Time – Midterm Proposal

Here is my Semester Projects Pathway Proposal for Time. Fortunately, I had time to go back and type up my notes into something you might be able to read.
Here is my Semester Projects Pathway Proposal for Time. Fortunately, I had time to go back and type up my notes into something you might be able to read.

So, my proposal for my midterm project is based on my attempt to draw a connection between all my sketches and build on them, while trying to guide my efforts toward physical (vs digital) manifestations of sketches and projects.

Below are my initial notes that try to scaffold a flow of ideas in order to propose an outline of a path for the rest of the semester, including not just my upcoming three sketches but also ideas for my midterm and final.

This a sketch of my attempt to scaffold a flow connecting all my sketches and projects throughout the semester.
This a sketch of my attempt to scaffold a flow connecting all my sketches and projects throughout the semester.
SKETCH #1 (done)

Time reflected in Nature (cyclical) Observations

Screen Shot - Snowshoe Hares Timeless Coat (aka Sketch 1)
Screen Shot – Snowshoe Hares Timeless Coat (aka Sketch 1)

IMPLEMENTATION: p5.js sketch showing rabbit changing colors as the user advances through the year

IDEAS: Time can be observed through changes in nature

SKETCH #2 (mostly done, including notes I’ve written so far, below)

Time reflected in ‘Nature’ using self (over time) Observations and perceptions 

Screen Shot of Time Marches on... Your Face (aka Sketch 2)
Screen Shot of Time Marches on… Your Face (aka Sketch 2)

IMPLEMENTATION: p5.js sketch with a slider to scroll through 20 years worth of pictures of the same face

IDEAS: Some things change at different rates than others. From day to day, we can’t always perceive changes to our surroundings—even when it comes to things we check out on average 20+ times a day, our faces in the mirror. It’s curious that, when you see yourself from day to day, it’s rare to notice changes in things like your facial structure, lines and wrinkles, and overall appearance; heck, 20 years later, it can be practically impossible (with some clear exceptions, see 2011) to differentiate you-at-25 from you-at-26 or -27. 

Having looked through changes in photos from year to year, it’s easy to see how having longer periods of time between images makes differences more noticeable. Interestingly, the same is true when it comes to art like flip book animations. You see, on the other end of the spectrum—at a more micro level, the human body, at least the eye, is capable of perceiving things occurring much fast than a second. If that’s the case:

  • what’s up with the second—what’s it based on?
  • how can we trick our senses by working in spaces and speeds smaller and faster than what we can perceive?
  • and what do the details of all that look like? 

In my next sketch, I’ll explore these themes by (learning how and) creating a flip book animation—playing around with the images and speeds—and investing areas of this topic.

SKETCH #3 (aka debunking the second)

Time perceived — study of mechanics of perceiving change over very short periods of time through creation of a flip book animation.

Screen Shot of Flip Book Paper Ordered for Sketch 3 (image source: Amazon)
Screen Shot of Flip Book Paper Ordered for Sketch 3 (image source: Amazon)

 IMPLEMENTATION: Flip book.

(Alt: Maybe p5 sketch? …allowing to increase and decrease the frames per second as well as how much ball moves away from stick/man falls from sky in each frame.)

IDEA: By creating a flip book and working with the individual parts and pages of it, I’ll not only be exposed to, but immersed in the mechanics of the minutiae that are at the heart of an experience that unfolds over time—fragments of a second, in fact.

SKETCH #4

Time – understanding the anatomy of a clock through constructing one with an escapement

ROKR LK501 - Pendulum Clock 3D Puzzle
The ROKR LK501 – Pendulum Clock 3D Puzzle. A working model clock with an escapement.

IMPLEMENTATION: Building a 169-piece model pendulum clock

IDEA: Pivot to clock building through continuing to understand mechanics related to time by once again immersing myself in the mechanics of the minutiae; this time by building a model clock with escapement. This project will serve as a building block to creating my midterm project.

MIDTERM PROPOSAL

Research escapements and build one… Or more!

IMPLEMENTATION: After researching escapements to better understand them, report back on them and build one (or more!) (This could be modified to or incorporated into a more developed observational instrument, if needed.)

IDEA: To create a working escapement based on my research and soon-to-be recent experience (given the resources available to me.) Once I’ve created a working escapement, I’m hoping to learn how to expand that into a functioning clock for my final project.

FINAL PROJECT (proposal)

Building on the escapement I make for mid-term, build out as much of a custom clock. 

Image of The Dresser - Rube Goldberg Machine - source Josephs Machine on YouTube
Final Project – What’s next?? Who knows?! (Source: The Dresser – Joseph’s Machine – YouTube)

IMPLEMENTATION & IDEA: Using a combination of the following: fiddling, modifying, researching, and sleeping on it, build on my Midterm escapement to create a working clock. I’d really like to have my clock reflect on some social aspects, but not sure how. I also like the idea of creating a clock that just seems ‘right’ to me, then finding what it measures later on… with the intention of making time be the one waiting for something significant to define it. 

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