roots of new technology

Fiddling with Korsakow, and trying to zero in on the key ideas of our first assessment task, I am strongly reminded of a game I used to play when I was young and now play with kids when I babysit them.

It involves a set of double sided cards, some with verbs others with nouns; shuffle them and you’ve got endless storytelling possibilites…
You can read the cards the way they come (and they will almost always make sense), or you can add in bits where you feel appropriate.

20130412_213413Kids love it because its straightforward and always creates something different. It allows them to interact with what is going on and taking place.
I love it because I can tailor the storytelling to their level of understanding – the pictures can tell the whole story, or we can develop our characters, use them again and even allow the kids to order the cards in the way they see fit.

Need I point out that these cards challenge the concept of a book.
One (or more) can be removed, but meaning can still be discerned.
They have no correct order. They need no correct order.
They can change.

card game from Jess Junor on Vimeo.

It is similar to the what I feel we are trying to achieve in our Korsakow films – each segment is linked, yet they do not need an order, just an audience willing to piece it together. The cards allow for the rules to be broken, moreover, they allow for a new set of rules to be created.
We can easily take meaning from the sketches/cards as long as we are willing to think about what they are, what they could be and how they are linked.

caught in the act

So if you’ve found this story, you’ve probably found my QR tag that was up for all to see:

Monday, February 27 2012, my first day of uni, the beginning of the next chapter of my life… I was ready, I was set, my outfit borderline indykid-mixed-with-nice-girl look (I figured appropriate for a first day).

Never, did I expect to have it be so eventful…

Having been to the cinema screening ad my first lecture, heading back to the main campus after having lunch with some uni kids we were stopped trying to enter Bowen Street.

A TV crew had shown up … that’s when I knew something BIG had happened.

“Someone’s got a gun!”

“They’ve evacuated the buildings”

Cue trembling, cue the imagined new report: Jess Junor, shot dead on first day of uni…
Maybe I went a bit far, but it was rather terrifying at the time – never expected a suspected gunman to show up on my first day.

Talk about crazy stuff…

Of course, being the goody-little-two-shoes that I am, after worrying that I would miss my second ever University Lecture the police eventually cleared the street and as far as I know, the suspect never even had a weapon (or so they say…)

For good measure, here’s the QR code:

Six Degrees of Separation

From the day I met Geoffrey Rush at a protest against the development of our local train station I began to calculate how and how many celebrities I “knew”.
I know Geoffery Rush who knows Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Carribean), who knows — (Lord of the Rings), who knows — so technically I know Daniel Rdacliffe!!! (girly scream goes here)
I was twelve or something, I wanted to marry Daniel Radcliffe.
And I never even knew about the Kevin Bacon game. An online game that links Kevin Bacon to any celebrity you can think of in the minimum number of steps

The Flipped Lecture on Six Degrees of Separation raised one imortant question for me… Whilst some of the packages did succeed in getting to their destinations, and the average number of steps was in fact six, how much easier would it gave been if participants could have simply looked up the professor on the internet?
It would have been done in one, maybe two steps.

So, the lecture succeeded in highlighting the interconnectedness of the world without the internet, but this in turn reinforced the alternate nature of connectivity that we have over the Internet. Computer users, people living in Western society, are almost all noted somewhere on the internet. From allumni lists to family trees, almost everyone can be found.

Furthermore, the video revealed aother one of those links between science and nature that we are finding more and more often. The Golden Ratio. The Silver Ratio. The Science of Chaos. And, an average of six steps to connect any one person to another. Finding concrete mathematical patterns in what some see as the uncontrollable, chaotic nature of life is amazing and really impacts on the way I view the world. Things that many beleive to be random, things that we would never assume are linked. Even in the awkward motions of life there are things that can be calculated, patterns and networks that develop.