The following are excerpts from my fieldnotes describing a recent site visit. The names have been changed to protect privacy. Excerpt 1 Roughly 45-minutes into the three hour visit, I noticed something interesting happening. This wasn’t anything I hadn’t seen or … Continue reading
(Source) The following are excerpts from my field notes describing a recent site visit. The names have been changed to protect privacy. Excerpt 1 I approached the counter where I saw two young Black men standing behind the food preparation station … Continue reading
Two words: Jump cut
In film, the jump cut, or abrupt transition from one frame to the next, functions like a quick, confusing, and incongruous utterance. The viewer is required to fill in the missing rationale or logic, although she doesn’t realize it. In humor theory, incongruity theory describes “laughter in response to a perception of incongruity.” The jump cut evokes humor, as seen on Vine, the popular short video mobile app with a growing number of aspiring and established comedians.
Looking at the lines on my face
through the iPhone lens
Drawn deeper, longer.
The curls on my head
lie heavy, grey.
Taking up the screen.
They move on their own now.
The camera’s filter can’t seem to catch a
glimpse of daddy’s and mommy’s face
I am my own woman now.
My eyes appear
calm and dark.
They smile on their own.
I remember what Audre Lorde wrote in ‘Change of Season’
“Am I to be cursed forever with becoming somebody else on my way to myself?”
“I have paid dearly in time for love I hoarded
summer goes into my words
and comes out reason.”
I am trying to capture a sense of time in this selfie.
where to locate change
on a digital
and aging face.
The Selfie Project is a social media experiment I started on Instagram in order to communicate out of a need to (be) love(d). The project’s mission is inspired by the Abbot, a character in Carl Sagan’s novel Contact.
RED, from directors Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot is an interpretation based on the fairy tale “Little Red Ridding Hood”. Jaramillo and Guillot’s interpretation is gruesomely violent, and yet (as I will further explore below), is also a beautiful take on a classic story. Here is a description of the piece from the directors:
“I still want to fall in a wormhole.” – Me
Thanks for being curious, dad.
This is a multimodal piece I produced for my class in Culture, Media, and Education. I like fusing media and genres (written/spoken poetry, painting, digital video). Suites me quite well.
I am from long strokes of acrylic bent on canvas sky
from blotches of black and blue mixed with white and reds
I am from the taste of colors long forbidden
Soul food, Black Foot, Irish-American.
I am from somewhere vague like shadows at noon
from Negro seeds planted in the fields on hot southern days
from an east coast milk truck named “Conley” for short.
I am from somewhere whose love managed to give me life.
I am from hard fights and harder hugs
from bedrooms of imagination
filled with stories of magic carpets and gospel songs.
I am from the house on 8th street where herbs grew in gardens instead of mangos.
I am from my mother’s eye
Watching and waiting
from her spirit longing to be free
from the rainbow shirt that covered her belly with me inside.
I am from my father’s hands lost
in the strokes of oily painted white mountains,
from the heart he held to stop the attack,
from hardened pale fingers
I touched that were unfamiliar.
From the shadow that moved curtains
when it was over.
I am from an amalgamation of memories
from a black dot on a white canvas searching for rainbows.
#culture #media #education #multimodality
This one is inspired by Ann Marie Fleming’s illustrated memoir The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam. Fleming uncovers some of the mysteries surrounding her great-grandfather Long Tack Sam, a famous magician in the 20th century. She uncovers. I continue to search.
#storytelling #mixedmedia #spaceelsewhere