DOPPELCAM

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Are you tired of contributing to photographic waste?

Constantly transferring photos from hard drive to hard drive?

Consider photography an (un)natural resource worthy of conservation.

 

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DOPPELCAM is a digital camera that only displays images ‘visually similar’ to those taken with it. It sends the source photo through an image-drop search engine and displays the top result. 


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Thanks for incredible help from Dhruv Mehrotra and  Sam Lavigne.

FIRST SCREEN NAMES

FIRST SCREEN NAMES

Start by clicking the names at the top of the buddylist. They load first.

[you can X out the windows and the buddylist drags]

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The video interviews were conducted by recording my phone’s screen while posing the question to strangers on the livestreaming app, Periscope. They could not see me.

Asking a child to represent themselves publicly with less than 20 characters yields varied and often deeply personal stories.

I’m interested in the motivations behind creating online identities both in the past and now. In the late 90’s creating an online identity or screen name meant something very different than it does now. Today, one’s online identity becomes fused to their personhood. The sense of freedom and exploration I felt in the online chatrooms of my childhood has fallen out of focus.

WATCH HIM WATCH HIM WATCH ME

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This was a collaboration with Soyeon Chung. She built and designed everything in the exterior environment and I, the interior.

 

↓ Animation of screenshots taken during the process of making the sketch ↓watchhim-iterations

 

↓ A selection of images used to make this ↓

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↓ Getting exact placement and scale of the .png’s inside the quadrilateral window frame was made easier by first layering them transparently in photoshop over a screenshot of the sketch. ↓

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BODEGA COLLAGE

 

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SKETCH V. II

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Bodegas are not merely “convenience stores.” The words New Yorkers use to describe our metropolis harbor subtle meaning and reflect our city’s ethnically diverse history. Bodega is the Spanish word for “warehouse.” When large numbers of Spanish-speaking people arrived in New York they brought this word with them to describe small stores selling a variety of items.

“Bodegas are highly personal. Aficionados keep a mental Rolodex of local options, filing away information on which has the best bacon-egg-and-cheese, which owner will float you a stray buck when you’re drunk and short, which has an improbable stash of imported tropical fruit.” (source link)

Despite their many differences, I am drawn to the uncannily coherent aesthetic they seem to share. The collages plastered on their facades, presumably meant to wet the palates of potential customers are fascinating. They can be graphic or cluttered and dilapidated with grotesquely warped images of sandwiches from hack photoshop jobs. Inexplicably, they often boast images of meals they have never served photographed in ceramic mugs and plates they do not provide. Furthermore, the collage aesthetic continues within and seeps through the bodega walls. The way their shelves are stocked, products arranged, counters situated and advertisements placed are constructed like 3D collages.

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