Week 10: An Eye on the Process, An Eye on the Project.

After discussion about last weeks attempts of showcasing emoji language in different mediums such as short stories and poetry. We came to the conclusion that it did not have the same effect as using a conversational piece had. The stories and poetry became too cluttered and uneasy to read and comprehend. It also left too much subjective thinking for the audience who may not know what was going on if they hadn’t heard about it or read the artist statement.

From this analysis, we decided to stick to more conversational piece of writing. However, being unable to write our own interesting conversations without being to clique, we decided to stick with dialogue already produced from our favourite TV shows.

We looked at Friends, Seinfeld and The Office. We decided to look at The Office, following a conversation with Jo about people in the office environment using emojis within the workplace to the ends of their emails and sentences to sound more “friendly”.

This is what we came up with:

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This is what we’ll record next week and see how we can change and improve it.

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Hidden Truths – Episode 2

This episode looks into the case of Edward Snowden and the processes you can use to stay safe and secure while online.

Here are is some extra information you can use to help you understand the ways to keep private online:
Computerphile: Hashing Algorithms and Security – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4b8ktEV4Bg
Computerphile: SHA: Secure Hashing Algorithm – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMtFhACPnTY
Mashable: What is Encryption and How Does it Work – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4HQ8Bp-pfw
The Verge: Chinese scientists have built the first quantum satellite network- https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/15/15808436/china-satellite-quantum-network-encryption-entanglement-micius
The Best VPN Services of 2017 – http://au.pcmag.com/software/138/guide/the-best-vpn-services-of-2017
How to Choose The Best VPN In Australia – https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/04/how-to-choose-the-best-vpn-in-australia/

Week 9: Iterate and Collaborate

After breaking down the suggestions made last week by Matt, Jo and the class, Briana and I decided to try a few different experiments to further establish what was working, what wasn’t working and what we could possibly blend together for our major work.

This week we played with the idea of having a narrative, we look at various different short stories and speeches to help us out with this. The first experiment that we looked at was ‘The Cat In The Hat’, we had taken 4 different pages from the book and translated them into a emoji language. From the feedback, we were given last week, we decided to keep the words on the page and use the audio to host translation.

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The second experiment we looked at was a translation of wedding vows in emoji form. We projected an image of a couple taking their vows with an audio recording of the emoji translation done by an automated voice on the computer.

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The feedback we got from these two experiments, told us that we needed more of a dialogue between the translation and the original text. This was highly evident in our work we presented last week. It was established that what we had produced today lacked communication with our core question, and was stirring away from what we wanted to do.

We came to an understanding that our work from last week was stronger than what we had produced today. The video of us describing the emojis with more emotion captivated the audience more than just using a monotone voice.

From this, we have decided to continue on with what worked from our first iteration, we will look at more conversational pieces and stick with our video, which conveyed more emotion and depth than just a single voice and an image. For the next couple of weeks, Briana and I will look for various different conversational piece and see how we can translate them. We were also considering looking at common phrases used by people in a passive-aggressive way and adding emojis to the ends of the phrases to create a contrast within the dialogue itself.

 

Week 8: Development and Discussion

This week Briana and I set up the video we had proposed in our project pitch. We played around with the idea of creating a dialog through emojis with our own conversations but found that it didn’t have the flow we needed for a coherent conversation.

From this, we decided to pick a scene from the popular sitcom ‘Friends: The One With Ross’ New Girlfriend’, and translated it into emoji form. This is what we were left with:

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Within the editing process, we decided that we could have subtitles of the actual lines instead of the emoji’s we had been saying as the lines translations. We found that using the emojis on-screen made the piece a bit tacky and didn’t give the audience much time to engage with the piece.

Once we put up the video, Briana and I found elements which we didn’t like and weren’t too sure of.¬†However, to our surprise, Matt liked the idea and concept behind the video and saw great potential in the project.However, to our surprise, Matt liked the idea and concept behind the video and saw great potential in the project.

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From our own observations and suggestions made by the class, we have decided that in order to project this work further we will try different ways of displaying the emoji conversation for next week and see which ones work and which could be used in conjunction with one another to create the final piece. We discussed looking into displaying the conversation or short story through photos to give a ‘walk through’ effect for the audience with the audio playing through speakers above the images.

We have come up with a few ideas, which we wish to test out next week, these include the use of a picture book or stories with narratives:

  • Using images from a picture book but having the audio track read out in emojis

We may try playing with emojis on screen to see what kind of reaction we get from the audience before totally disregarding that element.

  • Audio of story but emojis on the screen
  • Text messages of a story in the form of emojis
  • Pictures on the wall of the scene with emojis replacing the words of children stories with an audio track of the actual words