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I Survived Research Days!!!

Hey~

So, since you’re reading this, I survived my Research Days presentation on my thesis project!

It went off so well! I couldn’t imagine a better outcome, tbh! I had my tables all set up basically the way I wanted. (The only think I wished were different is that the laptop connected to the SmartTV had a longer cord so I could have placed it on the table and let people peruse the site. During the presentation, people had to come around the table and I think that discouraged some people from doing it.) Overall, I was very happy with the experience. I saw my vision realized.

 

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I was so concerned that people would be uninterested in the work or that they wouldn’t be receptive to participating in the project but so many people were very down to do arts & crafts inspired by the internet. More, so many of my friends, loved ones, and supporters were there engaging with my work and ensuring that other people engaged with it as well. Their help and support ensured my project was fully multimodal. I’m so grateful for everyone who came it for the exhibit.

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I loved hearing the different perspectives I got from so many different people in different specializations. Some people were unsure of my work until I got them talking about digital culture or memes or gifs, etc. Then, they were so excited to tell me about their fave memes or sites or [insert internet phenomena here]. It was heartening to see my work resonate with so many different people across disciplines and mindsets. It felt like people were lining up to talk to me about my work.

That said, I do wish I could have jumped in more on the Twitter or in the Google Hangout. I feel like I was moving a million miles a minute and I just didn’t get to spend as much time as I wish I could have. I’d have loved to respond more o tweets and questions from my online supporters. The people in our #netnarr tag are responsible for expanding so much of my own perspective on digital culture and I wish I could have given them more attention during the exhibit. I think the NetNarr class did a good job in my stead though and, again, I’m grateful to have had them by my side (with their tiger masks and all).

Anyway, I’m still collecting my thoughts on the whole experience but I’ll be sure to discuss the whole experience on my thesis blog by this weekend! Please, check out #takemeseriouly for more photos documenting the exhibit and people’s experience of it! Share your own thoughts too, if you’d like! Thank you to everyone who has kept with me on this wild and crazy journey! You made my presentation possible!

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~Till next time~

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Ready to Rumble…

Hey all~

So… next week is it. Literally next Tuesday night. I’m going to present my work for the first time. I’ve got my thesis done, the research down, the website and flyers up, the word out.

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If my research doesn’t take me anywhere, I feel like I could get a job making kinda cool posters at the very least. Don’t you think????

All the pieces are coming together.

The only major thing left is to wrap up my sculptural installation. I got most of the work done last Thursday. It looks like a metal wire sculpture of a head, friends. This week, I’m just going to add some more wire to stabilize the piece and really refine its features and it can be added to the list of accomplishments.

After that, it’s just aesthetics and dressings. I need to get a platter to display my piece because I’m #dramatic. A platter would also go along with the increasingly processed and manufactured nature of self in the digital age so… am I really being dramatic??? I also need to finish decorating some of the mannequin heads for my display as well and collect some other arts and ends for my display. I want people to be able to express themselves and their relation to my work and the ideas in my work in a variety of ways.

Additionally, on thesis night this week, I’m hoping we can walk over and take a look at the STEM atrium just to get a better sense of the space for next Tuesday. I need to send an email to NetNarr too with a link to my website so that everyone can familiarize themselves with the content and get a better sense of exactly what they’ll be promoting that night.

Other than this, I’m not sure if I’ve got much else to say. I’m at the end. It’s been a wild, grueling, and, honestly, life altering journey. So much has come and gone, changed and evolved, wilted and bloomed over the course of this project. In the course of researching the expression of self, I, unsurprising, learned a lot about myself and about my strengths and what I value in this life. I lost some pieces of me that hurt and that I still miss everyday but I also gained so much more. I don’t believe in much (blame the nihilist in me) but I do believe that the universe gives as good as it takes.

I’m looking forward to presenting on my work. Maybe some people will think it’s silly and maybe some people will stump me with questions I never even considered but I’m looking forward to it. I want to be there to experience other people experiencing my work and considering the ideas I’ve proposed. I want to expand the conversation I’ve been having these past couple years.

I’m ready to let my work out into the world.

I hope the world is ready for it and me.

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~Till next time~

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Getting Ready for Research Days…

Hey~

I hope everyone had a nice week! I’ve been feeling better since the last time we spoke! Antibiotics are a helluva drug. Since I’ve been feeling better, I’ve gotten a lot of work done. I’ve definitely been working in maximum overdrive to get all of my work done so that I’m presentable for Research Days on the 23rd.

Since last week, I’ve gotten most of the work done on my metals installation (that I was very stressed about). Last Thursday, I spent most of the night assembling the bigger parts of my piece. By some miracle, nothing completely fell apart in the process. I had a few casualties: some of the metal rings I’m using to construct my bust, their solder seams popped while I was trying to solder them to a main support wire. Those were easy fixes though. I just soldered them back together and then reattached them to the support wire, making sure I stayed far away from the seam this time.

Next on my agenda for that is just bending the piece into the shape I want and then free wrapping wire around it to give it more of a facial shape. Hopefully, I can accomplish most of that on this Thursday night. I’m going to bring the piece home with me regardless that night so if I don’t finish working on it in the studio, I’ll definitely finish it at home. I feel much less stressed about it since I was able to get it together last week. Now, I feel like it will be presentable for Research Days. I was afraid I wouldn’t have anything at all so I’m in a much better place now.

As for the rest of my thesis, I’ve finished the writing for it. This weekend, I polished the last few sections and revised. I’m pretty happy with the results. 68 pages and 23, 235 words. 1.5 spacing. I think my thesis says everything I want to say and communicates the messages about new media I want to be associated with. There are definitely a few other papers in this thesis that I could write. But, for now, it’s all I need to say.

As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to consolidate this work into one website. In a bit of a “manic episode” this week, I have begin creating that site. I have most of the design done and, currently, I’m in the process of moving the information from my thesis to the site. Now, I’m not moving all of the content from my thesis; just a taste of it. I want to protect my intellectual property, of course. But, it is going to represent the “gist” of my research.

On a related note, I have been having a blast creating gifs for my site using Giphy and Lunapic. They’re both free sites one can use to manipulate images, animate them, and create gifs. I mean, on its own, Giphy offers a wide variety of stickers and effects one can combine in their own creative ways to make a new work. Adding Lunapic to the mix just intensifies the effects. So far, I’ve been using gifs as headers for my pages. This is substituting for my inability to actually code a site. It’s providing me with the animation and dynamism I want to bring my work to life. It’s not ideal, for sure, but I think the results are kind of cool.

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I really want the experience of the site to be like stepping into my own twisted mind. I want it to be in my vision and to represent a certain kind of feeling through design and aesthetic choices. I’m a little afraid that my own perspective will swallow the research but, also, it’s my research project so…. I think it’s fun and engaging and ultimately reveals something about me in its presentation which is kind of meta considering my focus.

Anyway, don’t just take my word for it, though. Check out the site for yourself and let me know what you think:

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So, anyway, as you can see, I am getting my shit together. Hopefully, by next week everything will be done and I can finally chill. I have been stressed more than I ever thought I would be stressed in the past few months. Writing a thesis is no joke–even when your thesis is about memes. It is so intense and so overwhelming and consuming. If I did not have the support system I do in my peers and my adviser and family and friends and blog readers, there is no way I would’ve been able to accomplish all of this. At least, there would have been significantly more tears if I were doing this alone. I cannot thank everyone enough for all of their support! I can’t wait to showcase all of my hard work for them!

~Till next time~