New Accordion Plugin

I've been a Nikola user for a few years now, and I'm a big fan. One of the reasons why I picked it is because it is implemented in Python. Python is of course my favorite programming language. And because Nikola is written in Python, it should be easier for me to write code to build my own extensions.

For various reasons I never actually did that until now. I wanted an Accordion reStructuredText directive, and since it didn't exist, I had to build it myself. And that's what I did. Getting it to work completely took some fiddling but I have it working. See an example below.

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New Theme

This weekend I updated my website's theme. As I've said before, I use Nikola, a static site generator written in Python. My new theme is a customization of the bootblog4 theme.

I'm quite happy with the new look. It is clean, functional, and it works well on mobile devices. It also fixed some cosmetic issues that I wasn't able to fix with the previous theme. In addition, I was finally able to get figure captions to work the way I wanted them to work.

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Graduated from ITP

After two long years of hard work I have graduated from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). ITP was a wonderful experience and I am grateful for everything I learned and everyone I met. I'm definitely a changed person as a result. I'm happier and more optimistic about my future. And the ITP experience is not over! I am happy to say that I will be continuing for another year as a resident. I'm excited to continue contributing to this community as I continue to learn.

Over the past two years most of my blog posts have been in the ITP section of this website. Now that I've graduated I want to leave the ITP posts alone and start developing the regular blog section of this site. I will reorganize things a bit and will probably make some breaking changes. That's OK though because nobody links to this site outside of the ITP blog and Processing library documentation. To best prepare for the future, I need to make some adjustments.

Context Paper

For my thesis I designed and implemented a new approach for applying style transfers to 360 pictures and video. Using contemporary and historical paintings and images from Google Street View, I created art that encourages viewers to appreciate what is beautiful or poignant about the modern world, right in front of us, and to see it with new eyes.

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Appropriation Art

After our makeup class on Friday I was thinking about appropriation art and the Sherrie Levine presentation I gave last year for my History of Contemporary Art class. At the time of the presentation I had a good understanding of appropriation art but after class today it was clear to me that I had forgotten a lot. I reviewed last years’ presentation to help me remember.

Her photo series After Walker Evans (1981) is an appropriation of photographs from the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), authored by James Agee with photographs by Walker Evans. Evans was commissioned by the government in 1936 to document the poverty of the Great Depression. The book was widely published and the photos were familiar to people at the time. Levine photographed photos in a catalog to appropriate the photos. The Evans estate saw this as copyright infringement and bought the works to prevent their sale. Now all of the photos are in the MET collection.

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Moveable Type

The New York Times headquarters building in New York City houses the digital and text-based work Moveable Type (2007). This was created by artist Ben Rubin and statistician Mark Hansen. The work was created at the request of the newspaper. The Times was looking for something “iconic and timeless” that spoke “to the 150 year history of the Times, and also to the digital future.” [2] The piece took four years to design and build.

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Programmed

The Whitney’s Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art (1965–2018) exhibition establishes connections between works of art involving rules or instructions. Some of the works of art were created with computers and electronics; others were fabricated with non-technological tools like paper and ink. Some of the works blurred the distinction between the two. The exhibition as a whole attempts to place digital and new media art into a historical context that is linked to the works that don’t involve contemporary technology.

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The Body / Identity

This week we visited 5 galleries in Chelsea to see shows that focused on themes of The Body and Identity. I found much of the artwork to be thought provoking and deeply moving. I'm looking forward to our discussion about this in class tomorrow.

The first show was God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin at the David Zwirner gallery. James Baldwin (1924-1987) was an African American author and artist who analyzed society's power structures and its racial and class distinctions through his work. The show contains Baldwin's writing and drawings and illuminates his character, sexuality, and political views.

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