Monthly Archives: September 2015

Progress/Thoughts on Final Project

My previous idea stays put but in order for me to develop it even further, I need to know the how final broadcasting is going to happen. I guess I need to know what I can do and what is not possible. Will I be accessible to Max/Msp? Can I broadcast wirelessly through a mobile camera while still broadcasting through the transmitter?

I’ve given some thought of my previous idea of using the causeway as a metaphor for escape, for freedom and creativity that this self need after living in his home country. The need to break free. Anyway, I went over to Malaysia over the weekend, took the public bus and manage to film some video while the bus was crossing the bridge that separates Singapore and Malaysia. Then a epiphany hit me, I got a couple of videos of plane taking off taken from the view from inside. Plus, it be good to have another one from the sea. All these actions symbolize escape, moving out, departure, breaking out, flight, leave and so much more. This would then be a good layer to talk about the state of myself always wanting to find my ‘place’ in society.

As much as I really like the idea, I have to think of what broadcasting live means. I know by definition that I have to transmit something and also be able to ‘perform’. If I were to look at this way, then my initial idea was actually, layering all the different clips and overlay it with me performing some kind of act that compliments the videos. In order to do this, again, I need to know what is able and not able to work within the constraint of the equipment available. I’ve made some video sample with max msp.

The thought of broadcasting our final assignment on the Internet actually makes this project very wide and the possibility is endless. In order to make this project a success (in terms of numbers of viewers), I need to be able to attract the attention right at the first second. Sound also plays a major role as well since it is video broadcast.

Good Morning, Mr Orwell, Nam June Paik

Good Morning, Mr Orwell, Nam June Paik

I like how Nam June Paik does all the overlaying of live video in his Good Morning, Mr. Orwell. I was really inspired by that idea and I hope I have the chance to do something similar for my final assignment. I also hope to integrate some form of glitch art into the video as well if I have my hands on max/msp or quartz composer.

The One With The Glitchhhhh

I followed exactly what randall wrote in the step by step manual.

Guess what, it was successful! I was really happy with the results!
Below are my process. Starts with the original image.

Original Image

Original Image

Start slow, blue glitch is visible on the bottom.

first try

first try

Tried more daring copy and paste action.

keep it going

keep it going

And more daring moving up and down copy and paste action!

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beautiful colourful haze

Yes, opening on preview and on photoshop makes a different! But I actually love this!

abstract - kamarule, 2015, glitch art

abstract – kamarule, 2015, glitch art



I keep going and this final image did not look like the original, so I think I should stop right? Or should I keep on glitching?

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Manhattan Gone Going

Singapore Botanical Garden

Being the only tropical  garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanical Garden is Singapore’s equivalent to the Central Park in New York City. It evolved from an experimental economic garden to a botanical institution with roles in research, education, conservation and also recreation. We can use the garden as a subject of our research to answer questions on why such garden is very important to a country.

Exploring the Singapore Botanical Garden online and onsite, we have come up with different theme and objects that can be used in the exhibition proposed. As the botanical garden not only houses plants and flowers, they also house sculptures as well. Going through the whole park, many sculptures in style and medium can be seen. They are made from different artists and this is one of our possible topic; choosing sculptures in the Garden. Below are the sculptures.

  1. Sculptures.
Bull Frog

Bull Frog



Fifty Wings

Fifty Wings

Gaboon Viper

Gaboon Viper


Passing Of Knowledge

Passing Of Knowledge

Chang Kuda

Chang Kuda




Swing Me Mama

Swing Me Mama



As you can see at the photographs below, each sculpture is very unique and they all have different style. The sculpture is placed in very strategic place to compliment the area and garden. These sculptures not only serve as a decorative purposes but also a symbolic and tells the history of the Singapore Botanical Garden. It will be an interesting way to see how we can make a proposal exhibition out of these sculpture.

The next possible format and proposal is to look at the plants, trees and or the hybrid Orchids at the National Orchid Garden. Below are some important trees that the Singapore Botanical Garden have recognise due to its long history and memories they have. While there are more heritage trees to be discovered at the park, these are a few stands out one that is worth a mention.

2. Heritage Trees



Mandela Giant Cola

Mandela Giant Cola





Our group think that these trees plays an even more important roles to make the people in UNESCO to consider making the Botanical Garden a Heritage site. Upon more research, we might even track down to where these trees come from. There might be a chance that some trees were brought in from other parts of the planet to be grown here in Singapore.

One such species that stands out is the Tembusu Tree. The tree was chosen to exemplify Singapore’s aspiration of becoming a “garden city”. Moreover, its sturdiness and spreading canopy were thought to embody strength, resilience and a continuous drive for progress. The species has also been used as a metaphor for relations between the state and civil society in the 1990s. In a 1998 speech, ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh likened the government under the premiership of Goh Chok Tong to the tembusu for its tall and strong qualities but with a canopy smaller than the banyan tree, which was used to describe the preceding Lee Kuan Yew era. The smaller canopy of the tembusu allows other plants – a reference to civil society – to grow around it.

While we are exploring other options on our exhibition proposal. We thought we could feature artists who works with nature like plants or spices. By looking at these contemporary artists, we can trace back the material back to a garden which is related in this topic.

3. Contemporary Artist

  1. Laurent Mareschal. Laurent is concerned with the impermanence of life and often uses Palestinian sources for his work, acknowledging the particular impermanence of Palestinian lives. He creates large, site-specific works, using everyday materials such as spices, soap and food. With these he creates ephemeral patterns arranged to evoke such things as decorative floor titles or traditional embroidery.
    Laurent Mareschal, 'Beiti', Spices on gallery floor. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Marie Cini. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    Laurent Mareschal, ‘Beiti’, Spices on gallery floor. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Marie Cini. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    2. Haegue Yang. Haegue Yang, a leading artist of her generation kicks off the first series of PlatformSTPI Projects (PSP) with Honesty Printed on Modesty, close to 100 new breakthrough works drawing attention to the power of spices and everyday food items – from its domestic function to its impact on civilizations and evolving human history.

    Yang’s surprise discovery and usage of spices and vegetables found in markets of Singapore from around the world, charts the earliest drivers of globalization where the quest for spices established a vast economic network throughout the middle ages and colonialism. Followed by modernization and its scientific advancements, which revolutionized and continue to impact how food is harvested, processed and distributed to meet today’s consumption demands.

    “Spice Sheets,” photo courtesy Haegue Yang, Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

    “Spice Sheets,” photo courtesy Haegue Yang, Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

    Haegue Yang at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, in front of her "Spice Moon" series.

    Haegue Yang at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, in front of her “Spice Moon” series.

    3. Maya AttounMaya Attoun was born in Jerusalem in 1974. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, where she received her BFA in 1997 and an MFA in 2006.

    House Plants

    House Plants Wallpaper and linoleum Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens 2009

While walking through the Singapore Botanical Garden, we came across an artist putting the finishing touches to her drawing of a specific frame of the garden.

4. Paintings of Singapore Botanical Garden

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It’s no surprise that the Singapore Botanical Garden is a spot for illustrator and painter given the beautiful scenery the landscape offers. It would also be possible to use paintings of the botanical garden for our exhibition proposal as well!

Another possible items is to use archival photograph of the Singapore Botanical Garden as highlight of our exhibition proposal. We could arrange photograph through out the years to see the growth and progress of the botanical garden to it is today.

5. Old Photographs

A big crowd at the Botanic Gardens on Aug 2, 1959, for the first performance of Aneka Ragam Rakyat or People’s Variety Show, featuring songs and dances by different racial groups. PHOTO: ST FILE

A big crowd at the Botanic Gardens on Aug 2, 1959, for the first performance of Aneka Ragam Rakyat or People’s Variety Show, featuring songs and dances by different racial groups. PHOTO: ST FILE

One interesting fact about the SBG is that, during the Japanese Occupation in Singapore, the Japanese actually took care of the Botanical Garden and continue with their research. This could be an interesting topic to look at as well.

Corner seated next to two of the Japanese scientists who held control over the Gardens during the Japanese invasion. The Marquis Yoshuchika Tokugawa is seated at the far left and Professor Hidezo Tanakadate is in the centre (the woman in the image is not identified).

Corner seated next to two of the Japanese scientists who held control over the Gardens during the Japanese invasion. The Marquis Yoshuchika Tokugawa is seated at the far left and Professor Hidezo Tanakadate is in the centre (the woman in the image is not identified).

E.J.H. Corner with one of the “botanical monkeys” that he famously used to help collect field specimens.

E.J.H. Corner with one of the “botanical monkeys” that he famously used to help collect field specimens.

Entrance to Botanic Gardens c 1900. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore.

Entrance to Botanic Gardens c 1900. Photo Credit: National Archives of Singapore.



We also search on exhibitions that was held onsite at the SBG or any other location which is related to the art of Botanical.

  1. The Fox Got You at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. The Fox Got You is a photographic installation celebrating six common plants which are at the origin of five major medicinal drugs. The exhibition brings togehter the plants, the drugs, the clinicians, the patients, the people making the drugs and the scientists researching how these diseases affect our body. By revealing the powers behind some of the plants growing in the Botanic Garden, this exhibition offers a unique insight into the way we are made and changed by the natural world.
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2. The “Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year” photo competition aims to showcase the rich biodiversity and greenery that make Singapore an endearing and exceptional City in a Garden. Rediscover the heritage and value of our parks, gardens and nature reserves and capture your interpretation through photographic lens of this living space and greenery that Singapore is famous for.

First Prize Winner. Mr Kwan Sai Hoe – ‘Tanglin Gate at Singapore Botanic Gardens’

First Prize Winner. Mr Kwan Sai Hoe – ‘Tanglin Gate at Singapore Botanic Gardens’

3. Botanical Inspirations: Topical Splendour – Plant portraits from Shirley Sherwood Contemporary Collection. The artistic yet relatively scientifically identifiable depiction of plants has a long heritage. Tracing its history back into one of the most well documented period of human history – the Greek era. With the introduction of photography, botanical painting has since developed more into an art form for the appreciation of people from all walks of life. Botanical artists marry scientific accuracy and artistic sensibility. Today, it puts across the message of conservation by highlighting the beauty and diversity of the plant world through the images of rare and endangered plants.
This exhibition is Singapore Botanic Gardens’ first showcase of botanical paintings from various renowned international artists, curated by Dr Shirley Sherwood, whose family sponsored the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens, UK.

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Short Term Goals
Kamarul: Photograph on site in order to find any interesting subject to be use as research material. Find relationship between the SBG and how people interact with the park. Keeping the proposal open until a good statement could be made or research upon.

2. Nina: Research on past exhibition that is held in the SBG or outside which could be related to the topic. Overseas exhibition that is relevant can also be a source for inspiration and research material.   Finding scholarly sources pertaining to how landscape/garden could affect people’s visualisation.

3. Basirah: Research on contemporary artist who uses the ‘garden’ and botany as their main source of inspiration and metaphor for their art making. Search on local artist as well who paints the botanical garden or the idea of a garden.

4. Wei Lin: Finding scholarly articles on any relevant information that could be link to our topic on SBG. Search on how the landscape of the SBG on the Singapore 5 Dollar note could be relevant to the topic as well. Finding a proposal statement which could tell a story as well as educational.

Long Term Goals:
Kamarul: To read as much article which is relevant to the topic of sculpture, plantation or even hybridisation. To know SBG physically in the back of my hand.

Nina: Find a common thread on exhibitions on Botanical Art which could be use to tie everything in for our proposal.

Basirah: To find a local artist who paint scenes from the Singapore Botanical Garden. Visual analysis on paintings or photographs of SBG.

Wei Lin: Research on how exhibition is being organised from printing of description to the placing of the artwork.

As a group, within this coming 2 months, we aim to keep in contact through a shared folder in the Google Drive where anyone is able to share information which could be relevant to our project. We also plan to meet once every 2 weeks in order to update each other on their tasks.


Week 6: Family Portraits

Family Portrait is actually a song! I’m kidding. To me, I have a very simple definition of a family portrait. A family portrait is an image that document a family at a particular moment of time or space. Talking about family portrait, I suddenly thought about a photo that I took when I was in London 3 years ago. It’s a photo that frames a photograph taken of the UK Royal family at an event. It seems its taken on a balcony or some sort. Anyway, you can identify the Queen, her husband, Prince Charles, his two sons, Harry and William. There are also 3 other individuals who is not familiar to me but it seems to be of close ties to be able to stand near to the Queen. While this is not an official family portrait, but I feel that it could be. It shows a particular moment of time and the absence of Princess Diana might tell us that this photo was taken after 1997.

London, United Kingdom. Taken on 14 September 2012

One famous family portrait that immediately comes into my mind is actually the Addams Family! I remember watching the film and the cartoon way back! But I always remember the family portrait they showed right before the show starts, in the introduction video. As you can see the in image below, they look very surreal and weird but thats what the show is. Looking at the family portrait, it seems they are very close as family.

The Addams Family, 1991

The Addams Family, 1991

And the next family portrait that comes into my mind was also from the Kardashian Family. I don’t watch reality tv but I do see some images of them in magazines or online. Anyway, this photo below is a good documentation of a particular moment of time. Compare the photo below and now, there is 2 divorced couples and another one broke up and ONE sex change. Caitlyn Jenner is what Bruce Jenner is now known as. I like how the documentation of celebrities family portraits changes over their time. To me even though these photos are not famous portraits, they are relevant in my lifetime.

The Kardashian Family

The Kardashian Family

But if you are talking about a really Famous family portrait, then we have to go all the way back, back to paintings. Despite many family portrait of royals and the rich, I actually couldn’t connect with those painting and choose one because I don’t feel comfortable talking about paintings that I am not familiar with. But I do have a famous family portrait in mind actually. In a form of a photography by Dorothea Lange.

Migrant Mother(1936) - Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother(1936) – Dorothea Lange

This photograph depict my definition of a family portrait. The woman, Florence Owens Thompson is seen with his two children facing behind getting comfort in their mother’s touch. This picture was made famous because it represented the Great Depression. She became an iconic image and figure soon after this photograph was publish. Even though this picture did not have all of the family member to be a ‘family’ family portrait, I still categorise this as one as it shows a very specific moment of time in the world which contains human emotion and a human subject. Below, is a photo taken 43 years after Migrant Mother. Again, this is also a family portrait.

Thompson (seated) with three of her daughters, (from l. to r.) Katherine, Ruby and Norma, in 1979—43 years after Migrant Mother

Thompson (seated) with three of her daughters, (from l. to r.) Katherine, Ruby and Norma, in 1979—43 years after Migrant Mother

But I feel that family portrait have changed through out the years in terms of being symbolic and representation. In family portraits painting we discuss in class, for example the Palmer Family in readings by Johann Zoffany. There are so many things we can talk about in terms of posture, eye contact, position of the body and more. However, looking at modern family portrait, there isn’t all those anymore. No more symbolic hidden meaning. Family Portrait was mean to be an important thing back then but now, its just another jpeg file I feel. If you compare the Kardashian Family portrait above and The Palmer Family, you can see a big difference in terms of composition and meaning as well.

The Sapiees, 2011

The Sapiees, 2011

So here’s my family portrait at a specific moment of my life, finishing my Basic Military Training, at the Passing Out Parade. As you can see, I am right smack in the middle however, I am slightly at the back compare to the rest of my family. This is to represent that I am in the centre of the attraction but however, not to forget that I won’t get through this phase without the support of my family. See, composition.

Anyway, this photo was taken by my girlfriend who was there with us as well. Even though there are the invention of the selfie stick, I am totally against using it for a family portrait. It’s either on a proper tripod or asking someone else to take it for us.

Week 5: Labour

How have artists made us think and feel about labor? Well, artists knows that they are labour themselves and their works is a reflection of that. Ok Kidding.

Labor is a very broad term and one of its synonyms is Employment. However, when we use the word Labor, I feel there is a very negative connotation attached to the word ‘labor’. Don’t make me even start with Hard Labor!

But anyway, labor is one of the favourite topics artist likes to tackle actually because of its relevancy to the current time and it reflect how the economy is doing. For example, I have one local artist on the top of my head when the topic about Labor came in. Jing Quek.  He is a commercial photographer by practice and he also have this series of labourers/workers posing in a very interesting manner below.


As you can see through this series of his, it seems that Jing Quek is actually glorifying these mens and their jobs. Yes, it seems that all these people are holding blue collar jobs and for the lack of terms, hard labor. These jobs require a lot physical strength and also they come from foreigners especially from India or China. They can be seen posing in their working environment, holding their tools of trade. I really like the above photo featuring the grass cutter. The composition is really nice and the contrast colour of green and their red uniforms really make the photography pops out. SGI19

This photo however, might not be talking about glorifying the role of a maid though. I feel this photo tells the sad reality of a maid actually. They can be seen doing many things for example, taking care of a baby, ironing clothes, vacuuming and the list goes on. Even though you can say that it is glorifying the job, it is not necessary in a good way and this photo has a really good layer in terms of its message and visual.SGI37

This photo is also interesting in terms of featuring the locals trishaw drivers. Again, all the subjects in the photos are pose to make them look important and matter in life. The artist have actually brought up the topic of labor by making the subjects behave in a very unlikely manner. The message pertaining labor is brought up through the juxtaposition of its subjects and content. Being in Singapore, these people is a very aplenty in our everyday lives but we always ignore them and the topic of being invisible is relevant here. So Jing Quek is bringing them into the limelight and let us viewers see that they too are humans and hold beautiful colours in our lives.

Another artist that pops up in my head that speaks about labor is none other than the great Banksy.

In this introduction video to the Simpsons, Bansky speaks about Labour in it. From using child labour to animal abuse to even killing animal for the sake of mass making products. This video I feel might reflect the accuracy of the mass market right now. We all know that child labour is being used in those poor developing countries to make goods. And that is why unicorns no longer exists in this planet. Plus, I feel this medium of using animation and video can easily reach to the masses and the message Banksy is trying to tell can be watched by millions of people who are watching The Simpsons.

Another work by Banksy is this mural at a wall located at Wood Green, London. It depicts a child labour sewing the union jack flags in masses. The work was a protest against the use of sweatshops to manufacture Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics memorabilia in 2012. Afterwards, the wall was actually removed and it was sold for $1.1 Million dollars at an auction house. It was a very controversial topic because Banksy made the mural for the public but yet it was removed and sold. Being that controversial story that it is, I feel that the controversial took over the message of the artwork actually. Nonetheless, you can get the sense of labour being depict here in a form of a boy and the sewing machine.

Slave Labour (2012) - Banksy, Wood Green, London

Slave Labour (2012) – Banksy, Wood Green, London

Slave Labour (2012) - Banksy, Wood Green, London

Slave Labour (2012) – Banksy, Wood Green, London

Labor is essential to the economy and nation building. There are 15 definition of labor in an online dictionary. I cannot imagine number 11.

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Week 4: The Sea

In Allan Sekula’s Fish Story, he brings up very interesting topic about maritime and the sea. In an interview, Allan Sekula talk about how the sea is the reason for globalisation and expansion of the world through Trade.

Even though this interview was very insightful to what was on his mind when he created his work, I thought that I should go down to the CCA at Gillman to check things out myself. So I did. To think about trade in the 16th Century, we first need to understand the issue that Allan have bring up in his work.IMG_4510

Fish Story is an extensive research that makes a clear point that the ocean and global maritime trade contribute substantially to the circulation of commodities and capital and it is an integral part of the capitalist market forces.

At the CCA, the exhibition not only show Fish Story but also juxtapose two other works titled ‘Lottery of The Sea’ and ‘The Forgotten Space’. I quite enjoy this idea as they are all somehow related in one continuous narrative. In the Forgotten Space, Allan reminds us that the Sea is indeed a forgotten space and is actually a space of economy and prosperity(thanks to trade), but at the same time, exploits the labourers who works in the maritime trade. Allan also bring up the subject of these containers that plays a huge revolutionary impact on the world economy. Container ships looks like mobile factory moving around in looking for cheap labor.IMG_4511


I agree with Allan in his work when he mention the sea as the Forgotten Space. It kinds tie in to how the world actually progress and discovered! Remember all those great explorer who goes out to in search of new land, it was through the sea and with trade happening across nation, thats what make a country prosper. The sea is what makes religion spread as well! IMG_4514

Knowing the condition of the maritime industry currently, I envision trade in the 16th century even harder! Firstly, the goods have to be pack and move in an orderly manner. There must be some standardise container to make trade more efficient. Secondly, most importantly, labor. Below, the Dutch employes labours from Africa as shown in the close up of the image. They are painted with a darker skin tone and can be seen climbing the ship and doing all the hard manual labor.

Arrival of a Portuguese ship, one of a pair (Nanban screens), Six panel folding screen, 1620–1640. Japan. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D77+.

Arrival of a Portuguese ship, one of a pair (Nanban screens), Six panel folding screen, 1620–1640. Japan. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D77+.

This goes to show that whatever the ship belongs to, they would actually hire people from outside their countries. Even chinese workers have been depicted in paintings. Even though these nambans screens are from the 17th century, I believe they are still relevant if we are talking about the 16th century.

Arrival of a Portuguese ship, one of a pair (Nanban screens), Six panel folding screen, 1620–1640. Japan. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D77+.

Arrival of a Portuguese ship, one of a pair (Nanban screens), Six panel folding screen, 1620–1640. Japan. Ink, colors, and gold on paper. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D77+.

I like this quote by Allan Sekula below. This simple thought shows a lot of how some country can fight over territorial of the sea.


I was watching The Forgotten Space at the CCA and there is this scene where they container is being operated by machines. It’s moving towards being automated and this is one of the worker said.IMG_4519

That is one scary thought. Regardless, labor is still needed in the maritime industry and they are the invisible hands that move the world economy.

Week 3: Female Patrons of the Arts

Who is a another female patron of the arts?

Heard of Shirley Sherwood? If you have not, you are going to hear about it now. Patronage is very important in the art world especially during the medieval and renaissance period. Usual patrons are rulers, rich families and nobles, who uses art to show their status and power. In a nutshell, they sponsor artists to make art in a way.

However, I would like to look at modern patrons where the definition might shift from being a sponsor of art to keeping and curating artworks for the greater good. One such soul is Shirley Sherwood. She is a collector of Botanical art illustration. She has been described as a “driving force behind a revival of interest in botanical art”. Her comprehensive collection from over 200 artists, living in 30 different countries, documents the emergence of a new wave of botanical paintings and the renaissance of their art form. She has been collecting all this great artwork since 1990! dr-shirley-sherwood-obe

Her collection is actually in Singapore currently! It’s at the Singapore Botanical Garden.

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Shirley collects illustrations from artists. IMG_4427 IMG_4431 IMG_4436 IMG_4437

Researching more on Botanical Art, it started back in the 15th Century! They were used for culinary and of course medicinal and there are illustrations of the plants in a book to identify it. Relating to plants, gardens play important roles in architecture as well. Places like the Taj Mahal, the garden plays the role of an entrance to the palace. Not forgetting the Hanging Garden of Babylon.

In summary, Shirley Sherwood may not be a rich patrons of the art, but her passion in collecting botanical drawings make her did this and this is very important to have all this illustrations all under one roof for easy learning of knowledge and also for research purposes.

Singing My Way Home

I was walking home after buying some food at a nearby food stall.
There were beautiful lights being put up along the trees, so I decided to broadcast it to the whole world! How cliche is that! But that’s what happened! And it reminds me of Coldplay’s song Fix You, where the lyrics goes like ‘lights will guide you home’. So watch the video to listen to me singing.

I was surprised that there were at least 3 people were watching me! I am not going to lie, I’ve been finding good videos to use for this assignment and each time I broadcast all my previous videos, it does not have any viewer. But today, there were at least 3! Total viewers was 6 according to the statistic! This actually tells something about the internet, that it is random. I mean there are definite ways/methods to get viewers but sometimes, luck plays a part. Maybe during the time I was broadcasting, there were people just scrolling through Asia and happen to see me.



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Finding a good reason to broadcast to the world is actually harder than it seems. Finding a narrative and making people to keep watching your broadcast is not something easy. How do directors and actors make one keep still and watch the movie till the end is actually not rocket science but there are some science involve. With periscope, anybody can just start and stop watching other people’s broadcast easily, its like having a power to look at scenes from all over the world but not the power to control what scenes though.

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The power and responsibility to broadcast something to the internet is huge. Similar to how the Videofreex broadcast their material to the television, it is such a powerful way to get things across to the masses.

Jodi derived from combining two of its members name,  Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans.

In a nutshell, is a website. But in actuality, it’s more than just a website. Here, you guys got to check it out! Do not worry if you feel like your browser is getting out of control, it is art! Glitch Art!

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.43.03 am  starts on a black background with green gibberish computer language words written on the top. This certainly, invites people to click on it and to me, that is where the adventure of the unknown world of the world wide web begin. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.43.41 am

 “We explore the computer from inside, and mirror this on the net. When a viewer looks at our work, we are inside his computer.

A little background about the artist. They started out by modifying old video games and deconstruct the whole world and putting it in a different layers and ways. They were creating glitch art before the genre even have a name yet. Their intent was to find the accidental disturbances of the machine and its language: to subvert the expectations. I like the statement they make I shared above. Sometimes, we are too engross on what’s happening on our computer screen that we forgot that the computer do have a brain and an inside. Like human being, our skin is what being shown above, but deep inside our organs, are intricate veins and vessels that is very important to make us live normal lives. Similarly, the computer share the same sentiment as us.Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.43.15 am

So by showing what is on the inside of the computer, as quoted as Jodi, and present it as a work of art on the net, this work explores the medium of the internet and question the audience whether are we aware on what is going on behind all the beautiful layout of Facebook and Twitter. Matter of fact, these ‘codes’ are actually beautiful. That is what wishes to show us.Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.43.28 am

By introducing glitch aesthetics onto the internet as a medium, they perceived the net as the theatrical space where performance and glitch can be appreciate and viewed on a large scale. If the net is Madison Square Garden, then the codes are the main event. Having these codes as visual experience rather than its functional qualities, this pushes the boundary of the medium when this was introduce to the world in 1995, which was still early age of the Internet. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.43.54 am

Reading Rosa Menkman’s Glitch Moment(um) actually helps me to understand the definition of glitch art. She actually break down glitch into different parts and sets the tone of how glitch art can also be used as a message technically, socially and metaphorically.

“…theorists need to be more clear about the relationship between technical and metaphorical or cultural dimensions of glitch culture. Focusing on the glitch within this broader perspective makes it possible to think through some of the more interesting political and social uses of the glitch within the field of digital art.”

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As Rosa Menkman mention, Glitch Art can be used more than just aesthetically but also to send a message metaphorically. This reminds me of Jon Cates’s Bold3RRR, where he uses his desktop screen as glitch art to talk about the digital window on how we live our lives using the internet. The fact that Rosa Menkman was introduce to Glitch Art and inspired by was amazing and it shows that Jodi was an originator of this genre called Glitch Art. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 11.42.03 am

Looking back at, it does not necessarily break the order of how one uses the internet and more specifically, how one surf a website. We can still press buttons and there are cursors that lead us to the next follow glitch pages. With each subsequent page, the glitch gets more daring and the results is really beautiful.  It does however, break the flow of information when one expect to gain information when surfing the net.Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 11.42.16 am

Final Project Initial Ideas

As mention during the class about a few weeks ago, for the final project, I have an idea of combining live feed of road traffic cameras of the traffic heading towards Malaysia via Second Link or the Causeway. Juxtaposing it with another bridge which Randall suggested the golden gate bridge at san francisco.

I’ve manage to find out more of the live feed camera of the Golden Gate Bridge but it’s not working so great. Here, take a look.


I kinda have to keep pressing refresh to see the changes of the next second/frame. Talking of the Golden Gate Bridge, i know there’s an artist that use the latitude numbers to check numbers of suicide happening or something like that. I can’t really remember but I know there is an artist doing that. Please someone help me.

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Anyway, I realise it’s the same as well for the Singapore traffic. But for Singapore, I am able to find traffic cameras from all over the island. Majors expressway basically. Take a look!

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.20.14 am Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.21.41 amLooking at both traffic camera in one blogpost, I can really see the comparison better in terms of visual placing. There is some similarities. But wait, I googled Los Angeles Traffic Camera and they too have a live feed camera of their roads.

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But yeah, it is not a live video like how I want it to be. Instead, it’s just snapshot of a second. It could work if I can have the page refresh automatically every 5 second or so.



Now back to the chopping board.