February 25, 2017

[insert picture of me at the hospital]


Find a total of six (6) works that you would like to use as related literature for your project. The task is to create two to three (2-3) sentence write-ups on each of these works, explaining what the artwork is, what aspects of it you appreciate and not, and ultimately how it affects your project. The division will be as follows: (a) three (3) works that fall under the same medium/form/genre, and (b) three (3) works that affect generally your thinking, treatment of the subject, or creative practice [free-for-all].

1. Shinji Turner-Yamamoto – “hanging garden”

the installation was built in Holy Cross Church in Cincinnati  Ohio, and it consists of a living birch tree planted in a plot of soil suspended above an inverted dead birch tree. i found this on pinterest, and the first thing that struck me about this piece was how it kind of screamed “communion” at me. we have the tree, which in itself can function as a rather biblical image going through what i viewed as a portal in the soil. the dead tree born reaching for the earth is reborn, this time reaching for the heavens.
to my project, this actually helped remind me that my installation doesn’t have to be interactive to have a personal impact. however, i still believe that an interactive exhibit is the best way to get my message across. the impact of hanging garden is not lost on me, and i really want to affect the people who see my exhibit the same way they affected me.




2. Paul Fryer – “Lucifer (Morningstar)”



ok this is pretty fucking dope 

the installation consists of a wax sculpture of the devil (with wings! made of real! feathers!) ensnared in a bunch of power lines. the church that was used here was the Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone, Westminster. this is so fucking weird since like i was just reading gay fanfiction about Lucifer when i found this lmao. 

the juxtaposition of the setting and the subject matter wasn’t lost on me. and overall this imparted to me a more haunting effect. it also isn’t hard for me to imagine viewers being violated by something like this. i mean something this evil shouldn’t be on holy ground. maybe evil has grown stronger, or the light has grown weaker…

this kind of subversion and juxtaposition is exactly what i’m trying to do with my own installation. the sacrament of confession put up on public display. the holy place of a church echoing with pained human stories instead of divine praise.




ok i cant actually find the title for this installation, but it seems to be a group of lights arranged artfully to form a question mark. this is the first image i saw when looking for installations related to my own in terms of theme/medium/treatment of the subject matter. though the topic here is somewhat different, the way the subject matter is treated is still the same: the subversion of a holy place dedicated to God and planting into it the question of His very existence.

4. Cuppetelli and Mendoza – “Notional Field”



copy-pasting from the site because i dont have enough technical know-how (or the energy to bullshit it):

Notional Field is an interactive installation that consists of a wall-mounted sculpture containing hundreds of vertical and parallel lines made of elastic cord that are projected upon with a computer-generated, interactive animation of a similar number of lines. The motion of these projected lines is ruled by a simulation, which makes them act like soft ropes, and said motion is influenced by a viewer’s movements as interpreted by a computer that surveys the scene through a video camera.”

there’s like half a paragraph more that provides better detail into the composition of the installation. but from this alone, the phrase that kept floating in my head was “the illusion of movement”. woosh woosh, illusions. computer-generated illusions. there’s an amalgamation here: the man and the machine. this is a play on perception, and for me this just shows how man has grown to make the machine smart. and we have all of these movies and literature saying that this could lead to humanity’s downfall, but this installation reminds me that it doesn’t always have to be like that. man and machine can exist to create beauty.


5. Livia Marin – “Nomad Patterns”



melted ceramics.

“spill the beans.”

in confession, i tend to think that the depth of my sins heavily relies on how well i can articulate them to the priest. in confession, i tend to think that at that moment in time, i am only what my sins make me to be. with “nomad patterns”, im once again reminded that my installation doesn’t have to be interactive to get my viewers thinking. just like shinji turner-yamamoto’s “hanging garden”


6. Kohei Nawa – “Foam”


the clouds are made of foam. in kohei nawa’s official website, the introductory paragraph to the page of this installation states:

“Small bubbles (cells) continue to form on the surface of a gently lapsing liquid. They accumulate to form an autonomous structure comprised of foam. Each bubble cannot escape the cycle of birth and destruction, which is not unlike the way our cells operate as they metabolize and circulate.”

there’s this surreal feeling just looking at the photos. imagine being there in person! the website highlights the juxtaposition of cycles of two different things: bubbles and cells. creation and destruction. metabolism and circulation.

this exhibit made me rethink the entire concept of an interactive confessional. do i really want to replicate the complete experience? or do i want to replicate the emotion? i think i remember my professor asking me this once upon a time. but only now, sitting in a hospital bed with an iv jammed in my vein, am i really starting to think about that.


In a paragraph or two, explain the thinking behind the chosen medium/form/genre. There will be necessary repetitions from the previous blog post in terms of the medium, but do add insights based on the above write-ups that you had to create. If you find out something significant with regards to the history of the medium/form/genre and  your line of inquiry, do mention it as well. How have the above interactions made you rethink your confidence in your chose medium/form/genre?


I chose my medium as an interactive confessional because I thought it to be the most effective way to affect people. i mean, looking back, the idea is still kind of perfect: the subversion of the sanctity of a sacrament, if not its downright perversion. catholic theology dictates that we we confess our sins for our spirits to be absolved of them, so that we may gain entry to heaven. we’re expected to feel good after we confess. but that wasn’t always the case for me, and i was always too afraid to tell my dad about that. i wanted to use this installation to show people that.

does “that” = the emotion? the insecurity? the other reality to confession? i wasn’t sure. searching for these installations and reading up on what the artist had to say about them made me question the relevance of how i’m going about my own medium.

i still want to keep the aesthetic of a church setting. and i still want people to feel like they’re listening in on something private. but im not sure recording a scripted confession is the right way to go. dialogue was never my forte. it’s never been my forte: not in the novels im currently writing, not in the short stories i wrote for Fiction classes last semester, and certainly not in the short play i had to write for Drama.

i don’t think this is the way. not anymore.

how does confessional poetry sound?

everything would still be the same. but instead of just dialogue, i will have the poetic form at my disposal. dialogue had always been within my means, but poetry will be much more so. it’s my craft.

so. how. does. confessional. poetry. sound?

honestly not a bad idea. i think.


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