The following 10 minute recording took place on the outdoor staircase entering doherty on a particularly windy day (November 5, 1:00-1:10 pm).
The works which I spent time with were Cape Cod Afternoon (Edward Hopper) and Untitled No. 9 (Agnes Martin). Both are located in the Carnegie Museum of Art.
An movement based algorithm exploring changing perspectives.
Coffee. It is something that almost all of us include in our daily rituals, but we often forget how much of a “ritual” this is for us. We forget that the little details of how we drink our coffee, when we drink it, where and how much are symbolic of our cultural trends and values.
Data collected on the intricate ways in which each culture experiences coffee can be used to create an installation that will allow us all to experience and understand coffee, thus bridging the “culture gap,” the “language barrier”. We can understand each other and our mentalities through a ritual as simple and yet as complex and specific as coffee, and the embedded significance of the coffee experience.
Upon observation of a very busy central crosswalk, we noticed that too many people jaywalk in potentially dangerous situations. We would like to draw attention to their actions, because they often cross the street without paying attention to their surrounding and what their feet are actually doing. The way we will address this is by placing motion and weight sensors in the crosswalk that will sense the weight distribution of a person walking against the traffic (as opposed to the weight distribution of a car). If a person jaywalks, a loud beeping noise from the ground and a small vibration from under their footsteps will draw their attention to their feet and make them rethink jaywalking and keep them safe (compare this to a similar situation that we often find ourselves in - when you are in a car and have yet to buckle your seatbelt, a loud and obnoxious beeping noise will remind you to do so, and will not stop until you buckle your seatbelt).
The shoes we choose in the morning are the shoes that choose to get us where we know we need to go. It is a choice of personality and practicality (sometimes...). These shoes are imprinted with each one of us, and the journeys through which they have taken us.
In our approach to this project, we were searching for a way to show our different perspectives, while still incorporating aspects of ourselves that we have in common. We discovered that in our own shoes, we visit the same places each day without even knowing, and walk very similar paths. Each of us recorded three short video clips of different views in our lives: at home, walking to class, and at her favorite place in Pittsburgh. The videos start looking down at a favorite pair of shoes, then look up to the surroundings, just as we ourselves would look up. Our goal is to create a visually interesting collage of these video clips, while immersing the viewer in relatable views of our lives. Each column corresponds to a group member; the top row shows our homes, the second corresponds to walking to class, and the bottom shows our favorite places.
The song choice is a favorite of one of the group members, and when she shared it with the others they decided that it fits the story we are trying to tell. Information is always spread through sharing with others. One member shared with three others, who now share with all of you. It is a fun song by the Talking Heads, and we are a fun and colorful bunch. We are happy to share our group with you!