Nested Iterations

Nested Iterations, P5JS

This series explores the relationship between machine and organic, as well as the computer and human.

The works created here are generated by a computer algorithm, that creates a different art piece 60 times a second based on random variables. Every piece works off of a grid algorithm, but a different random component is added to every two works. These two works differ from each other by adding another random component. The goal of this second component is to represent the organic aspects that are transmitted from both the creator of the program, and the program itself as it generates the art piece. In a series, they come together to represent how the computer can take its systematic properties, like creating a grid, and warp them into an organic and humanely visual spectacle.

 

 

 

DREAM RECALL

DREAM RECALL simulates the journey of NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, a telescope that made major breakthroughs in outer space research by discovering several hundred exoplanets close to our solar system. The data used within the project is taken from NASA’s databases on the Kepler Space Telescope. In an age where many people are wary about the advancements of technology due to its complexity and ambiguous consequences, a visual simulation about Kepler’s discoveries aims to highlight the possibility of new frontiers to explore, and the wonderful possibilities that science can bring upon society.

This project was created using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, and was displayed in the EDA at the UCLA Broad Arts Center.

Creator’s Turmoil

Creator’s Turmoil is an abstract short animation which explores the relationship between artist and commercialism. The ideas of an artist are innately personal and unique, as that is what often motivates themselves to pursue a concept or conceive of one in the first place. Such artists often inspire other artists and potential artists to create new work, and thus lies the beauty behind the free and limitless system that is art. This relationship is what occurs between a single artist and another, however, and therefore to make something that is objectively relatable or “marketable”, the freedom of the artist is often stripped away.

As someone who likes to create work based upon my own curiosities and discoveries myself, I find this relationship between art and commercialism to be troubling as much as I understand it is realistically necessary. Creator’s Turmoil is an attempt to reflect upon this relationship by following the narrative of an ellipse representing an individual artist.

This project was selected as one of ten student works to be shown at the annual UCLA Arts “Winter Gathering”.

Software Used: Adobe AfterEffects

Fukurokuju Hoodies

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Fukurokuju is one of the Seven Lucky Gods in traditional Japanese culture, and represents a subgroup within UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union (NSU), which consists of 15 members. The group worked throughout the school year to promote Japanese American Culture by engaging in social events with other members of the club and greater NSU student body throughout California, participate in outreach events and community service. 

At the end of the school year, the group was requested a set of 15 hoodies to be created for their group.

Book Covers

 

A book of forty book covers inspired by the short story “The Feeling of Power” by Isaac Asimov.

The story takes place in the distant future where AI control a nuclear war against another planet. The book covers attempt to exemplify the morality behind this war through eight chapters, each of which with their own restrictions.

PDF available here