Tuesday, May 7, 2013

more class photos

Here are a couple of shots from our work this semester. I'll post more here tomorrow, when I have a chance to download them:

group photos

Well, our photographer is no pro, but here are our group shots from team Alden!

Monday, May 6, 2013


This week will be our final visit, exhibition, and event at Alden. Here's what you'll need!

1. your finished final projects, installed and ready to discuss in our classroom by 9am!
2. your name and title + artist statement, printed in 14 point Arial type on plain paper
3. diagram of yourself in the year 2075, also on plain white printer paper

* CTA card
* popcorn, toppings, bowls, fruit + nuts
* lunch to go

See you all soon....

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Synesthesia in Painting (in Chicago)

Chicago's Morpho Gallery will highlight the paintings of Tim Vitek from May 4th - June 5th 2013, with an opening reception on Saturday May 4th from 6 - 10 pm. As the owner of Grid Based Beats, a producer of electronic music and long-time visual artist, Vitek constantly explores the relationship between visual art, sound and sensation. The illusory properties of his visual pieces encourage a contemplation of what is materially present and what only appears to be present. Vitek's work revolves around a central principle: that sound and color share a measurable system, and that this system can be applied universally. Vitek's most recent sonic works will accompany the exhibition, allowing visitors a chance to experience the sensation of synesthesia for themselves.

Morpho Gallery is located at 5216 North Damen Ave. in Chicago.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Grandparents Workshop

While I was in elementary school, my art teacher used to teach me how to paper cut. It's really easy to practice paper cut. You just need to learn how to fold them properly and knowing the specific place to cut. Moreover, if you do not expect any specific shapes out of your paper cut, you can just fold the an uncut paper several times and cut it freely as you want, it will turn out to be some interesting shapes that you wouldn't even expect.

Crochet would also be an interesting workshop to do at the nursing home. Moreover, I found several variable workshop that are applicable. Here are some pictures I found on internet.

Covey's post

Sunday, April 14, 2013


I think the most rewarding, valuable part of working with the elderly will be hearing and reminiscing in their stories and memories. Rather than only listening to their wisdom and words, it would be very ideal to be able to document them through audible recordings, written documents, or art. Like Storycorps, people record the memories and significance of the elderly and create a compilation in order to honor the lives of people. 


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Making Sensory 4/9

Hi all, here's what you'll need for this week:

READ: Nagala'at + Katerina Seda essays
1.) Your CTA U-PASS!
2.) Materials for sensory dough:
* small container of cream of tartar (from the spice section of the grocery store)
* 1 package of GENERIC jell-o ... whatever color/flavor you want to use
 * mixing bowl
* sturdy mixing spoon or spatula
* big glass/pyrex or microwavable measuring cup
* measuring spoons
* lightweight cutting mat / board
* a few cups of flour
3.) a Recording Device (- can be your laptop, iphone or audiorecorder for audio, camera or videocamera for visuals) + your sketchbook.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Act as if you are young

Article: Can the power of thought stop you ageing?

Ellen Langer in 1979 and today

     In 1979, Prof Langer conducted an experiment. Prof Langer recruited a group of elderly men all in their late 70s or 80s. They were not told they were taking part in a study into ageing, an experiment that would transport them 20 years back in time.The men were split into two groups. They would both be spending a week at a retreat outside of Boston.But while the first group, the control, really would be reminiscing about life in the 50s, the other half would be in a timewarp. Surrounded by props from the 50s the experimental group would be asked to act as if it was actually 1959. They watched films, listened to music from the time and had discussions about Castro marching on Havana and the latest Nasa satellite launch - all in the present tense. And she was determined to remove any prompt for them to behave as anything but healthy individuals. They weren't being treated as incompetent or sick.
But Prof Langer took physiological measurements both before and after the week and found the men improved across the board. Their gait, dexterity, arthritis, speed of movement, cognitive abilities and their memory was all measurably improved.Their blood pressure dropped and, even more surprisingly, their eyesight and hearing got better. Both groups showed improvements, but the experimental group improved the most.Prof Langer believes that by encouraging the men's minds to think younger their bodies followed and actually became "younger".

Nursing home

-This one shows sports playing.
I researched some. Some like puzzles, some like gardening, some like chess and some like tasting extreme foods and some likes stories read/voices heard and others like dancing with you.

NURSING House project

I always make terrariums with my mother and grandmother in my spare time, we enjoy the time of making it.We chat and we enjoy the sunshine in the garden, sometime in a greenhouse. Therefore I think Making little terrariums for nursing house project will be a good idea. Making terrarium can be very easy and creative. It doesn't need to be fancy, what it need is the dedication of love.


Flour balloon dolls:

I used to do this while i was a kid, it is very entertaining  plus the touch of the balloon with flour, is very comfortable and easy to mold and play with.

The advantages an activity like this has for an elder is decorating and creating their own doll, which at the end will become a entertaining  massage stress ball.


eraser stamps without carving

Differ from traditional eraser stamps, Kikyastamp teaches you how to make a eraser stamps without carving it. Kikiyastamp is an art brand which comes from Japan. It teaches people to rub the eraser until the eraser becoming the ideal shape. People can also combine different shape into one eraser stamps. Without using knife and carving, it is easier and safer for children and the old to make eraser stamps. Here are some examples.

Here is the video to teach you how to do it.

http://kikiyapon.exblog.jp/    the website of Kikiyastamp.
http://www.youtube.com/user/kikiyastamp/videos  the video collection

Activities in nursing homes

i am still very drawn to the idea of playing with touch and/ or sound. one of the activities that interested me was playing musical bingo. its where you have popular songs form their time and cards with the names of the songs on them so they can cross them out as they listen to the music. the other one in to have a bag of objects that they can touch and are encourage to make associations or link a memory with the object. this would help them remember the object they pulled out of the bag by the association they made to it.

Simple & Easy Origami!

By doing simple and esay origami, they can have fun and this can help elders to focus. Also after they finish doing origami, they can feel better about themselves because they accomplished doing origami.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Paper Marbling Art Book/Postcard Making

    The olders' shaky hands inspired me with the dripping process of water marbling art. In General, it doesn't require accuracy. It should be just a fun process of choosing different colors and randomly dropping colors. Of course, for more talented people, there could be advanced patterns involved.
 The result of marbling will be transfered on to postcard and paper which will be made into notebook later.

  A Blick paper marbling tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J410yQ7PI1E

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Making Sensory 4/2

Hi everyone,

Really great work for the midterm projects and critiques so far. This week we'll begin work on our collaboration with nursing home residents. Here's what you'll need to do:

READ: excerpt from "CounterClockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility," by Ellen Langer (handout). This is an important reading - make sure to underline passages you'd like to discuss further.

POST: an idea for one sensory activity to do with nursing home residents. Include an image and any relevant hyperlinks (using the "LINK" button).

First, do a little research to see what kinds of activities are typically done with the elderly. Then think about what your own skills and interests are, and what kinds of activities you might enjoy when you're 80+ years old!

BRING: the following kitchen supplies to make a few variations on sensory dough. If you don't own all of these things, just bring what you have and we'll share:

* mixing bowl
* sturdy mixing spoon or spatula
* glass/pyrex or microwavable measuring cup
* measuring spoons
* lightweight cutting mat / board
* a few cups of flour
* hand lotion or latex gloves (the dough can dry your skin).

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Touch + Art: Aaron Sherwood


Aaron Sherwood has created an interactive fabric surface through "different ‘modes’ of light projected onto a taut membrane of spandex which then reacts kinetically in response to touch".  The light creates both movements and sounds reacting to the kinetic touch in a very interesting and creative manner. 

Sound Artist: Jacob Kirkegaard "4 rooms"


Jacob Kirkegaard is the artist behind "4 rooms", which is a compilation of four recordings of four separate empty rooms: a church, gymnasium, swimming pool, and an auditorium; these recordings deal with a "sonic experience of time" and most importantly, sound.

Touching soft .

As finding examples of installation by artists who work with sound on Youtube, I found this interesting sculpture that when viewers touch it gently, they will hear sounds from the sculpture.


Things I came across

This is a link to a great academic journal called The Senses and Society that I found through the library database. It relates to the sensations, the intelligible sense, and art theories and philosophies about them.

And this is the calm.com website I mentioned for meditation/relaxation if anyone is interested. 

Freud + Dali

Freud's idea of reviling emotional disturbance by experimenting with free associations. to make connections with other's mentally to see how they react to certain words. i want to use sound and objects to do this not words.  Dali invented a technique that was inspired by Freud studies of the mind called Paranoiac- critical method. using objects to mentally make associations with other objects that are usually not linked. for example melting watches, a watch and Camembert cheese.

80 mesh - the shape of sound: music visualized with sand

   I found this art work that is much similar to what Christine Sun Kim did that making a divice for sound itself to creating shapes. Instead this time the artist used sand on top of the platform.


I went through 3 books from the library and 3 journal articles online this week. I will list interesting information I came across:

- Feeling takes places in the second layer of skin and not the topmost.

-Sense of touch is the first to emerge and the last to burn out among the senses.

-Babies who are regularly massaged/touched gain weight 50% faster. They are more active, more alert, responsive, aware of their surroundings. They orient faster and are more emotionally in control.

-Sense of self has mostly to do with the the sense of touch and how one "feels"

-Amadou Hampate Ba says:
Learn to listen to silence and you will discover it's music. 



Amelia. "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Cooperation, and Homelessness - Scent-Free London." Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Cooperation, and Homelessness. Weebly, 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <http://scentfreelondon.weebly.com/1/post/2012/03/multiple-chemical-sensitivity-cooperation-and-homelessness.html>.
Brassfield, Marissa. "From Pop-Up Inflatable Shelters to Bumvertising." From Pop-Up Inflatable Shelters to Bumvertising. Trendhunter, 9 July 2009. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/homeless>.

Brett, Matt. "How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent DIY." Light Tent. Digital Photography School, 2012. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
Kirr, Keoki. "Bus Stop Moved To Avoid Homeless Woman's Smell." Kitv.com. KITV, 13 July 2011. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.<http://www.kitv.com/Bus-Stop-Moved-To-Avoid-Homeless-Woman-s-Smell/-/8906042/5344248/-/jaikay/-/index.html>

Interesting: I was creating my own inflatable house when I found this article on the Smell of homeless. The smell of homeless is usually not found or could not be described other than the mixture of armpit, grandma's soup, and puke. I found that hard to do however I decided to use wind and space as sounds and space to create my piece now. Probably to show statics on how many ignore real needy homeless people around one chicago street corner. The site I found interesting is that the homeless people are the nice civil people and yet the people who stares and glance are the racist, sexist and mean ones. Giving and sharing is the simple life standard of peace in this world, yet no one thats not homeless seem to realize it. It seems like the common people are the animals and the homeless are the real humans to me in a way

Monday, March 25, 2013


Depends on which food people are eating, it creates different sound. Through research, I learned that pleasant sounds can increase people's enjoyment of the meals.

Conflict Between Race and Culture

What Kind of Asian Are You?

Young Asians in America come in many forms. Below are the major categories. Most Asians fit into multiple groups. For example, Rice-boys can also be Fobs and many Tabs are Fobulous. The only groups that are never part of another group are the Twinkies and the Asian-Americans. When you see your Asian friend, you greet them with "Wassup Fob!" And if your Asian friend says something ridiculous, say "Fob please!" Of course, when a non-Asian calls you a Fob, that is grounds for a fight. Ahahaha...


  • Your significant other is not Asian and never has been.
  • You have few Asian friends, if any.
  • You are embarrassed at family events because you cannot speak your language and everyone has to switch to English to communicate with you.
  • You have no idea that the other types of Asians on this list even exist.
  • You think Hello Kitty is dumb and do not know what Sanrio is.
  • You are the only Asian on this list that does not know what Bubble Tea is.
  • You drive a Ford or some other domestic car and if you drive a Honda, it is stock.


  • You claim yourself as Asian, but real Asians think you're whitewashed and non-Asians see you as a foreigner. You fit in nowhere.
  • You have heard of Bubble Tea but have never actually had any.
  • You are confused about your cultural identity and express this frustration through spoken word performances at your college.
  • You read A. magazine and think it's great.
  • You do not know who Leon, Aaron, Sammi, Hikki, or Kangta are.
  • You are only vaguely aware of the other Asians below.

Fob (Fresh Off the Boat)

  • You were not born in America.
  • You know who Leon, Aaron, Sammi, Hikki, and Kangta are. In fact, you have seen them at Atlantic City or Las Vegas recently.
  • You speak your native language fluently and so do all your friends.
  • You do not have any non-Asian friends.
  • Your parents do not speak any English.
  • When you speak English, you like to make everything plural.
  • You get extremely good grades in school.
  • You cannot dance.
  • Your fashion sense comes from whatever country you're from and you incorporate nothing from American fashion into your wardrobe.


  • Your command of the English language is minimal and you don't care.
  • You like dim sum chicken feet.
  • You do not own a single CD, VCD, Video game, or DVD that isn't bootlegged.
  • Your only hangout is Chinatown.
  • All the lights in your house are fluorescent.
  • You dry your clothes outside your window.
  • You need a haircut.
  • You either smell like cigarettes or food.


  • You are an Asian-American or Twinkie who has recently "awoken".
  • You have a newly found fetish of Asian girls/boys.
  • You have taken the Asian Studies course at college.
  • You are trying to learn as much as possible about your culture to make up for your lifetime of trying to be white.

Gangsta Fob

  • If you are lucky, you will grow to become Fobulous Gangsta Fob.
  • You have shot another Asian.
  • Your favorite hangout is a pool hall.
  • When you talk, you sound like a cross between a Fob and an urban black kid.
  • Your hair looks silly, but no one will tell you because you'll shoot them.
  • You have a serious gambling problem.
  • You are a Rice-boy, but your mods are cheap and are never painted to match the rest of your car.
  • No one tells you your rice ride looks cheap because you'll shoot them.
  • You want to have a Tab girlfriend.

Tab (Trendy Asian Bitch)

  • You shop at A/X, Bebe, Banana Republic and Club Monaco.
  • You only wear black and will occasionally wear white to "mix it up".
  • You do not weigh more than 105 lbs.
  • You have never paid for dinner at a restaurant in your life.
  • Platform heels are your favorite.
  • You are a makeup expert, in fact, you appear completely flawless.
  • You do not smile in public.
  • You are the object of desire of all Asian men and you know it.
  • You smoke.
  • Your cell phone is completely customized.
  • On the inside flip of your cell phone is a sticker pic of you and your man.
  • Somewhere in your purse is a Sanrio item.
  • You only date Asian and will only date a boy with a nice car.
  • You are often seen with Rice-boys.
  • You never travel alone. You are either in the company of other Tabs or your Rice-boy boyfriend.

Hoochie Tab

  • You are an import car model.
  • Your boobs are not real.
  • There are naked pictures of you floating around on the internet somewhere.
  • Stiletto heels are your favorite.
  • Your role models are and .
  • Your boyfriend is a Gangsta Fob.
  • You cheat on your boyfriend.
  • Unlike most Asians, you do not do well in school.


  • You drive an Asian import. Usually a Honda or Acura.
  • Your souped up car (known as a Rice-ride or Rice-rocket) is unrecognizable from it's original stock form.
  • Your exhaust pipe is big enough for your head to fit in.
  • The spoiler on your car looks like it was made by Boeing.
  • The interior of your car also looks like it was designed by Boeing.
  • You always drive like you are racing someone.
  • You are not afraid of dying in a crash, but you are afraid of speed bumps and parking lot on-ramps.
  • The only other person besides yourself who can sit in your car is your 105 lbs Tab girlfriend. If anyone else sits in your car, the entire bottom of it will be touching the ground.
  • Even though your car is a Honda, it goes faster and is worth more than a Lotus Esprit.
  • If you drive a Civic, your dream car is a Supra. If you drive a Supra, your dream car is a Skyline (which you can never have).


  • You speak perfect English and you are fluent in your native language.
  • You have Asian friends as well as non-Asian friends.
  • You listen to Asian pop as well as American music.
  • You are equally aware of both popular American culture and Asian pop culture.
  • You are a good dancer.
  • You date Asian by choice even though you could rock the opposite sex of any other race.
  • You are a good designer and have superior HTML skills.
  • You have an page AND an AA page and the guest books in both are packed.
  • For you, FOB stands for Fabulous Oriental Being.
  • You have lots of Asian pride.



“Being Chinese American and embracing the ‘Twinkie.’” Interviews with Christy Wong. 25 June. 2008 Chicago Tribute Web. 25 Mar. 2013.

Bich Minh Nguyen. “Goodbye to My Twinkie Days.” New York Times 17 Nov. 2012: Web. 25 Mar. 2013.

Lee, Stacey J. Unraveling the “model minority” stereotype: listening to Asian American youth, New York: Teachers College Press, 1996. Print. 

Touch and Textile

Haptic art 
Touch is the sense which relates to textile. This website is a group show. Artists use their own way to make "Haptic art".

The relationship between sound and taste?


This article discusses and experiments with the idea and relationship on how sound can manipulate our ability to taste in many different ways. More specifically, they did tests on people who would a certain food with a dominant flavor(s), while listening to whatever sound they were given. Strangely and incredibly enough, it did affect peoples' experiences and reactions to the manipulated tastes.

smells like art

check out Christophe Laudamiel's exhibition called Phantosmia - All but the Smell. Phantosmia means the sensation of smell without physical stimulus, based off of which he created these scent sculptures asserting that scent is an autonomous art form and that it doesn't need the physical aid.
The artist is actually a perfume maker who designs scents for brands. 


I did a simple test to my friend. I asked her to listen the cooking sound and I released the smell of tomato souse and nail polish remover. Her reaction was interesting. She said when she smell the tomato souse, she thought I 'm cooking. However when she sense the nail polish remover, she said it felt strange, because she just smell the tomato souse. Also she said I was doing strange experiment to her because of the nail polish remover.

Recipe for Facial Ice

I went to a dermatologist once for my face and she gave me this recipe to freeze:

Boil 1L of water and a bundle of parsley for a while.
Add a handful of chamomile, a wisp of rosemary, and a wisp of sage. Let it cool.
Squeeze 3 lemons into the mix.
Add 1 small bottle of chamomile oil, half a bottle of lemon oil, and a quarter bottle of rose oil and mix.
Apply to face every morning.

And here is a creepy picture off the internet:


Ann Hamilton is one of my favorite artists. This is one of her older projects from 1999 called Myein which she made for the Venice Biennale. It incorporates both sound and touch (I think also smell). It is at the United States Pavillion where the walls inside are covered with braille text from Charles Reznikoff's Testimony: United States, and there is a voice recording playing which reads Abraham Lincoln's second Inaugural Address in phonetic code. Check it out. 

Sound Piece by Byoungho Kim

Link to the entire collection.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

PTC Experiment

In reviewing the research I've already done and the results I got, I found myself most interested in the parents of the families who participated, and why more children than parents had the gene to taste. This is Didi, the only parent so far who had the gene.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Making Sensory 3/19

WRITE (and print): a Bibliography of the main research sources (at least 4) you will use to develop your work for this week. If you need help with MLA-style citation, refresh your memory HERE or use EasyBib with care.
POST: one interesting thing (in your own words) that you found in this week’s research. Include proper citation or a hyperlink, if it’s something you found online. If it’s something coming from your own research post a photo!
* ALL  materials you will need for the day! Please make a list and plan ahead.
  You may NOT use class studio time to go and get tools or materials.
* printed copies of Bibliography and key Research (books, articles, etc)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Making Sensory 3/12

So, this week the plan is:

READ: Arning Essay from "What We Want is Free"
WRITE: Proposal for Independent Projects using the form provided via email. Typed, edited and printed proposals are due at the beginning of class. You will also present your proposal to the class for feedback, so come prepared with models / visual (or other sensory) aids to explain your idea clearly!
BEGIN: research or experimentation that may help in developing your project idea. For many of you, just doing a trial run or reading up on some background information may help shape a project idea that feels vague at the moment.

also... NOT required, but for those of you who expressed an interest in the idea of the blind seeing with their tongues (!) today, here's the video I was talking about, below, and a related article that expands on the idea of "mixed feelings" and potentially new sensory experiences.

Wired Science Mixed Feelings from Linda Feferman on Vimeo.

Amber, Nicole, & Erin - touch public interaction

Public Touch Art: Amber, Nicole, & Erin

Here is a link to the video documentation of our piece. 

Mind If I Touch

Mind If I Touch- Project by An Goofy and Molly

-Video Project Documentation of Touch

Monday, March 11, 2013

Touch Project

The Touch Project Video

So, we went around and asked people first how it feels to touch paper towels or napkins, and then asked different people to describe the feeling when they put their hands in the bag and touched napkins. It was very difficult for most of them to describe it because the sense of touch is not much associated with words and touching paper towels is not really something we think about but also something that we do so often.

Touch the private

Touch Project

Hayoung and I covered the handle of a trash can with a think layer of gel hand sanitizer and stood back to watch people's reactions as they went to throw away garbage. We figured that the common reaction to a cold, wet, gooey mystery substance on a trash can would immediately make people freak out, the way Covey said he doesn't like touching liquid he can't see. And sure enough, we watched a woman go to throw away a coffee cup and she was very shocked when she touched the handle; she looked disgusted and upset, so we decided to go over and explain that it was actually hand sanitizer, so it was cleaning her hands, rather than infecting them with whatever conclusion her mind had jumped to. She laughed at that, but was still disgusted by it, especially because of the element of surprise. She wished us luck on our project but refused to have her picture in it.

Touching Art


Sound with Color


This is so interesting because different colors has different tone of the sound. So it is visually interesting and sound is interesting too.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Making Sensory 3/5 - TOUCH!

This week's list:

READ for discussion:
* Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses Touch excerpt
* Helen Keller's "The Seeing Hand"

Collaborative social engagement projects with your teams for next week. Remember these guidelines:
* the Garfield Conservatory = point of departure/starting point (but can evolve from there)
* TOUCH should be a central theme. Remember - touch is not limited to touching an object or texture with the hands/fingers. See last week's reading as well as this week's for ideas!
* must involve interaction with audience NOT connected with the school, and outside any  school/dorm building.

POST: documentation (video, photo, and/or audio) of the finished project with some text explanation. We will present in class next week!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Interactive Installation Artwork by Robert Stratton

Robert Stratton does interactive video installation pieces on city buildings, mostly in New York where he happens to be based. 

People are drawn to interacting with it as they walk along the sidewalk.

A sign in space


Gunilla Klingberg

            A Sign in Space, sandprint at Laga beach, Sense & Sustainability, Art biennale, Urdaibai, Spain. 
A graphic star-pattern composed of truck tires is printed as a relief on the sand at Laga beach during low tide. At high tide the pattern will slowly vanish as the tide rises.
The printed pattern is made with a mechanical device, a manufactured steel-cylinder, with the graphic pattern as a matrix relief made of truck tires. The cylinder is connected to the beach cleaner tractor which drives from side to side of the beach in the morning, creating the pattern covering the whole beach area.
Following the lunar and tidal calendar, the pattern is remade again and again at all possible days at low tide. The work A Sign in Space is performed on dates when the tidal calender is synchronized with the the beach cleaners early morning working schedule- the pattern will be created on days when the low tide hour fits the labour working hours.
Dates when A Sign in Space will be performed at Laga beach:
On morning hours (9-12 am): 19th, 20th, 30th and 31st July. 1st, 2nd, 14th, 15th, 16th, 30th and 31st August. 14th and 15th September.

 This work reminds me childhood. This work is interactive, temporary and universal. It could be affected by many things; people, wind, tide  the pattern will change constantly as people walk around the beach and kids play with sand, so the work will look different every moment. The most beautiful moment is when it vanishes as the tide rises, so the work will be remembered by experience and texture.