Thursday, February 8, 2007

Exterior space.

Okay I’m not the person who go out every Friday night, but this week I hang out with my friend, and went to party.
First we got together at my friend's house, and then we moved to the place.

That party was White T and White B.
More pics of drank people here.

Number of people who I newly met, and introduced my self: 5

Number of people who I danced with: 2

Number of contact info I got:1

And as usual (for me) I had a ordinary conversation about who I am.

After dancing while...

“So, I’m xx, nice to meet you”

“I’m Mariko”

“w, what? Ma...?”

“Mariko, M, A, R, I , K, O”

-practice to pronounce my name for a while-

“So, is it...what, Korean name?”

“No, It’s Japanese.”

“Oh, okay, sorry I cannot find the difference betw...”

“It’s okay”

“So how do you know that difference?”

“It’s OBVIOUSLY different.”


“ are......”

“I’m a student.”

“oh, so you go to Penn?”

“no, I go to Tmeple”


-When the person went to school other than Penn, They tend to show sense of affinity, like “oh cool, I went to Drexel” or “yes! I graduated form Temple”

“so you just be here for a semester or a year?”

“yes, I’ll be back in Tokyo this summer.”

Hey, why do people always think I’m Korean? and why do people always ask me if I go to Penn? then Why do people show sense of affinity when I say I’m Temple student? And how come people can know out of this short conversation I’m study abroad? (Oh, maybe that’s because my English is odd.)

Every time I had this conversation I realize the different layers of mask that I have which I’m not usually aware of the existence.

interior space

I chose to change something on my desk. This desk occupy 1/5 of my tiny tiny tiny room and It is my study desk as well as dining table, and play area (internet, chat, etc ).

so it is before... and after...more photos

What I did is simply I get rid of things I didn’t used in one week, thus things on after picture are minimum things I need in one week out of messy stuffs.

What I need for one week.

Desk lights,
My Pentax,
My Holga
Three kinds of marker
Three kinds of black pen
One pencil
One post it
One ruler
Electric dictionary
Coffee, Coffee mug, and coaster.
Contact information,
Pin budges
Check out receipt
Advertisement from bicycle magazine says “Rediscover your childbike passion”

Things I didn’t need.
$3.82 of coins,
Pen, pen, pen, pen, pen, pen, pens
Two scissors
My pin hall camera
Card stand
Three kinds of glue
Two kinds of cutter
Shop cards
Old bicycle keys
35mm color film
One post it
Rip balm
Hard drive
DVD drive
Web cam.
...and stuffs.

Wow! I have so many stuff I don’t need on my desk. but still I feel uncomfortable to face to my desk without those stuffs.


Destroy everything and create new thing.

a flag for something not ordinary.

Tokyo. Mixture of different kinds of people, and they all trying to be part of the city.

invisible box which I’m living in and which can be eternity extended and narrowed down.

Week 2 Pop-up Map

My Real: The fact I’m living in Philadelphia, and studying at Temple Main campus.

To show this “real”, I put my mails and resident ID of my dorm and covered those with map of Philadelphia which printed on tracing paper. Both my mails and ID clearly defines where I am now. But translucence map represent that I’m temporally living in Philly. My existence in Philly is not definite. I will disappear form this city some day.

My labyrinth: As I posted before, form reading and movie, I understood that labyrinth as a place where different time and place intersect.

I printed various images from Google earth on transparency paper and layout those as a pop up part of my map, so that it shows the layers of different places intersect together.
These are the photograph taken in different time, thus it also shows that different time intersecting at one point.

This pop up let you to go into any interspaces between layers, and look up or down. Then you will see the view of various time and space malting together.

I thought Justin’s labyrinth was similar to my labyrinth in a way it can be anywhere, anytime. Most of people presented libertine as a form of complicated map, but he didn’t.

Week 1 Map my week on T-shirt.

My T-shirts project consists two layers.
One: the T-shirt itself, which shows a tracking map of where I went.
Tow: projected image on the T shirt, which shows the point I locked my bike and small description of what I did. (a image on Flickr with note)

Each of the layers, by itself, does not tell what it is, but when it’s combined together, you can get a sense of what my week was.

My T-shirt project was about what to tell and not tell, what to carry and not carry.

As the nature of T-shirt (wearable things), recording my week on a T-shirts means I carry my information with me all the time, and people around us can reach to the information.

Thus, first, I started from thinking about what I want to tell people and what I do not want to tell.

As I presented in class, I am a person who ride bicycle to everywhere, and I proud to be bike kid.
I can tell anybody that I ride bicycle to anywhere, BUT I do not want to tell where I went yesterday or today. I did not want the T shirt to be surveillance of my life.
Thus the map on the T-shirt does not tell you specific data of where it is and when it was. It is just a line of my excursion.

Then I created different layer which tells people where I locked my bike and what I did. It is just a simple images(dots) and notes on Flickr. I it an abstract image because I tried to avoid to tell people that where on earth exactly I’m living. (simply you know, I don’t wanna put my address on the internet.)

Only when two layers are combined together, this map will make sense of what my week was. And I’m the only person who has access to the complete map (because I own the T-shirts). And it should be, I think. What I did and where I was is really private information.

response to other T shirt.
I think Sean’s T shirt is somehow same as mime. It is also a very personal information and abstract image. And only he can tell what it is. Also we both used line as a presentation of out week.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

the labyrinth

What I understand from reading the Garden of Forking Paths and movie Pan’s Labyrinth.
Labyrinth is a place where different time periods and different places intersect. In the labyrinth there’s no boundary of time and location.
When people create labyrinth in his/her mind, people experience the labyrinth in imaginary world. Then, can we physically experience the labyrinth?

In class we went down subway station and walked the underground path. Is this experience the experience of labyrinth?
For me, it was a labyrinth.

I haven’t been down there before, and I didn’t know that the underground path connects city hall to Gallery.
I got the experience of being in the place where two different places intersect.

It was a labyrinth. Because two different places intersect, and I was physically separated from real world by being underground (I’m bike kids. .My real world is only on the surface of the earth.,) I think I was standing on somewhere I don’t know where I am, somewhere I cannot define by words (like saying ” I’m at the corner of Broad and Pine street.)

I’ve got this experience of labyrinth in Tokyo often. In Tokyo, layout of street is just like labyrinth. I often got lost on a street. I had no sense of direction, and didn’t know where the hell I’m going to. And I cannot tell anybody where I am now, because not all of the street has its name. It just bothered me a lot. But also it is a fun part of (and also, it is the point of, i think) walking the labyrinth. Get lost in labyrinth.