Micro Project 4: Exquisite Glitch


Original picture:

and then the passing on begins:




TA DAAAAA. Glitch art.

Glitch is like an error to me, a sort of noise that deconstruct an image and disruption of voices. But despite the negative effect the ‘noise’ glitch is associated with, it “also powers that force the reader to move away from the traditional discourse around the technology, and to open it up.”

This way we could make art through glitch like we did in the above. It changes the way we create art through technology and like what Rosa Menkman, Glitch Studies Manifesto said, “It can be a source for new patterns, anti-patterns and new possibilities that often exist on the border or membrane. ” I see it as mixing machine language and human language, thus forming an experimental new media art.

Experimental Interaction: Research Critique 2 / Micro-Project 3 (Intimacy, Separated)

Here’s the link below to our live-stream micro-project 3!


Before diving into our Micro-Project 3, we were given readings such as Maria Chatzichristodoulou’s “Cyber-performance” and “The Third Space” by Randall Packer to give ourselves a head-start. But after making this micro-project, I had a clearer view of what Third Space really means.

The third space is a virtual platform that’s created where there is “a fluid matrix of potentiality and realizable connections to the most far-reaching remoteness”. The other person may not be physically present with the artist, but through technology it “collapses boundaries in the third space“, transporting the person’s presence next to the artist.

What Yuolmae and I did to create intimacy in a third space is to repeat the motif of the bed, which was inspired by Paul Sermon’s Telematic Dreaming (1992) artwork where “The ability to exist outside of the users own space and time is created by an alarmingly real sense of touch that is enhanced by the context of the bed”.

The idea of ‘bed’ – personal, in our unarmed state. And let’s say we are sharing the bed then it is something up close and personal between the artist and the other. There is that deep sense of intimacy, despite actually being so far apart in reality. To enhance that closeness, we talked about daily life stuff – what we did, whether we’ve eaten, whether we have done our home works; like as if she’s my roomie/best friend in the same room.

In that moment, we are not only connected through livestream but somewhat skin to skin, hair strands “connected to each other”, we are “sharing” the earpiece and listening to the song I was listening to. We share the same food or somewhat the same in a bowl and pass it back to each other like as if Yuolmae was just right next to me. This was how we formed the “third body”.

But in contrary to this, we could not entirely connect through all 5 senses we have as a human  – to experience a full on closeness. Yes we can hear, we can see and communicate with each other, but we can’t really touch and feel the other through this third space. It’s weird I guess because the viewers watching us could probably sense the closeness and intimacy.

This reminds me of the movie “Her”

Theodore and the operating system, Samantha.

where this newly-divorced man gets close to the a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. She functions as a operating system but like a person, she can accompany him everywhere he goes and be his friend but without having a body like a human does, yet both manages to fall in love without experiencing all 5 solid senses.

That just shows the intimacy this third space could really create and like what Randall Packer stated, “The third space has become the new order of what it means to be human.” – that couldn’t be any more right.

Graphic Form: Image Making Through Type (Process)

After all the job search done, I have decided on being an Astrologer, Chocolatier, Landscape Designer and Contemporary Dancer.

Process for typography of job for:


I was inspired by a few things I’ve researched on when i think about “astrologer” such as the ones below:

Astrologist zodiac chart
The bright stars – galaxy
Planets orbiting around one another and meteors

So I based my main sketch for Astrologer on these:

I cut out different sizes of the circle to create the astrologist/zodiac chart, so that they will look popped up on the board I pasted it on. I needed it popped up so that it looks like it has the same kind of thickness as the planets i’m creating later on later on.

Painted these circles as gold, white/silver – the constellations are drawn in white pen. Hence the three colours I have for this are just going to be black, white/silver, gold.

Using styrofoam balls and painted them to make the gold/silver/black planets
The logo that’s sticking out is my horoscope sign – a Scorpio, and I purposely made it pop out so it will add to the line on letter ‘Q’

Initially I just wanted to use fairy lights to make the stars and constellations so as to create the ‘I’ in my name and for my background. But I also incorporated what Mimi told me to do which is using party light sticks! This is so that it will have almost the same “thickness” or width as the rest of the letters in my name in this specific work.

Without light exposure
With light exposure

And of course I had to do some editing using light-room and photoshop to get the contrast and bring out the bright light and covering up the wire liens of the fairy lights.


Photoshopping in the making


And that above is my final for Astrologer!


I was excited to get started on this because it’s something I haven’t done in a long time – designing and decorating like as if it’s my own backyard haha.

To start off:

Making the little pool out of my letter using wood and  small pebbles.

Adding the fake trees, cactus for decor and bushes with little yellow flowers surrounding it
Basically a big mess for something that looks small!
Close to finishing, going to paint the inner part of the pool to blue to make it look real


I had to melt the chocolates first to get the gooey-melting effect.

Initially thought of this idea where the chocolate melts are in the bowl and the spatula too so it could make into my initial ‘Q’ but that would be too simple.

Pouring the chocolate melts slowly hoping to get the effect:

Final before photoshop!


Processes of my drawings:

I erased some parts of the white off because I wanted more shadows and to really have more prominent lines on their bodies.

Finished drawing but before photshop

I had to do some editing in photoshop too to have more contrast and emphasise more on the white outline on them for the movement.

Next post will show my final results!

Graphic Form: Image Making Through Type (Research)

Before diving into the processes, I went for some “job search”!


But in my work, I wanted to portray the occupations that speaks to me – what I’ve admired about those jobs and the people who get to work as such.

Hence in the end I picked:


Landscape Designer 


Contemporary Dancer


When it comes to the typography, I relate it back to what we learnt in our first class exercise, seeing letters out of the ordinary, and also the ‘Image and Transformation’ presentation we had to do as well.

This was what I have set my mind to making by using images to transform it closely to the initials of my name “Qis”.


I’ve always admired Astrologers who gets to study astrology itself: the study of the motions and relative positions of the planets, sun, and  moon, interpreted in terms of human characteristics and activities.

So I looked up on images that came up to mind when I think of the things relating to astrology: planets (them orbiting to emphasise on it’s motions), zodiac charts, constellations in the sky where Astrologers usually associate it back to human characteristics.

The motion and movement of planets: orbiting around one another
The illuminating stars in the sky, the thought of constellations as well
Astrologer zodiac charts

Landscape Designer 

Initially I wanted to be a Gardener because of the concept I had which is to use real life mini shrubs and trees to create my name out. But after consultation, I agreed with Mimi that it seems better to make the job title as a Landscape  Designer.

I usually watch home designs on Lifestyle channel and get amazed at how these designers could transform a normal mundane backyard into something so beautiful.

They design attractive and functional gardens, parks, playgrounds, residential areas, college campuses, and public spaces. They also plan the locations of buildings, roads, walkways, flowers, shrubs, and trees within these environments.

The bright colours in the flowers of the bushes, the greenery in the landscape – makes it all the more beautiful
An example of a blue print of a landscape design
An example with loads of rocks on them, the focus on the short staircase


It’s all so interesting if someone gets to work with CHOCOLATES. I would love that job – I think I’d be in heaven having to taste all kinds of chocolates when being in the chocolate factory to make different kinds of chocolate. Or having to bring them back home for free!

When I think of chocolates, I think of thick-gooey-melting effect chocolates. So I searched up on things like that below.

Maybe even the letters in my name could have a dripping effect:

It could even be on a donut since my letter ‘Q’ has a shape ‘O’ in it

I also searched up on Behance to get more inspiration and ideas on especially the initial of my name ‘Q’ such as the one below – how he photoshopped the light into the ‘O’.


Contemporary Dancer 

I adore the movements and flexibility in these Contemporary Dancers, they seem to show more feelings in their movements more than any other dancers.

That is exactly the main characteristics in a contemporary dancer. When I watch the videos of these contemporary dancers dancing, I realise that the lighting also plays a huge part on bringing the mood to bring out the movement and beauty of their dance moves.

So I decided to search up on ways to emphasise the curves and lines on their movements. I like the idea of white charcoal on black paper, like the ones below as it brings out the light on them.

It can be as simple and minimal as the one below. Also because most of the time these contemporary dancers dance with little to no clothes on them, to emphasise on the raw and beauty of their movement while dancing.

With all that, I began incorporating these ideas into my sketches in my CPJ and next, on my process post.




Experimental Interaction: Research Critique 1 (Micro Proj 2 + DIWO)

(Making this my first post back on OSS and in the new year, HELLO 2018! HELLO SEM 2!)

For the previous two lessons on Experimental Interaction,  we had to read Marc Garrett’s Do-It-With-Others (DIWO) article and discussed it as a class. In the following lesson we were given our Micro-Project 2: Crowd-sourced Artwork with our specific groups. In my group, which includes Jing Yi, Azizah and me, we did a crowd-source project by using the Instagram app and it’s “POLL” function under Instagram Story.

In this project, we did a short poll game where  two people (me and Azizah) does the same actions but compete each other on who does it better and the judgement is based on the online public. Jing Yi records us and immediately put it up on Instagram ‘story’ function to show it to the audience on Instagram.

Since we only had a short period of time to do this mini project/game, we decided to limit it to 4 polls only and time ourselves to 3 minutes to collect the number of votes to see who wins. This took place in our school outside class so we can have it at an open space where not only our classmates could see our actions, but others in school too. It’s interesting to get people looking at you and questioning what you are doing, because it means they are curious about the idea behind it and wants to engage in it.

Our first Instagram story is a post on the short instructions to our mini poll game.

Immediately after posting the videos of what we do, in real time, Jing Yi then upload another post where the voting takes place. The viewers of our Instagram story vote based on the questions on these posts pertaining to the actions we do. We made it open to Instagram users and also made our classmates follow one of our group mates account to follow our Instagram story for this poll game. This is so that they can participate too. So for example, we will ask questions like the ones in the pictures below and they will simply click 1 of the 2 options:

And whoever has more votes, wins for that particular round (the post).

It’s simple but it’s interactive. And that’s the point of it. We used a popular social media platform as a way to reach out to the crowd online for their opinion. We allow everyone on Instagram to take part in the game as they, who watches, are the ones who gets to choose who wins in each question asked in each post. They play a huge part in getting the game going. In a way, we are doing crowd-sourcing.

One of our inspirations was from the open-source artist like Craig D. Giffen and his “Human Clock”, where he allows people all over the world to submit their picture of numbers found on any places, that corresponds to the current timing.

Sent pictures of the current timing numbers from people all over the world.

The site will automatically refresh itself after a minute has gone by and the same thing happens! It’s a brilliant idea of reaching out to the public as it allows more creativity to tell the time, and it connects with them all to engage in this “Human Clock”.

The same goes for art and I want to relate this back to the Marc Garrett’s DIWO article because yes, there is “a new form of participatory art emerging, in which artists engage with communities and their concerns.” With the elements of DIWO, the ecological, social and the networks we use, it allows this kind of autonomous communication in many media (such as Instagram, Facebook, Béhance etc). And that’s what we did using Instagram. But before thinking of this poll game that includes sourcing from others outside, it is obvious that we had to think of the public because “critically engaged activities were thought as an essential nourishment not only for ‘individual’ artists but ALSO as an effective form of artistic collaboration with others”.

This crowd-source based artwork is a departure from traditional art making by a single artist, simply because we see that nowadays traditional art has become more self-referential and divorced from social life, whereas artworks sourcing from everyone else has helped my group-mates and I to thrive together and come up with a more collaborative form of art. It engages everyone to come together in this game, this artwork we made in a short span of time.

At the same time, unlike traditional proprietary modes of artistic creation and production, by initiating projects together we get to come up with creative ideas faster by sharing these different ideas and in the end still come up with an artwork that includes everyone else.  There’s a “mass diffusion of human intellect through interaction”. Those traditional art creates a divide with all the “market-led appropriation” in it’s creation and production. However, through peer-to-peer interaction (DIWO), we allow ourselves to break away from the norm and do not conform to strategies. It is more open – it turns our attention as “creators, viewers and participants to connectedness and free interplay between (human and non-human) entities and conditions.”.