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WEEK 18: Invention, Intellectual property & Income

This week's learning outcomes are to:

Develop a plan for dissemination of your final project.
Prepare drafts of your summary slide (presentation.png) and video clip (presentation.mp4, 1080p HTML5, < ~minute, < ~10 MB) and put them in your root directory.

Make sure you have:

Imagined and outlined possibilities and described how to make them probabilities.

1. Video Presentation & slide

2. Intellectual Property

I have chosen the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike license. This allows viewers to distribute the work in any medium and adapt it as long as they give credit to the source. More specifically:

"Attribution - You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial - You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

ShareAlike - If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original." - Creative Commons Licenses BY NC SA

3. Dissemination & Future Plans

As I have been documenting throughout this website, I've had to change the scope of my final project due to time constraints. I first intended to create a 80x100 cm interactive 3D printed touch-screen. During Week 5, I realized that was not an efficient or sustainable decision. During Week 7, I built a structure that could hold the screen. As the deadline to present our final project came closer, I came to the conlusion that it was not be realistic for me to figure out how to make a conductive screen this big. However, this is something that I still would love to make. If I want to delve further into immersive installations, I need to take on that challenge. I think that using the conductive puffy ink I experimented with during Week 16 is still a great way for me to make a large projection surface. I also want to make a more elaborate and conceptually relevant animation. I want to learn p5.js and python.

Since, I had spent so much time working on my CNC structure and for my final project I went for a laser-cut version of it, I decided to use the structure for a separate project. This is what I will continue working on for the next months. I want to learn more about addressable LED strips since I have realized they are powerful tools to create ethereal experiences. I have started by painting the side triangles of the structure black. The four support sticks are painted white in order to reflect the light all over the inside volume of the triangle. I have prepared Neopixels LED strips by soldering them to jumper cables.

What is left to do is:
- Attach the LED and cable strips to the white wooden sticks.
- Program the strips using an Arduino board.
- Try out different materials that can be placed vertically to diffuse the light.

With this project, I will then apply to several artist residencies, shows, and publications.

3.1. Inspiration to keep making

As a creative professional, whether we like it or not, we become very familiar rejection. While everyone experiences it, not many acknowledge it publically. Ever since I graduated from my Master in Fine Arts, I have received innumerous rejection letter for jobs, residencies, art, shows publications. Rejections ranging from masters and PhD programs all the way to my artist visa that would have allowed me to continue my career in the US. You will find possibly on every single coaching blog, podcast or news outlet that we cannot let ourselves be affected by rejection. However, in my opinion this only an excuse used by powerful men who never had to question their worth: decisionmakers who hide behind their privilege and who make the rules. There is no room in the professional world for vulnerability. Rejection and failure should be covered up. As someone who is still trying to accept this, I believe there is no growth without vulnerability. it is okay to be affected. Cry, scream, get a punching bad, Wallow if you need to. Go through the necessary healing process that fits your needs. Do whatever you have to so that the damage to your self-worth is not permanent. Because at the end of the day, nothing is.

I keep this in mind as I review my journey throughout Fab Academy. I have acquired skills that I never thought I would. I keep these words in mind to keep moving forward and making my projects happen. I constant inform on new trends in the tech, maker and creative world and find inspiration on professionals who managed to take their projects to the next level. Below are a couple of podcasts that I find highly enticing:

ZigZag by Stable Genius Productions:

Without Fail by Gimlet Media:

StartUp by Gimlet Media: