I am comprised of my past, my genes, my familial past, my choices, my inputs, my experiences: I am comprised of all that I once was. It is within me, creating the conscious and the unconscious present me.
I have a 362 day older sibling.
He is male. He is also made of his past. We share those genes, familial past, childhood past, similar inputs and experiences. We were very similar for so very long
My instinct with this assignment was to hunt down his internet trail and compare my data with his. He has no trail of any substance: His facebook feed is limited, he has no blog, we shared no signifigant emails since 2006 (when I changed my email address). There is nothing I can grab from afar of his to compare with my own.
I do have something:
He mailed me two letters in 2006. I found those days’ journal entries from the same year.
I ran a processing sketch which separated and counted our words.
I then wrote about my sentiments about my identity as it relates to him using only words found within these documents.
I want to express my sentiments for my brother through the words of these two documents. I want to express some of who I am and who I could be through the contents of what I and my brother felt on two particular days in 2006.
This is processing merging our faces based on word use:
I am thinking to generate this very story using only words from these 4 documents (2 letters and 2 journal entries). I want the weight or the value of the words to reflect the face represented- a merging of my face and my brother’s on the screen as the text narrates these sentiments.
Here is another coding process image:
I decided to separate the field of faces into quadrants and allocate words for those places in the sketch. I overlayed both photos and the opacity of each was determined by amount of word usage from these documents.