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As part of the Experience and Design fair, my group and I created our own station called DaLights. It is a fun, exciting, and artistic activity where the participants can draw with light and create their own images individually or in groups.

Please visit this blog my group and I have created to summerize the outcome of our DaLights experience.

My video is titled ‘Expedite’ and it is an autobiographical piece that showcases my experience as a downtown student living uptown. It is a reflection of the end of the long days where I feel completed drained and exhausted from school, yet I still have to endure an hour long commute home. In that state of mind, everything just feels extremely slow, and one of the ways I expedite the tiring experience is through listening to music.

Assignment:
Using different editing techniques (such as slow motion, split video, bullet style editing, etc), extend 30 seconds of original footage into a 2 minute long video.

Fortunes in a Bottle

This idea was inspired by Message in a Bottle and Kau Cim. Kau Cim is a Chinese traditional fortune telling practice that requests answers from a sacred oracle lot (More information: demonstration video and Wikipedia). Instead of writing a message and sending it into the ocean in a bottle, many slips of fortunes are here for the user to extract. I thought this idea was simple but meaningful and fun.

I created 53 long individual strips of paper each containing a different fortune. Some are about love, prosperity, career, and some are just plain random. Making sure the text are not visible, I painted the outside bottom half of the water bottle the color of the ocean. I also placed some fabric softening sheets into the bottle to give it an extra superstitious boost. Just in case it wasn’t obvious enough, I made a sign that says “FORTUNES IN A BOTTLE” and used a rubber fish to hold the sign up.

I think my single action, EXTRACT,  was very obvious. When Georgie saw what I have created, she didn’t hesitate or stalled to think what she had to do. She instantly pulled out a fortune from the bottle and read it. She didn’t seem too pleased with hers, so she pulled out a few more.