I’m from sea minerals and the sky full of words unsaid.
My narrative and response to ‘Where I’m from,’ (George Ella Lyon). follows the life of someone who feels happiness in the smallest details of life; in writing, travelling and nature.
My story begins with the rockpool tides of the beach to automatically give the viewer a sense of belonging and serenity – the kind of aura I want my presence to radiate. Accompanied by a friend to erase any eruptions of loneliness. A car-ride then directs the audience to the home in which I make coffee- sweet coffee (a quirky addiction of mine), the first step to releasing the poet in me. Additionally, the fact that I am currently struggling with writer’s block is symbolised by my writing being burned by natural flame from a candle. Eventually, ending with my mother’s smiling face as a candle dies, the stress dispenses.
I was inspired by NELL’s music video, “The Day Before.” and decided to centre my video poem around a feeling of beautiful melancholy – as people describe me as “chaotically wise.”
I’m from sweet coffee and fried rice,
the smell of tropical trees
and busy cities with traffic lights;
I’m a part of other’s memories
before the wings of time begin to soar
I am from Bali sand,
my first steps and my mother’s cheers
from colours and wind
and ‘aku cinta kamus’
the missing heir of Java throne;
I’m from my great grandfather’s dreams,
his desire to wed away from sovereignty
I’m from sea minerals and stardust,
and I’ve a back long bare
since my brother stopped being being there
I’m from my mother’s lost love
and her warnings of caution
I’m from planes and boats,
unpacking in a new place every few years
fed up with my father’s camera;
yet endless photos I own
The integration of digital technology into our everyday lives resulted in that very fine line between producer and consumer being a very grey area; as a consumer can be a producer through the aid of alienating the original product and thus claiming it as theirs.
The greed of humanity may have overthrown the genuinity and honesty of the online world so as a consequence, we never know if something is original. Everyone wants to participate. A person’s original aesthetic/art can light up an onlooker interest and the onlooker may warp it to “make a better version,” and then showcase their new artform but is this stealing?
The positive side to this is possible accidental similarity.
An example of something that can be debatable are songs; there’s been a few occurrences in which a newly released song may remind someone of an older song they’ve heard. The reaction of the audience is natural suspicion toward the artist and the artists may receive hate but do they deserve it? Did they really copy it?
Check out these two song comparisons on youtube:
Did they really plagiarise or is the idea just similar?
Have we been alive long enough that we’ve maxed out humanity’s potential for original ideas?
The medium is the message; is a very hard statement to understand without asking around or researching. Firstly, we acknowledge that something is a message, but what is the meaning of the word medium?
Medium = the means in which a message is sent.
Social media has become an powerful aspect of modernity; becoming pinnacle to the concept of communicating our messages but if it’s not done properly, the message can lose it’s meaning. Sending an “I love you” text is never going to be as special as saying it in person.
In another approach, the medium impacts the message so vastly that the audience of the medium should be considered before the message is sent. Tumblr, for example, is mostly used by teenagers as a site where they can showcase images, gifs and stories, but a post regarding serious news would never get as much attention as it would if posted in a formal news website.
(CREDIT: Mary Ellen Mark)
Is this image as simple as it looks?
What do you see?
Mary Ellen Mark is famous for her ability to capture the darker side of humanity and the way she embraces it. She photographed Seattle’s junkies, prostitutes and vagrants, eventually settling her focus on a certain prostitute for almost 30 years of her life.
This prostitute’s name was Tiny.
A short time before Mary Ellen Mark passed away, she finished her project titled ‘Tiny: Streetwise Revisited.” This monologue focused on the life of Tiny and her desire of owning diamonds and a horse farm. It is both a documentary and a fine art creation. The collection received world-wide reactions and sentiment because of Mark’s aptitude to highlight the elegance of tragedy.
This one image from the series consists simply of a pregnant girl on her bed.
The biggest impact of this image is Tiny’s belly; the origin of the heavy emotion in the image. Any person who comes across this image will immediately direct their eyes toward her visible tummy and gives the viewer a realisation that they can see immediately.
After that first glance, the viewer will notice that the belly is owned by a very young girl staring upward and we know she is thinking. Children symbolise innocence, they are purity brought into the world and to see that the owner of this pregnant belly is very young will cause an immediate feeling of sadness and worry. The antiquity of the image and the fact that it is in black and white gives more to the feeling of sadness.
After looking at it for awhile, these questions will be found:
- How old is she?
- Where is she?
- How did she get into that position?
But once the viewer regards the title of the image and reads the message, they will fully understand the situation of Tiny – about her prostitution from a young age and how it affected her entire life. Viewers will then be amazed and wonder how she handled such a terrible fate, eventually feeling a range of emotions, such as: pity and dread.
How do you feel now, after knowing the situation of the picture?
The modern media outlets/platforms seems trustable, but are they really?
We welcome more and more ideas of editing, filtering and controlling – embracing all these different approaches to getting our messages across. Of course, all of these can be ways to manipulate a story to be far more different than it originally was. Additionally, it can even be used to create completely fake news and present fake evidence along with it.
Can we trust the Government, the TV stations and all these news sources that evidently have different agendas, and thus angles of one topic (some with more evidence than others)?
Are their videos natural? Are their pictures original? Is their evidence genuine? Is their story, true?
Trump, for example has such a high authority as POTUS that his ability to distort news is overwhelming and vast, although of course not official or mandated. He has enough connections and control to overstate or create bad news about his opponents in order to make him seem a more desirable delegate. Despite all the discussions of the viewers and complaints on those who were affected, the fake news remain unremoved and available to access. On the other hand, any tweets he created that had a bad reception are almost always deleted from his account, leading followers (and non-followers) to believe he is incapable of conducting his own media broadcasts.
This fake news results in investigation done by all the viewers and creates a pointlessly chaotic mess, an example being the instant in which a Pizzeria in Washington was “assulted” by a North Carolina man. He showed up with an assault rifle and threatened an employee before mindless shooting, saying he had ‘good intentions’ to investigate the rum
or about Hillary Clinton’s sex ring.
The owner of Comet Ping Pong was outraged and stated, “What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences. I hope that those involved in fanning these flames will take a moment co contemplate what happened here today, and stop promoting these falsehoods right away.” Even while this theory was baseless there is evidence that John Podesta (Clinton’s campaign manager) had been discussing a potential fundraiser with the Pizzeria owner. But this simple story was then manipulated with false evidence; random photos of children and associating pizza with the world pedophillia. This not only gave Clinton a bad reputation, but also resulted in presenting the Comet Ping Pong with unnecessary and crude threats.
After approaching the facts about the news presented by Trump and Clinton through their media sources, should we (as a media audience) believe what these media outlets say? Including the fact that we cannot prove their evidence to be true and where their loyalties lay?
Is any information we see, legitimate?
Stepping into university, is a massive leap, despite all the help I’ve got from Canberra’s colleges – the supposedly ‘middle ground’ between high school and university. The big pond is so full of self-exploring and self-will; having your own incentive to voluntarily study. Apart from paying for your tuition, studying in university is all about your own direction and how you want to contribute to the world, through social media and more progressing things. It’s putting all the ideas you’ve had during high school into action, as opposed to learning the antiquities about your study field.
For me, university is not as onerous as most people have speculated. Canberra’s colleges surrounded properly formatted papers, adept citing and personal investigation. Expectations are sturdily set and are unchangeable, a college student’s exclusive potential is nothing if they cannot reach these expectations. On the bright side, college attendance was much lighter as opposed to high school; we were instead requested to be finding sources, deciphering concepts and writing essays.
My antecedent experiences in high school were more structured and programmed for me; my time managed and aligned. My study groups contrived and controlled. However I received frequent criticism and access to my teachers, having them fix my weaknesses and build up my confidence. I’ve learnt information that has long been taught and is well established, additionally giving me a guideline as to how to achieve the same results again – through theories and formulas.
So when it comes to the self-driven desire to excel and be a part of the change of the world, I will use every trait I have reaped. My whole life has lead up to this. The three part time jobs I’ve took at fast food gave me experience as a leader, contributing to and working as part of a team toward one goal. Being part of the deaf community also gave me confidence and my role models taught me how to embody who I am. My constant change of schools from moving a lot have showed me the different ways the world educate their children; that knowledge is such a powerful tool and is looked for globally despite the different approaches.
With the few weeks I’ve been attending university, I’ve noticed that I should believe in myself a bit more and be courageous enough to showcase my perception without hesitation. I came with a lack of independence and with time, I see myself being able to stand on top of the world with my own two feet. I should also be able to further enhance my communication to get my message across. While, of course, remembering to explore and be ultra creative.