visit with my mom when we were in Taiwan or Hong Kong. Additionally, because this was set in Asia, it reminded me of home and where I’m from. Annie Ling’s tenement series was one of my favorites. A lot of her photographs display emptiness. The second collection boy Ling which is also one of my favorites is 81 Bowery. This was captures specific movements from people to things and emotions. Her work is also similar to An Rong Xu’s works. His works are very similar to Annie Ling’s; both were set in an Asian country. He also displays works that give a sense of emptiness; from his works on Madison street and Pell street. Madison street shows empty windows while Pell street shows one store being the only one lit in the entire street. On the other hand, Thomas Holton show similarity with Annie Ling’s and An Rong Xu’s, however, I noticed that he also displays happiness in his works. This is especially seen when he captures the elderly dancing and the lion dancers smiling. Holton also captures different people in different places and situations. He has a collection where he photographed people experiencing different situations for the first time. For example, one of the students goes to college for the first time. He states that the white walls in his dorm represent a fresh start for his first year. Another photo displayed remarriage and his last one shows someone experiencing spring break for the first time. All artists seen in Interior Lives captures everyday situations in China showing their hardships but being able to overcome and find happiness within it. While viewing The Future City Lab, what I found most interesting was the 25 minute clip they played during the entrance. I enjoyed watching what New Yorkers had to say about their difficulties and challenges living in the city. Some of the main challenges I heard were about the subway. One of the disabled stated that there are elevators that go down but not up. New York are starting to care less about the people and their safety. Another problem was the commute to different places were far depending where you are in New York. Another one said that there should be homes where people live together – people think living alone is fine but it’s not always. Lastly, rent has been increasing ever since 1993 because of the market rate conversion and public housing being demolished.
When picking my object for this bridge project, I was thinking of objects everyone uses everyday without realizing. For example, time, we don’t realize how dependent we are towards time. However, for this project, I wanted my object to be personal as well. Everyday, I use several mirrors around my current dorm. When I wake up, I use the mirror in the bathroom as I brush my teeth. Then I move to my desk where I have a standing round mirror. Occasionally, I use the hand mirror which is with my pens. The reason why I decided to pick the hand mirror with my pens is because it’s the one I have the closest connection to. One day, I found it sitting on my mom’s vanity back home in the Philippines. I borrowed it once and ever since, I’ve been bringing this mirror to family trips, vacation’s, and now it sits in my new home, New York City. I imagined my design to be in a museum in about 20 years. This would show the mirror that has been passed down through several generations; from my mom to me and eventually my daughter. I wanted my base to be clear with plexiglass because I want the audience to focus on the mirror. I also want it to have an easy access where the audience is able to hold the mirror and use it as well. However, I believe that there can be a better way to present this mirror creating it to look stronger. And because of this, I found it most challenging to display my mirror. I found it difficult to create a design that can display my mirror representing how it has passed down from several generations.
The Royal Tenenbaums is structured into different chapters. The movie is clearly divided into different parts. However, each scene between chapters have no transition. Margot Tenenbaum, the adopted sibling, was always separated with her family and had her own perspective in life. For example, Margot was a secret smoker; her boyfriend and family only found out towards the end of the movie. She escaped from school when she was fourteen and got married when she was nineteen. Margo also started smoking in such an early age. She was never emotionally involved with her family especially when their dad was attempting to reach out to them after lying that it was going to be his last few weeks alive. This was especially seen when the doctor was talking to the Tenenbaums and Margot stood by the corner showing no interest towards the situation. Additionally, being the adopted sibling, Margot was never invited to see her grandparents.
Five of the most special things that are at my current home are my candle, faux plant which is a cactus, dead flowers, a plate, and a photo of my friends. The candle was given to me by a close friend before I left for college. He told me I would need this cause he knew my dorm would be rank. This was given to me about 5 months ago and now its by my window sill because of how small it is. It’s about 3x2x2. The brand of the candle is DIptyque so it would probably be from Paris. It’s made out of glass and candle wax. The faux cactus is a gift from my mom. My mom gave it to me about 4 months ago and it’s also currently next to my window. It’s 6x3x3 and made with glass and plastic. My third item are the flowers my dad sent over for my birthday while he was at home in the Philippines. This was given to me about four months ago and its next to my window. The size of the flowers are 12x5x6. The photo on my wall was given by another friend before I left for college. This reminds me of the memories back home. It was given to me 5 months ago before I left for college. Its size is 7×4 and it was printed in the Philippines. Lastly, the clear plate was given to my mom when she was in California. She found it in one of the flea markets she went to. Its size is 1x7x7 and it’s made of glass. According to my mom, the plate was from Europe.