Head of Layout and Design for Fall 2018 : Issue 6 of The Audacity.
Mind at Large is an interactive media art project that seeks to allow users to explore audiovisual composition through a gaming engine.
Our team, Immersive Audio-Vision, was comprised of students ranging from disciplines in Design and Digital Media, Design for Informatics and Sound Design— with supervision from University of Edinburgh PhD student Dara Etefaghi.
Immersive Audio Vision drew inspiration by the following quote from Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception and developed this prototyped scene for the first submission of this project:
“The change which actually took place in that world was in no sense revolutionary. Half an hour after swallowing the drug I became aware of a slow dance of golden lights. A little later there were sumptuous red surfaces swelling and expanding from bright nodes of energy that vibrated with a continuously changing, patterned life. At another time the closing of my eyes revealed a complex of gray structures, within which pale bluish spheres kept emerging into intense solidity and, having emerged, would slide noiselessly upwards, out of sight.’
A ZIP file for this environment can be found here:
The ZIP file contains a compiled version of the walkable environment for MacOS.
(Password for video: dmsp)
Submission 2 and all of its documentation can be found here.
A series of politically charged, Dada inspired, photomontages that critique our every day.
This project was an explorative undertaking during my time at University of Edinburgh.
After attending the conference Aggression, Transgression and the Avant-garde at University of Edinburgh, a presenter discussed a Dora Maar photomontage called Les Yeux. This particular image of Maar’s, as discussed by the presenter, ‘offered a challenge to the fetishistic objectification of women prevalent in surrealist imagery by tying a representation of the nude female body to an aggressive debasement of the eye.’ The notion that by making the nude body visible, and therefore susceptible to gaze, a female artist could challenge objectification while retaining creative control/power through their art, struck a chord with me. I decided that I would build on this idea visually. Elaboration of this idea brought forth several digital collages. All of the works feature some aspect of a nude female body and an additional layer that subtly incorporates old Dada periodicals or posters. All Dada periodicals and posters were taken from The International Dada Archive at The University of Iowa.
This series was part of a project in which I explored ideas illustrated in A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century by Donna Haraway.
More from the series can be found here.