Interview with sCrypt Comics about “S4S: Ghostly Hauntings”

Yay! I can see my name 😀 Thanks Rick & Dan..

Dan: Muhammad Nurul Islam is another international artist. He was born in Indonesia and resides in Great Brittain, …

sCrypt Publishing

scrypt 3 The following is an interview that Rick and Dan Pipito of sCrypt Comics did back in November 2013 for the release of their 4th graphic novel.  Feel free to comment and ask any additional questions.:

Q: “Ghostly Hauntings” is the 4th title from sCrypt Comics.  Can you tell us what it is about?

Rick: It is a spinoff from my novel “Souls 4 Supper,” and centers around different ghost stories.

Dan: And a touch of other paranormal things.

Q: Who are the artists involved, and can you tell us a little bit about them?

Dan: There are nine artists in all.  Mao Estheim is our first international artist.  She lives in Japan and has a very classic Manga style.  She brought her vision of our story about a haunting hoax, by incorporating heavy influences from Japanese horror films.

scrypt 2Rick: Jacob Greenawalt actually found her for us, and he came…

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Note Taking from Change by Design

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These are some notes taken while reading the by book  ‘Change by Design’ by im Brown

The Brief
Make a smart brief that applies enough freedom with constrains that push creativity

Smart Teams
All of us are smarter than any of us.  A multi disciplinary team from an interdisciplinary backgrund.

Design thinking is the opposite of group thinking but takes place in a group

Group thinking surpress creativity

Use small teams instead of one big team.

Objective is simple and limited -> works for small tea
New Technology (properly designed and wisely deployed) can help powert a small team

The Internet helps information move around but has done little to bring people together

Generating ideas and building consensus around teams

Connect,  Share and “publish” -> IM, blog and Wikis

Cultures of Innovation
People know they can experiment, take risks and explore
Better ask forgiveness afterwards, than perrmission befero
Serious Play

Design Thinking -> embodied thinking
Facilities -> dedicated space  to develop

regulation-> sized space produce regulate size

3 spaces of innovation
Inspiration, ideation, implementation

Design thinking -> moving upstream

Collabration that amplifies the creative power of individual but flexible and ready for opportunities..

Converting need into demand/putting people first

Behavior are never right or wrong but they are always meaningful

Conventional market research -> inceremental improvements but doesn’t provide groud breaking solutons

helping people

insight, observation and empathy

Insight: Learning from the lives of others
Observation: whatching waht people don’t dp, listening to what they don’t say.

Connect on emotional level
Make clients part of the experience

Use analytical tools to break apart problems to understand better

Creative -> Synthesis putting together pieces

Best idea come from organizations that have room to experiment

  • Those most exposed besr responded and motivated to do so
  • Ideas should not be favoured based on who creates them
  • Ideas that create bizz should be faved
  • Risk tolerance

Prototype should teach us something about objectives, process and ourselves

Prototype should be made with the lowest budget just to generate useful feedback

Exhibition reviews January 2014

Exhibition: MA Interim Show 2014

Location: Alekson Building, Luton

Time:  23 -24 January 2014

The show is a showcase of the MA students of Art and Design. The curation arranged the exhibition based on themes such as feminism, assisting customers,etc, which help positioning them in separate parts of the wall.

I think it would be favourable if the posters have their own spotlights to at least set them apart as individual works although grouped in themes. The reel show of the Service Design work was a good move, but the sounds from the movies were overwhelmed by the background music, while the soundtrack from the reel show can actually be the show’s soundtrack. Other set backs were that we didn’t have time to put up a catalogue or update the Facebook page to serve as an online catalogue which should be.

The table desk with the books and work displayed provided other information while it was probably better if the artist were near their project books to provide more information. Too bad the additional display weren’t available the next day. We needed more time to prepare for the show.

Exhibition: Jameel  Prize 3 shortlisted artist

Place: V&A Art Museum

Time: 11 December 2013 –  21 April 2014

Artist participating: 10

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-jameel-prize/jameel-prize-3/

Visited: 1 February 2014

Exhibition map
Exhibition map

I visited this exhibition because it consist of many artist like the Interim show and it has Islamic root in it which I feel close and although interested feels a bit alien. The exhibition consisted of 10 artists who were shortlisted with a wide range of output. On the entrance there was a flickering video installation by Mounir Fatmi which could be an attraction to visitor who are coming in since the exhibition space is located on the left side of the ticket box and entrance.

Dice Kayek, The winner of the competition was in the far corner, the room was dimly lit with lights highlighting works on the walls, except for the video installation.  The products in the far corners have their own light enough to see them clearly one uses a glass panel since it consisted of jewelleries made from recycled materials.

There is a short video giving an overview of all the participants using a widescreen TV and with 2 Headphones provided. There are two multimedia installations but without sound giving the ambience of the exhibition an organic feel since it relies on mostly the echos of the visitors outside and small whispers of the visitors. Islam or Far East is perceived as mysterious and alien as explained by Edward Said’s Orientalism  which is perfectly maintained in the event.

The artworks were separated in away so not two similar art works are side by side for example  Nasser Al  Salem and Pascal Zoghbi who both displayed typographic works were split by Wadas Khan’s mystical miniature painting.  Nasser, Pascal and Mounir were my favourite pieces of art mainly Islamic design in my opinion can’t be detached from calligraphy but with Mounir ‘s video installation it shows that technology is also embraced to produce art. Which I think is the curation trying to convey by displaying wide range of art using all kinds of materials and some are empowering art since they are made by refugees.

Strangely no catalogues were available, but short videos were available on the VA museum website and at the entrance of the exhibition.

Exhibition: Lewis Klahr  – Sixty Six

Place: Anthony Reynolds Gallery

Time: 17 January – 22 February 2014

Artist participating: 1

Work: Movie/ Multi media.

Visited: 1 February 2014

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This exhibition was held in a small two storey gallery near busy Oxford Street. The first story contains shots from the movie and the second floor was the preview of the movie. The Front desk provided contact number, press releases, and information about the still of the movies. The shots on the wall were A4 sized and put without any description. It invites the viewer who has seen the still to build their own narrative. Lewis Klahr works by appropriating comics and photographs using stop motion. The way the stills are arranged reminisce of the pages of the comic books with a well and evenly lit room. You can hear faintly the sound of the movie upstairs.  It’s a straight forward exhibition displaying only one work (which is Sixty Six).

I choose this particular exhibition because it has something to do with CCTV (movie making, the gaze, and camera) and some correlation with the early brief (appropriation) and comics.

 

Other Exhibitions:

Exhibition: Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Place:  Design Museum, London

Time: 15 November 2013 – 22 June 2014

Artist participating: 1

Works: Mixed (fashion, multimedia)

Visited: 1 February 2014

 

 

Exhibition: In the Making

Place:  Design Museum, London

Time: 22 January 2014 – 04 May 2014

Works: Mixed (fashion, multimedia, furniture, logo,product design)

Visited: 1 February 2014

 

Reading list

KENDZULAK, S., 2014-last update, Curating an Art Show in 10 Easy Steps – A Step by Step Guide for Art Curators [Homepage of About.com], [Online]. Available: http://fineart.about.com/od/Curator/ss/Curating-A-Show-In-10-Easy-Steps-A-Step-By-Step-Guide-For-Art-Curators.htm [February 1, 2014].

 

Trace Recordings Exhibition

Surveillance and identity in the 21st century
22 October–29 November 2013
UTS Gallery, Sydney

This exhibition which can be acccesed online at tracerecordings.net is a collective of artists and their responce to surveillance.

Turning an eye to 21st century surveillance, Trace Recordings examines the mechanisms of these increasingly pervasive systems, explores how they are altering our behaviours and shifting our ideas of public/private selves.

From the DNA left on chewed gum to top-secret NSA listening stations, this exhibition casts an artistic light on the scale and sophistication of surveillance technologies, question their lack of transparency and asks what power we have as individuals within them. From data tracking to drones, Trace Recordings presents work by eleven artists who use a wide variety of media and ideas to critically and at times playfully address these issues.

Curated by Chris Gaul and Holly Williams, Trace Recordings features works by Denis Beaubois, James Bridle, Mahwish Chishty, Paolo Cirio, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Benjamin Gaulon, Adam Harvey, Trevor Paglen, Shinseungback Kimyonghun and Matt Richardson.

 

Anti-Stealth Game

One of the input from my previous was making a game dodging the CCTV. I came upon this game developer who is developing game with the same idea but instead of dodging the surveillance we must make sure we are seen.

The game is called “Nothing to Hide”, although still in developemend it has a demo game.

This is a very parodic or satarical approach to the concept of surveillance

Review on the game:

http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/anti-stealth-game-you-make-sure-youre-always-watched?src=SOC&dom=fb

1984

As part of reading research I read George Orwell’s 1984.  I took notes of some words, paragraphs, sentences that i thought was interesting.

How could you make appeal to the future when not a trace of you, not even an anonymous word scribbed on a piece of paper, could physically survived.

 

Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awak, working or eating, indoors our outdoors, in the bath or in bed – no escape. Nothing was you own excep the few cubic centimeters inside your skull.

 

Thi chiming of the hour

 

It was an old , rabbit- bitten pasture, with a footrack wandering across it and a molehill here and there.

 

The hypnotized eyes gazed into his own

 

Freedomg is the freedom to say that two plus two made four. If that is granted all else follows.

 

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IMGI’m stil re-reading the book

Snow On The Sahara part 2

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Only tell me that you still want me here
When you wander off out there
To those hills of dust and hard winds that blow
In that dry white ocean alone Lost out in the desert
You are lost out in the desert
But to stand with you in a ring of fire
I’ll forget the days gone by
I’ll protect your body and guard your soul
From mirages in your sight Lost out in the desert

If your hopes scatter like the dust across your track
I’ll be the moon that shines on your path
The sun may blind our eyes, I’ll pray the skies above
For snow to fall on the Sahara
If that’s the only place where you can leave your doubts
I’ll hold you up and be your way out
And if we burn away,
I’ll pray the skies above for snow to fall on the Sahara

Just a wish and I will cover your shoulders
With veils of silk and gold
When the shadows come and darken your heart
Leaving you with regrets so cold Lost out in the desert

If your hopes scatter like the dust across your track
I’ll be the moon that shines on your path
The sun may blind our eyes, I’ll pray the skies above
For snow to fall on the Sahara
If that’s the only place where you can leave your doubts
I’ll hold you up and be your way out
And if we burn away,
I’ll pray the skies above for snow to fall on the Sahara

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Just felt guilty posting some crap photo manipulation yesterday.

From Snow On The Sahara by Anggun

the remixed track released in 2013

It’s only Words …

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There is this guy, I met him during uni years he was my junior. Later in life he thanked me for dragging him into the right way and now his a succesful entrepeneur yet to conquer the world. It gives you a warm feeling that you actually are useful and in someway can change people’s life. It makes you want to try again.On the way the were couple of other cases where people just thank you for things you did (where you actually couldn’t remember what you did to deserve such acknoledgment)

But that’s the problem I never meant to change his world and direct him, I just shared,  we become friends, do things together, we saw his potential and gave him a nudge. It was all my friends decision to change into the person he is now.

Funny, you want good things to happen to certain persons you care, but it just won’t happen. You gave them attention, be there for them, show that you care, ensure them again and again. But change just don’t happen. Is it because we were on the conscience path to change people the process seem to be more painful and involved in certain levels? And it hurts inside that the persons that care is actually destroying themselves.

It reminds you that are just a human, change is something that should be done by the owner of the Heart and where the heart resides. Yes, its a good feeling that you meant to somebody so much that it changes their lifes but you just can’t be cocky about it. You’re no superhero … you can’t change anybody you want.

All you can do is be patient, and stay by their side, although it hurt as hell trying your best not to let you heart turn into stone.

I remember Steve Maynard Clarke the guitarist of Def Leppard who died of acohol overdose in the peak of his career. He tried to get rid of his bad past where his dad always subdued him and told him he was useless even until he became a rockstar.  He was in a succesful band selling millions yet he felt small and needed to escape.

His friends dedicated the track “White Lightning” and poignantly noted on the album cover sleeve how his mate felt seeing Steve destroying himself through alcohol.

its just an example, people destroy themselves through many things, relationships, broken heart, drug, abuse …or just plain negative thoughts

“For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah . Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron (13:11)”

there’s is a Du’a which says.

“O Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your Religion.”

in a  way it also says make my heart firm upon what is good, what is worth fighting for, and on the promises that you made …

ahhh…ngomong apa sih …harusnya nulis paper ini …

[Service Design] Alarming

The Idea started from Cindy who feels that some parent being sloppy and leave things lying around and she imagined if she have kids that things will be dangerous for the children.
According to Rospa.com , Home is the most likely place where accident can happen. So we were thinking of creating an app since most people are with their phones that can detect when a child is close to danger by marking dangerous objects.

We try to copy system in stores where they tag items and when you go through the exit through some scanners the alarm would go off.
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When you buy our app you’ll be provided with several tags that should be scanned by the app in order to mark it. The name of the app is called “Alarming”

Marker stickers for Alarming
Marker stickers for Alarming
Alarming Logo
Alarming Logo
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Alarming User Interface Design

The Video

To promote the product  we had develop a video. The idea takes inspiration from Mission Impossible and was shot on top of a green screen to enable us to add effects to it.  The final cut was previewed through the Interim Show. Here is the raw cuts without sound.