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January 19, 2021 - No Comments!

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Inspiration from: Material Semiotics (John Law)

For instance, at least in their origins, feminist material semiotics and actor network theory had different conceptions of both the semiotic and the political. It is partly because material semiotics takes social inquiry to be contexted and situated which means that impartial overviews are impossible.

Although digital art is a male dominated field, women have always insisted on developing their own career in this field. In the field of science and technology, women have been facing gender discrimination from various angles. For material semiotics, nominist material semiotics is put into the social environment to explore, Therefore, it is difficult to be completely objective and fair.

Feminists are often labeled with various labels, and feminism itself will be classified by male chauvinists. For the male chauvinist groups in society, when some feminists will not harm their status and interests, they can allow the existence of this idea. However, if feminists try to challenge their authority, they will be able to accept this idea, This kind of feminism will be defined as "false feminism". For example, in China, for some men, when feminists support that women and men should bear the same social responsibility, and the consumption of lovers is shared equally by women and men, the male chauvinists will be happy to see this kind of feminism. However, when women want to fight for equal job opportunities, they will not be happy to see this kind of feminism, When men are called on to take more care of their children and do housework, and even support women to participate more in politics, male chauvinism will start to be vigilant and strongly oppose the existence of feminism, and try to combat women's acceptance of feminist enlightenment by stigmatizing feminism.

May Waver, a young digital artist says:  I use digital tools to make art concerned with selfhood / the body, intimacy, and care, and in doing so advocate a feminism that “struggles to eradicate the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture.” ( Bell Hooks). 

Digital means can create more possibilities for artists. When feminist artists express women's thoughts and dissatisfaction with the society through digital means, it may cause the prevention of male chauvinism who is dominant in the digital field. Although feminism makes some women's lives better, at the same time, women may become more unpopular in some fields.


Feminists have observed that the world looks different if you start from the periphery rather than the centre (Star 1991). Obviously, there is no absolute definition of feminist material semiotics. When people look at problems in different situations, they will come to different conclusions. Women's groups are complex and huge. Women of different classes and races face different difficulties. Feminists need to consider all groups as much as possible when thinking about problems, but it is difficult to take into account all people.


Digital Artist May Waver Talks Feminism, Intimacy, and the Internet

January 09, 2021 - No Comments!

” The Crisis ” – Music Visualization by Processing

Produced by Cheng Yang
Background  &  Concept

The music - " The Crisis" is the soundtrack from the film: the legend of 1900

- He was born at sea and adopted by sailors. Facing the piano, he is self-taught, he is a real genius, by countless people chase after and applause.

-He began to love, love a girl, silent and soulful, who made him wonder if he would get off the ship and face the new world for her. But his final choice was still his piano, his sea.

-He said the piano had only 88 keys, but the outside world was a huge piano with countless black and white keys that he could not handle.

If using music to describe a person's life, then what the tune will be.

1900 the original life is just like that calm and repeated in the main tune, until the girl appeared, thousands of times repeated life began to have a new note, not boring and monotonous, but calm and warm.

This limited and repetitive melody, until the death of the last note, probably best represents 1900's whole life.


My Ideas

The background blue lines represent the ocean, the sea is forever rising and falling, like 1900's normal life. The visual style of the sea I want to make is more hand-painted (imitating the feeling of colored pencils), because hand-painted patterns or lines tend to be more emotional and flexible. Meanwhile, every time the waves of the sea move and undulate according to the music.

The colorful hair-like lines represent 1900's ups and downs of heart and mind. Although going through the same life every day, seemingly calm outside with a heart that struggles because of a girl. The colors of these lines are got from the movie poster. I wanted to create a sense of continuity in these lines, that they were all intersecting and continuing with each other. The movements of these lines also follow the music.

The Techniques Used - FFT

Book: Learning Processing ( by Daniel Shiffman)  The Chapter 20.6

About Minim Library:

"FFT: perform a Fourier Transform on audio data to generate a frequency spectrum."

“The process of spectrum analysis involves reading an acoustic signal (a sound wave) and decoding it into a series of frequencies. The more frequency band, the more accurate amplitude of the specified frequency can be obtained. The lower the frequency band, the louder the sound over a wider range of frequencies can be found."

Other reference:

Book: Generative Gestaltung  (Komplexe Methoden –  M.1 Zufall und Rauschen –  M.1.5 Verrauschte Bewegung –  M_1_5_03_TOOL)


My Video

There is a sea in everyone's heart , and his sea is music, is the piano, is the girl.

- The End -