For this week’s assignment, I used PhotoScan to render a 3D mesh for a smiling cushion on the 4th Floor couch.
Some of the difficulties:
- It was hard to capture both sides of the cushion while taking photos.
- The texture mapping tends to get wrong/mismatched when importing to web-based service(sketchFab)
Link to the Demo
For our assignment for the first week, Cristobal and I were given the 311 Service Request dataset as the prompt, and the goal is to generate a non-fiction narrative using this dataset.
The “311 Service Request” are phone calls to New York City government for non-emergency municipal services. Each phone call is documented with details such as time, location, type of service request, and how the call was process.
However, not only was the quantity of data enormous (16 million entries between 2010-2017), but also it was hard to draw connections between each individual incident. So we focused on the dataset of a particular year (2015), and filtered the dataset from there on.
During our research, we were particularly inspired by a previous data-visualization featured on Wired.com:
We decided to map out the calls of a particular day of the year, in this case 4th July, and draw correlations between the “type” of service request and what audio experience could emerge from that scenario. In other words, the physical contexts of the miscellaneous phone calls generate an “orchestra” for each moment of 4th July, 2015.
In her discussion on free labor in digital economy. Terranova suggests that the seemingly autonomous cultural production is inherently a part of the capitalist society in large. She coined the term “social factory” and points out the blurring distinctions between “labor” and “culture”. She suggest that the process in which “free labor” becomes essential to digital economy has to do with the fact that the society has historically valued “creativity” and “knowledge” as the symbol of freedom, individualism, autonomy and personal well-being. And she argues that the rhetoric value the society’s “collective intelligence” had allowed cultural production to escape the criticism of capitalistic nature.
Agre scrutinized the effect of computer programs and data architecture on production and information consumption, revealing the pitfalls of institutional practices guided by the seemingly efficient and problem-solving computer systems, and the false equivalence of the data itself as its representations.
He drew attention to the similarity between division of labor of the production lines in the early 20th century, and the structuring of data in the computer system. In particular, he criticized “the concept of information served to abstract the common functionality of these media without drawing any particular attention to the representational nature of media themselves, or to the facts about the world that these media conveyed.”
Midterm project inspiration:
For my mid term project, I want to experiment with ways of imbedding webpages, particularly in interesting visual ways what questions what is a “page”. I would also like to investigate more in using hyperlinks and hypertext for creative purposes.
Birds Talking about Weather
I wanted to make an application in which the users can comment on the weather and be displayed as bird avatars. For some reason the radio button data failed to be submitted, and I couldn’t keep track of which image the user selects…
Foucault’s discourse on panopticism delineated how the architectural structure of the prison induces a particular type of mutual visibility. Knowing that themselves are always under the possibility of being watched, the prisoners internalize disciplines, and regulates themselves according to the rules established by the people in power.
He expanded this theory of panopticon to many other social situations: “It is polyvalent in its applications; it serves to reform prisoners, but also to treat patients, to instruct schoolchildren, to confine the insane, to supervise workers, to put beggars and idlers to work. “