Over this past week, Sung and I have decided to collaborate under the unifying theme of "Targeting Plastic Pollution". After speaking over Zoom, we have concluded that we will introduce our combined projects with a title slide representing this universal theme and then individually delve into our respective proposals on how we each in our own unique way intend to achieve such goals, myself through the use of mycelium packaging and Sung with remaking plastic waste into household items.
This blog will focus on the updates of my final project. My final project will be conducted through Ableton Live. I will be using the data from Coronavirus and I will be translating that data into sound and potential sound sculpture. After hearing the talk with Bill Fontana I was amused and interested in the idea of a sound sculpture.
In an effort to address the harmful effects of mass production and electronic waste in our societies today, my project focuses on sustainable DIY electronics. DIY projects are one way to reduce our consumption of products and lower our footprint on environmental damage. DIY projects often use materials you've already purchased or are immediately available and producing these projects often doesn't require the resources used in a large scale industry. However many DIY projects, especially DIY electronics, are not sustainable or environmentally friendly.
Blood Book PDF
So far, I've gotten pretty far on executing my final project. Not only am I raising a bunch of ladybugs currently in my apartment, but I also released 4500 ladybugs that I ordered online. I've been documenting the process throughout, and am beginning to compile these images into book form currently.
My final project was done with Aaron who jumped aboard my idea and offered to help code it. The idea was a speculative expansion of several studies related to gut microbia and our personalities.
My project was a curiosity cabinet. I used a chest instead, to collect some interesting things I found in the wood (botanical garden). Then, I tried to laser-cut the pattern of mycelium that I observed using microscope. Overall, I try to provide a physical illustration of how mycelium connects all the plants together, embraces them all and maintain them all. Unfortunately, because the kind of wood I bought, I was unable to laser-cut the pattern I intended.
For my final project, I chose to make six different sculptures of my spine. As a girl growing up with scoliosis, I was self-conscious about my spine for many years. Interestingly enough, it was not until I began to experience chronic back and leg pain, that I learned to accept and love these parts of my body. A lot of that acceptance was learned by spending more time thinking and learning about my body.