SIGGRAPH is kind of a strange beast. It’s a GIANT conference, with tons of flashy things and about a million people attend. People wait hours in line for wind-up teacups then spend even more hours learning about *mostly* animation. Kim suggested I apply to be a student volunteer – and while I had no clue what SIGGRAPH is or what student volunteers do, the offer of a free full conference badge is always too tempting to pass up. The first day was so terrible I almost bought a ticket home that night, but I stuck it out and found that each day was drastically more enjoyable than the last. *Pro-tip: Don’t go 19 hours without food and this probably wont happen.
1. Four Girls, One Room Read More
It’s time to come up with a capstone and I think I found something that I can be really excited about. I’m going to develop a community called Etiquette Creative, a group of awesome women who are doing cool things with technology and art. We’re going to teach young girls how to do these awesome things.
I bought a domain: http://www.etiquettecreative.org/
So its 2012, and I’m making a list. Resolutions? Maybe… more like goals.
- Travel at least once a month, go out of the country at least once
- Run a half marathon
- Go vegan for a month (and become better at cooking in the process)
- Move across the country, or to another one
- Learn to dance basic lindy hop
- Take more pictures, a lot more
- Apply to a badass Grad School (I’m looking at NYU, Berkeley, Stanford and MIT right now)
- Volunteer at SIGGRAPH and network moar
- Listen to more music
- Teach someone something
Everyone seems to hate on resolutions – I look at it as a time to re-evaluate and center what should be your constant hustle.
I’ve been doing a lot of work on the FashioningCircuits.com blog for this independent study I’m in with Kim Knight at UTD. I even created the new top banner logo design y’all. We’re learning a lot about the history of fashion, feminism and technology while we try to relate it all back to new media.
You can see all my posts here which is pretty awesome. I plan on sticking around for a while – the project has a lot of potential, especially with its roots in Dallas.
I spent the weekend in Houston – mostly at the University of Houston graphic studio with my bff Rachel. We were working, preparing for finals, when we got the idea to do a photoshoot. What better way to procrastinate then by starting another project? Around 1am we began taking pictures – this is what came out of it.
The linked images are a response to the concept of hyper consumption found in What’s Mine is Yours. I put together ten images following the aesthetic of conceptual artist Barbara Kruger and explored some of the concepts mentioned in the book. Hyper consumption is fascinating to me because so many people close to me play into this way of life and are unwilling to change. They seem to see sharing or other forms of collaborative consumption as a negative act and I don’t get it.