Personally, I have never looked into or learned about the Chinese zodiac before this class. Additionally, I am not known as the horoscope person but rather everyone around me talks about it or even relates to it. To start off my blog post, I want to first discuss the difference between the Western zodiac and the Chinese zodiac is that the Western zodiac signs traditionally designated based on our birth month, while the Chinese zodiac signs are specific to the year of your birth.
At the opening of the webinar, Toni Dove introduced herself as the instrument builder by using the human body. Her uses perception and proprioception to engage with media and robotics. She creates a sense of narrative density by using these senses and via the layered accumulation of references and images. She focuses on building an active relationship between the viewer and the audience - and she does an excellent job doing that.
Plastics crisis is very important and needs immediate attention to start taking action and initiative and prevent it from further developing. In class, we spent a week and a half discussing it with various experts in the field. Every year, an estimated 14.5 million tons of single-use plastic packaging material is produced, leading to approximately two billion metric tons worth of carbon dioxide emissions from plastics production alone. Jess Irish’s talk complemented well with Dr. Gimzewski’s lecture during our class meeting this week.
With all honesty, I must say that planning on what to write for this week’s blog took me a while… just like coming up with a short poem during the in-class exercise with Xtine Burrough to only say it in one breath. First thing my group thought about is creating a haiku. Easy 3 lines. 5 7 5 syllabi lines respectively. Easy enough to be read in one breath. But, I am not a poet. Haiku writers compose their haikus and focus on expressing “emotionally suggestive moment of insight into natural phenomena,” since the 17th century.
Plastic, plastic, plastic, plastic everywhere. This week heavily focused on the ongoing plastic crisis, which I hope it becomes discussed on a regular basis and drawn attention to so serious actions can take place to solve the problem. Although I was aware of the plastic catastrophe, I never realized the amount of plastic manufactured and consumed on a daily basis until attending the lecture by Dr.