Comments for the readings and watching
The topics about the readings and watching are ‘copy and original’ which has been argued in art and design history. It is incredibly complicated topics to write about it by thinking in a week for me. When I studied fine art, I was excited by reading Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ stating ‘for the first time in world history, mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependence on ritual’. It meant independence of art wroks from all the political powers and authentications. In this sense, our creativity means its concepts, ideas and something we imagine, simulate and realize them, separating from our physical works and materials.
Our ideas, however, cannot be separated from our environment, including man-made art, and any thoughts. Our thoughts and feelings cannot be constructed alone. We are kept influenced through our senses and thinking. Once we become free from our physical limitation to create a piece of art work, it simultaneously means it limits our ways to be unique. For instance, if I think a concept and realize it on a paper by water colour, I need a time to manage the tool well. Some people like and manage the tool very well yet some do not. Yet, if it is done by coding, we just type on our keyboard. (Therefore, inventing new computational tools are very important in art history, I believe.) It decreases the value. The problem can be how we define ‘creativity’?
I believe creativity means how much one idea influences the others and the world. Great ideas and innovations have huge impacts. Of course, there can be difficulties to exhibit them in public. It is also true that innovative ideas are often difficult to gain attentions from many.
Still, if many people copy my idea, it can be a great honor and a pleasure.
Sound project: Iconic sound, the soundscape of NYC
What are the iconic sound in NYC? We recognize a city by looking at iconic buildings like Empire State, Rockefeller Centre and Central Park, yet what sounds give us identity of NYC? Even though sound is less recognized components of our experiences, it plays an important role for our experiences of a place. Simply, modern development has relied on our ‘vision’.
Yet, have you ever thought a city without hum of the city? How you feel when you travel around foreign country and meet people who speak your mother tongue? How about the beep sound of the automatic ticket gate responding to the reading the metro card?
The places I recorded
W. Square, Union Square, Subway, Subway gate, Time Square, Stores
Lists of Iconic Sound of NYC?
Siren, Horn, traffic, Subway sounds, Musician/Performers, Crazy people on subway asking for money or so, Announce in subway, Material influence, Laundry, The vibrate made by subway
The sounds are affected by
Shape of space, materials
It can be a sequences of noisy street with traffics and background music of shops. The announcements of subway.
*I couldn’t upload them.