"Finding Connection" is an original 40 minute indie musical theater production about finding personal connection in a digitally connected world. The production was filmed by the composer and actors on their cellphones and a camcorder. Here is the link to the YouTube playlist, containing 11 songs and 7 dialogues. The musical score features the human voice exclusively - there are no other instruments. Each song is different, ranging from musical theater, spoken word, metal, rap, and modern choral. I am the composer and film-maker, and I also sing/rap in some of the songs. [more inside]
a student-made painting app in the tradition of Kid Pix: one that embraces chaos, randomness and amateurism instead of pixel perfection. All brushes in this app were created by students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 'New Media Crash Course', Spring 2016 (don't worry, not really NSFW) [more inside]
This paper explores how the technological design of Facebook homogenizes identity and limits personal representation. I look at how that homogenization transforms individuals into instruments of capital, and enforces digital gates that segregate users along racial boundaries. Using a software studies methodology that considers the design of the underlying software system, I examine how the use of finite lists and links for personal details limits self-description. In what ways the system controls one’s visual presentation of self identity is analyzed in terms of its relation to the new digital economy. I also explore the creative ways that users resist the limitations Facebook imposes, as well as theorize how technological changes to the system could relax its homogenizing and limiting effects.