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Fade Out: First documentation

May 02, 2009 By: Asli Category: Technology as Identity

My final for Technology as Identity took on a different path the last week I was working on the project. It was partly due to my limited programming skills, and the fact that I was unable to really get the effect that I wanted. (Looking at my previous video, you can see that blob detection is a ittle too flickery.) So I eventually decided to drop motion detection off and only used blob detection.

While working on it te code and building a space for the installation, I realized that I was feeling comfortable enough to interact with the piece, not only with physical movement, but also through performance. So during my presentation, I also did a little performance along with it, which I thought worked well with my piece, now called Fade Out. The Turkish words in the background dissolve slowly into English , but only those that don’t have translations stay capitalized.

I got amazing feedback from all the guest critics. I’ll write them down in depth this wee.

Here is a very first, unedited video documentation of my project. More videos to come later.

Fade Out: Documentation Version-1 from Asli Sevinc on Vimeo.

Scratch Language(?): Progress

April 15, 2009 By: Asli Category: Technology as Identity

I decided to go with openFrameworks for this project, instead of Processing. I find that openFrameworks handles live video better. So, I wrote the code for reducing the viewer down to a silhouette and filling it up with black color. Here is the documentation:

Scratch Language(?): Silhouette code from Asli Sevinc on Vimeo.

The next step will be to fill up the sihouette with text, and then to integrate motion tracking to erase it. I’ll try to get that done by next week.

Project Implementation

April 06, 2009 By: Asli Category: Technology as Identity

I drew a diagram of the technical implementation of my final project on language as identity. Reminder: I should soon come up with a good name for my project.


Click here to view the high resolution png document.

Final Project Proposal

April 04, 2009 By: Asli Category: Technology as Identity

For my final project, I want to explore the transformation I’m going through currently and feeling very strongly about: language attrition; the loss of my first language. This will be a project about language as identity and it will deal with the idea that losing your mother tongue means losing or altering a part of your identity profoundly.

Each day, I’m using my mother language, Turkish, less and less. Each day, English is replacing Turkish as my primary tool to think, to feel, to express myself, to talk to myself, to write, to communicate whatever I want to say to the world. As I’m completing my sixth year abroad, I can fully feel the effects of language attrition: my immediate reactions, my dreams are now in my acquired language. My mind speaks to me in English. I write in English when I’m drunk. I’m surprised to see that I started to talk to animals and babies in English, too, which I thought would always be in my mother tongue. Most interestingly to me, I’m at a point that I can picture myself communicating with my own children in English in the future.

This inevitable loss is not disturbing to me all the time. Usually, I don’t even think about it or notice it at all. But sometimes, it hits me that I’m losing my mother tongue, day by day. I feel that my most important connection to home is slowly weakening. Part of me, part of my identity is slowly eroding.

I want to build an interactive installation, where the viewer will experience the erasing of a language and replacing with another one. In my case, the viewer will erase Turkish and replace it with English, as much as she likes.

The interaction is two fold: The viewer will stand in front of the projected screen. She will be reduced to a silhouette. Once the silhouette is drawn, it’ll be filled up with Turkish words. The viewer, by waving her hand over her body, will scratch out the Turkish to reveal English underneath. The viewer may choose to scratch all of the first language, or she may choose to have some remainders left.

Here is a diagram of the installation:


Click here to view the high resolution png document.

I’m going to use a security camera for sensing, a projector for projection and Processing¬† for pixel analysis and graphics. The implementation diagram will follow soon.


March 31, 2009 By: Asli Category: Technology as Identity

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I just can’t seem to give it up.

February 12, 2009 By: Asli Category: Technology as Identity

I made this piece in an effort to look at what technology means to me. For this particular project, I wanted to draw attention to our obsession with gadgets and how they seize to have any meaning after they are broken. But we still get a new one, even though we know it won’t last more than a few years. Because we just can’t seem to give them up!

The devices used in the video are all dead electronic devices. Even though they are essentially no different than any other piece of trash, I still keep them; possibly because of my obsession with objects! The camera is my first digital camera that fell and broke. The iPod was my first mp3 player, whose hardware crashed. The battery is the first battery of my laptop, which got drained completely.

I chose to shoot these images in the fire escape of my apartment to emphasize the meaninglessness of these objects. If they were working devices, I would never risk taking them out there!

The amazing music is by Camille, the song is called Katie’s Tea.

I just can’t seem to give it up. from Asli Sevinc on Vimeo.

I also want to post the video I put together from the footage I shot during the process of deconstructing a painting I made 7 years ago. This was for our first project: creating a collage of our personal identity.

Personal Collage from Asli Sevinc on Vimeo.

Mika Rottenberg

February 11, 2009 By: Asli Category: Technology as Identity

When we talked about ‘body’ as identity in class, one of the first pieces that came to my mind was Mika Rottenberg’s video installation called Dough. I’d seen it in the Shapes of Space exhibition at the New York Guggenheim Museum in 2007.

Rottenberg’s most pieces explore issues of identity in terms of body and self-image. Her ‘”video sculptures”, as she calls them, are quite complex, elaborate and unusual. Her subjects all have something eccentric about their physical appearance, mostly out of their own choice.

I found videos on Rottenberg’s works and a couple of her interviews online.

Here is a video of Dough. It’s very low quality and shaky, but it gives you the idea:

Here is an interview, where you can also see excerpts from her other pieces:

Here is a behind-the-scenes video of a project Rottenberg made for W magazine: