Exploring Visual Poetry: ArtSide Workshop at the 2018 RAW Conference
by Kuo-Wei Lee, Shruthy Sreepathy, Yusra Khan
Students from the ArtSciLab hosted on ArtSide,at the 10th annual RAW: Research-Art-Writing Conference at The University of Texas at Dallas in February.
Kuo-Wei Lee (M.A. ’18, Arts and Technology), Shruthy Sreepathy, and Yusra Khan (both M.S. ’18, Applied Cognition and Neuroscience) presented ArtSide: Enhancing the Connection Between Cities and Communities. ArtSide—Lee’s master’s thesis, first prototyped in Professor Cassini Nazir’s Creating Interactive Media course—aims to enhance the social experience of public art through social and technological and strengthen the relationship between city and its communities.
What is ArtSide?
ArtSide is Kuo-Wei Lee’s masters thesis project: a mobile app prototype that utilizes Global Positioning System (GPS) to indicate the location of public art and provides a social platform to interaction with others about the pieces. It not only enhances a healthy lifestyle but also raises and shares appreciation of public art in (downtown) Dallas. This interactivity engages people of the community to provide input, opinions, experiences, and stories and build meaning and shared memories for their communities.
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ArtSide Workshop: Exploring Visual Poetry
During the conference, workshop participants shared their personal insights into public art and perspectives about how technology can be used to enhance the experience of public art. This interactive session engaged people to provide opinions, experiences, and stories. Lee then directed members to gather these opinions, provoking creative possibilities and design concepts to enhance the user experience of ArtSide app.
Early on, Lee developed a journal for ArtSide, similar in functionality to blog or social media posts. “When I visited Pioneer Plaza, which is a memorial park in downtown Dallas,” said Lee, “I was really impressed by the amazing buffalo sculptures. I can use ArtSide to write down my thoughts, experience and memories. Although the journal feature allowed me to share articles with friends, it doesn’t give me anything that I can’t already find on Facebook.” From the ArtSide team’s research into social media usage gave them an insight into a new possibility: visual poetry. Using the lines of poetry as a starting point for visual capture can create more meaningful and personal journals rather than just a data-rich, meaning-poor social posts.
The ArtSide Workshop was made of four parts:
- A short introduction on ArtSide and the problem it seeks to address
- A design charette, where each audience participant used their creative expertise to generate ideas on public art.
- A visual poetry session, where the ArtSide team used the structure poetic forms to build an interesting and meaningful way to enhance the social experience of art appreciation.
- The last session was audience feedback and reflection on the session and honest suggestions on how ArtSide can be improved.
The team is now analyzing the designs created by audience participants during the RAW workshop. Lee also conducted a similar workshop in Professor Nazir’s Information Architecture course.
He looks forward to implementing changes to the visual design of the ArtSide prototype.
The ArtSide Team
Kuo-Wei Lee is creative director of the ArtSide project. Lee will complete his masters thesis in Arts and Technology (ATEC) program in May 2018. He welcomes feedback, suggestions, and collaborations. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a user experience(UX) designer, Shruthy Sreepathy leads design research efforts to enhance the ArtSide user experience.
As a digital community designer, Yusra Khan designs the engagement of communities within ArtSide.