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MY HOMETEST!

Jan. 22nd, 2009 | 10:14 pm
posted by: dianasofia in cooperunion


 


I was a away for a while and haven't been able to share on the community, 

im so glad so many people have posted, but anyway

HERE'S MINE

 

 ***HORRIBLE PICTURE ALERT** crappy point and shoot was the only thing i had, sorry its so blurry, Click on them perhaps?

 

 

1. Dissection and drawing from observation or whatever

Cover


 

 

Inside




1. Dissection of motion and reconstruction

 

            Two objects were chosen: an electric can opener and a battery power mini-tape recorder. These machines could no longer perform their original tasks, which were to open cans and play sound respectively. The can opener can now only spin the can and the tape recorder can only track the seconds of each turn.When their motions were observed, the can opener turned strictly counterclockwise while the tape recorder turned only clockwise in its play position. It was found that for there to be a final motion, each part had to move in an opposite or parallel direction. The two objects were then dissected and using parts of both, I reconstructed them in a drawing. Now two new machines are made from parts of the originals. This caused the motions of each gear to reverse. Their original functions are now irrelevant. They now solely exist to spin a can clockwise and to make numbers turn counterclockwise. The movement of each gear is illustrated inside the book, along with instructions on how to activate the final and simplest of all motions: turning clockwise and counterclockwise respectively.

2. Full Length Self-Portrait


2. A Full Length Self-Portrait

 

            A force of gravitation between two or more objects on earth can be calculated according the earth’s mass and the constant of the universal theory of gravitation, this being 6.67482X10^-11.  The strongest pull on any object, in this case myself, comes from the earth. When my body is instantly suspended while jumping up from the ground (15 inches in the air) the pull on the body is 619.3630114745 newtons. This becomes a representational number to the exact mass of my body in relation to the earth; this number in turn becomes the portrait.

The number is hand embroidered on the 15 inches, physically separating my body from the earth at that moment. The length of the rest of the fabric is equivalent to the length of my body. 

3. External Space with an Altered Peripheral

Painting Component



VIDEO

 



 

3. The Body as an Exterior Space

            A camera was set up facing west toward my back and a small television was connected to it through a VCR facing east toward my view. From the screen I could see myself through this extension of my vision, that could now reach beyond its direct field and into a new peripheral. All I could see was my body as an exterior space, as an object or container. I painted strictly from observation of my body while viewing it through the television screen. This painting is then meant to be shown next to the video component. The video shows a distorted version of this peripheral view: two frames of vision which are kept obstructed by my body and then temporarily opened to reveal what is seen on the screen.

4. A sequence of Images in Search of  Beginning and End 

Patterns and DVD case


Videos: First and Second Pattern





VIDEOS FIRST AND SECOND PATTERN

 

 


4.  Patterns, in search of a beginning and end

 

  A beginning and an end describe time as being linear, a state in which time can be organized into a specific order, much like still images or frames. I used projections strips from the well-known story “Little Red Riding Hood” to create two patterns in search of a linear beginning and end. For the first pattern two slides are show at a time, the one on the right keeping the sequence of start to end, the other plays end to start. Each frame corresponds to an individual sound or word therefore the sound also plays along with the pattern. Each frame periodically turns faster until the images play interlaced along with the sound. Ultimately the only recognizable images are the words “start” and “end”. After reaching its cresendo, the frames slow down and finally end at the start of the story. For the second pattern the 36 frames were divided into two categories: the START and the END. Then patterns were made in which the END intercepted the START. The pattern’s linear sequence was broken in half and placed on top of itself. In turn the pattern becomes a loop, repeating without a specific start or end, but rather in a search of these points in the line. These videos called for something tangible, therefore the pieces are based almost entirely on the projections strips that I cut and arranged to create a literal linear representation of time.  


5.  Activation of Communication

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsqMe-awA_U

 



6. Redress of  a Misdemeanor, Correcting Speech
(so, youtube was like "nuhuh, im not letting you upload a thirty minute video", so i can only give you some still shots. the sound kinda makes the whole piece, but you get the point)


 My mother has a thick Spanish accent. It is sometimes as frustrating to her as it is to others. She considers this her small crime, her misdemeanor. Even when she does try to correct her pronunciation it becomes unnatural and she is unable to communicate clearly. Humans are born able to make any type of sound, but by the time just a couple of first words are spoken only a small percent of sounds exclusive to this first language are kept and used. From that moment on and through the person’s adolescence, the rest of these sounds become almost impossible to properly pronounce. As her daughter this has become my responsibility. She asks me to correct her and I do when I can, however most of the time she is able to communicate adequately since this is not a matter of ignorance but rather ability.

            I made a site, fit for two people separated by a curtain, one being my mother. She reads in English a copy of Desiderata (something she is very familiar and comfortable with in Spanish) into a microphone connected to the headphones of the person facing her. This person is instructed to press a button every time my mother mispronounces a word.  This button triggers a loud alarm into my mother’s ears and a bright light into her eyes, and will keep blaring until the error is fixed. She then becomes reliant on the other person’s judgment of what is in fact accurate pronunciation. Both people are unaware of each other’s presence behind the curtain. They are told they are interacting with a machine made for the purpose of correcting speech, only testing the machine’s function. Both participants’ reactions are controlled by their trust in the machine; the listener is ignorant of the role she plays and the results of her choices, and my mother continues to read in hope of a reaction from an accurate source that will help her correct an individual misdemeanor. 

 

ill eventually upload some of my portfolio videos into youtube

 i physically sent these two etchings:
 

and this painting:


along with a dvd of my video portfolio for the support, and four sketchbooks

 Here's my portfolio: www.flickr.com/photos/34225874@N06/sets/72157612879137192/

 


 
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from: satanicdemonic
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
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so it was YOU who posted the series!!! I was searching on youtube for hometests and this popped up....lol

anyways how long is the self portrait?

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
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Well im 5 foot six, plus the 15 inches that i jump up in the air.

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from: elio_the_crazed
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
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you are a goddess.
an art goddess.
im so glad we're friends.

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
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i luvvveeeyouu

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Kaila

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from: kaila_jean
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
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I SECOND JOHNS STATEMENT.

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
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aw thanks. i think pulling my hair out for activate paid off. i dont care if that goddamn school doesnt care

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from: satanicdemonic
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
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wait, so you used your height as a reference in answering the problem?

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
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the formula uses my mass times the mass of the earth, divided by the distance between us (15 inches when jumping up in the air)
the number embroidered is the gravitational pull of the earth on me. the skin-like length of the cloth just represents the length of my body visually, it doesnt really have anything to do with the formula, the white part is the distance

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
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ALSO, i realized the activate video isnt showing up.
heres the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsqMe-awA_U

(also all the videos have sound)
feedback please?

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from: elio_the_crazed
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
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1. your dissection is perfection diana style. it is detailed, beautiful, and clear.
2. your self portrait is the strongest for me.
3. it is TIGGGHHHHTTTT. the 2d component is beautiful too. something minor is missing for me, but maybe it's because i want to see it as a mini installation/on a display.
4. i wish you hadn't written start and end. i love the idea, as you know. layout is sweeeet.
5. activate.....i think the piece is superfly. it feels right. im just worried it's a stretch for the prompt. i understand that you activate speech with audio tracks, but...erm. i dont know. im a bit on the fence in terms of it answering the prompt. i am jumping up and down because the piece is perfection. GAH
6. ksabfkjelafgljkerfg YES

im so glad i finally get to see it all.
i think you can agree with me in saying you are most likely a shoe in.

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much
im so glad i got to see you guy's too
i dont even want to think about it anymore i feel like i have done enough to satisfy myself, it feels right, cooper is so irrelevant now

the activate piece is not activating speech. the people can only see each others eyes when the headpiece is put on them (its like a tunnel). they are not allowed to talk. the questions you hear correspond to each one of them (the first 7 are for the girl on the right i think, and the rest for the girl on the left)
so when the girl on the right hears "i am afraid of the dark" she answers yes or no to the other participant. the other participant has never met her or spoken to her before this, so she doesnt know what she will do with her eyes to answer. but she uses her own judgement to understand her answer. then she writes the answer down on the paper.
it is activating communication in strict eye contact, by eliminating any other kind (body language and speech)

the best part was that at the end, they both got every answer right on the page

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from: elio_the_crazed
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
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woah i guess i missed a sentence in my comments.
i understand i understand.
the piece was the last one you did, no?
well i think it is superfly fly flyyyyyyy

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from: satanicdemonic
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
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is 6 30 minutes long?

i thought there was a 10 minute limit for a problem

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from: thatwaspants
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
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i feel like since so much thought was put into this hometest, i need to think a lot about what i say before i say it.
a couple of things i will say impulsively off the top of my head--
1) #5 happily reminds me of the diving bell and the butterfly, and his intriguing way of communication through winking
2) i feel like my enjoyment of #4 is biased because of my personal participation in the ed hometest--i appreciate the feeling of a search.
3) i admire your accuracy to follow the prompts correctly through machine-like processes.
4) each piece is really interesting on its own & they are mind-blowing as a group

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from: itsgoldinhere
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
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wow. this is ridiculously good.
numbers 3 and six are my favorites.
u are extraordinarily talented.

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 25th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Your solution for altered peripheral vision is interesting on so many levels, not to say this whole test isn't an achievement. I really think you will get the call

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 26th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
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wow thank you so much.
i saw your art on flickr (sometimes when i cant sleep i become the community's stalker), and i really really love it.
its simple and intriguing, it would be wonderful to see your hometest if you post it.

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 27th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
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i still think you should post it when your ready. theres not a lot of meaningless judging happening here, feedback could change your outlook on it.
either way dont sweat it its a learning experience

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from: okokokyes
date: Jan. 27th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
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you went way over kill with the 4 sketchbooks.
and they would never in a million years watch the entirety of number 6.
regardless, you did well.

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 27th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
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thank you!
i heard they focus on the sketchbooks more than a lot of other support things, since they want to see the way you think and brainstorm. i sent four including the journal for the hometest, i figured they will look at whats most important first and see if they get to the rest.
the video is a documentation of a performance element, it doesnt have to be watched in its entirety to understand the intent. i honestly only had one chance to entirely watch it, and yeah i doubt they will watch more than a couple minutes.

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from: ptarmigeddon
date: Jan. 28th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
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This is all really lovely! It's hard to single out individual pieces as my favorites because they all work well together. You definitely have some interesting ideas going on here, and you've clearly put a ton of thought into all the underlying concepts.

If I had to pick a favorite from your hometest, I really enjoy your self-portrait. Above all, I really love the etchings with vertebrae that you sent, and the sculpture vertebrae in your portfolio!

(Your livejournal icon is such a nice photo too, I've always meant to tell you that)

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from: dianasofia
date: Jan. 29th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
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thanks!
that picture is from the one fo the dolphin aquariums at sea world. i went just last year and still wanted for a quick second to become a marine biologist. its kind of a really magical/brainwashing place

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
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Well, did you get in?

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from: dianasofia
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
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yes =)

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