Research Audit:

Week2 Update

Some notes about Sarah Sze’s video:

How experience affect design?

First of all, the artist has a clear goal of this project, which was build a dynamic experience for audiences to let them walk through this installation and observing the natural environment. So she decided to play around with perspective, to be more specific, is one-point perspective. In the video clip, one of the scene was showing her sketch of the view from a far distance. The installation was basically a plane image from that point of view, and when the audience walk towards the object, it gradually turned to this 3D object.

Challenge? The relationship between visual language and audience?

  1. Dealing with nature, don’t know what gonna happens. If nothing happens, the piece is a sculpture for people walk through it. This is a multi-purpose installation, which was already planned ahead. The type of installation will heavily rely on the environment (space), so always prepare a “backup plan” should be good.
  2. The concept was making the public piece to intimate experience, and bleed out into space. From the interview clip of visitors, it’s quite successful. Nobody asks why the piece is there, but curious the function. It implied that the piece blend in pretty well.
  3. My personal favorite quote from Sarah: An art piece is a novel. The first view is the first line you read. The last view is the last line you read.

After Critique – Research Update

The first thing I was trying to figure out is a more specific perspective of this general topic. In my opinion a good data visualization should be able to bring questions and curiosity to audience. Just like one of the iteration I did from last semester, the comparison between data from March 2020 and November 2020. The disappearing of dots and colors potentially has an ability to tell more stories and raise the question. As a result, I need to take a step back from the visual presentation to rethink about the relationship between my data and how should I present it.

I looked back to one of the articles that I found last semester, “Seeing Cities Change: Local Culture and Class” by Jerome Krase. There is a paragraph wrote by British historian Tony Judt:

Today I drop my cleaning off with Joseph the tailor and we exchange Yiddishisms and reminiscences (his) of Jewish Russia. Two blocks south I lunch at a place whose Florentine owner disdains credit cards and prepares the best Tuscan food in New York. In a hurry, I can opt instead for a falafel from the Israelis on the next block; I might do even better with the sizzling lamb from the Arab at the corner.

Suddenly, a key word jumps into my mind: distance.

According to this project:

This map only focus on one avenue and the diversity is superb already.

I start to think about a comparison between the actual distance versus the real distance of different cultural background communities. For example, in the previous quote, the author encounters people from different places around the world just within 2 blocks around his apartment. This daily scenario is so unique to NYC. From Italian to Russia, and then Middle East, finally to the far East, the real physical distance(not sure this is the accurate word) is thousands miles away.

Image result for world map

recreate the space – with two dimensions of distance?

restaurant type versus their food? maybe

web-scraping to find their menu and ingredient and analysis those ingredient origin or where are they from? then extend to this trading data, both domestic and international.

Week3 Update

After last time group review, I started to think about this main concept about how to overlap and measure “distance” in two different scales, which was the physical distance and the distance between the cultures that those people represented.

These are two example from my Data Visualization class, I considered that they are actually great inspiration for me to start my own prototype. In the first example, the traditional visual encoding of distance would be a single line to indicate the distance, but through the transformation from distance to area, the final outcome can potentially contain two levels of information (size and distance of the object), at least in my opinion. Also, it’s a challenge to our perception of objects’ relationship in the space. The mind-set and vision can be mislead us.

In the second example, instead of using normal text indicator, such as 400 meter, 3 minutes walking, 1 minutes biking, etc., by introducing some facts about Olympic athletes’ related information to imply the total distance also adding another layer of information to the final presentation. It’s by using our familiar information to re-calculate or “imagine” the target object.

So I start to think about my method to combine multiple players of information in my project.

The first thing came to my mind is mirage. (A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays bend via refraction to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky.)

Image result for superior mirage
Image result for superior mirage

Basically, the mirage has an ability to present more images, information that beyond our visional limitation. It’s almost like eye tricks.

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Fanta Morgana

From previous research, I noticed that one of the elements that unique to the 3D space is light and shadow. And mirage is related to the light refraction. I decided to play around with light / shadow and perspective to make an overlap between different layers of information.

Week4 Update

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