Being poetic.

Haiku – A Japanese 3-Line Poem.

“Haiku it up!” is a writing assignment that asks you to compose a haiku using a random dailyshoot photo.

I was born and raised in Japan, however, I never really had the chance to receive a formal Japanese education. In course of Japanese education, I’m certain that children would work with haiku in class. I had the opportunity to learn and compose haiku back in high school when I took advanced Japanese courses.

It’s sort of funny that I was taught to remember the American Constitution, government system, and history, and not much about the Japan. Everything I learned in elementary to secondary was based on American system of education, so I had no clue what to do when I had to write a paper on Japanese legislation. Me and my fellow classmates had a hard time to do some assignments. Though, we also did fun activities like composing haiku.

The instruction for the assignment misses out some rules for haiku such as use of 季語 (seasonal word), but this is not any formal language course or anything. I didn’t add any seasonal word, although, it is important to have it in most cases. Seasonal words become the image of the haiku.

So here we go:

Don’t hold on to now.
Lost time’s never found again,
so govern the clock.

holding on

Iconoclast.

Let’s Remix an Album Cover!

“Remix an Album Cover” is a Mashup assignment which you will find an album cover and remix it to represent something else. What you alter can be anything – it can be a play on the title, the image, the aesthetic, genre, etc.

This is my second mashup assignment and it deals with music again following my previous ds106 post. Since we got the chance to listen to an interesting presentation on open source last week by our fellow classmate, I thought I’d do a piece that pays a bit of hommage to him.

Before starting on the assignment, I had to choose between two to work on and they are both cool records. As you can see, I picked Symphony X’s Iconoclast (2011) over the other album Origin of Symmetry by Muse. One of the song from Origin of Symmetry is featured in my post on Alexander’s lecture. The reason for choosing Iconoclast is because the album is themed on what we humanity is concerned with – dehumanization and the power of technology in society.

To me, this piece is simplistic, but a serious mashup. The composition of the work is suppose to be similar to the cover art for the single Symphony of Destruction with the hand scraping on a surface of algorithm. I used Pixler this time to manipulate the images. None of the images are used directly in the piece without any effects. The image of algorithm was originally just a bunch of zeroes and ones, but I think the use of kaleidoscopic effect transformed the uninteresting arrangement to a nice base for the cover.

I personally want people to think deeply about the meaning of the word and the album title IconoclastBeing a rebel and thinking outside the box seems to always open up a road to the future. I was wondering if iconoclasm can be applied to the present higher education. Will something change in our future by rejecting the ordinary template we are provided?