Integrative 2: Seminar + Studio Final LP Reflection

Alicia Quinn

Artist Statement

Int Sem and Studio 2

May 9th 2018

Understanding Identity Through Communication

Alicia Quinn is a design student at Parsons School of Design in NYC. She is a contemporary artist that works with many mediums and covers identification topics. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and became an artist in 2015. She works with hand on projects that she paints and hand makes.

Her topics consist of behavioral aspects and self-identity. She first experimented with identification and the way past trauma has an effect of identity. She then moved to the behavioral aspects that people identify with. How addiction can affect behavior and how a new addiction replaces childhood addictions. For her topics she had to produce many researches and discoveries such as experiments with addictions. She finished her research with identification in communication. How humans behave online through digital communication. How communication online effects human interaction face to face.

Alicia’s hands on approach of creating projects relates to her topic because it represents that humans are not digital. They are indeed beings that create with hands and mind. Her project consisting of research in digital media and communication was presented in a handmade form to contradict the fact humans are becoming “digital” but are still human not robot.

Research wise, Alicia has discovered many facts on digital communication in form of emoji’s and icons. How icons and emoji’s are forming a new language. A language that is taking human gestures and facial expressions and exaggerating them to a point that they are not human-like anymore. Alicia also learned that this form of communicating is not replacing face to face human interaction and humans are becoming unable to communicate face to face. She would like to explore this even more to know what else this tactic is affecting in human identity. In terms of materials Alicia would like to explore digital forms of art to have the basics of all materials covered, although she would still continue with hands on making.


Seminar Focus:

Bridge 1 and 2 Journal Entries

Bridge 3

Visual Collage Essay:

Originating in Japan, “Emoji’s” as we call them have become more and more widespread and universal. In America emoji’s are used every day in substitute for empathetic feelings that seem to lack when humans connect through a form of digital media. Since language is a large barrier as well when it comes to communicating, emoji’s open the doors to people of different languages as well as connect them empathetically. Emoji’s are a new universal language that mimics dramatic body language that is presented by humans in conversation. This allows people that speak different languages to communicate visually. This work is claiming the origin of emoji’s, Japan, can communicate easily with a country that widely uses emojis although Japan does not speak the same language.

Issue summary:March 5th 2018

This information is important to people in nyc are often seen smoking cigarettes and maybe it is the reason why new York has so much stress in peoples work lives. Maybe it is the reason why it is the busiest city. Tobacco is one of the largest killers in America. More than 480,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke). Oral cancer can also be a major concern for most people who smoke. Cigarettes have been known to cause:Severe Genetic Damage Within Minutes, Throat Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Lung Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Increased Stillbirth Risk, Heart Attacks, Stroke,Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This research is factual that can help shape life in the future. This information is important to people of all ages because most are unaware of the fact additive sugar is just as bad as tobacco. obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, Feeling sluggish all the time or always being thirsty and hungry. You could damage virtually every organ in your body if your blood is saturated with sugar (https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/sugar-or-cigarettes-which-is-worse-for-you-248317/). You can get addicted to sugar just as easily as tobacco.Humans are growing their children up with foods that are just as bad as giving them cigarettes. I believe most people can agree that is important. This research will be factual with observations of every day human life. it can shape future life.This information is important to people of all ages because. Because everyone grows up somewhere different and everyone comes from different backgrounds and families so everyone has different points of view.

Bridge 4: library explorations.

Critical research/academic book:

Hosley, William. The Japan Idea: Art and Life in Victorian America ; Wadsworth Atheneum,      Hartford, Connecticut (21.10. – 30.12.1990). Hartford, CT: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1990.

The contents in this book cover American taste and the art of Japan. This book also covers topics such as japan in the artist’s eye and how American industry responds to the Japanese style.This relates to my topic issue because I am discussing how “emojis” originated in japan and now every i-phone user in America uses them on a daily basis.

Newspaper:

Mullally, Una. “… On Emojis.” Irish Times(Dublin), May 28, 2016, Saturday Magazine sec. May 28, 2016. Accessed March 13, 2018.             https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docvie   w/1792098462?accountid=12261.

This newspaper article is discussing the importance of how emoji use is deroding human emotions and gestures. Also how visual communication is destroying verbal and written communication.This is important to my topic because to use examples for ways communication through cultures is becoming less traditional, I need to speak about how visual communication is destroying verbal communication.

Chapter from Critical Research Book:

Poindexter, Paula M. , ed. “Book Review.” In Visual Intelligence : Perception, Image, and Manipulation in Visual Communication, 887-910. Vol. 74. Journal Journalism and Mass     Communication Quarterly, 1998. Accessed March 13, 2018. http://journals.sagepub.com.libproxy.newschool.edu/doi/pdf/10.1177/1077699097074004  16.

This chapter reviews the book speaking of mass communication in Japan, and Visual culture and intelligence. For example, it says “how imagery can be manipulated to shape a persons worldview and behavior” (909).This is important to my writing because I need information on identity and community in cyber society and that is exactly what this review is about.

Archive Source:

Thumim, Nancy. Self-Representation and Digital Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan        Limited, 2014.

This book has chapters of self representation online as well as digital culture and genre. This book will speak of using media as self representation also cultural mediation.This will be important for my research because I am studying the cultural mediation of emoji use as well as representation of self using visual aspects.https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/newschool/reader.action?docID=990162&query=

Whitney Museum:

Part 2

A white paper with a red symbol on the page centered. The symbol seems to be a universal signifier of a human hand. The hand is in a fist. Curled fingers in towards the palm. The palm facing forward. The page is white paper and the ink is one solid red. A bright eye catching red.

initially I thought it was a claw but there are human shaped knuckles and a human thumb.

Part 3

This piece is made with one red shade solidly placed on. Red means power and a fight can mean fighting. This piece being screen printed seems like a basic way to make something. Relating to my topic of digital devices, there are new basic titles on old things humans think they have figured out. At this time laser printers have just been created. This material works for its purpose of protest so people can easily recreate the work with a cheaper material. The unrealistic hand makes it easy to be an icon and a form of a symbol. Being in the propaganda section, it fits perfectly because propaganda was typically symbols for people and movements.

Part 4

-What was Hackers purpose in creating this unrealistically formed?

This can be useful to know because it could have been a start to a new form of communicating. It relates to my topic of visual communication. It could be understood in different countries depending on what was occurring at the time. it can stand for many things so I wonder if it was created this way to be reproduced and looked at as a symbol not an art piece. This relates to my issue because my issue speaks of universal visual communication and making something human and unrealistically colored can relate to all humans in some way.

-Why did Hacker choose red?

This is important to know if red specific to something at this time. The cause of the symbol having to due with red or just the symbology of red? What red meant to this piece? If red was used often in propaganda or if it is eye catching. This is important for my issue because humans use emojis each day and they are also unnaturally colored “human like” representations.

-What was this a symbol for? To know what this print was made for we must know what it stands for. Knowing what it stands for means we know what is going on at that time. if it is propaganda or a protest of some sort.

-What was happening in the world during this time?

To understand the true meaning of propaganda and protests in the 1970’s when this poster was made we must know what was occurring at the time of its creation. This is important in relating it to my issue because my issue relates to every day visual communication that relates to human like symbols but this is not an every day used symbol. The fist is an emoji but not a red one. Theres also a way that emojis in my issue are supposed to make up for empathy that is lacking when connecting digitally.

Considering Fear:

Considering “Fear” Individual Reflection

Before Death Does

Fear is a funny topic to me because most people believe fear is a response to something scary or in a fear of danger. In my reality fear comes with no reason or invitation. I fear things I can not change. And maybe that’s what fears me most, the fact I can not change things like death and disease. Being human we are prone to death. Maybe I could prevent early death but I can not change the fact my parents will one day die. Of course this has no effect on those around me because it is a fear most also have. I also don’t express the fear near people besides enjoying my moments with them to the fullest.Fear kills my friends and family before death does

Bridge 5:

Abstract for Research Paper

Emojis are a platform for digital communication most humans use daily. They are the new language for digital media. But what does that do for humans? Is it positive or negative? Studies show that emoji’s are negatively changing digital communication. While disconnecting humans from important communication skills like reading facial expressions face to face, emojis are replacing language of words. The emoji keyboard is quickly spreading to all nations. It is becoming more and more standardized as well. Soon, human face to face interaction will be difficult to hold conversation due to emoji icons.


Studio Focus:

Bridge 1. Visual Culture Image Deconstruction

The photo marked up using Photoshop to single out the formal aspects (elements & principles of art/design).


Bridge 2. Diptychs

i created candy cigarettes and a candy package of cigarettes taking a label from a local candy shop i often see children in.

second i chose to take a photo of a child in a candy store and an adult outfront of a cigar shop

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Bridge 3. Completed Taxonomy

Further research Questions

where did emojis originate and how can i relate that culture to american culture.

are new forms of communicating ruining behavior socially between people. where can i find information on communication lacking in those who are growing up with these devices.


Bridge 4. Connection between your Studio Research and Whitney Artwork selected

A white paper with a red symbol on the page centered. The symbol seems to be a universal signifier of a human hand. The hand is in a fist. Curled fingers in towards the palm. The palm facing forward. The page is white paper and the ink is one solid red. A bright eye catching red.

initially I thought it was a claw but there are human shaped knuckles and a human thumb.This piece is made with one red shade solidly placed on. Red means power and a fight can mean fighting. This piece being screen printed seems like a basic way to make something. Relating to my topic of digital devices, there are new basic titles on old things humans think they have figured out. At this time laser printers have just been created. This material works for its purpose of protest so people can easily recreate the work with a cheaper material. The unrealistic hand makes it easy to be an icon and a form of a symbol. Being in the propaganda section, it fits perfectly because propaganda was typically symbols for people and movements. -What was Hackers purpose in creating this unrealistically formed?This can be useful to know because it could have been a start to a new form of communicating. It relates to my topic of visual communication. It could be understood in different countries depending on what was occurring at the time. it can stand for many things so I wonder if it was created this way to be reproduced and looked at as a symbol not an art piece. This relates to my issue because my issue speaks of universal visual communication and making something human and unrealistically colored can relate to all humans in some way.-Why did Hacker choose red?This is important to know if red specific to something at this time. The cause of the symbol having to due with red or just the symbology of red? What red meant to this piece? If red was used often in propaganda or if it is eye catching. This is important for my issue because humans use emojis each day and they are also unnaturally colored “human like” representations.-What was this a symbol for? To know what this print was made for we must know what it stands for. Knowing what it stands for means we know what is going on at that time. if it is propaganda or a protest of some sort.-What was happening in the world during this time?To understand the true meaning of propaganda and protests in the 1970’s when this poster was made we must know what was occurring at the time of its creation. This is important in relating it to my issue because my issue relates to every day visual communication that relates to human like symbols but this is not an every day used symbol. The fist is an emoji but not a red one. Theres also a way that emojis in my issue are supposed to make up for empathy that is lacking when connecting digitally.


Bridge 5. Final Studio Project:

 

MY PROCESS

 

Inspired works:

Liz Magic laser talks to the hand

Images from visual “popular” culture i think supports my thesis.

i am planning on working with hand made emojis having to due with world issues. using paint because it is an unpolished topic using “polished” materials. acrylic paint.

Mock ups

i think the form is working for this project. i should not add real emojis in this project. i need to change the color yellow. i also need to think about how i am presenting this. the class agreed  i should keep it as paint but add more detail.

original idea: taking a common form of language and taking it out of context. making emojis paintings that are not digital and are not useable as a language but more of speaking as a form of art.

april 9th: ideas for the project. learned that i should not use real emojis, and in-fact make them less emoji like.

a way to make emoji language less artificial by creating my own emojis and making them topics that are very real in the world today.

Since our last class on Monday, April 16th.

I worked on these from April 16th to April 22nd. New visuals to use as “emojis”. i did not use any real emojis from this time. I decided to focus on Inequality in Workplace for these visuals.

i find that this was successful but i now need to decide what i am going to do with these visuals. how to present this.

My team gave me back feedback. They agreed that i should make this project interactive.

i think from now i am going to experiment with physical platforms i can use these in.

maybe a game?

a fill in the blank with sentences?

Making text message sentences with people to add in the emoji as an answer. who ever puts in the most reasonable emoji wins.

i am going to title this piece “send to hello”

I have made new “emojis” for my game.

i also started an indesign template to make these images i painted cards.

i will print them out and i will cut them into card size.

most likely adding a thick paper behind the paper to make it the texture of a card.

i need to find a way to get text into my indesign template to make the text cards as well.

Some new research i have found was topics such as domestic violence and gay rights.

for next class i need to create more paintings for cards and i need to create sentences for the cards to fill in the blanks.

i need to print the cards and make a card game box.

i need more sentences. I WILL MAKE SENTENCES APPEAR LIKE TEXT MESSAGES NOT TYPED ON INDESIGN.

ideas:

The United States needs new laws! _____

Mary spoke up about ____ to the men that never used to listen to her.

Speaking to ___ is like talking to a wall.

May 7th 2018.

Send to hello game

Since last week i have made new painting icons and added more sentences. i created a cover for my game board box. the box i made from an old i-pad box. i painted it. i will put the cover on top. i created the instructions and rules as well.

new cards

cards=

Instructions:

Cover of box:

A struggle for me since last class has been that i broke my laptop and lost my files and had to remake them. I also have no printing money left for school printers.

since last class i have researched poverty in america. i also added my new cards being based on poverty.

I would say to get these in card form and to finish the box i will need about 5 more hours to create this.

i must put a divider in the box for the two sets of cards.

I am planning on setting up my game on a table. set up like 4 friends hanging out. a table cloth and 4 cups. some snacks in a bowl and the game.

4 students will sit down and try to play the game with reading the direction sheet.

From our last class to the final presentation i revised instructions and the cover of the box. I revised the cards as well and sent them off to get printed at village copier. I made my card box from an old ipad box. Painted and decorated.

The box will look like this

  

I created the text cards to have larger text for easier reading and visibility

The new instructions say

3-5 player game.

In this game there are two decks of cards.

Text cards

Icon Cards

The text cards are the dealers cards. The dealer will stay as dealer for entire game.

The cards given emoji-like, icon photos are the players cards.

These will be reshuffled each time the dealer hands out a winning text card

Each player gets icon cards therefor the dealer will hand out ALL the icon cards evenly to each player.

Uneven amounts aka left-over icon cards can be distributed or left out, dealer decides.

The dealer will then draw ONE text card.

The players will hand the dealer ONE icon card that they believe fits the sentence best

The dealer will choose the winner

To win the dealer must have chosen your card as the most reasonable icon “fill in” for the text.

Winner gains the text card for the rest of the game.

Reshuffle Icon cards after a win of a text card.

Shuffle and distribute icon cards again for a reset.

Continue playing in this pattern until all text cards were given out.

The player with the most text cards by the end of the dealers pile is the grand winner.

Cards Final

final for bryan. card set up-1t45fzh

Final Box

rules at bottom. cards on each side of the divider.

This was my installed presentation. i learned how to make art into something interactive. How to make the purpose of my art come to life and act it out rather than having people only look at it. the most challenging part of this project was making the rules of the game. Allowing all people to understand the rules. i still feel like i left important details out. i purposely added the table cloth and confetti to make the game seem less harsh. the game covered many important topics that are serious, so to add the cheesy real emojis it contradicted the purpose. this was because the game itself is a contradiction of emojis and how humans use them in conversation.

 

As far as time management, i finished on well time. i did not have to rush any part of this. if i had more time i would have made more player cards. those took the longest to create due to me hand painting and scanning then adding them to an indesign file and sending them off to print for 2 days. i mostly enjoyed the purpose behind this game and seeing people recreate in physical form the way they communicate online.


Alicia Quinn

May 11th 2018

Final Personal Reflection.

In conclusion, my experience in integrated seminar and studio was a great learning adventure. I was taught that humans see life in signs and symbols when reading “The Medium is the Message” in Seminar. Meaning is a process of identifying relations and how they function, taking into account context and environment. Signs are always taught or learned. It also triggers a response. A symbol is conception oriented. I took this into studio and started paying attention to these things when completing seminar journal entries. These journal entries allowed me to focus on the people around me and their behavior. I then would focus my studio projects on behavior. Going back to signs and symbols i focused my final research paper on how emojis are a language that has no learned meaning. I took this to studio because my final project explains the way humans use emoji language. They use them as a fill in when the online texts become silent, similar to awkward silences in face to face conversation i have noticed while completing seminar journals. These two classes had my thoughts traveling the same direction and noticing the same things in the world. 

Alicia is a Parsons student studying Integrated Design.

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