36 out of 100

36% of women in the US have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life and 13% of women in the US agree that a husband/partner is justified in beating his wife/partner under certain circumstances.

Feelings of guilt and shame (among other reasons) encourage them to remain silent and as survivors it is difficult to open up and share the experiences lived. There are many untold stories and my intention is to provide a voice in order to share some of them in an anonymous and intimate way.

The installation consist on a switchboard that contains a visualization of 100 women represented with circles, 36 of them will have jacks that will play a story when the user connects  a phone (1 story per each jack).

Initially the audio of the instructions and the narration of the data will come out of speakers connected to the computer and when the user pick up the phone, the audio will pause so that the user can plug the phone into one jack of their choice, the audio then will come out of the telephone as a way to tell the story in a more personal and individualized way. The user will be able to change the connection to another jack at any time and when they put the telephone back to its “holder”, the instructions audio will start playing again from the speakers.  

The content shared in each story might be a trigger to some users therefore I will create a content warning. The data that is being represented comes from an study made by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on 2014 about women in the US however the intention of the project is not to exclude women identifying, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals.


 p5 code

p5 code

 p5 code

p5 code

 Arduino code

Arduino code

 Arduino code

Arduino code

 Final result

Final result

 Enclosure from the inside

Enclosure from the inside

 First Sketch

First Sketch

 Audio recording and editing

Audio recording and editing

Final Project ideation | ICM and Pcomp

Concept: Physical Visualization of violence against women.

Compare two different data sets using human interaction to define the product of the digital (or physical) visualization:

  • Attitude towards violence: The percentage of women who agree that a husband/partner is justified in beating his wife/partner under certain circumstances.

  • Prevalence of violence in the lifetime: The percentage of women who have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life.

Steps:

  • Define dataset: Data set

  • Choose a Visualization Paradigm (consider p5 vs d3 or combine both?)

  • Design a meaningful interaction between the human, the data and the 3d elements of the visualization.

 Ideation sketch

Ideation sketch

 Prevalence of violence

Prevalence of violence

 Attitude vs prevalence

Attitude vs prevalence

Dancing Waves

For this weeks project I decided to work with sound and try to connect it to a sketch that we developed in the math for p5 session with Jiwon. My start point was the following sketch:

 Sin, Cos waves generation in ICM Math help session with Jiwon.

Sin, Cos waves generation in ICM Math help session with Jiwon.

As part of my exploration I decided to create a toggle button so that I could control de audio and pause it whenever I want to. I started playing with different waves distributed in the vertical space and applying different colors and opacity in order to generate an interesting visualization.

 Using the sound amplitude as an input in the waves amplitude

Using the sound amplitude as an input in the waves amplitude

Once I was able to connect the audio with the amplitude of the waves I tried to incorporate more opacity in order for the ellipses to leave a trace and play with the interactivity of the sketch. The final result is a series of waves generated with the “sin” function which also change the colors according to the same function and are mapped in the y axis (the higher in y the bigger the ellipse size). The amplitude of the waves changes according to the amplitude of the sound waves which make it look like they are dancing with the music.

 Final Design and distribution of waves in the space

Final Design and distribution of waves in the space

Week 4: Lines Mirror

The bigger challenge for this week’s project was to be able to organize the code in a Class and Method based structure. I decided to first start with some very basic element. I started with an ellipse and I was able to implement the class in the same class that we did it at school however I realized the shape was not what I wanted to use in order to generate some interesting concept for this week. Therefore I decided to start experimenting with lines.

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Week 3: Slider

For this assignment we were encouraged to work in teams (I worked with KC Conchinha) in order to make progress faster and be able to identify mistakes faster. The experience of working as a team was very different than the past assignments. I was writing the code while KC was giving me instructions and vice versa. We started by creating a slider from scratch.

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Starry night: Week 2 process

For my second week assignment I had to follow some instructions:

  • One element controlled by the mouse.

  • One element that changes over time, independently of the mouse.

  • One element that is different every time you run the sketch.

I decided to create a new concept and not to continue my self portrait since that would reduce my options. I focused on the concept of a night full o stars that appear in random places each time the sketch is opened. I used the background as a tool to make the randomized stars disappear over time by assigning it an alpha value of 20, therefore each time that 5 backgrounds accumulate on top of each other the previously drawn star would disappear from the screen and since I placed it (and the stars) within the draw function, the sketch is generating them on loop.

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Computation for social and health impact

As an Industrial Design Engineer I tend to focus on design and problem solving, however it is not always the case that I get the chance to work with computation (to be honest this is the first time that even use this term to define what i used to call technology). Trying to explain what “Computation” adds to my professional goals is something that I have been trying to do since I applied to ITP, therefore this post could (or not) give me more clarity about the social and health approaches that I would tike to give to my carear.

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