Test 1, 2..

After the brutal production review, I started making, i was conflicted with the material – wood, as that was one of the important aspects of my final piece. tying this notion of traditional african art with modern day technological workings to create this “avant-garde look” Since the addition of a projector to sort of bridge the physical object and the content, its been technical problems on after the other as I am new to projection mapping. But my Prof. Anezka has set me up with someone awesome to help with the kinks.  3 late nights with no coffee later…

I finally came up with the aesthetic overall look of how and where I wanted the projections to fall on the piece. < [ click there to view ]

This is a rough and dirty cut, but I’m very happy with it.




Current Mockup

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1. A small room or space (preferably all white)     √

2. A desk/ table (preferably white) at waist length  x

3. Individual white pedestal   (LXW- 48 x 13″)    √

4. Clear display case  (LXH- 18 x 13″)  √

5. A projector   √

6. A mac mini / media player to load projections

7. Headphone set

8.  Min 2 electricity outlets.  √

9.  An over-head spot/harsh lights for illumination.

10. Parabolic sound projection speakers.


The installation experience is designed to be seen by 4-5 people max. The audience will be guided into the space and see the encased sculpture against a wall.  The visitor will be able to walk up and interact with the piece freely for as long as they want. There will be posters of the four participants hung on the wall , and my abstract and artist statement as well as business cards, pictures and other info, placed on a small desk if need be.

My thesis abstract by Shakti

 Visions of Sound

Visions of sound is a series of 3D objects that explore how sound can be manifested in physical form. How can people’s opinions and matters on #AllLivesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter be observed in a way that can be physically compared? People’s personal stories and opinions will be gathered through qualitative interviews held with a diverse group of people from all walks of life. The soundwaves from certain stories will be used to generate 3D models which will then be 3D printed. The project is an exploration on how sound waves can be translated into physical manifestations, and how stories can be explored through a physical form.

The project aims to give people an opportunity to visually compare stories and to tell stories on opinions and matters. How can we physically represent what other people are thinking when speaking about a topic? and how can 3d fabrication be used as a way to build that physical object in a way that is data generated? It is also a further exploration on whether these objects can be a means to bridging language barriers. The personal motivations for this project stem from the curiosity in 3D fabrication and the ability to creating something on a 2D platform and make it come alive. The physical printed objects are intended to be displayed in a traditional museum display; in the backdrop, the videos of the interviewees will be set to play on repeat. The goal is for the viewers to interpret the art however they would like to.

User Scenarios.

Shana Bea | 25 years old | Black female  | Houston Texas | Student.Samantha Cruiz  | 24 years old | Spanish female | New york | Student.
Shana had just arrived in Newyork a few weeks ago to spend her summer break with her friend who lives in Brooklyn, Samantha. Samantha had heard about the Thesis exhibition show being held at Parsons the New school in May, from a flyer she had seen around the school’s campus and had invited Shana to tag along.

So the day of the event, both Shana and Samantha take the elevator up to D12, where the event was being held. Upon arrival to the floor, they were both in awe and pretty excited about what they were seeing. Drones hovering about the place, huge screens with colorful displays, Tech whiz’s trying to organize their clunky gadgets, the commotion, and the energy oozing from the floor had Shana and Samantha ecstatic. They began exploring the installations one by one.

They arrived at a small room located in the far back of D12 which was dimly lit with a strobe light, the strobe light was shining harshly on what seemed to be like four objects enclosed in glass. They walked towards the table where the objects were placed, in utter curiosity. Upon getting closer, Shana says “oh they each have iPads” Samantha inspects the 60″ table as if  something was going to appear at any moment. They both saw four pieces of very abstract sculptures, propped up on what looked like purple velvet cushions, trapped within glass cases. There were also three small incisions made at the side of each glass case as if by accident. Each object was accompanied with its own iPad, a pair of headphones and little tags that had quotes on them. Shana surveyed the tags and stopped at one of them which read “lives should never be taken lightly, all lives matter, even black lives as well” This resonated with Shana as she is a black activist who has been in all types of debates, movements, interviews surrounding the black lives matter movement and every time she heard people advocating with the all lives matter campaign, she got irked by it. So she decided to pick up the speakers to take a listen. She stared at the sculpture for a few mins, unsure of what was going to happen or how it was going to happen, her eyes looked around the desk once more and looked at the iPad in front of it. she tapped on the screen which came on and showed a play button. She tapped on the play button and adjusted her headphones. Samantha had noticed the screen lit up and was also curious about what was going to play. Both were fixated on the screen. They first see a bust of a young African woman, her name was Ema as it appeared on the screen. She was sitting in a white room conversing with someone off screen talking about why she thinks black lives matter.

The screen transitioned to sonic waves that reflected the woman’s voice, which then showed the image of the object that sat in front of them Samantha uttered “oh that’s cool” Shana nodded in agreement. “I wonder if there’s an artist statement or something,” said Samantha as she looked across the table where she saw stacks of papers. She quickly ran over to where the papers were and read through the briefing carefully, before enlighting Shana about what they were viewing. Samantha moved on to interact with the next object and this time, brought out her phone to record the screen. “This is really cool stuff, I wonder why they dimmed the lights, though, would have been better if this was more open with the rest of the projects on the floor, these feel kinda secluded,” she thought. Shana had just finished listening to two of the pieces when she spotted a camera in the corner of the room, She tapped Samantha on the shoulder pointing out the sort of hidden camera and gasped “looks like they are recording us” They both strike poses, afterwards picking up the business cards that were sprawled in the corner of the table and looking around the room one more time. The artist of the piece decided not be in the room with the audience as they were interacting with the sculptures. Shana and Samantha then briefly critiqued the installation. “I definitely see this in Moma or something, in fact, it should be in MoMA, we need more creative ways people can be aware of the black lives movement, even if it’s not direct, but being aware is good right?” asked Shana. “well, to be honest i don’t know if these enlighten people on the whole matter, but I like that it’s sort of a comment on it, or rather the artists comment on the whole matter. I still don’t know what side she for though haha.” says Samantha.

They both decided to continue to explore D12 and the cool projects that were on display.


For better, or for worse..

I was able to get 8 people to participate in my interviews! yay. But some I wished had chipped in their two cents.


Most people were really uncomfortable with the thought of being recorded on camera. But the absence of this encouraged people to open up vocally tho, which was good. I initially wanted to have a videography to accompany my piece, but since i was only able to get more audio content than video – this made me shift my idea a bit. Think i will have to cut the video out and maybe think about more intriguing visuals?. I feel there are too many options to play with, so little time. Its nerve racking because i feel this type of projects feels like it needs more 6months of iterations and research. But oh well, for better or for worse i guess.


My current thesis state by Ava

by Ava Bruke

Alaere’s thesis is a series of data sculptures entitled Visions of Sound that look at the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement from the perspective of the African Diaspora. Alaere has conducted a series of 6 interviews with people of African descent who have differing opinions on Black Lives Matter and its role in the context of African—not just African-American—culture(s). She has isolated snippets of the interviews where interviewees are speaking with passion about aspects of this issue that affect them, and is using the sound waves from these snippets to create sculptural forms that will be exhibited in a gallery-style installation along with supporting audiovisual aids to contextualize the sculptures.

Alaere’s initial intent was to 3D print the forms, but materials cost proved that to be an unsustainable avenue. Instead, her current prototype consists of a series of laser cut wood sculptures. Each sculpture is composed of multiple stacked discs with protruding radial fluctuations representing an inverted graph of the form of the person’s voice during that section of the interview; the height and width of the discs corresponds to the duration of the audio clip. Alaere has investigated using materials sourced from African and diasporic regions to manifest her final iteration of the piece; the final material choice is still outstanding.

Alaere’s next priorities for the project are making final versions of the sculptures, conducting further interviews, and tackling video editing for the accompanying contextualizing materials that will be in her exhibition. This will either be accomplished by learning more about video editing herself or collaborating with a more experienced editor. Her goal with Visions of Sound is to approach the much-talked-about Black Lives Matter movement from the perspective of an African artist, and to represent the range of opinions at a global scale about a movement born from the tense racial climate in the United States (and therefore catering to the particular issues at hand in such a climate, such as police brutality).