This is like a weird hybrid decomposition of my experiment 5 (visual proposal). It is Humument-esque, an attempt to visualize lyrics of Blakroc and get closer to the creative aspect of my final project. Using word clouds of all the lyrics in the entire album, applying Phillips-type of washing out certain text, hoping to create a Shapton-influenced objectification of lyrics on paper.
Here is a link to my visual proposal. I’m not sure it comes across in the proposal… so I want to do some visual work in reinterpreting a collaboration between two genres of music.
Because I geek out over photography, I thought the best way to represent myself visually (& without any words) is through a photo mosaic composed of a selection of the pictures I have taken over the years. Of course, I feel the need to explain through words, so here we go.
The basic explanation: The “large” photo is a photo of a tissue covering a face so as to visually make the photo a little more mysterious and less a depiction of reality. Within this photo mosaic, the tissue in the “large” photo is technically represented through many small photos that I have taken for friends, family, events, art projects, journalism, personal pleasure, etc.
The really real explanation: The small photos tell the literal story of my life experiences, where I have been, what I have done, who I’m friends with, how I’ve grown up. The larger picture is a symbolic story of my anxieties. Is the person behind the veil really me? Do those small pictures of experiences really add up to explain my life? Is the process of self-discovery really this mysterious?
For this experiment, I wanted to disrupt the social expectations of Princeton where everyone has their own social bubble where they exist and are comfortable. I wanted to create “event” where people are confronted with a situation that forces them to go outside of this comfortable social bubble and see what happens. To do this, I chose to send anonymous texts to Princeton students to see how they might react.
You can find the link here: http://www.scrollkit.com/s/r1Z93zo
In this experiment, I was looking to emphasize the banality of the story by highlighting how humorous it can be. I was inspired by Matt Madden’s “Brought to You by…” interpretation of the “boring” story in 99 Ways to Tell a Story. He took a bunch of “ads” and placed them together in comic form to tell the original story in a different way. I thought it was an ironically comedic commentary of just how simple the story is to the point that you could just take ads and combine them to tell the same story. The commercialness of the ad was striking. I wanted to do a similar iteration with my own twist, and that is why I chose to represent my story through a series of memes. Each “panel” or meme, has a hip-hop/rap reference as well to emphasize the ironic humor within the banal story. I also wanted to poke fun at the #firstworldproblems nature of the original story by portraying it through exaggerated ways of modern cultural/social expression (memes and hip-hop lyrics).
You can find my experiment here: http://www.scrollkit.com/s/JkGXew4
Here’s a link to my Experiment #1: Everybody’s Something
I took the lyrics from Chance the Rapper’s song, Everybody’s Something, as my “text” and made a comic of sorts out of it. Just as a means of basic explanation, it starts with the artist’s original music video for the song (as context for how the artist chose to represent his lyrics visually). The comic is an exploration of the artist coming into his self as a rapper, as a member of American society, and as an individual. Thanks!
A limerick about Chelsea:
Although she hails from Maryland,
New York is where she’s destined.
Her name is Chelsea,
She loves psychology,
But kid literacy makes her impassioned.
A meme about me: