I stumbled upon Brain Pickings recently, and before. The page I read was okay. It had lengthy direct quotes from good writings. The creator of the site successfully linked ideas from several writings, usually philosophy-oriented. And it seems all well, using the hypertext system as it was meant to be, like a personal Wikipedia, much like my own philosophical blog, but with more highlights and bookmarks, yet, I never read another page of the website.
Why? The ideas the creator finds are other people’s ideas. She doesn’t originate the ideas from her own personal experiences. She doesn’t write about her own experiences, or how her readings relate to her life, or why she’s reading at all. She only reads and connects ideas through hyperlinks. Though her taste in readings are good, meaning she has much wisdom (and therefore experience), unfortunately, it isn’t enough. It’s merely an amalgam of readings, like a bookshop with a good selection, or a reader book (a kind of anthology), and, like a bookstore owner, she’s not creating content, she’s just selecting it. The resulting feeling of it’s entirety is equivalent to a well-selected bookshop or Goodreads account: an entirely non-personal experience.
Furthermore, her content is limited to books. There are no pictures that she’s taken, of reality, of her experiences, not even of taking a screenshot from Google Maps. In it’s stead, there are only related pictures she found on the Internet, which again, is merely selecting information, and worse, make the content feel like a SEO-whore. There are no video clips. There are no other forms of art objects. It is entirely limited to the medium of writing, which is a very distorted form of communication. And that’s okay, as I don’t put in the extra effort for other forms of communication on my blog either, but, unlike her, I’m not trying to share others’ wisdom and ideas, I’m constantly making them.
Provide a button that switches a light on in on the rear window of a subway train.
Who knows what treasure one will see?
Probably more effective than those posters that give statistics on how garbage causes delays.
Possible title: New York City Zoo.
Possible title: Spotlight for a Suspect
Install Cart Life, a video game, on a street vendor, duh!
There should be interactive projector games, where people move projectors, and in which the images animate according to its surroundings.
In this game, characters can walk, run, and climb along the walls of buildings.
It would be fun to animate Banksy’s art, and have them interact with the public.
Maybe the rat does mischievous things when people come near.
Maybe the Thekla can paddle along the river.
Some kind of game in which players wear costumes, and parts of their bodies become targets.
Probably inspired by Johann Sebastian Joust.
There should be games with moving lasers [pointers]. Dodging in real life would be so fun!
Can use mirrors!
This was inspired by the first week’s Creativity and Computation class’s lecture by Sven Travis.
A neat way design new media (which may be in the form of a game) is to think of the input and the output, based on the perceptions of humans.
I used this strategy in the past for games, where I’d think about all of the inputs the medium has, often an iPad, then create games using them. However, it only dawned to me during the lecture that data is not limited to mediums. Everything is data. In and out.
- Track the motion of a falcon, whenever it swoops for an attack, output a “falcon punch” sound through a speaker in the public.
- When a sentence with the word love or hate is said on a social platform, have a speaker in the public output the sentence.
- Track rats over time, post the results in the form of a transportation transparency and paste it over a transportation map.
- Put a camera on a bum, output the video in a public square.
- Each time someone e-mails a government official a letter to appeal something, trigger a catapult to throw a ball of sand approximately at the official’s office window.
- Each time a human dies from the fault of government, trigger a mechanism to splash blood on the White House.
Have a speaker in a public place above ground playing music live from a street musician underground. Also have a donation box.
Data input: sound from musician underground
Data output: sound through speaker overland
Would people dance to a speaker? Would people donate without being able to prove? Would people donate to a speaker? Does the physical body of a musician matter?
Further design: Have speakers outside of an expensive concert play music live. Create a barrier and charge people at the entrance. Charge a fraction. Would people pay?