CLVS Week 5: Portrait of a specialist

This week, my teammates James Huang, Zohreh Zahbood, & I started to pare down over 4 hours of footage to splice together a narrative of Celeste & her story as a dancer.

Here is our version 1 of the narrative (8 minutes long):

Here is the video’s story arc:

This week, we will continue cutting interview footage & add b-roll footage of her dancing.


CLVS Week 4: Video of a Zouk Specialist

This week, James Huang, Zohreh Zadbood, & I collaborated to film footage on a “specialist.” The specialist we chose was Celeste Li, a Brazilian zouk dance teacher. She has been a professional ballroom & latin dancer for the last 15 years.

Brazilian Zouk is a Latin partner dance that is derived from the lambada. Yes, that lambada:

To get this footage, we went to her class at Stepping Out Dance studios, one of the largest ballroom dance studios in Manhattan.

The next day, we were also able to get an interview with her. However, some of the sound files from this interview were lost.


CLVS Week 3: Storyboarding of a Specialist

Teammates: James Huang, Asha Veeraswamy, & Zohreh Zabood.

This week, our challenge was to create a storyboard for a short film. The theme we chose was “portrait of a specialist.” We decided storyboard on this theme using James, our groupmate, as our stand-in specialist. There are a few main shots that we wanted to take:

  • Artist at work (walking to studio & beginning work)
  • Artist being interviewed (Shot 16)
  • Artist in flow (artist creating & composing their work, fully immersed)



CLVS Week 2: Tisch Soundwalk + Audio Art

11th Floor –  Soundwalk:

In this soundwalk of Tisch located at 721 Broadway, we invite listeners to commence from the 4th floor (ITP) & advance their journey to the 11th floor (Film).

Click HERE to access. 

Made from original recordings & found sounds. Tools used include Zoom 4N Handy Recorder & Adobe Audition CS6.

Audio art reflections:

In this piece of audio art, “Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel,” the artists invites listeners to have a feeling of contemplation.

Coincidentally the main topic of contemplation, Harvey Keitel, acted in Taxi Driver; this movie is the first poster that you see when exiting the elevators on the 11th floor of Tisch!

CLVS Week 1: Thoughts on Copyright+ Sound Walk

Thoughts on Copyright:

“Sooner or later, everything old is new again.”- Stephen King, The Colorado Kid.

“Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.” – Ecclesiates 1:20, NLV Translation Bible.

How is it that same sentiment was expressed 2500 years apart? It starts with acknowledgment.  Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism Kirby Ferguson’s Embrace the Remix both recognize that all new ideas, literature, & artforms have been built on the old. Kirby sets forth a basic recipe for how humans remix – through copying, transforming, & combining. Lethem calls it the “cut-up” method.

However, what some call creation, others call ablation. A few years ago, this was seen in the case of musicians Marvin Gaye vs. Robin Thicke.

Musicians have a common practice of revamping old tunes & sampling the music of others. What one artist, Thicke, called inspiration, the artist (Marvin Gaye) called stealing. This case ended in a 7 million dollar verdict & copyright violation against Thicke. 

Lethem states that “contemporary copyright…is corrupted.”  The original concept of copyright in the United States is stated in its constitution.

In the most recent ITP Applications class, the guest speaker Ayah Bdeir also expressed a similar sentiment saying, “I believe in open source, but with limits.” Her company littlebits,

is undeniably promoting the progress of science & useful arts; it also posts most of their schematic designs online for users. However, I agree with her perspective in that it is also necessary for her to have intellectual property & copyright limitations to financially support her company, her employees, & her investors.

The advent of the internet brought a new period of technological innovation. With that brings questions from people & corporations such as “who owns the internet?”  & “what part of the internet can I copyright?”

Currently, the WWW (world wide web) is still a WWW (wild wild west). I am sure that many new legislation decisions will be created in the next 10 years. In the end, our responsibility as designers, makers, & remixers is to continually entreat ourselves to copy-right and not copy-wrong.


This week, I also went on a soundwalk called:

“Soundwalk 9:09.” Commissioned by MetLiveArts to celebrate the opening of The Met Breuer, Soundwalk 9:09 takes its title from the time it takes to walk between The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer: nine minutes and nine seconds.

The energy of the “downtown” soundwalk was a little bit disorienting. Composed of a myriad of ambient sounds, certain street sounds would be highlighted; there was no narrator. At first, I didn’t understand how the soundwalk was supposed to enhance my experience. However, when I continued walking, I noticed that outside of the soundtrack, I could also hear the actual streetsounds in addition to the recorded street sounds & I was affected by the beginning of nuanced ambiance.

One lesson that I took from this soundwalk was the issue of pacing. The artist assumes that the walk would only take 9 minutes & 9 seconds. However, since I was walking a bit slower, it took me longer between the two buildings. With this additional time, I decided to listen to the “uptown” soundwalk. The vibe of this soundtrack was similar, though instead of disorientation, I felt invigoration.