So after talking to multiple professors about my journey in finding ‘poetry’ in modern digital medium, I came to the conclusion that I will find it one day, I just have to keep exploring and have fun with it (It’s a bit hard because I’ve become really impatient with the world recently. It’s like everything is falling apart. I think the Mayans were right, the world did end in 2012 and we’re all just living in an endless purgatory right now).
I talked to my professor, Judith Doyle, who teaches the Affect and Emotions in Practice course I am taking this semester. Her work evokes that feeling of ‘livingness’ through digital medium. And I asked her what makes it so? What is it in things we don’t normally empathize with that could evoke empathy? She suggested that not only I keep journal of my exploration with digital medium but also to do so in everyday life’s ‘poetry’.
So I started with my study of the piece of red oak I have lying around in my room.
I did three different types of observations of this piece of red oak. First is through looking at a high definition picture of the scan. Second is by studying the simplified version of the grain by image trace function on Adobe Illustrator. Third is by retracing the grain myself. I’ve always found wood to be a quirky material. Its grain is not only unique to each species, but to each cut. Like people and their little movements. Only each move is recorded in its life as it grows. It’s like I’m studying part of the movements this red oak tree made in its life. I think each direction of the grain is a poetry.
I will continue my journey to find more ‘poetry’ in nonhuman things around me. I’m a little tired today, had a full class of debugging our collaboration project. But we ended the day getting ramen for dinner with almost everyone in the Digital Future 2019 program, it was a nice way to end the week.
see you next time