Being the last group to present made me both really excited and really nervous. I had met my group somewhere in the beginning of the year, and we decided to meet up again towards the end of the semester.
Our group was the Water Canary, an ITP alum group about water filtration in available for those in disaster settings. We initially decided we wanted to focus on collaboration and data sharing, but eventually we distilled it down to collaboration. We wanted a clean and simple idea, nothing that would require too much work or technology on hand. We settled on the idea of a giant lego construction.
But BEFORE we had come to this idea we wanted to:
1. Collaborate with the other group
2. Have an elaborate graduation ceremony while one of their group members got a tattoo constructed by the class.
3. Make it really snarky because we were all tired and grouchy with finals and this was our outlet. (This ended up being a quintessential part of our presentation)
After speaking to Todd however, we were convinced that a large group was not necessary for our idea.
We ended up going with our original lego idea (which in hindsight is very similar to the other group’s presentation). We bagged 10 lego pieces on every student’s chair, and sat them with their applications group.
It would proceed as follows.
The final compilation was beyond my expectations. We expected things to fall and break, so at the last minute, we decided to not give them a specific time limit to build the legos (which was a good call).
But what we did NOT expect was the competition. We had no idea how the legos would be assembled, we had no idea how tall it would get or how they would build on something that would inevitably be structurally unsound, but some how despite each fall, the the legos only came up higher. And I think that was a perfect metaphor for ITP.
We ended up with a circular 6 towered construction with chips of broken bits in the center. It was actually quite astounding.
And for our Final Step:
We brought in a sledge hammer (which we actually all practiced handling first) to smash the legos if they booed loud enough, and cheesy music plus a snarky insult if they chose not to.
In the end, we sledge hammered the lego masterpiece, which was, to us, a great climax to the end of the semester. We plan on leaving the legos on the floor early next semester. For now between the winter show and winter break, I’m holding on to “the master piece” in pieces.
//The rest of the quotes from the 1st apps group
I’m frightened and excited by how much I’m changing.
There is no truth.
I am not afraid that what comes next may be drastically different than what came before.
Our physical realm is a metaphor for what?
I despair for humanity. Most people are out only for themselves.
What is true? What is important– is that which reinvents its inventor.
We will never know truth – there is no truth.
We tell ourselves stories because they are– at the heart– true.
I want to know what it is I want.
People don’t take enough time to wonder. The best feeling is the feeling of inspiration, of finding something to be in awe.
Life is chaos, beautiful chaos. The act of recording the moment removes you from that moment.
That what… “Everything falls apart and come back together with every breath.” Love
I’m a good designer.
All art is created to earn a good fuck.
Running is only a matter of perspetive.
Make the best of what ya got. Guilt is for those who want.
I am afraid of disappointing.
Uncertainty is beautiful.
Only you can know for sure.
Ice cream is the truth!
What if…I become nothing? I become great?
Everything I do is a part of you.
Selflessness is a learned quality.
Love each other.
Everyone has an opportunity to be happy.
Whiskey is good.
All is the same.
ITP is the coolest program in the world.
Everyone is scared of something.
I’m uncovered as a rain of light falls on us. But that is okay.
Life is good and I’m a lucky motherfucker.
I’m finally excited about the future.
I am happy.
Truth: my parents love me.
My identity and future endeavors are painfully intertwined.
I fear I won’t fit in or make any lasting connections here.
I have no idea hat will come next.
I believe the best way to go through things is naturally.
Each and every one of us has the capabilities to achieve what we want.
I can’t wait to meet you.
Your inevitable biography found itself here. Love yourself and you will be serving others.
Nature. But you can never trust yourself unless you are _____ . ?
I always feel either tired or manic.
Mondays are manic! Sundays are fun days.
I’m nervous I’ll create something mediocre after all this.
I’m waiting for awesome to happen.
The universe is expanding.
There is no truth — only perception!
I am slowly going crazy.
I believe you have set the bar VERY high my friends.
My mother is a genuine person.
I am not afraid of art.
I’m afraid of not being great.
I think I need to focus less on having solid consistent meaning and more on random experiences.
Everyone has a soulmate — (It’s a question of whether or not we find them.)
I forgot about the shy person inside of me. It’s been a long time.
Humans always follow the bright side and forget behind bad things.
Everyone is an artist.
Existence of light/love. True.
Colorless green sleeps vigorously.
It’s time to play.
I believe that…I need to step up and take more time.
The only personal limit human has is the imagination.
Most people are decent. Too many people are narcissists.
The only constant is change.
I really enjoy rolled oats.
The next two years are, at the end, going to be full of projects which realize our as of now unrealized potential.
You all scare and inspire me.
I believe the true love for everyone.
That was an awesome piece, I hope ours is that good.
^ This is happening.
I can do anything I want…If I knew what I wanted.
When it’s all over and done with, it’s still just a phase.
I am lucky to have this opportunity to further my education and pursue a career I (will) love, rather than being restricted by traditional or economic concerns.
I don’t know anyone. I want to know someone.
I believe in staying positive.
You can’t fuck on flat-pack.
People see what they want to see; believe what they want to believe.
Is it true…Riding, skating, makes you free, if you let go. I have the jaguar spirit helping me. I have to listen to it…somehow.
I know that I know nothing, this makes me special.
Everyone’s truth is their own. Mine is yours.
You get out what you put in.
It’ll be fine.