Telepathic Stroll

We wanted to explore the connections between each live stream and the fun possibility that we can create! Since our final project will be presented on the grid wall, we decided to build our whole concept revolving the idea of the grid wall and the potential of viewing all four live streams at the same time to create a piece much greater than each individual stream. Exploring the idea of third space and synchronising one and other. It involves interaction, cross streams, planning, coordination and a lot of teamwork in this project.

We start off at different location and moving to meet each other at the same pace where we play with the visual effects of filming. From synchronised games, face connection to various streaming ideas are thoughtfully planned, hope to explore different ways of live streaming.

It was quite interesting and fun to see how this project has grown from it’s initial idea up to our current idea. Bulk of the process in this project was very collaborative, especially in the conceptualising and planning phases. Ideas were bounced off each other and we really helped each other refine the nitty-gritty details and what we want to explore in the project.

Even on an individual basis, everyone had their part to play in their own special way. I helped out in scouting the location and keeping everyone up to date on the weather – the groups very own weather boy – which proved to be quite a tricky task considering how unpredictable the weather has been of late. Along with that, that weekend was slated to have a high chance of precipitation which led to a lot of ‘calling it at a minutes notice’ when taking action. Scouting the location was also part of my repertoire, which considering the location, was quite a pleasant task, especially with the maps provided, it really helped to figure out a good location for us to go on our own winding paths away from each other.

and oddly enough, in our divergent paths, reunite again

The process it itself was a little daunting especially with how coordinated we needed to be for our final result to appear as we’d like. Fortunately, even when putting the video together roughly, by placing our phones side by side, we were all quite wow’d by the final result even in that form. Even happy coincidences like the crossing seen in the gif above were a nice touch on the abilities of our project.

My personal takeaway from this project is once again this idea that even when apart from each other, our lives have a level of synchronicity that we are unaware of. I say “once again” as I had similar sentiments when doing the co-broadcast with Su Hwee; showing the parallels that everyday people have to a degree that even I didn’t expect going into the assignment.

With all the works, reading and meetings we’ve had through the semester, one work that does stand out to me, that reminds me of my aforementioned sentiment is Douglas Davis’ “Worlds Longest Collaborative Sentence”.

Firstly, because I’m sure that page after page of keyboard musings, there definitely are common themes, similarities and identical words and phrases keyed in but additionally so in the sense that people have felt like they’ve been closer and more connected to people despite distance.


Straight from the ‘Sentence‘ itself; and much like the past projects, I genuinely do feel this thread of connectivity, allowed by this advent of social broadcasting in being able to connect people and see just how much everyone is and can be a community in their similarities despite their differences and the amazing parallels that we all have in our lives.

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  1. I am so impressed with the telephatic stroll project. It is really one of the best uses of social broadcasting I have seen. You embraced the medium to its full advantage, and you were extremely clever in the way you achieved synchronization. The idea of creating a soundtrack with rhythm, cues, and instruction was a stroke of genius! I only wish that I might have thought of such a great idea!

    The way in which you choreographed the piece was stunning. I particularly liked the switching of cameras from front/back in tandem. That was a great idea and had such a powerful impact on our perspective of time and space. But there were also many other wonderful moments: the alignment of your heads using the height of the screen (amazing); walking perfectly in sync along the path; rotating the phones from person to person to creating a moving panorama; pointing to the sky in unison and even aligning the landscape, trees, etc. All of these ideas were so clever and imaginative, you must have had great fun working it out.

    Also the shape of the piece was very well done. Starting away from each other (I’m not sure how you cued up the beginning of the soundtrack), and then coming together in the first space while maintaining the third space perspective and panorama. There was a wonderful sense of coordination, almost like a ballet, as you stepped through each of the sequences with perfect ease and fluidity. The piece was enormously enjoyable and I plan on using it as a prime example of student experimentation in social broadcasting.

    Makoto, I was intrigued with your reference to Douglas Davis’ World’s Longest Collaborative Sentence, and while you are right, that particular passage does describe the Telepathic Stroll, I would have emphasized the collective narrative aspect of the project, in which the writings of many people coalesce into a whole. That is precisely what Telepathic Stroll accomplishes, it merges the four of you into a single, coordinated stroll, a collective stroll, one that you take together via the connectivity of your phones.

    One other comment: I would have liked to have seen you begin your post with clearer description of the work, something a bit more concise, whereas the closing statement is quite excellent, and you do bring in the collective, community aspect of the work.

    Overall this is a great achievement. Congratulations!!

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