Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Event 1 Blog Post

LACMA Rain Room 

Connects technology with art—the science and machinery that had to go into making this amazing art piece is a very complex and tasking. The rain room is a black room that has soothing and consistent rainfall occurring throughout the room. The when you walking into the rain itself though it stops falling right where you are standing due to the 3D sensors that are put in place on the ceiling. This show at LACMA gives you a sense of the unrealistic aspects of nature...You get to control the rain with your body movements. The show gives you a sense of calmness and peace while giving you control and power over something mother nature usually dictates. 

This is an image I took of the 3D sensors on the ceiling at LACMA.
This article,, by the LA Times goes into more detail about the technology behind the sensors and the show itself. 

It is an incredible experience to be surrounded by rain and the visuals are something you wont forget. Since the room is black they use bright lights so you can see all the raindrops… it is as if you are almost in a dream. You cannot see anything in your periphery when you are in there it is just you, and what seems like a walk that will never end due to the black surroundings and the sounds, and visuals of the rain. This show is used for many different things for leisure, for photography, for self expression through dance, and much more and it is something so magical everyone should experience it. 

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Racked 

Courtesy of Sirens and Scoundrels

The rain room is an escape from the real world for 15 minutes and it is hard to wrap your head around what you are actually experiencing the whole time you are in there you feel like it is never going to end and I know I didn't want it to.

Below is a video from the LA Times about the  Rain Room at LACMA: 

Here is a photo of my self in the Rain Room along with my ticket

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week 4 Blog Post

MedTech + Art 
Medicine has been around since the beginning of man kind and has always been at the for front in the art world. Artists have been enamored with the human body and this in return has lead to technologic, medical and artistic advances. 

The Egyptians were some of the first humans to study and practice autopsies on the human body--they did not perform autopsies to learn more about the body but they wanted to preserve their loved ones body parts for the after life. This was the first of many autopsies and studies of the body to come...
Courtesy of Atlanta Black Star 

  Centuries after the Egyptians, during the Renaissance,art and medicine inspired one another which lead to many famous pieces in the art world along with some advance in medicine. One that comes to mind the most is The Vitruvian Man, by Leonardo DaVinci. This picture is used in science to understand the human body and anatomy and within art to understand the proportions on the human body and how to properly draw these proportions to make art work more realistic.  

Looking more at science and the medical field, as autopsies and dissections occurred and become popular  in medicine many artists were called in to draw the doctors findings--showing the connection between science/medicine and art. 
Courtesy of Leonardo DaVinci / Wikipedia 

More modernly,not looking at the medical field, plastic surgery has earned recognition within the arts and has been lead by a women named, ORLAN. She is an artist that undergoes plastic surgery to portray an important artistic figure like Davinci's Mona Lisa, Europa and Venus. ORLAN chooses the most significant part of each women and this is what she emphasizes in each performance.She puts on performances while getting plastic surgery by reading theological literature along with having the medical team dress up while operating on her. She has influenced many people, for example, Lady Gaga has been directly influenced by ORLAN and this is seen in her 'Born This Way' video, when she copies ORLAN's symmetrical horns on her face. 
Courtesy of Michaela Efford

In my eyes it is a bit over the top to surgically alter your body for the arts and I find it very dangerous but I think it shows her creativity and how plastic surgery should be viewed in a creative way of self expression. 

On a final note,medicine, technology and art have all influenced on another and have lead to great advancements in all fields. They are all forms of self expression and innovation and it was really interesting to learn about their connections this week. 


"Vitruvian Man." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

"12 African Inventions That Changed the World - Atlanta Black Star." Atlanta Black Star. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

"Year 3: 2014 Autumn, Artist Influence, Talks and Workshops." Michaela Effords Art. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

"Mummies and Mummification - History in an Hour." History in an Hour. 2011. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

LadyGagaVEVO. "Lady Gaga - Born This Way." YouTube. YouTube, 2011. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Robotics + Art

Robotics + Art 

industrialization / knowledge production / mechanization / robotics and art

Taking a look back...
Looking at the industrialization and mechanization shift which has occurred within the modern society it is important to understand some key inventions that were made which led to the modern robots we know today. Some examples of these key inventions were:
  • Ancient Chinese Printing Press (Before Gutenberg): The movable type and printing press was one of the most influential movements of the millennium which led to rapid movement of knowledge and aided the enlightenment.
Courtesy of Epic World History
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: She was the first person to think of a character that was out of the ordinary, and had inhuman-like qualities for robots to be based off of in the future. Her story has been re-framed and put in different contexts for decades and remain one of the main stepping stones in industrialization. 
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  • Ford Automobiles: This was the beginning of the mechanization of humans. Humans were staring to become "the machine" once assembly lines were established when Ford Automobiles was first a company. This was the beginning of an era where the human becomes the machine; this is very common today. 
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Star Wars is a well known example of the use of robots/droids in a future-like society. These intelligent droids can fully communicate with humans and even have intelligence that is one step about the humans in the movie. Star Wars is one of the first ever movies to create a society in space, and display what the "future" could look like. It is interesting to see how these robots were thought to be created light years away but robots with human capabilities are being made and can be seen in society today. 
Courtesy of Saloncom
More modernly, robotization is becoming the norm. Robots are starting to take the place of human labor, which has its pros and cons. Robots are not only ideas many had seen in the future, they are happening now and are taking our society to the next level in many ways. According to CNBC's journalist Matt Clinch, "the robots are coming and their presence will eventually bridge the digital-physical divide, dramatically impacting human life, experts say." Robotization is a movement that people are not 100% ready to jump on board with but as technology continues to grow people will be forces to conform to. 

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Cashill, Robert. "Happy Frankenstein Friday: Celebrate with Our Favorite Film Frankensteins." A&E Networks Television. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

"Epic World History." : Printing Invention in China. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

"Robot Revolution: How to Stay Calm and Make Money." CNBC. 2013. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

"Your 2016 Oscars in GIFs: Watch Jacob Tremblay Geek out over “Star Wars” Droids and More." Saloncom RSS. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week 2 Blog Post

Week 2 Blog

Through this weeks readings and lecture material I have grasped a better understanding of how connected mathematics is within the realm of art. So many art theories and art pieces have sprouted from mathematical ideas that most people wouldn’t normally know so it was very insightful to learn about it. Some references that were covered within the lecture are:
1. Good Will Hunting Clip: Is great example on the mathematics side. Within the movie you understand the beauty and mystery of mathematical problem sets and how they are viewed as a masterpiece.

2. Generator x 2.0: Discussed the similarity it had with Generator x 3.0 and how it “Like proved that the combination of generative strategies with digital fabrication continues to be a fruitful field for creative inquiry.” Even coding and computing can lead to creativity and beauty. 

Courtesy of Generator. x 
3.Robert J. Lang’s Origami: Lang has been described as “one of the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami with mathematics”

Courtesy of Robert J. Lang

A final artist that caught my attention when looking through the week two lecture was Nathan Selikoff. He is an artist that stuck out to me who encapsulates the idea of how mathematics has a direct influence within the arts. His video, Public Art Constellation, shows the beauty of coding and fine art. There is a beautiful balance between the mathematic side of this artwork and the artistic side. By viewing the view of the Public Art Constellation you start to get a small grip on how much work and creativity it took to go into a project like this one. Without the influence of math this piece would not have been possible. Selikoff’s perspective of creating art work with coding is very interesting and just goes to show how art can be created in all realms of society, especially within mathematics.

Art and math on the surface seem very different from one another but they, through all of history, have taken ideas from one another and created masterpieces. Without the help of the other many famous works might not have happened and things could be very different within society. 


Selikoff, Nathan. "Audiograph - Interactive Public Art Installation." Vimeo. 3 Nov. 2015. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.

"Robert J. Lang Origami." Robert J. Lang Origami. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.

"Generator.x: Software and Generative Strategies in Art and Design." Generator.x: Software and Generative Strategies in Art and Design. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.

Samyeargin. "Good Will Hunting Scene (Math Problem)." YouTube. YouTube, 2008. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Blog Week 1

Week 1

After reading the articles, Toward a Third Culture: Being in Between by Victoria Vesna and The Two Cultures and Scientific Revolution by C.P. Snow I have learned about artistic and scientific cultures and how historically they have been stereotyped a certain way where the arts are creative, and respected off of perspectives and interpretations while science is fact based and orderly. The authored showed that in reality these two cultures are more similar than meets the eye and that these two cultures are blending together to create a third culture, which is a honoring the two. Their perspectives take a look at how the gap between humanities and sciences is slowly closing with the emergence of “middlemen” who are individuals that can establish communication between literary intellectuals and scientists. They are very different ideas but with the growth of the middlemen art and science and closer than ever.

Courtesy of Tony Chen:
Being a student at UCLA you can see first hand the separation between the two cultures. At UCLA there are North Campus students and South Campus students. If you are a North Campus student that means you are majoring in the field of humanities and if you are a South Campus student you are majoring in a field of math and sciences. At UCLA people believe that student are not being educated in the right manner because they are solely focused on their field of study when having a background in humanities and science would be very beneficial for students after graduation.

Most people would agree that North Campus majors are easier and have less of a course load while South Campus majors are more demanding on students, "[l]ighter workload for North Campus students provides flexibility to explore, critically think about real-world issue"(Salim Zymet). The balance mentioned above is an unrealistic goal for everyone but it can occur when we see the "middlemen", who can excel at both.

Courtesy of Fin Yu (Daily Bruin):

Courtesy of U.C.L.A. :

The two cultures are starting to bridge together because of the increase in younger age children having an increased interest within the sciences, even the sciences in humanities like, human evolution, so there are more scientists emerging. These perspectives are very interesting and eye opening into the two cultures along with the third culture and as to why they are emerging or slowly vanishing. Steven Pinker, in this short clip explains in detail the two cultures and the growing third culture. 


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YouTube, 2010. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

Boden, Daniel. "“˜A Chorus Line,’ Running at the Freud Playhouse, Mirrors Lives of UCLA Theater Students." Daily Bruin. 23 May 2012. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.


"University of California, Los Angeles." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.

Zymet, Salim. "Lighter Workload for North Campus Students Provides Flexibility to Explore, Critically Think about Real-world Issues." Daily Bruin. N.p., 3 Mar. 2011. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.