After this I experimented with the processing and arduino programming part. This took too much time, but I wanted to knowwhat I was doing. So in the end I decided to go for a simple end result in which I was in control. I didn’t achieve what I had inmind. This was kind of disappointing, but I like to continue these techniques in my next projects. With processing and Ardu-ino there is a new unexplored world of techniques and possibilities opened for me. It would be a mistake for me to ignorethis. These techniques pointed me into the direction I want to go with my future work.I didn’t had time to create the installation with the different forms of animation I originally had in mind. Maybe I can turn thisidea into a concept for my next project. In the end I researched my RGB idea.
For my research I also used the Manifesto as a starting point, but it was also about my own positioning as an animator/artist. The ﬁrst question I formulated was that I wanted to know what the use of social media meant for me as an animator. Am Imore visible as an artist? Do I get more acquisition through this medium? Is it efﬁcient? What is the beneﬁt on against a reallife network? I guess the main question was: “What can social media add to my network as an animator/artist? “ The ﬁrst step for me to research my digital whereabouts would be to check all the hits my name “bjoern hofmans” wouldcome up with on the Internet. This was very interesting for me. Many unexpected things came up. By these results I decidedto change my research question.I started to collect my data into html-code ﬁles so that in a later point will be possible for me to actually show the data net-work in a ﬁgure or graphic with the help of processing. The ﬁnal research question that I have formulated for this course issuddenly became very literal: “What is my position on the Internet, and how can I make this visual?” I decided to integratethis research in the New Technologies project. It made sense to me because of the experimenting nature of this project an itdidn’t conﬂict with the manifest.In the end I didn’t use processing to visualise this data. I used an internet based text digging program . Every word in thetext got analysed by its appearance in the text. For example, bjoern was used 313 times in the text data. I animated circlesin photoshop with the diameter of the word’s time of appearance. Those circles I added later to the processing data of thedancer.
As a result of this project I ended up without a partner, an unﬁnished project, a visual unsatisfying animation and some un-achieved learning goals. Still I’m very positive about this project. I got out of my comfort zone. It was a nice experience towork with a dogma/manifest instead of a concept. I learned to work with unfamiliar technologies without a clear vision of theend result. And I’m glad I decided to end a non working cooperation.
"Tinkering is what happens when you try something you don't quite know how to do, guided by a whim, imagination andcuriosity. When you tinker, there are no instructions, but there are also no failures, no right or wrong ways of doing things. It'sabout ﬁguring out how things work and reworking them. Contraptions, machines, wildly mismatched objects working inharmony—this is the stuff of tinkering. Tinkering is, at its most basic, a process that marries play and inquiry."
Massimo BanziNEW TECHNOLOGIES - Research report / study plan