Well, it’s over.
My journey as a student at ITP, that is! It’s been three years of part-time study and if anyone asks me, I would say don’t do it part-time. But hey, it’s over, and I’m glad that PiT will be my last impression of ITP. No matter how it goes, no matter what happens, it was an interesting, mixed group of people and I couldn’t ask for a more-ITP experience. Now, onto the final!
I had a really tough final month of the semester. Along with thesis and starting a new job (stupidly), some pretty painful personal stuff happened. And it was really hard to focus where I needed to focus, and ITP, especially, got even harder. There were just so many demands and most of the time, I felt completely overwhelmed–and not in a “ooh, I’m learning so much” way, but in a “I’m a heartbeat away from a really bad meltdown of some sort”. So when the time came for the final, I wanted to reflect that somehow. I wanted to show my frustrations over my life somehow–the frustration of possibly having totally short changed myself by doing ITP part-time (I can’t ever quite immerse myself in projects as I wish I could’ve), the frustration of never quite having enough time, and the frustration of the idea that other parts of my life, which I fought so hard for, could fall apart despite my best efforts.
Anyway, as I mentioned in class, one of my first major coding assignments in ICM had to do with Zeno’s Paradox, and I wanted to honor that somehow, and what better way than with a gear mechanism and projection mapping? Using a mechanism that spun two gears in opposite directions, I projection mapped myself “climbing” the teeth of the gears…only to go nowhere. Only to never catch up to myself, to never half the distance, to never imply any motion whatsoever.
Is it perfect? Far from it. You can see the glue I used. I messed up the wheel in the back so I have to turn the mechanism using a third gear. I just ran out of time. With defense this past Tuesday, it really became about how I could, once again, navigate time and motion to my benefit. And for my final hurrah at ITP, it seems I still haven’t figured it out. Zeno’s Paradox, indeed.