7 Weeks W/O Meds

The last couple of months, I have been constantly looking for stories, looking for things with their own narratives, with meaning. Walking down the street the other day, I found a planner. In it, an unknown stranger had written down her whole life. Dinners, doctor's appointments, camping trips, meetings. Initially, I thought I would  try to return it back and took it to my studio, but very quickly I figured out that the best chance for this person to find this planner would be for me to leave where I found out. I quickly went to my studio and scanned every single page in it. Half of the months on the planner were clipped. On one of those pages was the phrase "7 weeks w/o meds", which I decided to use as my title, because of what I thought it said about the owner of this planner. The rest, I decided to keep between the planner and its owner. I went back and put it where I found it. If its owner ever found it, I will never know. The book is a reframing of these findings. As the author, I present these pages to the reader for/her to make his/her own conclusions and stories. Rather than providing one single story, I try to provide as many as possible in which you are able to meet the character of my story through reading the pages of this book, but my own narrative is never imposed on the reader. him

Shattering: Self Made Poster

Taking the remains from my shattering explorations, I decided to put them to some use. I grabbed a nice sheet of thick off-white paper and sprayed some glue on it. Afterwards I layed out all the broken glass on top of the sheet of paper. After about an hour, I lifted the paper. The resulting forms are a result of chance and gravity. They are a combination of the glass, broken by gravity and the adhesive power/lack of in the glue.


Taking on the idea of chance as an ignitor of making, I set up a process in which I would paint glass plates (conveniently bought at the nearest dollar store) and let them fall from about 8 feet up in the air. I would record the coalition with the floor and let gravity decided the form the pictures would take. In this way, natural forces, and not me dictate the form of the piece.   Here are some stills from the process:   Here is a video (parts of it are severely color 'corrected'):   Taking those as a starting point I started putting these sequence of images together to form new compositions.

I See Everything

This composition was created using 190 images taken from the observation deck of the Richmond City Hall. For every window, 3 pictures were taken: 1 of the horizon, one middle picture, and one last one as far down as possible. The pictures were later arranged starting with the horizon images, followed by the middle images. If you notice, you can see the sun setting at the left of the image, meaning that this was the west of the camera. The sun may rise in the east, but it settles in a finer location. In a way, you can see the whole world from this image, based on the fact that you can see everything from one single vantage point, including the horizon. The piece, more than anything, is a result of a set of very specific instructions, a specific methodology, I set onto myself. ( Please, please, please!!! See this Full-Size and Zoom into the Image!! )  

Future Ideas

October, 9, 2012: What if I created a script/program that would transform a word into visuals? Any string of words could be transformed into visuals? Encoding... What if I created a system in which people could input something and get a visual output? Space Database: if you created a database of all the elements in a space and then gave the user different ways of being able to sequentially experience that database... would the user get something meaningful out of this? Take a mosaic approach to all this... multiple voices in a single volume... Google Images: Endless loop... feed one image onto itself.. Creating a video that ask 'what is uniqueness', 'are you unique?', 'is everyone unique?' A film that structurally reflects the data Return to orality (as a way to make something unique), every email into video DNA is identity Movement encoded into text Video Dictionary, of a street, of my block Extend: Dots... include multiple images at once, instead of just one image Make people give me instructions to make a book I challenge you... Plato! (Challenging Plato's theory of Forms) Put a giant something(a coin) and try to look for its story... let people dictate its story Database of the dead... put a bunch of pictures of dead graves... Previous Thoughts: Data visualization as the connection between content and form Singularity/Plurality data viz deals with the issue in an interesting way From content to data How do we give meaning to the singular and the plural? It should be narrative Design is about adding layers of meaning, not taking them away That's what makes design human It's about engaging people Web design sucks because it doesn't take meaning into consideration Computers are good at remembering. Humans are good at grasping information. Data visualization is made to create understanding. I want to deal with different emotions. Give control to the user, as a way to make it unique Design of the preferences "If people cared about math, they wouldn't play the lottery" Looking for a process to play out

Memento Mori

"Someday, I will die and do will you" This is a book about my death, about our death. Someday I will die, and so will you, so I made a book about it. Specifically, this is a book about my grave, your grave and how it might look like. I find this important, because this is where you will be for a very, very long time, yet we don't tend to think too much about our final resting place. See the PDF

Alternatives View on 'Walking, Walking, Walking'

Thinking of my video 'Walking, Walking, Walking', I decided to make a video in which the results weren't as predefined. For every frame of the video, for every picture I took during that walk, a script would randomly decide what type of information (regarding that image) would be shown. The alternatives were: The final image (the image I actually took) The filename The time it was taken The GPS position The position along the trajectory (with map) the position along the trajectory (with the trajectory drawn) The count/# of the frame in relation to the number of images Through the video, the viewer is able to grasp the experience of my walk (or not grasp it) in differente ways. Walking Walking Walking: Database from Jorge Silva-Jetter on Vimeo. I consider this video a failure because, even do I did what I set out to do, what I'm aiming for is to create something meaningful and narrative out of these videos. This video (at least to 'Walking, Walking, Walking'), impedes the process by which we create a narrative. At the same time, I do find it interesting that the video accentuates the fact that this is a database of events and shows itself in that manner. Minor details that could be fixed... Remove the Map from the possible alternatives, remove the frame from the trajectory, middle-align the text, make the text bigger

Floyd Avenue: Eternal Street

This video is an experimentation on visual structure, and how we can use the visual structure of an image creatively. In this video, photos of the same street are show at random order, but because of the relationship between them the viewer is able to perceive them as a continuos. Rather than trying to 'fool' the viewer, this is intended as an interesting way to structure a set of images, in which a specific meaning/interpretation is give to them by the way in which the system is setup. The system and its underlying rules give the video its specific meaning. Also, the video is intended to explore the way in which humans connect things. People create narratives, wether they are there or not. We experience the world through narratives and we tend to connect things without perceiving that they might have no relation. It might be argued that this video is an example of this. The view attributes certain relationships that are not accurate.

A Book That Makes Itself

I wish to make a book that would design itself. This book is generated by a script that goes on generating forms that are added and subtracted throughout the book. Every page, one more element is added, until the middle is reached. After that, one element is removed. The problem with this is that this is all pure form. There is no content, narrative or even inherent meaning. I like the way it looks. But it doesn't say anything. How can we make something that is generated say something substancial, without the meaning being already there? How can me generate narrative? See the PDF

A Book About: Jorge

In this simple book, I took all the mentions of 'Jorge' in all the long abstracts of wikipedia. I created a script that would automatically lay them out in a PDF in order to be printed. Can we say something about 'Jorge' with this book? What? Is this useful/interesting in any way? More than anything, I was trying to play around with different database and see if we could extract something meaningful from the, while keep the micro/macro relationship more respectful of a particular node. At the end, this is really not a final piece, just a stepping stone to something else. See the Text (PDF)

W.F.S.: A database turned into a video

As a way to represent West Franklin Street in Richmond,VA, I (along with Ru Zheng) decided to take multiple videos/sounds of the street. In a way, creating a database of the street. Subsequently, we created a 'soundtrack' to the street, visualizing the street through the collected sounds. After the sound as established, we made the video based on the sounds of the street, but in a way that was reminiscent of the way in which we collected these videos, approaching more as a database of sounds and images. W. F. S. from Jorge Silva-Jetter on Vimeo. Through this video, I wanted to try to experience the space through a database. Using rules through which I interacted with the data and in which it was these rules that 'said' something about the street in conjunction with the data. Yet, it wasn't the rules in themselves that created the narrative/meaning of the piece. Meaning emerges from the piece.

Dots: Exploring Binary Uniqueness

These simple animations try to show the relationship between the micro and the macro. This script, loads an image and the proceeds to zoom in and out of it as a way to examine the relationship between its different parts, between the building blocks of the image. At some point, the script reaches one pixel and at that point it begins to zoom out, as a way to see the whole image again. In the scripts 'dots', this zooming does not occur, and it is only when the user click on the screen that you are able to see the whole image. The image becomes much more than the sume of its parts. Seeing its pixels, one by one, does not tell you anything about the image.

One CSS Rule

What would happend if we would experience content through the same design? How does the experience of the web change, when we only have two CSS rules for all the internet? Through this project, I tried to establish 1 (it ended up being two) CSS rules that would apply to ever single content on the web. Subsequently, I quickly decided to add a rule for link, since they are so important for how the web functions. Through this project, I wish to explore how rules in design change the way we experience or interact with a particular content. Mostly, I just wished to see how ridiculous (yes! ridiculous  the idea of a completely universal design was. More than anything, I wished to examine up to what extent we could push this idea and in what ways it would fail. Here it is, 2 CSS rules for the whole internet: html, body, div, span, applet, object, iframe, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre, a, abbr, acronym, address, big, cite, code, del, dfn, em, img, ins, kbd, q, s, samp, small, strike, strong, sub, sup, tt, var, b, u, i, center, dl, dt, dd, ol, ul, li, fieldset, form, label, legend, table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td, article, aside, canvas, details, embed, figure, figcaption, footer, header, hgroup, menu, nav, output, ruby, section, summary, time, mark, audio, video { margin: 0; padding: 0; border: 0; font-size: 100%; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: green; text-decoration: none; display: inline-block; float: left; border: solid 1px rgba(0,255,0, 0.1); } a { color: yellow; } The problem with his particular instance is that, in order for it to actually start working as a way to browser the internet, I would need to dedicate a couple more hours towards developing the rules in it and seeing how the work. Perhaps, also developing some more rule sets that could be tested out. But, this is really not relevant to what I'm doing with my thesis... so I'll just procrastinate it!