5 Assignment 8


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I mapped out my physical journeys over the course of five days. I created a different symbol and mark to represent each move I made (right, left, turn around, forward one block, forward 2 blocks). With these marks I created a series of posters. I also created another version of marks that were more spread out and easier to read.IMG_6691 IMG_6690 IMG_6689mapping1-03

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I chose Westminster street as the place for mapping. I researched ‘Providence Tax Assessor’ website and gathered all possible construction dates for every building of Westminster street. I categorized the construction dates of the buildings in every 50 years and differentiated them with 5 different values of b&w. The actual printout is a 4″x10″ accordian, folded within 6 sides.

* I failed to figure out how to directly show my pdf file into this post, but you can still access to my pdf by clicking the link above for couple of times.

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Mapping the graffiti of risd’s underground bathroom scene in a compact book that in an ideal world would be distributed among the bathrooms as reading material for others to peruse their peers’ artwork.

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a universe, of many

“at 3am in providence the street lights go mad, and we are sleeping”

late at night, every night, there is a light show in our city, but we are not there to see it. i can’t help but think that we must have built our cities looking up, hoping to create little galaxies for ourselves on earth.

i find it poetic. i also think it’s lonely.

this then, is my subjective mapping of the poetry and loneliness that i see in the street lights at night. it is a composite of photographs. no lights have been erased or altered; the lights have been put together to create one place, and many places, both on earth and in the sky.

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Mapping Hands from Making Meaning on Vimeo.


This piece stemmed from my experience of watching people cross the crosswalk situated between the RISD museum and Marketplace. What was revealing about the experience was that by sitting still for just 20minutes I was able to see and meet so many students at RISD whom I hadn’t seen for months. It was curious how we may never see each other, but we all pass through this space. We just miss each other.
I wanted to map this process of people passing through a single space and the accumulation of their missed interactions. I had various iterations of this scene that I had observed, where I drew out the interaction myself with paper and pen. However, something about my first few iterations felt removed from the experience of the cross walk. Using the pen felt mechanical and I felt that it took away agency from the passersby I had observed.  So, I decided to replace the pen with the hand and used multiple hands instead to regain some of the randomness of the crosswalk experience. Even the final build up of the ink on paper reflected the randomness of each individual, while the accumulation of ink spots spoke to the connections between the individuals.

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PDF: frontdesk_script2



During my experience working at the front desk in Carr Haus, I’ve been interested in the way those who enter the building interact with me, if at all. The way I’m situated, sitting and still in the space, versus those who are in movement and with a destination in mind, creates a different sort of interaction that other places on campus. I’m also working as “the person at the front desk” rather than just a student, which also leads to different greetings than in other situations at RISD. Therefore, I experimented with greetings during two shifts. In the first, I smiled at each person who came through the room. In the second shift, I smiled and said hi to everyone who came in. I recorded their responses.

With this information, I thought more about how greetings are scripted. We resort to basic expressions and words to greet others (primarily strangers) because this is much easier than coming up with a more original and potentially risky way of initiating contact with another human. I translated the recorded dialogue into a script format, bound in a small book. I am the character “FRONT DESK” and the people who come through are “PERSON”. Actions are recorded in parentheses and the direction they are going (to the Carr Haus cafe, the student lounge, or the offices upstairs) are recorded through stage directions (Stage Right, Stage Left, and Down Stage respectively). I separated the three sorts of reactions I got from people into three Acts. The first, No Contact is for those who ignored my greeting. Act II, Recognition, is for those who made eye contact and some sort of facial expression. Act III, Greeting, are the interactions that included a conversation between FRONT DESK and PERSON. The amount of each reaction is mapped by the length of each map.


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PDF link!

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