Last Post – Simone Chen

Posted in Week 10 on December 12, 2007 by simonechen

First of all I have to apologize. For not posting until now, I mean.

I think the stress of finals made me forget about this blog (temporarily) completely! Although I never forgot to think about the class of course (especially after Professor Vesna handed out such a wonderful Christmas gift). I have to admit that when I enrolled in the class, I didn’t expect anything. It was just a GE, that’s all. But after all we’ve been through, I’m really glad I picked DESMA 9, instead of say some other random visual arts course. I like drawing and appreciating paintings and what not so don’t get me wrong, but, in terms of applicability, I think what I learned in this class can definitely be seen later on in my college career, given that I’m a science major and we really touched on bits and pieces of “south campus” material at times.

There were times when I was less engaged than I should have been (like when we kept talking about the GFP bunny and basically nothing else during that whole…was it 3 hour lecture?), moments when my mind wandered , floating off into the distance, (such as when the professor mentioned Nikola Tesla and his various accomplishments, and even times when I sort of dozed off, despite the fact that the chairs weren’t designed to be used for sleeping, (I think that was when we discussed about fractals and mathematical algorithms – math is not my thing you see). But for the most part, it was really a class that I actually enjoyed going to. We’d watch interesting clips pertaining to the material (or sometimes it seemed like they were a bit off tangent, but nevertheless they were fun to view!), see odd pictures (when I first saw body worlds, the “bluntness” of it all definitely shocked me, but now it’s just amazing…I think), and be introduced to unique websites (the blue morph site for one).

Nowadays whenever I see science, I can’t help but notice the “art” behind it at times. It’s not just, say, atoms/molecules, but their structure and the kinds of shapes that can be formed (like the bucky ball abacus).

Recently I’ve found a DNA music website and I’ve got to say that it has some great music files and I can’t wait to hear more. They’ve got bits of the swan gene and are working on the whale gene I believe. Look at the following links:

http://www.tjmitchell.com/stuart/dna.html

http://www.stuart-mitchell.com/

If it weren’t for this class, there would have been so many things left uncovered. All the “treasure” would have been buried, never to be found (so to speak, sorry if my metaphor doesn’t make sense). So once again I have to say that I definitely found this class worthwhile.

On a side note, I also have to say that every person in the class is a “good” person. We were all able to appreciate each others’ works of “art”, respect other’s opinions, and, while doing so, express our own ideas. And these qualities are actually really important in life and not all that easy to find in people. So I thank everyone, professors, TAs, and fellow classmates (although I don’t know many of you personally), for making this a great first quarter!

 

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Final Blog- Marco Anzures

Posted in Week 10, Week 9 on December 11, 2007 by manzures

The final week of presentations was a refreshing experience in creativity and ingenuity. I was continually impressed by the classes enthusiasm towards their projects and the amount of careful detail and deliberation that was put forth into their projects. This class has really provided a different academic experience for me thus far in my career at UCLA. Normally classes require you to recall dates, facts, or formulas and very rarely allow the amount of freedom to explore topics and personal interests in an academic setting. The myriad of different ideas for fire, water, air, and earth were incredible. This was truly the first time I have been able to exprience the thoughts and ideas of my peers in such a fashion, it was quite inspiring. Perhaps now that the course has ended I am a little disappointed that we didn’t have the opportunity to do more of this type of learning research and presentation throughout the quarter. I understand that the quarter flies by and lectures must be presented but if there was a way to increase the amount of student collaboration and presentation of ideas that would be awesome. I believe someone else commented that this class was different than others he had taken because he felt he was learning rather than being asked to memorize certain things. I would have to echo those words as well. This class presented me with an opportunity to absorb information at my own leisure and it offer avenues for personal research and inquiry. I believe the blogs have been an important facilitator of ideas and discussion (I’m one to talk though, having only contributed sparingly to them, although I enjoy reading them). I feel like the blogs would become an even more important part of the class if they were discussed more thoroughly in section, maybe as a way to start a class discussion and survey the general feelings about that previous week’s topics. My thoughts are wandering but I would also like to comment on the guest lecturers who came and spoke. While many of them are distinguished individuals in their field it would be helpful if their lectures were designed to speak towards a more or less ingnorant group of intellectuals, and I mean this in the best possible way. I was left a little dazed, even overwhelmed at times from their lectures because I couldn’t possibly hope to understand the language and context they speaking of. Perhaps I was the only one with this isssue but in any case it was inspiring to have them speak to us and I’m grateful for their time and energy spent. In closing I would like to say that this class has been a very unique experience for me and I encourage others to explore other opportunities like this at UCLA.

Final Post!

Posted in Week 10 on December 10, 2007 by danaharris1

I wrote on my hand yesterday, “AST BLOG,” because I knew that with the huge amounts of text book reading I had to do, my brain would not be functioning normally (you know how studying makes you really tired and kidna feel brain dead?). Anyway, clearly, I fell asleep and woke up in the morning with my note not only on my hand, but on my cheek as well. Evidently that’s what I get.

Anyway, the final group of projects was awesome. I loved the project that wanted to used different chemicals to change the color of fire and thus make art with it. I thought it was such a cool idea, and had no idea you could make purple fire! I told my boyfriend about it and he said “oh, yeah isn’t it K+ and something that makes purple fire.” I guess he got to learn about it in AP chem, but nonetheless, I thought that project was awesome and would LOVE to be able to see different colored fire.

I also really liked the idea behind the global song project. I think that if we could come up with something that simple, it would at least be one step towards some kind of global uity– it would be something everyone knew, and at least something we all had in common. Which, with such a divided world, couldn’t really hurt.

The air pollution project was also really awesome, those are the three that really stuck in my mind. But, obviously, as a whole, I was once again impressed with my classmates creativity.

I had a great time in this class this quarter. It was such a refressing 2 hours, when we’re all so used to sitting in boring lecture classes where the profs read off of powerpoints. I loved being exposed to so many new ideas and theories and all have them have a common thread. I wish everyone in Art Science and Technnology good luck, and want to thank you again for the great fall quarter.

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Final Blog! -Jennie Wong

Posted in Week 10 on December 9, 2007 by jwong32

I definitely like how for the final projects we were required to relate them to a certain element.  In general the presentations were a lot more interesting because everyone had a certain guideline to follow. It was especially cool to see how a bunch of different people would treat the same element differently.  It just goes to show that with creativity and human imagination you really can go far and wide. I would love to see one or two of these projects actually created, as Professor Vesna seeks to do.  That would just be a testament to the idea of dreaming big to create new innovations.

I think that that is certainly one of the main things I will take away from this class- that many of the ideas we come up with actually have the possibility of becoming something bigger than “just an idea”.  It has amazed me to see speaker after speaker with crazy ideas they’ve come up with and actualized.  Same goes for all the artists and scientists introduced in lecture.  Who would haev thought of a green bunny? Who would have thought of baking bread that looks like body parts? Who would have thought of tracked the sounds of dance? Incredible…I’ve also been inspired by what people closer to home, so to speak, have done.  Namely, our professor and TA’s.  It’s been really neat to see what they’ve achieved, from Professor Vesna’s oil/water experiment in Spain to Gil’s one string guitars. What’s especially unique about the department of design and media arts is how it encourages projects like this. Most everywhere else, you’re just given a bunch of info and told to memorize it and there is a right and a wrong answer. Here, it is all about thinking outside the box to come up with new information. It’s different, but I like it.

Patty Durongwong. Week 10. On Imagination.

Posted in Week 10 on December 9, 2007 by pattydwong

Although the final projects had the same concept and outline of the midterm, I noticed a difference in ideas and presentation. I noticed that the midterm ideas were concentrated around human improvement but the final presentations had more substance to it. Perhaps it was the “Earth, Wind, and Fire” prompt that detoured us from choosing ideas that would help us improve. That brings me to another rather interesting revelation. When asked to think of anything – no boundaries, no set rules or limitation – many students came up with ways to move faster, to replace arms, to make us stronger, or to make humans less human-like and more god-like. It seems the inevitable selfishness is instilled in our very minds and what we really want is not world peace or a green earth, but a super human that will allow us as individuals to pull ahead past the rest of the meekly humans. I felt that having an outline for the final really forced us to pick and choose what we find important aside from our hidden agendas.  A project that I specifically remember for whatever reason is the Air freshener flower pot. Although a rather simple and materialistic idea, I was intrigued by its simplicity and direct practicality. Here i was, thinking of ways to improve the environment or educate others of pollution and what not – and I forgot about the beauty of life. The Air Freshener Flower Pot seemed to also be one of the most attainable and accomplished. Many of us had grand ideas to build domes and structures but the concept of the flower pot was tangible. (I know I would buy one…)  On entering the Design and Media Arts 9, I didn’t really know what to expect. Would it be a class that introduces Media Arts or Design? I had no idea. However, I leave with an enormous amount of respect for the class. Having taken a very similar class in high school titled Theory Of Knowledge, I realized how important it is to open our minds. This class, much like the class in high school, taught me to look at concepts in a new outlook and different perspective. On another note, I would also like to applaud these blogs. They really allowed me to express how i felt and reflect on the class in an informal but very in depth manner.