Monday, June 6, 2016

Event #4

For my fourth event I attended an on campus lecture “Replica Praesens: A Lecture on Synthetic Life by Sam Wolk." Wolk’s project was a computer system he created that looked into genetics of plants/nutrients and creatures, how they interact, depend on each other, and daily lifestyles. He started by introducing the nutrients to the audience with a red, blue and green scale which represent different nutrients and the darker they were this meant that they were more beneficial to the creatures. He showed how each was selected by arranging the DNA into different combinations. Through simulations after this that would represent a timeframe that the plants would grow over was interesting to see how the pieces before factored into the location, lifespan, nutrient denseness, and size of the plants.
Next we moved onto see how the DNA process worked for the creatures. I thought it would be similar, but there were many characteristics that were different because of the creatures complexity. One example is how the sex of the creature is determined which I found interesting, multiple creatures could be involved and it seemed that the gender of the offspring was much more random than it would be. 

Then he brought the two together into a world and we watched as they interacted with each other. As this was going on I was comparing it to video games in my heads, but this project was so much more and you could tell by listening to all of the details while Sam Wolk spoke. The amount of time he spent connecting assets of life into a computer programming system to visually represent life was very cool. It interested me in how he was able to create these connections just from writing out codes and making them represent something much bigger and influential. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Event #3

For my third event, I ventured outside of Los Angeles and went to the Discovery Science center in Santa Ana, CA. When I walked in I was surrounded by many kids everywhere interacting with each exhibit. My friends, brother, and I started to do the same. This was a cool experience many of the events I have been to in the past were very observant and did not have a physical aspect related to them, so this was a fun change from what we had been doing. 

There were many cool exhibits in display, but one theme that was going on while I was here was exploration of Mars. There were many interactive things you could do to learn new things about mars that involved people especially children in an interesting way. One example was you could design your own mars rover after viewing a replica of one. Then it would appear on a large screen and you had to direct it to different spots that would then show different things that have been found on Mars. I thought this was a cool interaction that helped teach people about space and art. Space is such a vast and large area and I think this exhibit was beneficial in helping give people a better idea of what is out there.

Amongst this exhibit there were many other things that helped teach kids about Mars like a large replica of the planet, the mars rover, some exhibits about the difference in gravity on Mars in comparison to Earth and many other things. I found it to be a fun and interesting way to explore more about space and art.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Event #2
There were many interesting pieces in the Hammer museum in Westwood, Los Angeles, California on May 6th, 2016. This was my first trip to the museum even though its right down the street, and with lots of cultural diversity throughout the museum, there were many pieces that I found interesting in regards to the theme of our class, art and science.
Now a days when we are on planes traveling we spend our time watching movies and television shows, but in a piece by Ilene Segalove she depicted something different. In place of where a typical movie screen would be on a plane it was replaced with a piece of art by Jackson Pollock, "Lavender Mist." I found this intriguing because of its modern twist on arts influence on people. Now we are so absorbed in the hustle and bustle of modern technology of movies, television shows, and video games that we have forgotten some of the great pieces that lead to where we are now in art. Jackson Pollocks piece was known by many, but now a days many people probably wouldn't be able to speak of the piece.

I thought of the piece by Segalove as showing what the culture was at that moment in time. Traveling by plane was still a fairly new process at this time and combining it with a an iconic piece of art showed how this was a privilege, a piece of art. In contrast with current times however flying is a common thing in most peoples lives and we have changed the previous outlook on it. This contrast was eye opening and I enjoyed getting this perspective. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Week 9: Space and Art

In this weeks lectures we learned about space and art, but this topic embodies many science related themes that we have learned about throughout this quarter. Space is a terrific piece to use for art because of its endlessness. We have only explored a small portion of the solar system since Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969 yet there is still so much more left to discover. The video "Powers of Ten" that we viewed in lecture is very eye opening about how much there is out there we don't know about.
Many movies have ventured into the realm of what is possible in outer space; for example the Star Wars movies are an example of movies that artistically captures all the possibilities that space and technology have to offer. In a very possible future, there is travel between galaxies and planets in a matter of moments on their starships. In comparison to a spaceship which currently takes three days to travel 240,000 km, they are very fast.
Another technological advancement seen in Star Wars that is currently being worked on is droids/robots. In the movies they are many machines that are referred to as droids. Many know them as "R2-D2" or "C3P0" and these bots help the protagonists as well as the antagonist pursue daily tasks, specifically in doing jobs that were either to menial or dangerous for humans. This is similar to our lesson on robotics where we learned about what the possibilities in the future are like. Star Wars looked into these possibilities and found a way to incorporate them long before we have made the current progress.

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Vesna, Victoria. "Space + Art." Lecture Part 4. Online, Los Angeles. 25 May 2016. Lecture.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Nanotechnology and art
Nanotechnology is in everything around us, but most of the time we had no idea because the atoms are so small that most of the time we aren't even told they are there. Personally speaking I had no knowledge of what nanotechnology was and how it affected our lives.
The first revolutionary idea that involved nanotechnology, was from Eric Drexler who had the idea of "The Assembler," which takes Fords creation of the assembly line that we learned about in our robotics section of this class from week 3 and applies it on the molecular level. It would take the atoms and molecules that make up objects and rearrange them to make new things. This didn't work however because Drexlers process was incredibly slow in comparison to the real Assembly line that Ford created that takes two and a half hours.
Nanotechnology is now in a majority of products that we use in our daily lives, but we don't always know it is there. Its small size has enabled nanoparticles to inconspicuously appear in things like our food, one product for example is the "SlimShake" and is a meal replacer advertising weight loss. This replacement is made of silica nanoparticles and is coated in chocolate flavoring. These particles could be harmful because nobody exactly knows the effects they have on the body and digestive system. Products like this show why we need to monitor these items because of possible risks they have in effecting our lives.

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Gimzewski. "Nanotech for Artists Part 1 - Dr. Gimzewski." Nanotech + Art. Online, Los Angeles. 19 May 2016.

Gimzewski. "Nanotech for Artists Part 6 - Dr. Gimzewski." Nanotech + Art. Online, Los Angeles. 19 May 2016.

"Molecular Assembler." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 May 2016. Web. 20 May 2016. <>.

Vesna, Victoria. "Lectures Part 1." Robotics + Art. Online, Los Angeles. 19 May 2016. Lecture.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Neuroscience and Art
The evolution of use of cocaine and LSD is interesting. With doctors and writers using both as medication in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, it is interesting to see how its use has changed. 

As we learned in lecture cocaine was used in almost everything as medicine because people believed it was beneficial. Sigmund freud is one doctor who not only used cocaine for medicine but recommended it and had patients use it. It wasn't until one of his patients passed during a procedure due to an overdose where he began to question the abilities of this drug. It wasn't until 1914 that the drug was viewed as dangerous by the FDA in the US.
Another popular drug that was widely used in medicine before its effects were known to the public was LSD. LSD stands for Lysergic acid diethylamide, this is a powerful hallucinogen but before this was known it was used for medical use as well. It wasn't until Albert Hofman took a second look at his medicine and self medicated where he entered a psychedelic high, which is modernly called a "trip." It wasn't until 1962 when the government first recognized this drug as harmful.

Since these times there has been a lot of research as to how these drug are harmful to our health; cocaine use can cause irritability, restlessness, paranoia, and many other things and LSD brings long term hallucinations that last with the user years after their last trip. Even though these drugs are harmful to our health, they allow people to see life through a new perspective. Its uniqueness is very valuable in a sense that it is a one of a kind experience that no body else gets to experience but you.

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Vesna, Victoria. "Lecture 3." Neuroscience and Art. Online, Los Angeles. 11 May 2016. Lecture.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Week 6: Biotechnology and Art
This week we learned about the use of biotechnology in art; this controversial topic brings up many ethical questions. With advancing technology, artists have the ability to genetically create and modify things into unique pieces of art, but are they crossing the line and taking on a role that does not belong to them?

From the perspective of an artist using this medium I can understand their excitement and the purpose of many of their creations. Kathy High is one artist who used human  white blood cells in "Blood Wars" in a competition of survival of the fittest. Like dog fighting, "Blood Wars" takes white blood cells and have them fight for superiority until only one type of blood cell is left. This shows how different blood cells are more developed than others and just what their abilities are.
Another artist that uses biotechnology in art pieces is Orlan, her piece the "Harlequin Coat", which is a coat of colored pieces of skin. She achieves these color by modifying the genetic makeup of many different races of people. This causes controversy because her use of human skin for something other than it should ever be intended for, but her ability to manipulate human skin cells and change the color of different races is incredible.
Since artists are working with live cells however, many uncontrollable errors or occurrences can arise. Two artist who experienced issues with their piece was Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr with their piece "Victimless Leather." While on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, their piece which was composed of mouse tissue had to be killed because of its rapid growth. The piece was deemed uncontrollable and had to be stopped from growing which is something many people fear when people take over the role of creator. 

It’s issues like this make people question how far is too far when it comes to our developments in biotechnology. We may have control over what we do with biotechnology, but we don’t always have control over the growth of these living cells. There needs to be limitations to our abilities or else one mistake may be disastrous. 


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Vesna, Victoria. "Part 3." BioTech+Art. Online, Los Angeles. 5 May 2016. Lecture.

Vesna, Victoria. "Part 4." BioTech+Art. Online, Los Angeles. 5 May 2016. Lecture.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

As I arrived at the Getty, I looked around in awe of all  of the different places to go. This was my first visit and I was shocked to see this niche of cultural hidden in a place that has been so close to me for so long. Being unsure of where to go I grabbed a map and began to wonder throughout the exhibits and I noticed many things that I thought could correlate to some of the topics we have discussed thus far. When I was exploring some romantic sculptures and I noticed the detailed muscles and facial structures I knew that correlated to week four’s discussion of medical technology and art. With that being my first example I decided to dive farther and see what else I could find that related to our theme, but something a bit more modern. 

As I made my way to the garden I noticed an exhibit entitled "In Focus: Electric!" This caught my eye because of the way the photographers have viewed light and electricity as form of art. This reminded me of week three’s focus on robotics and art. Some might be confused about his this relates to robotics, but with pieces focusing on how life is attached to a power grid this exhibit shows the correlation of robotics and art. 

One piece that caught my eye was "After Electric Dress A Positive 4", this piece shows an image of a woman wrapped in lights and her silhouette illuminates from where the lights would be. This piece reminded me of a robot or cyborg in the sense that the lights are engulfing the human being and are showing how humans are trapped in electricity. In a sense, this piece shows how even humans are becoming robotic due to the use of technology that we are so unraveled in. This image is fifteen years old and since the production of this work, I could only imagine how much things have changed since this piece was produced. People are becoming more engrossed with technology and electricity and in this piece of art I see the human becoming the robot.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

My knowledge of medical technologies and art was never very large. In grade school we would do simple dissections and learn about human and animal anatomy, but I never really understood how that would correlate to art. But after viewing lecture this week and realizing that human dissection is the gateway to realistically drawing and sculpting the human body. The book "Grays Anatomy" was written an intended for medical use, but because of its detail on the human body many artist have copies because of their diagrams of the human body.

My first crossing with medical technology was when I injured my shoulder and had to get an MRI. When I entered the small tube, I didn't realize at the time how that advancement was so useful not only for science but also art. Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines allow for doctors to view the insides of bodies to see if we are injured or sick. This modern and non-invasive way to look inside the body is revolutionary because we have accurate images of the inside of a body when people are still alive.

Photos of me before and after my
plastic surgery experience

Another intersection I had with medical technology and art was during my senior year of high school when I needed reconstructive rhinoplasty surgery. Many people thought I was just trying to change my look, even though I needed to reconstruct my nasal cavities due to an accident. Reconstructing disfigured bodies and faces into a more suitable form is one thing plastic surgery is famous for, in fact it is actually where its name comes from. And as we learned in lecture plastic surgery originated during world war one in efforts to reconstruct the dismembered faces and body parts of those that were injured at battle. since then the use of plastic surgery has changed so much, now people use it to find the perfect version of themselves. But there are also other things it can be used for.

One example of somebody using plastic surgery is Orlan, who is famous for using plastic surgery to recreate famous works of art. Not for their beauty however, but for their stories that accompany the beauteous subjects. Orlean has taken the endless opportunities that plastic surgery has and used them to recreate some of the greatest pieces of art, this is something that many might not think of, but with some creativity it allows us to relive part of history.


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Vesna, Victoria. "Lecture Part 1." Medicine Technology Art | Lectures. Online, Los Angeles. 22 Apr. 2016. Lecture. 

Vesna, Victoria. "Lecture Part 2." Medicine Technology Art | Lectures. Online, Los Angeles. 22 Apr. 2016. Lecture.
Vesna, Victoria. "Lecture Part 3." Medicine Technology Art | Lectures. Online, Los Angeles. 22 Apr. 2016. Lecture.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

As we learned in lecture this week about art and technology and how each are mutually influenced by each other, we can see this relationship everywhere around us. Years ago for example we see Henry Ford create and perfect the assembly line for the production of his model T's, his process made the workers a part of the machine and it was frowned upon because of the safety hazards. Inversely however years later scientists are working towards creating cyborgs and humanoids that are facilitating machines and human interactions. 

One film that demonstrates the growing use of robots in daily life is the science fiction love story, Her. This film shows a man who is lonely and depressed seeking companionship through a talking operating system that has the artificial intelligence to adapt and evolve. This feature allows for the device to adapt and become intimate in a romantic way. This helps the main character rehabilitate himself out of his depression and allows him to re-enter the world. This is a similar trait that Machiko Kusahara mentioned that the Japanese are looking to utilize humanoids for. The ability to help aid people in times of emergencies, depression, and such is ideal because of the burden that is released from humans might not be able to help.

Another movie that uses cyborgs/humanoids to assist humans in daily lives is the animated film Big Hero 6. This film shows a student at a university who developed a robot that has the ability to aid people when they have been injured or hurt. Using a robot  in this way helps society because it has the ability to do more. Utilizing robots to help assist humans needs has been demonstrated in many movies and these two examples are showing us how we could benefit from their capabilities in interesting ways.


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Machiko Kusahara. "Professor Machiko Kusahara on Japanese Robotics." Robotics and Art. Online, Los Angeles. 17 Apr. 2016. Lecture.

Vesna, Victoria. "Lectures Part 1." Robotics and Art. Online, Los Angeles. 17 Apr. 2016. Lecture.

Vesna, Victoria. "Lectures Part 2." Robotics and Art. Online, Los Angeles. 17 Apr. 2016. Lecture.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Math and art were always two subjects I had seperated, but after taking an in-depth look in lecture, I have realized the correlation math and art have. Without certain math ideas like vanishing points and linear perspective, most art pieces wouldn’t seem very realistic.
In this weeks lecture Math+Art, with Victoria Vesna, we are introduced to some of the larger ideas in math that have been a key in creating realistic art. Before Brunelleschi creating the proper formulation of perspective in art in 1413 that was originally created by Greeks and Romans, but lost during the middle ages. Later on another artist, Pierro De La Francesca, wrote a book dividing painting into three parts, drawing, proportion, and coloring. Each part had relative ideas that tied math into art and show how each pieces relatively is important to perspective, but proportion seemed to have the biggest relationship because of its use in geometry to help create realistic perspective. Leonardo Da Vinci also contributed to math and art with his idea of pyramidal lines, which are lines that start from different points and converge together and draw in at a single point, as we can see in The Last Supper where the image will draw your focus back to Jesus in the center.

Another type of art that is shaped through math is fractals; complex infinite designs that are made from geometric shapes that are self-similar and can be viewed at any scale and appear to still look similar to the previous view. This may be considered an art form that uses geometrical shapes, but it also proven with modern technology that fractals appear in nature. Fractals in nature are finite however, but still have multiple levels of pattern. 

After taking more of a look into the relationship of math, art and science I have learned how the three are supported by each other. Math has had a large part in shaping paintings by allowing there to be principles to help develop realistic paintings. Through fractals I found a correlation to science through design patterns that can occur in nature.

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Vesna, Victoria. "Math Art Lecture." Lecture. Online, Los Angeles. 8 Apr. 2016. Lecture.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
The idea of two cultures exist all around us. Most everything around us can be divided into two groups; the rich and the poor, the academics and the nonacademics, the students and the student athletes at school, the north campus students and the south campus students. As the list goes on I have realized how my life can be divided into two groups.

One division I have experienced is in-between my ethnicities; a large part of my heritage goes back to Polynesia even though I have lived in America. With ideas like C.P. Snow’s in mind these two can easily be separated into two, the American side being the scientist or the rich, list-making, intellectual, and linear group. Whereas my Polynesian side could be considered the more artistic, poor, emotional, and creative group. Both cultures accurately represent these characteristics in comparison, but I believe there is a third group emerging, "passing of the torch from one group of thinkers…the emerging third culture."

People like me, people who are both. An idea that emerged in C.P. Snow’s second look on two cultures, was the third culture or group that would emerge to bridge this gap between the two. Some would say that these "contemporary scientists" have already emerged and are working to fill this gap. Even though these two are separated distinctly like Snow’s argument, dividing the two into scientist and artists, I have managed to bring them together to bridge the gap between the two cultures.
Another real world example of a third culture could be socialism which works to bridge the gap between capitalism and communism. With capitalism relating to the artistic side because people here have creative freedom toward as they please and communism being more like the linear and methodical lifestyles, socialism works to eliminate the gap between these two cultures.

With two cultures living all around us, it is inevitable that a third group would emerge. How this third group fits and works with the current two cultures however will determine the outcome of the two cultures.


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