Hello my name is Joseph Heo
Major: Psychology
Homework #1
Ever since I was introduced to my first computer, I always liked to mess around with the photo and film editing programs. Making funny edits to photos and filming home movies, I had fun entertaining my family and friends. Today, I still do the same and my audience hasn’t grown because I am afraid of stepping of other people’s toes and getting in trouble for taking other’s work without permission. But reading this comic, Tales From a Public domain, has cleared up the ambiguous realm of copyrights.
This comic has taught me about copyright laws, fair use, appropriation, and about the difficult times filmmakers have with their films. The topic the comic presents is whether copyright laws limit or help artists. I say it limits because the fees of renewing the copyright license can be pricy and can deter artists from certain decisions. I agree with the characters in the comic saying that they want a balance, “allowing artists to protect their works but also ensuring the availability of raw material for future creation.”
I understand that copyright laws are here to help the artists get the recognition they deserve, but I feel the current system deters people from creating works in fear of being fined, like myself.

One part I found interesting was when the filmmaker in the comic filmed random parts of New York and has to be conscious of the things she filmed. The guide gives the filmmaker options on what to do about the accidental use of copyrighted material: music, images, etc. The filmmaker could assert fair use, seek the owner out and ask for permission for the use of the content, or replace the content, if possible, with stuff from the public domain. I found this part rather helpful because I can see myself in this situation. But looking at this scenario, it seems like that “asserting fair use” is like gambling because it doesn’t guarantee sure results.
Also I don’t like the idea that copyrights are not permanent and need to be renewed. If artist cannot afford to renew their license I don’t think it’s fair to discontinue the distribution of the product. For example, in the comic it explains that the documentary “Eyes on the prize” was put out of circulation because it the producers could not renew. In order to avoid the fees, I feel like artist veer off their original ideas and compromise and settle with cheaper alternatives. This would hurt the integrity of the film and even now I question the integrity of the documentaries out today.

Appropriation: Andy Warhol’s work. He reused iconic images and re-imaged them with different colors and styles.
Fair use: Documentaries. If I film city life and happen to capture copyrighted material I can assert “fair use” because it would be used for commentary/criticism.
Stealing: stealing. I would just take images off the web and call them my own.

Exercise #1: Changing hair color
Exercise #2: Masking Exercise
Exercise #3: Activity

Short writing exercise
Write a description of one of the following photograph.
The picture is set in a colorless landscape with mountains in the distance and dark cloud looming above. In the middle of the picture there is, in color, a girl, some flowers, a bird cage, and a raven. The girl looks around 8 years old and has red hair tied into two braids extending to her chest. She is wearing a dark navy blue dress with a collar and two white ribbons tied to the ends of her braids. In her right hand, she holds a bouquet of red, yellow, orange, and white flowers. Flowers litter the ground in front of the girls feet and in a bird cage that is on the left side of the girl. A blueish raven is perched on the left shoulder of the girl.

Write another description using specific language of the 5 senses included in the handout. How do the descriptions differ?
The picture contains a ginger girl in a dark grimy background.The ground is covered with rough patches of dry grass and the sky is covered with rumbling clouds, threatening to rain. The girl is staring right at you with light green eyes along with a blue raven, perched on her left shoulder. The girl wears a collared, long sleeved, navy blue dress with loosely tied ribbons at the end of each braids. On the ground, to the girls left, is a opened brown wicker-like bird cage. There is also red, orange, yellow, and white flowers in the girl's right hand, in front of her feet, and in the bird cage.
The first description is a plain observation of what's going on in the picture. The second description has a vivid description of the image and you have a better sense of what's going on in the picture and the mood the image gives off.

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Project #1
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Step 1: Crop out and colorize image
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Step 2: Remove ground and sky from backgrounds, then combine.
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Step 3: Add in earth background
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Step 4: Add in moon-car and the two men.
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Final Step: Add hue/saturation filter to the whole image to give a other worldly feeling.

Homework #3: Augmented Reality
3 possible uses for augmented reality
  1. Historical restoration and see how places used to look like back in the day.
  2. Community feedback. Wouldn't it be cool to hover your phone over a restaurant and see floating ratings and comments.
  3. GPS: Having huge arrows or something to follow to get to your destination.

Augmented Reality Ideas
  1. A crime scene where each piece of evidence has a live component to it.
  2. A shot of the Jefferson memorial and show how it looks over a 24 hour period.
  3. Re-interpret art by having a moving component to it
Augmented Reality Project
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Counter Monument Reading
The article explains that anti-monuments serve the same function as any other monument, but not in a traditional manner. Traditional monuments tend to glorify and praise a period of time, a person, or an event; Anti-Monuments memorialize darker and more troubling events. The forms of both monument types differ too. Anti-monuments go for abstract and like to go for a 'low to the ground' and vast/empty designs to capture a darker feel. While traditional monuments like to go for large, tall, fuller, grandiose designs to bring about a sense of astonishment and pride, when looked upon. Of the two, monuments tend to be more straight-forward because the presentation tends to be boastful, while anti-monuments would need a plaque or a guide to get the full meaning of the piece because they tend to be hidden and abstract.

Monumentally VR
What is this a monument to?
To the Agricultural community in the US.
Would this make a plausible real monument, or could it ( and should it) only exist virtually?
It could definitely be an actual monument because I don't know of any similar monument in DC. But it can be argued that it isn't necessary because my monument would feel out of place amongst wartime, presidential, etc. monuments.
Where is it located? (specifically!)
I would locate it around the Mount Vernon area. Farming is as crucial as it was back in the day, so what better place than Mount Vernon.
How does it change as you move around it?
It will be one solid piece, but you'd be able to move around it and still see the inside because it is transparent.
How would the visitor interact, or not interact, with it?
It would function as a living garden that would house plants specific to the DC area.
Does it recontextualize the things around it?
Reminds people visiting Mount Vernon that the farmer occupation is just as important to us in the present.
How different would it be in another location?
It would be out of place if it was located in the city.
Would passers-by recognize your project as a monument?
No, I think an information card would be necessary to understand the context of green house.

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What is this a monument to? Event? Person? Object? Situation? Would this make a plausible real monument, or could it ( and should it) only exist virtually? What is it made of? Where is it located? (specifically!) How does it change as you move around it? How would the visitor interact, or not interact, with it? Does it recontextualize the things around it? How different would it be in another location? Would passers-by recognize your project as a monument? In addition to the actual Sketch Up project file, you will create a series of support materials. Series of 5 sketches and a description of your proposed project 2 composite photos showing a rendering of your project on site. A wiki page that collects and presents your project and the supporting materials.December 7, 1941
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