Patent the Pyramids?

Patent the Pyramids?

The world of copyright is a complex one, one that I’m not game to jump into in this post. If you’re interested, I wrote a brief post about copyright, patents, and trademarks here.

While doing some research for this week’s topic I stumbled upon an interesting patent filed by Daniel Dudek and Pamela Heard in 2002 and decided to make a quick video on it which you can find below.

A resource I found particularly helpful this week is Chapter 1 of Boldrin and Levine’s Against Intellectual Monopoly (there are some clear and concise definitions of copyright, patents, and trademarks on page 7 which you should check out).

 

 

Nothing Lasts Forever – MEDA102 Final Project

Nothing Lasts Forever – MEDA102 Final Project

My final piece for MEDA102 was inspired a great deal by Alvin Lucier’s “I Am Sitting In A Room” but more-so by the “I Am Sitting In A Video Room” project by YouTube user canzona, itself based on Lucier’s earlier work. Using a similar concept I wanted to create a piece that looks at the compression of audio. Every time an audio file is exported from an audio editor it is compressed, so I was curious to see if I could take advantage of this to achieve a similar result to canzona.

The process for creating my work basically involved compressing and saving a single audio file numerous times. The overall aim of my project was to repeat this process until any human qualities the speech may have had been eliminated. I felt that using wedding vows would best demonstrate this loss.

JRNL101 – Vox Pop 2

JRNL101 – Vox Pop 2

Most teenagers can’t wait to graduate from high school and move away from their parents, to make their own decisions and lead an independent life. However, everyone misses home at some point. It might be your mother’s cooking, or your best friends, maybe even that annoying little sister you never thought you’d miss. Everyone gets homesick at some point. I asked some University of Wollongong students who lived on campus what they missed most about home.

JRNL101 – Vox Pop 1

JRNL101 – Vox Pop 1

 With such a wide range of universities and the diversity of courses on offer, students are often stuck with the difficult task of deciding which one is best for them. They choose their universities for a variety of reasons, maybe it is close by or maybe they didn’t get into their first preference. Whatever the reason, everyone has a story to tell. I set out to hear some of the reasons students decided to attend the University of Wollongong.