Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week 4 Medical Technologies and Art--Kathryn Halstead

       My knowledge with medical technologies in relation to the artist projects I have seen is embedded within the readings. For example, in the reading “The Hippocratic Oath,” is one of the oldest binding documents in history. Some of its  principles are held sacred by doctors to this day. Including, treating the ill to the best of one’s ability, preserve patient privacy, and to teach the next generation. But, on the other side of this oath, some doctors saw it with little value. They began to ask questions, questions based on religions, etc. 

         Reading, “The Architecture of Life,” also gave me knowledge with medical technologies in relation to the artist projects. For example, in this reading it gives a definition of tensegrity, in which relates to the question of how living things form has less to do with chemical composition than with architecture. In this reading, it said, “it is the maintenance of pattern and architecture.” This spoke to me because, it is not only the science behind it, but along with the artistic vision and architecture. 

        My experience with medical technologies and art consists of the idea of plastic surgery, and why everyone has the urge to try this artwork. I researched the definition of plastic surgery, and it gave me: surgery that improves or repairs the form or appearance of body parts. This proves to me that this medical procedure is linked to art by sculpting the facial or body parts to make them appear better. I thought this subject is related to what we are talking about in this class. To make my point for this idea of plastic surgery, banks are offering loans for plastic surgery. To me, we need to rethink our ideas as a society of what beauty "looks" like. 

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Uconlineprogram. "Medicine Pt3." YouTube. YouTube, 2012. Web. 25 Apr. 2016. <>.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week 3 PaigeHDesma9- Robotics+Art

We cannot look at robotics without thinking about industrialization, and how industrialization came to the point of robotics. Robotics is in everything we do that is related to manufacturing. Artists were influenced by industrialization. For example, the first and second industrial revolutions. The first industrial revolution was the printing press. This revolutionized the world. The second industrial revolution was commonly associated with electrification as pioneered by Tesle, Edison, and Westinghouse, by scientific management was by Taylor. The metal movable and printing press was the most influential in the second millennium. As the professor stated, science, technology, and culture is always a two way street. For example, the printing press made available this rapid dispersion of knowledge to share with others. We see robotics and art and certainly industrialization in the movie Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin. In which the theory Taylorism disperses in this movie, representing that the people some how become a part of the machines. This idea of robotics and the future come up in the movie Blade Runners as well. As in the lecture provided, the professor talked about how this movie represents robotics and the future Los Angeles in 2020. From my own experience with movies and industrialization and robotics put into one, my suggestion would be to watch I, Robot. This movie captures the industrialization of robotics, and it also represents how the people seem to become a part of the machines. In my opinion, I think the society reacts to industrialization in two ways. For example, if the industrialization that is occurring is benefitting you, you will be entertained by the production. But, if the industrialization is negatively affecting you, you will start to be creative on your own.
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"40 State-of-the-Art Humanoid Robot Artworks." Hongkiatcom. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

"I, Robot | Movie Review | Plugged In." I, Robot Movie Review. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

"Vincent Van Vliet." ToolsHero. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

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Uconlineprogram. "Robotics Pt1." YouTube. YouTube, 2012. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

Uconlineprogram. "Robotics Pt2." YouTube. YouTube, 2012. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

Uconlineprogram. "Robotics Pt3." YouTube. YouTube, 2012. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week 2-Desma 9-Kathryn Halstead

Math has influenced art in an abundance of ways. For example, in the lecture video, the professor talked about Brunelleschi and how he incorporated mathematics into his artwork. His perceptions in his artwork was his impressions of depth by inclining the lines at eye level downwards as they moved away from the observer, and his lines below eye level were inclined upwards, and left and right towards the center. Brunelleschi understood that there should be a single vanishing point to which all parallel lines in the plane converge. The piece of art that utilized mathematics were the Egyptian pyramids. They had to utilize the complexity of the structure, measurements, numbers, etc. I also learned form our readings that Mauritius Cornelis Escher found ways that math influenced art as well. His work incorporated a mathematical view “by often working directly from structures in plane and projective geometry, and eventually capturing the essence of non-Euclidean geometries.” Math and science both influence art in they’re own individual ways. Math influences art through meaurements, geometry, structures, and computers. While science influences art through computers and new discoveries. Not only are there examples all over the world for math influencing art, but another example is Origami. For this artwork style, the artists have to know the dimensions and how to cut the measurements of the paper. For example, the White-Tailed Deer, Oppus 550, there are so many exact measurements and cuts that go into this work of art. This is another way that math has influenced art. 

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"Department of Mathematics and Computer Science." Mathematics & Computer Science. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

"Flatland." , by E. A. Abbott, 1884. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

"Pyramids." Pyramids. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

"The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher." The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

"Robert J. Lang Origami." Robert J. Lang Origami. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Kathryn Paige Halstead: Blog Week 1

In the article, "Toward a Third Culture: Being In Between" by Victoria Vesna, her perspective of the third culture is that artists and scientists, in a way, work well together, which relates to the new discoveries in science which then correlates to the artists being inspired by these aspects of the scientists. Another claim she makes is that the two cultures, talked about by CP Snow, creates an emergence of a third culture. The two cultures that CP Snow talks about is literary intellectuals and natural scientists. In this article, Vesna talks about CP Snow's novel, "Two Cultures: A Second Look" which explains the emergence of this third culture, and this new culture would close the gap between literary intellectuals and scientists. "Peace. Food. No more people than the Earth can take. That is the cause." (CP Snow). This was known to be the larger global and economic issues that remained central to Snow. With Brockman, she argues his opinion about the third culture by saying that artists are vital to help heal the gap of communication. CP Snow's perspective is very clear in that, the two cultures emerges a third culture, in which the communication gap has to be closed between literary and science. The way I see these two cultures specifically at UCLA, is the hierarchy system. In my opinion, the science buildings/department is separated from the art department. I am in the political science department as a first year, and my experience is that I do not see communication between artists and scientist, they just do not seem to have a lot in common or they just do not have time to experience opposite sides of the campus. This perspective changes my thinking in that we should have time to branch out and visit our opposite sides of the campus. My personal experience I have only been to the art sculpture garden twice this year, and that was only to walk through it to on of my classes. I never once stopped to look at the sculptures because i simply didn't have time to. This benefits me in the way that the next time I walk through the sculpture garden on the way to my class, I will stop and look at the art. I should also learn to branch out and experiment with art, because that can help me in the future.

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