Thesis – Week One Research, and thoughts on the next steps

February 3, 2019 Thesis

Thesis Concept: Exploring the experiences black children and young adults have as they learn to navigate their world. Specifically dealing with the talk, police brutality, and situations dealing with authority figures. Who’s it for: My initial thought, is that this project is for non-Black POCs/Caucasian people. The goal being to help others understand the black experience through our eyes. And not just for Conservatives, but also for those who consider themselves to be Liberal. There’s plenty of folks on theRead More

Design for Discomfort: Final Project

December 19, 2018 Design for Discomfort

In preparing for my final project, I ended up adding a component that I hoped would strengthen the project. While I still like the idea of having an interactive web based memorial that (I feel) would reach the most people, while allowing me to convey the most information, I also wanted something that would have a big visual impact. Something that could quickly and clearly show the person I’m memorializing, convey the public’s disgust with the system, and create aRead More

Design for Discomfort: Reading Response #4

December 19, 2018 Design for Discomfort

I find that lately I’m really interested in storytelling, discussing privilege, and helping people to tell their own stories.  Or at the very least, telling stories that allow people to see themselves reflected in them.   While I wasn’t familiar with Sam Durant’s “Scaffolding” installation, I was amazed that the artist hadn’t (at least from what I could tell), considered the fact that replicating gallows that were used in government sanctioned executions, would be traumatic for some people. What didn’t surpriseRead More

Design for Discomfort: Reading Response #3

December 18, 2018 Design for Discomfort

The Limits of Virtual Reality: Debugging the Empathy Machine was an interesting read for me.  Through discussions I’ve had in my Socially Engaged Art  & Digital Practice class, I’ve become increasingly interested in using vr to engender empathy in the user.  To share lived experiences.   I wasn’t aware that empathetic feelings fell into two categories. Emotional, occurs immediately, without conscious thought.  When we see the commercial about abandoned animals, with the sad Sarah McLachlan song, for example.  And “conceptual empathy” whereRead More

Talking & Storytelling: Final Presentation

December 12, 2018 Talking and Storytelling

Talking & Storytelling has been one of the most helpful classes I’ve had this semester. It’s been really good for helping me to organize my thoughts into a cohesive concept for my thesis project, making the thesis application process that much easier.   My final presentation got off to a rocky start. I had problems getting the presenter notes on my laptop while displaying our slides on the tv behind me, and once I got it going, had problems getting myRead More

Talking & Storytelling: Revamped four minute speech and slides

December 5, 2018 Talking and Storytelling

I got a lot of good feedback from the class, and have a better idea of the changes I need to make going forward.  For example, I need to look up and engage the audience more.  I’m still working on making the giving of the speech more like a conversation, and less as something that was meant to be read.  Goals for next week’s final speech is to have a more polished deck, keep a better eye on time, andRead More

Design for Discomfort: Reading Response #5

December 5, 2018 Design for Discomfort

I initially had a really hard time putting how I felt about Jordan Wolfson’s VR piece at first. It wasn’t just the gratuitous violence, though that was certainly a large part of my discomfort.  The more I sat with the idea of the piece, I realized it was that I perceived the artist as being irresponsible.  It felt like the artist was creating work that didn’t serve a purpose other than to shock the viewer, or perhaps for the artistRead More

Design for Discomfort: Final Project Proposal

December 4, 2018 Design for Discomfort

Idea: Memorial/Interactive exhibit around police brutality, that seeks to provide discomfort, education, and perhaps empathy.  Description:  Interactive exhibit that aims to serve both as a memorial to those affected by police brutality, and as a wake up/call to action. So many of these people are either held up as either the “good person that pulled themselves up by their bootstraps/person from a good family” or as a “thug”, where their police record is mentioned almost as a defense, when allRead More

Thesis Saturday/Gong show pitch

December 1, 2018 Uncategorized

Thesis Saturday is a time when the floor is closed to the 1st years and IMA students, and 107 of us second years give our one minute thesis pitch.  Afterwards we break into groups and workshop for a bit before working on our thesis application. All with the reward of cake at the end.  The cake is very important.   This was actually not as difficult as I’d feared, thanks in large part to Adaora Udoji’s help in her Talking andRead More

Talking & Storytelling: Four minute speech around thesis topic

December 1, 2018 Talking and Storytelling

Hello, my name is Kellee, and I’m here to talk about the experiences black children and young adults have as they learn to navigate their world.  I’d like you to try and imagine a time as a child when you had a serious conversation with your parents. Perhaps it was that a new sibling was on the way, your parent got a new job, and  the family was moving, maybe they wanted to talk about the way you dressed forRead More