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~

Basically Done!

This is another short & sweet post because I’ve been in-and-out of being sick and also so busy with about a thousand other things. Sorry!

Hey~

So…. I’m basically done with my thesis??? I mean, I’ve been done with it for a while but now I’m actually done?

At the very least, I’ve completed the content analysis section of my work. The last few sections will definitely need some proofreading and polishing but the content is good. The ideas are down and my main points are made. I feel… accomplished. I know I have some rough edges to clean up and a lot more work to be done in regard to the installation part of my thesis but, right now, I’m happy with what I’ve gotten done. It took longer than I thought it would and, technically, it’s still not done done but it’s on its way. I wrote a graduate thesis and it didn’t kill me.

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From here, I need to focus on completing the installation part of my thesis and creating a WordPress site to house the content analysis and Elit aspects of my work. Creating the site will, realistically, only take a few hours. As for the installation part of my thesis, I have a lot of work to do. This Thursday night, hopefully I can get the bulk of the piece assembled. I foresee that I will be coming in on many weekends between now and Research Days in order to complete this piece. I’m hoping for it to be presentable enough for Research Days at the very least. Additionally, I want to make a flyer to advertise my presentation and start a hashtag for it. (Is #takemeseriously too long?) On WordPress, I believe you can display a specific tag from Instagram so that would work for my purposes.

Also, I have to plan how I’m going to document this installation. It helps that the Netnarr class is going to be part of my presentation now. Any contributions they make will be very helpful to me, especially those who video parts of the installation and their experience of it. With their permission, I can provide those video clips on my site which will hopefully allow others to experience the work.

I still have plenty of work to keep me busy but I do feel like I’m finally on the homestretch. I just need to power through these last few weeks and then I can take a much-deserved nap. Wish me lots of luck!

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~Till next time~

Almost Done~

Hello~

Hope the week wasn’t too bad for everyone! I had a rather busy week tbh. Tonight was rather busy actually. I got out of work quite late because of some issues (gotta love retail) and because of all that, this post is probably going to be another short and sweet one. Hope you don’t mind!

This week, I got through a lot of content. I’ve been working on the last two sections of my thesis together. I’m finding it a little challenging to word exactly what I want to say about degenerate art 2.0 which is holding me up a little bit. But, that said, I did get some good content down. I was a little unsure of my start but once I got into the “meat” of the subject matter, I kind of found my groove. I’m focusing mostly on the expressive aspects of new media and on the importance of this moment in creating and propagating it. I’m not trying to prove anything with my work so much as demonstrate the importance of not dismissing new media for a perceived lack of inherent meaning. More, I’m trying to give voice to this moment and to emphasize the meaningfulness of my generation. This has been personally enlightening research just as much as it has been intellectual. I think it’s important to emphasize that even seemingly meaningless work can have a profound impact on ourselves and our experiences of the world.

So, that’s how the degenerate art 2.0 section of my work has been going. I’ve also been filling in my methods section as well. That’s not quite as challenging as the other sections as I’m really just recalling what I’ve done thus far. It’s a bit cathartic to realize and relay how much work has been put into this project. For most of the process, I’ve felt like I’ve been lagging along. I’ve felt like so much more could be done and I’ve not been taking the work seriously. But, reflecting on all the work I’ve done makes me feel a bit of pride. I’m happy to see all the pieces coming together.

That said, I’m still concerned about some aspects of my work. Mainly, I’m concerned about Research Days. I’m worried about what work I’ll have prepared to present. I really want to get a website together for my thesis so there’s something, in addition to the E-Lit piece, for people to peruse so that they can get a sense of my project. I’m hella concerned about having enough time to finish my metalworks piece. I’ve just been so busy with work and the writing aspect of my thesis that I feel like I’ve let it slip through the cracks. I got the foundation of it done but down I need to assemble all the pieces. To ensure I have enough time, I may need to meet for thesis class earlier and head right to the studio around 4:30. I just don’t think it’ll be done as well as it should be if I don’t rearrange some of my schedule.

This week has had its ups and downs. I’m happy with the progress I’ve been making on the writing side of my thesis but now I feel I need to work on its presentation. I feel like I need to kick it into maximum overdrive if I want to be presentable by Research Days (and I do). So, I’ve definitely been busy and I’ve come far but I’m going to probably be even busier these next few weeks. Story of my life~

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~Till next time~