Infinite Reflections in a Public Space

May 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

HyeYoon and I really wanted to set up our installation in a public space and see what kinds of reactions we would get and what kinds of reflections people would add together.

The result was overwhelmingly positive and meaningful for everyone involved.  We realized that by adding key elements like water and flowers, together with powerful words like infinite and reflections, we had created a space for real thought and conversation to flower and flow.


Final Presentation

May 10, 2011 at 3:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our Final Animation “Infinite Reflections” :

Our Final Class Presentation:

Infinity Flower 3.0

May 3, 2011 at 6:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Infinity Flower 2.0

May 3, 2011 at 6:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

love life

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Star-Gazer Lily Mandala

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Moving Digital Mandalas

April 7, 2011 at 4:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment





Andrew sent me this site!!! Its digital animated gif mandalas!!! 🙂


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Look at this

An infinite flower umbrella!


March 10, 2011 at 1:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I went to visit International High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn where my friend Katie, who I grew up with in Hong Kong, works as an art teacher.

She invited me to two of her classes to introduce myself, show my work and teach a lesson on animation.  The kids have just begun to learn animation and being the ESL (English as a Second Language) class, they will all be animating their stories of how they immigrated to America.

Film-maker Peter Sollet, who did “Raising Victor Vargas”, grew up in Bensonhurst himself and is currently documenting the kids and their animation projects.

I first showed my drawings and paintings, explaining my love for working with tactile materials and the importance I see in public art transforming our world for the better.  I explained that I had just begun to learn animation like them and proceeded to teach different points about animation, using my work as examples.

I showed them you could use any materials, pencil, paper, paint, clay, toys, friends, etc.

I explained 24 FPS (frames per second) by drawing out 24 frames and showing how the storyboard would change, depending on if you wanted things to move fast or slow across the frame.  I highlighted squash/stretch and the importance of pauses.

I asked for two volunteers to demonstrate the Laws of Motion.  I had them stand next to each other with arms out and hands flat against one another. “Inertia” was them standing still, “acceleration” was me nudging them with differing amounts of force, and “equal & opposite reaction” was them pushing back!  🙂

I asked the class the feather and hammer question and they all yelled hammer!  Then I asked them what if we were on the moon?  They were silent and many guessed that the objects would float in the air.  One girl knew it had to do with gravity and I was able to explain that we have air resistance on Earth, but not the moon.  I reminded them that they could defy the laws of physics with their animations, but it is good to know how things really are when you want to make them believable.

I began with the simplest animation, one dot moving across the screen, the “bouncing ball” animation rite of passage.  I explained that our environment is complex with many different objects interacting (obstacle course animation).  The objects in themselves have complex parts (tail animation).  As humans our walk has a definite rhythm of arm and leg alternation (walk animation).  We like things done to a musical beat! (Everybody Wants to Be A Cat animation).

But we are more than just movement, we are personalities!   To highlight this I conducted a fun improv game of reading a short two-person dialogue:

A: I love you

B: You love me

A: I love you

B: I did not know that

A: Oh

The fact that the dialogue involves no punctuation allows for each pair to read it differently.  Our personalities are not so much in the words we say but the way we say them.  We are most expressive with our faces and our body posturing.  I passed around my practice drawings of cartoon faces, hands and blob people with no faces exhibiting various emotions through the shape of their physical form.  I highlighted the importance of exaggeration, lines of motion and sticking to one’s character or goal to make one’s message clear.  I showed my blob personalities animation to demonstrate this.

Putting all of these moving parts together makes for good animation!  I then got the entire class up and in the frame of the camera to create a spontaneous stop-motion.  I told everyone to think about their facial expressions and body movement.

The first class everyone just moved in a kind of mush.  With the second class I tried directing the movement by having everyone start low to the ground, rising a few inches with each picture, and jumping for the finale.  We played the animation back on the computer afterward and noticed several things.  Repetition and symmetry REALLY stand out in the chaos. Also people wearing bright colored shirts looked amazing compared to everyone else and this inspired us to think about orchestrating our clothing colors.

I closed by showing my most complex animations, Tug of War and Bandit Love Angel.  I was able to show how I used what I learned in combination with my artistic style.  I showed the kids everything, my storyboard, the stack of individual frames, and even the actual character/puppets I designed the animations for.

Very interesting that the kids or people outside of the intellectual art world always seem to like the pieces that no one liked or understood in critiques.  It is such an odd dichotomy that keeps arising.  It wasn’t only in the animations, it was also the drawings and paintings!  I remember how they were received before and its just interesting, I could guess by now what type of person is going to like which art piece.

I had SO MUCH fun.  I felt I had the perfect day after I left.  I had a skip and bounce in my step 🙂  … okay MORE than the usual! =)  The best part is Katie and I spent hours talking about our ideas, the world and future collaborative meaningful art projects we can do with the kids!

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