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Artist: Isa Analo, Anya Ball, Nicholas Forman, Sean Jin, Mendy Kong, Lesley Moon, Annabelle Olson, Quan Pham, Sofia Rodriguez, Yana Savitsky, Tina Shi, Johannah Marie Suegay, Raeden Tapia-Stevens, Layla Yun
↓ Curatorial statement co-written by Angela Rong and Qianqian Ye ↓
Softness could be a cloud / ephemeral form
Softness could be a dune / morphing landscape
Softness could be the rounded corner of buttons
Softness could be the gradient background on the screens
Softness could be the almost illegible font
Softness could be the tactility when petting the keyboard and mouse
Softness could be the dizzy comfort of welcoming red error messages
Softness could be the fuzzy edge of unknown feelings
Softness could be subtle frustration of wanting more
Softness could be a polite refusal of the right way
Softness could be the brave moment of oversharing
Softness could be the sudden zero-g after admitting your fear
Softness could be a safe place to land
Softness could be the hands that are there to catch us
Can software be … soft?
Softness can seem like an elusive quality in technology, a frivolous whisper in a gallery of glass screens. We want to know comfort, yet also fear being vulnerable in our moments of rest. But how might softness be more than just a temporary respite? As we mix and blur together lines of code, how might we reawaken, relaxed, to new possibilities of living, sleeping, and dreaming?
This exhibition invites visitors to experience the web-based artworks of artists and coders in USC Media Arts + Practice’s IML 300 and 400 classes, as we look beyond the sterile finality of definitions and labels. Cocooned inside brackets, braces, and parentheses, SoftErr is a group exhibition that resonates with the warm, welcoming embrace of our communities -- both digital and in-person. Out of focus, eye to eye, we emerge from the heady fog of coding, cradling our projects of being and becoming. We hope that SoftErr shines a light on the pearl that is your existence and envelopes you in the glowing presence of many. Rest your head for a while; we're making software soft. Let's err on the softer side, softly.
Instructor: Qianqian Ye
Student Assistant: Katherine Yang
Music credit: Harvey Moon
Clouds floating in a light blue sky
I wanted to create a pattern that replicated a kaleidoscope. Instead of solid colors, the user makes up the colors and patterns being viewed. You have the freedom to pose with whatever you want (your hands, face, props) so have fun! Press canvas to save your pattern :)
This project is an interactive p5.Js star map. This piece is inspired by the time I had said goodbye to my best friend before moving to college. Right before I had left, I reminded her to look up at the stars, because we would both be looking at the same sky, regardless of how many miles came between us!
The project screams at you when you type "scream." The cursor will also reverberate with the soundwaves of the scream. All my screams were ethically sourced from my friends (crowdsourced!) or pulled from TV shows, like The Suite Life, Arthur, and King of the Hill. I just wanted to do a funny project and it was also suited for Halloween. I was also inspired by screaming games, where you are supposed to scream at the technology to win/release stress, and I wanted to reverse that idea. What if you got screamed at by tech? Ha Ha Ha
This piece utilizes for loops to create an array of eyes that loosely follow onescursor but is mainly random. Colors to represent America, serves a critique of our state of surveilance.
My p5 face sketch!
A little game where you can play as a dog and explore the musical village.
Wave Radio - This sketch is supposed to emulate a lofi radio. Typing the numbers below changes the station. Pictured in the middle is a noise wave that changes color according to the sound. My main inspiration for this project was the lofi example that we saw in class. I really like the vibes of lofi and I particularly wanted to explore the noise wave feature more. Press your 1-6 keys! Enjoy!
“No one to tell it to” is a project that aims to be a receptacle for anyone and everyone. Not everyone has someone who is willing to every single one of their silly stories, and this is even harder when you move to a new place or are away from your friends and family. Here, on this online space, everyone is listening and cares, even a little bit. Your voice matters! I made this because of my own experience as a college student far from home and just starting to make friends in-person. If you are like this, this is for you! Even if you are not, U.S. media and society often prioritizes the stories/experiences of those who are wealthy, abled, cis-straight, and white while at the same time devaluing the stories of those who are people of color, who are disabled, who are poor, who are queer, etc. If you feel this way, this page is especially for you--especially for us. Again, your voice and your story matters!
"memories of dumplings" is a website showcasing parts of Asian cuisine that are often regarded as "ugly", "stinky", or "slimy" and hopefully showing how there is much more to a food than it's (often) Western-defined negative quality.
A social justice website I made with HTML and CSS that discusses the Pink Tax.
This is a face sketch made in p5.js editor that changes colors with mouse movement to convey different moods.
This is just a bathroom with lots of bubbles. The bathroom is my safe space and I liked how relaxing the particles looked so I decided to make it a bathroom. It also reminds me of a drink with bubbles but the way the bubbles disappear to show the bathroom is also nice. The cursor is supposed to a bar of soap!
being alone is hard. often it’s unavoidable. it’s scary, isolating, and incredibly uncomfortable. being left alone with your own company can be challenging for some people. i know it’s difficult for me sometimes. “so I’ve been meaning to say this” is a website that walks through potential outlets to address these feelings of loneliness and emptiness. it is based on my personal experiences being comfortable being alone and not lonely, and how I’ve dealt with it. it’s important to talk about this experience because it is so universal. without a doubt, everyone eventually deals with this problem. for me, it was monumental knowing that my struggles weren’t uncommon; i want this website to serve as a reminder that people aren’t alone in this experience. facing loneliness can lead to harmful consequences, and i hope that this website can act as a friend for those who need it, can offer companionship, and can offer solutions.
I grew up in three different countries, and while it was an amazing experience, it also affected my cultural identity and where my “home” is. I kept asking myself, “where am I from?” — especially when others asked me “where are you really from?” This feeling of not belonging anywhere is not uncommon in immigrant communities, especially during adolescent years when one builds their identity. Through this website, I wanted to spread a narrative that “home” does not need to be a singular place. Rather, it is perfectly normal to have multiple locations, abstract feelings, and people as their homes.
Hubert the Clown is a character that was created and coded in p5js. Play around with the slider and help Hubert juggle!
P5 sketch with slider to show crumpled paper that can turn into abstract lines
A little js drawing of Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle. Who knows, you might just figure out how to make him fall asleep!
This is a p5 sketch I made using iterative for loops. I like the 3D illusion it gives by drawing ellipses both vertically and horizontally.
This project started with a simple question: “Where does this food come from?” As I was biting into my McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich, I realized that I knew nothing about what was going into my own body. This website can be broken down into two parts. First, it mimics the regular dining experience at McDonald’s: ordering food, sitting down, and biting into your chicken nuggets. Then, it transitions into a research-based inquiry of where the chicken nuggets come from. This section visualizes the confusing research process through the sectional breaks, toggle lists, and animations.
Inspired by a quote in the movie, Moonlight, this piece describes the transcendence yet humanity of Black people.
Just a fun js drawing of some primary shapes and colours and smiles and frowns. Click to change the pattern!
This site was created to prodive an opportunity to support black businesses over major corporations. Oftentimes, many products catered for the black community, such as hair products, are not black owned. Many black owned businesses cater to larger audiences, and are created in order to provide the best services. This site puts a spotlight on small businesses that are black owned that you can support!
This poster is inspired by the recent Rod Wave concert I attended. When I first met my roommate online, the first time we talked we purchased Rod Wave tickets together. This previous weekend we finally got to go, so I chose our crowd favorite songs and used an image I took!
A quick, interactive sketch of a baby fascinated by floating oranges.
My objective was to create an immersive galaxy with interactive images that feature a few of my favorite songs from Hippie Sabotage. It's my take on the universe and the circulation of energy that surrounds us; this in particular, will transport you to another world of positivity and tranquility.
This is a Radio Station that changes the song, color, and frequency of the dancing ovals according to which key on the keyboard you press. I want to eventually fill up every key with a song.
This sketch is mouse-responsive and allows the user to draw on the canvas. The top portion of the canvas are warm-colored circles and the bottom portion are cool-colored squares.
Made in America is an interactive web experience about prison labor that leads the user through a laborious journey of pages and learning. I hope that as you labor through the website, you learn more about the prison industry and their labor that affects all consumers, including you and me.
This final P5 exercise utilizes the users video and audio input. It takes in the video and uses it as a texture on all sides of multiple rotating cubes. With increased volume, the tint of these cubes change and react. There is a sphere changing in size rapidly, and has it's light source alligned to mouse movements. The background is more subtely correlated to mouse movements, changing shades of pink over time. I designed this piece as something quick and easy one could use for music videos or other audio and visual interactive experiences.
This piece is a basic HTML site that deals with the nature of Accelerationism. The user has the option to destroy objects aimlessly but can be led on seperate paths through a series of ads.
I wanted to create a fun and interactive music video for the first 30 seconds of "Married Life," the soundtrack of the movie "UP," with a lot of bright colors! But the other side of "Married Life" that is not heard here is sad and deals with the loss of a significant other in a married life. Press "d" for an alternate, sad ending.
An immersive 360 exploration of different worlds from Google Maps to famous movies accompanied by soundtracks.
This is a p5js Exercise for using a slider. The slider adjusts the size of Jack-Jack's mouth, aiming to show his excitement for the cookie.
Whenever I am under a lot of pressure, I like to play calming everyday sounds in order to destress. While I enjoyed the everyday sounds I could find on YouTube, I soon wanted to build my own mixture of sounds that I could listen to. Therefore, I decided to build that platform myself. Users can mix and match their favorite sounds by clicking on different objects they can find in the artowrk. I created a background arts that interacts with the sound and changes as users click a certain object in order to enhance the mood and the interactive experience. You can play and stop the sound by clicking on the object! Explore around to see which objects will make sounds, and have fun!
As the mouse clicks different objects, ambient noise representing each object plays: Bird: bird chirping Mug: liquid pouring Raindrop: rainstorm Leaves: wind Book: pages flipping
A few months ago, my grandpa passed away in Belarus — all alone. Due to rising COVID cases and political protests within Belarus, I couldn't visit him or even attend his funeral. The forager attempts to help me heal and process my grandfather's death through a fragmented narrative. Viewers traverse through immersive nature and audio elements, alongside pictures of myself from when I was younger.
The purpose of this project is to illustrate how finding my Nigerian roots and Nigerian spirituality helped me grow into the woman I am today. The primary page of the website will showcase me at different stages in my life, as a young girl confused about her dad’s death, as a middle schooler insecure in her blackness, as a high schooler struggling with mental illness, and finally as a college student beginning to accept herself. As the audience goes through each stage, they’ll be met with two links within a poem. One of the links moves the audience back into the past, while the other link will move the audience forward and into the future. By the end of the website, the audience will be able to see and understand the full circle journey created by the hyper-narrative.
I love the show Bojack Horseman, and I was recently rewatching one of the show's best episodes: "Fish Out of Water". I think it is one of the best episodes of television created to date, as there are stunning visuals and less than three minutes of audible dialogue (since the episode takes place underwater)! The whole episode pairs crass Bojack Horseman with a baby seahorse, giving him unprecedented responsibility and forcing him to reflect on his relationships in life. I wanted to bring to life one of the scenes from the episode where Bojack and the baby seahorse are swimming away from the taffy factory, lovingly clinging tight to one another.
I created an animated version of my photography piece, “Call Me Blue,” which is a continuation of my piece "Black Boys Look Blue." Using the blue circles as my particle, I wanted to enhance the image in a way that encapsulates the girl’s energy and puts emphasis on how alive she is (the fact that shes not just a body), which is something I feel sometimes gets lost when capturing still images. While creating this, I also drew inspiration from the fantastical dreams I had as a child of becoming a mermaid.
I used the audio clip of waves to continue the theme of blue and also associate the girl with a large and powerful body, that is the ocean.
Igbo world is a website that holds everything essential to the Igbo culture and religion: Greetings, Proverbs, Gods and Goddesses of Igbo Mythology. As an Igbo woman, I thought this would be an important project to make for Igbo people to mend the general disconnect to our culture that colonization has caused. This website can be a learning experience for non-Igbo people, as well.
For this project, I wanted to recreate Antarctica's beautiful wilderness and scenery. I love Antarctica; it's a dream of mine to visit.
"Flower Power" was born out of the conflicting identities and feelings that I felt when the uprisings in Belarus started. Despite the horrible atrocities occurring, there was barely any mainstream media coverage on the situation. The Belarusian government had orchestrated a media blackout, cut off power and water, and kept violently restraining protestors. Once the protests became less violent and more feminized, it conflicted with me as a Belarusian woman. Despite fully supporting the overthrow of the government, I felt very effeminized and isolated to one traditional, patriarchal trait. "Flower Power" is about educating the public on the situation in Belarus and allowing outsiders to step inside my head. To what extent should I let my culture define me?
For this project, I choose to create an interactive experience of one of my favorite history books: A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage. I enjoy it because it uniquely frames history — through the lens of drinks. With this piece, I hoped to emulate each historical time period with immersive music and sound.
A website focusing on the idea of Hallyu and its consequences worldwide.
In the first weekend of October, I went to Nevada with a couple of friends to attend the RiSE Lantern Festival in this middle of the Mojave Desert. Three times throughout the night, the thousands of attendees would simultaneously release our lanterns together – lighting up the sky. It was a beautiful sight made even more magical with JP Saxe singing "If the World Was Ending" live.
Music has always been a big part of my life. Even though I am not actively continuing playing music today, I still rely heavily on music to understand and express my emotions. I enjoy finding songs that perfectly encapsulate my moods or situations I am currently in. Curating playlists is a huge hobby of mine and it is a very therapeutic process.
I lived in the Philippines until 2010. While the only time I have been back home since is 2018, I feel closest to my home country when reminiscing of the many sounds I resonate with living there. The sounds included in this project are Manila's infamous traffic, a favorite karaoke song of many, an homage to the country's rainy weather, and oil cracking as Filipino street food is cooked. Another element of Filipino culture I used are Balikbayan Boxes. Balikbayan Boxes are sent by Filipinos abroad to give clothes, food, and other goods to their families back in the Philippines. As these Balikbayan Boxes open to reveal sounds from the Philippines, they emulate a ~reverse~ Balikbayan Box.
Coded on p5.js, this is a music video on Hippie Sabotage's song "Devil Eyes". My intention for it was to be a fun, trippy experience for people through a combination of shapes, words, colors, and animation.