Creative Concept Development – Journal 9, 11.01.16

Creative Plan, Weekly Sections


Assigned Readings

In The Making: Choosing a Mission pp 280-342

In the Making: Measuring Success pp 352-392 (Postponed to 11.08)


Response to the Readings

I like Victoria Vesna’s views on data conceptualization. She says she wants to make a graphical representation of a body that is built from information but not dehumanized. I like this work because it aligns with something I want for my own work. It reduces fear. It shows that despite all the data that we are inundated with, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It can be used to do something good. It can make art that represents our place within the data.

A big chunk of what Vesna says is directly linked to what I want to do. The big difference is that she is more serious about it. I like seriousness. I don’t think humor is the only way. It is just that for me, when I am very serious, I tend to drive people away. That part of myself isn’t really helpful to my art. I think this is something biographical that I need to remember but I am not sure where to put it. It doesn’t fit in the Idea Log. Maybe I need a new “Thought Log.”

I am not sure what I think of Mariko Mori. The idea of an “idealized state of being” is interesting, but the link to Buddhism aggravates my personal aesthetic. The images themselves are ethereal. They do make me think of ny own perceptions of idealized spaces.


Class Overview

Mission Statement

“Space… The final frontier…

 These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.

 Its continuing mission:

 To explore strange new worlds…

 To seek out new life; new civilizations…

 To boldly go where no one has gone before!”

I don’t love Star Trek for the great acting and clever costume design. I love it because it reflects a worldview that I want to embrace. It isn’t about robots destroying the world or man blowing himself up with a super bomb or unleashing some deadly mutagenic plague. It is a about mankind’s mission to reach a higher state. It acknowledges what I believe to be true, humanity is steadily evolving and becoming better, smarter, more empathetic and more honorable.

It seems like every time I look up, someone, somewhere on some media is proselytizing doom and gloom for the modern world. I don’t think that is fair. Humanity is progressing at an exponential rate. Information is growing so fast that we cannot even curate everything that we know. Information, once organized, becomes knowledge which is then manipulated. We have become creators. We are building new technology as well as new social orders. It is dangerous. Things could go wrong. Things do go wrong (See: US presidential election). Sometimes what we can do and what we should do, do not quite sync up. We are imperfect, and yet, we are closer to perfection than we have ever been. I want to make art that reminds people of how good things are. The world doesn’t have to be a scary place. It can be wonderful. If I can produce something that shows that, then I feel like I will have accomplished my own goals.


Creative Possibilities

I should turn my mission into a star trek graphic.

No, I am serious about this. Dioramas that show my mission?

How much does my mission have to do with the way people react to each other? I notice that I don’t focus on that so much. It is all about how people interact with information.

There are so many books that explain things through television shows. I wonder if I could do something like that? I think it is cool because it makes otherwise complex thoughts accessible. People understand more than they thing they do. These books show them that.


Creative Response

This creative response was meant to have two parts that cover “Crafting an Artistic Self” and “Creating a Mission.” all of the confusion about which section to read when means that it ended up being done on the wrong day in the wrong order. The response remains appropriate to those two sections.

I don’t really want my artistic mission to be a directly affected by my biography. I don’t think my biography is necessarily important to the viewer. However, I acknowledge that my biography is a part of my work. I want what I want and I do what I do because of who I am. The work is from me and my artistic self will be reflected in the work even if no one knows or needs to know why.

This response contains two elements. The first is a small painting which contains images that I felt could represent either my mission. The second part is a mirror that has been treated so that the reflection is removed from some parts of it. When I lay the mirror over the image, I see my mission and myself reflected back at me together.

I had some small technical difficulties. I have treated mirrors this way before but used muriatic acid. This time I used oven cleaner because I read that it worked well and created a similar result. I would disagree with that. It works, but it just removed sections of the silvering. It didn’t create the nice shades of silver where some parts reflect and some partially reflect and some are transparent. It works, but it isn’t as pretty as I would like. I purposefully used very bright colors because I expected the shading from the mirror to obscure it. It made the piece less serious and more cartoon-like.

I also had a problem with the frame. I bought it for this response. It had a dumb heart in the center but I assumed I could remove the cut out and just use the mirror. When I took it apart, I found that they decided to save a few bucks by making the mirror significantly smaller than the frame. That worked out well for painting since I wanted a small painting. It wasn’t so great for reassembling the mirror. I have to cut a new piece of thin wood if I want to reassemble it. I do not have any thin wood and I don’t know if I like the result enough to go buy some.

I think I made my point despite the technical difficulties. The concept is good. It might even be worth reproducing in the future.


Kant 3 Minute Philosophy

Interesting but this wasn’t really what I was looking for.

Write is Write, Wrong is Wrong, Full Stop = Categorical Imperative


The Philosophy of Star Trek, Wise-crack Edition

This Youtube video compares the philosophy of the original to the new Star Trek. It is interesting because it shows how dark and reactive the current world view can be.

Kevin S. Decker

Eastern Washington University Faculty Profile of Kevin S. Decker

Philosophy Papers by Kevin S. Decker


The Philosophy of Star Trek: The Wrath of Kant, Book Review