- Dancing Lights
Growing up in a Puerto Rican household, dancing was apart of everyday life. Whether it’s at family cookouts or just cleaning the house, dancing has helped me navigate through my life. Although, it is such an in the moment experience. I want to make something that captures dancing as a souvenir.
Dancing is an act of celebration and joy and I want to capture that joy and make it more accessible on the daily. Therefore, my first idea involves people, a dance floor, a selection screen, and a lamp. Before the person starts to dance, they will go to the selection screen to pick out a song they would like to dance to and the colors they would like their dance to be made up of. Then the person will begin to dance on the dance floor, which will be made of pressured sensors and timers. The harder someone steps and the time they hold it will vary and translate into different colors, intensity, and placement on the lamp. After they are done dancing, they get to keep the lamp which will have a digital representation of their dance having access to their joy whenever they turn it on.
2. When the Corner Stores Close…
I grew up in Boston. Specifically, in the South End’s Villa Victoria. It’s a four or five block affordable housing unit community that is home to a predominately Puerto Rican population. One might also label this area as “the hood.” I believe that in my hood, like many others, corner stores are at its center. They supply our community with resources, such as food, medication, a social setting, our grandma’s addiction to cigarettes, and financial needs (aka lottery tickets), that we might not have access to elsewhere.
Recently, due to gentrification, corner stores in my community have been closing down. Some of my favorite memories at these stores have been turned into luxury condos. I want to make an art installation that addresses this issue. What happens to the hood when all the corner stores shut down?
There will be five screens on a cut of a corner store. The cut out will be decorated with familiar objects you could find at corner stores. The center screen will make the viewer into a digital version of themselves, which will implement them into the community, as the other screens are premade digital versions of people of color doing simple actions relating to the benefits of a corner store. The top will have an LED sign that says “Corner Store and speakers on the side. The speakers will be projecting a poem that talks about what happens when all the corner stores close. As the poem goes on, the premade figures react and the digital version of the view does too. By the end of the experience, the figures have all been erased and the LED screen sign turns into “Luxury Condos.” The digital viewer is still on the screen, but the other screens show different people or new objects that are unfamiliar. This transition is supposed to make the viewer feel uneasy and their image on the screen is there for self-reflection.
3. Interactive Animation
You ever wish you had control over the cartoon you were watching? Same. So that’s why I want to do just that. I want to create a touchscreen interactive animation. There will be different images that can be manipulated on a screen that will tell a different story based on the position, facial expression, or style the images morph into with each touch.