how is the artist or writer to function (survive and produce) in the community, outside of institutions?

“Your own aesthetic process is a transformative activity; it’s not an economic transaction that you purchase with a university degree.” –Arturo Romo gives us his blessings

East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines

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  1. all you mfa candidates, all you college students, all you awp hangers-on, all you high school students wondering what to do (which is the same thing as how to live, how to make a life of your own, how to save your own life), all you secret poets looking for support, all you striving artists who need a job, what about you?
  2. most will sooner or later find themselves outside institutionalization.
  3. dreams tell us that the life of the mind goes on regardless. regardless of institutions or individuals, the life of the mind is a collective dreaming. the dream goes on whether anyone is making movies and documenting it, holding conferences and seminars about it or not. the mind goes on.
  4. the institutional imagination, with its schedules and regulations, with its tests and prerequisites, will be insufficient on the outside, in a broader world of completely indifferent and more democratic…

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Listening to the city

A proposal that received a Dean’s Award for Graduating Seniors in December 2015

from Ahn Sungseok’s Historic Present (역사적 현재) series (2009-13)

Postcolonial and postwar Seoul has looked outward for flows of capital and for recognition as a “global city,” but how has this disturbed the experiences and imaginaries of the city’s dwellers? How do their imaginaries come into tension with those of visiting travelers? Listening to the City is a project I am approaching a Korean American who has lived in two major metropolitan areas in order to confront both my imaginary of Korean culture and of the Korean city. My lens is also informed by the intersections of “현대 미술” (contemporary art) and “도시 공간” (urban space) in the activities of artist collectives and spaces in Seoul (and possibly other South Korean cities such as Anyang and Busan). Through participation and documentation, I hope to investigate how Listen to the City, Okin Collective, and Takeout Drawing, among others, reconsider in their own ways their relationships to the city.

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An alternative cartography of the city

A rationale for my senior year colloquium (a “text”-based discussion as thesis) on December 2, 2015

“What alters the way we see the streets is more important than what alters the way we see painting.”

GUY DEBORD, “Report on the Construction of Situations and on the Terms of Organization and Action of the International Situationist Tendency,” page 49

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Ethnography of a MOOC

The second of three “travelogues” on new media, for Carlin Wing’s Fall 2015 New Media Research Studio

Can a MOOC be a work of art?

It was in a MOOC on titled “ART of the MOOC: Merging Public Art and Experimental Education” that I saw an opportunity to no longer take a “massive open online course” for granted and to “merge” some of the work that have shaped my understanding of public art since I was introduced to the idea in an educational setting (a seminar called “The Lives, Deaths, and Rebirths of Public Space”).

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Why add an “A” in STEM?

These four are why.


I approached Kojo, Rina, Cassandra, and Andy (plus three others) during a summer internship at Two Bit Circus because I had a good feeling that what motivates them to do extraordinary work as a game designer, game engineer, producer, and hardware engineer is their interdisciplinary backgrounds. Watch my interviews with them here and please, share your thoughts with me. Full STEAM ahead!


Exercises in JavaScript

June 7, 2016 update: Will be updating the color palettes of these sites using Color Contrast Checker and Random A11y Color Palettes!

These exercises throughout a web development class in Spring 2015 gave me the freedom to use web-friendly images (like the photographs from the EPA’s Documerica Project), typography (Google Fonts API), and colors (color-hex).

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Later on, I realized: “Once I learned JavaScript, I could imagine a web page with jQuery as an archive for audio/visual culture, with p5.js as a canvas for generative design, with d3.js as research based on both qualitative and quantitative information and perhaps a call to action…”

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