Time vs Motion – MEDA201 Cameraless Film

My camera-less film represents rhythm in both visual and temporal ways.
The film is only 60 seconds long but the flow of time is is presented in waves through visual loops and cues. Time however moves separately to this rhythm and flows forward in bursts. The aim of this is to show how time can be affected by what we see. Using loops, not unlike drum loops, the rhythm is maintained and then released. The loops that reverse the film continue to progress it. This is my representation of rhythm.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/160583434″>Time vs Motion – MEDA201 Camraless Film</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user50533144″>Harry</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Yik Yak: Aussie Yaks vs Yankee Yakkers

Yik Yak, is an anonymous location based social media platform akin to twitter in many aspects. In Recent years it has become extremely popular in American campus, and even more recently, in Australian Universities.

By hiding users identities, the app encourages free and open speech and allows users to see who’s ‘Yaking’ around them in a 2.4 km radius. Posts are up to 200 characters long and are moderated by up votes and down votes.

However, in the United States, the freedom and openness has lead to several controversies. The app has been linked to multiple cases of bulling, slanderous gossip, sexual harassment and even in one case; terrorist threats. So that the bulling and harassment could not continue, high schools across America had the app Geo-Fenced so that it could not be used by it’s students.

These stories of reports however have only been coming out of the United States. Yik Yak in Australia has yet to prove itself. Whether it’s more progressed than “college immaturity” or it’s at par for the course.

This is the basis for my research project, my aim is to uncover the difference in Australian Yaks and Yakkers to find out why something that has cause so much controversy in America, hasn’t lifted an eyebrow in Australia.

Do Australian Yakkers just have a different etiquette when it comes to anonymous free speech? Or is it perhaps that Australia has the same issues with bulling, harassment but its simply now covered in the media?

To begin to unpack this issue, I intend to identify those who regularly use Yik Yak on the University of Wollongong campus’ by using questionnaires to collect information and opinions regarding the use of the application in Australia. I want to identify how the limitations and affordances of Yik Yak change how people interact with it. The questionnaire will address anonymity, vulgarity and the use of location based views.

Besides this, I will be monitoring the local Yaks each day to identify the range of behavior that is deemed acceptable on the UOW campus.

Very little has been published about Yik Yak in Australian campus’. This research project aims to give the Australian users an identity despite the anonymity. I hope to fairly represent the Yakkers of UOW and analyses the disparity (Or similarity) between them and the reports from the United states.



Daily Mail. 2014. Anonymous ‘gossip app’ Yik Yak blamed for cyberbullying outbreak in schools as firm behind it forced to BAN it from being opened on school grounds k. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2615231/Anoynmous-app-Yik-Yak-blamed-bullying-schools-amid-calls-firm-trying-way-ban-children-using-it.html. [Accessed 25 March 16].

GIZMODO. 2014. Yik Yak Wants To Be More Than Your Kid’s Favourite Shit-Talking App. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/10/yik-yak-wants-to-be-more-than-your-kids-favourite-shit-talking-app/. [Accessed 25 March 16].

The guardian. 2014. Yik Yak: the anonymous app taking US college campuses by storm. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/21/yik-yak-anonymous-app-college-campus-whisper-secret. [Accessed 24 March 16].

Institute for Culture and Society – University of Western Sydney.. 2016. Yik Yak, Young People – and You!. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.uws.edu.au/ics/news_and_media/blog/yik_yak,_young_people_and_you!. [Accessed 25 March 16].

The Sydney Morning Herald. 2015. Yik Yak: Anonymous apps unleash the dark side of free speech on campuses. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/yik-yak-anonymous-apps-unleash-the-dark-side-of-free-speech-on-campuses-20150528-ghbi5u.html. [Accessed 24 March 16].


To their own beat

To hide something from you family can be a big deal. Lying and deception can be damaging to your relationships, but sometimes it can be a necessity. In circumstances it can be to protect them from things you wouldn’t want them to know, or it can be to preserve the status quo.

I spoke to Alex, a young aspiring musician who hides his aspirations from his family. Currently, Alex is still in high school and is about to commence his final year. When he spoke to me, he revealed what he is hiding from his parents. His true passion lies with music and arts, but his parents have made it clear what they want from his education; a degree and a “normal” career.

Alex has played along with them, and has hidden his true intentions. “I tell them I want to take a gap year… but I want to spend that year trying to get into the music industry…it’s possible I won’t even go to university.”

Alex told me his parents support his artistic side, but heavily encourages the importance of tertiary education and a proper, well defined career.

Max, another musician based in Sydney, has had a similar experience. To live in Sydney and enjoy the life he does, Max like lot’s of people his age need the financial support of their family. Max, has been studying and Sydney University, but as he made clear to me, it’s just so he can afford to play music.

At the end of the day, both Max and Alex have a fine and beautiful talent, and it’s their own future.

Soon enough, they won’t have to hide, as they both have the ability to shape their passion into a career and pursue their goals.


Snakes on a Screen

The processing assignment we were tasked with, was an exercise in iterative art. So in the theme of the assignment, my code went through various iterations. Inspired by the guest lecture by Ted Mittew, I failed early and often. The first class I made using help from the MEDA102 Gist page and a YouTube tutorial, however my code didn’t execute as intended. The first 4 images show my first attempt at making a moving object. My code now creates a dynamic artwork different in every iteration. The code generates an array of bouncing snake that leaves a geometric trail, similar in aesthetic to an Aztec inscription. By altering the randomness of the speed of the snakes and the position of the squares I was able to capture the desired aesthetic in every random iteration of the code. Similar to LeWitts wall drawings, the code is a set of instructions generating a new interpretation of the artwork.

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Korean Wave

Hallyu is the Korean Wave.

Steadily since the 2000s South Korea have been steadily exporting music, movies, TV and culture to Asia and in similar effect, the west.

This wave has made significant ripples among the Asian cultures especially. Japanese audiences were “driven into a frenzy in 2004″(Ryoo, 2009)  by Korean produced TV drama “Winter Sonata”winter-sonata

The Japanese prime minister at the time has been quoted as saying, Bae Yong-Joon (Actor Pictured above) was more popular than he was. The TV show inspired haircuts and new clothes in Japan as well as Vietnam, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan.

Ryoo comments that Korea had be predominately protecting them selves from cultural dominance from Japan and China. Now Korea is the biggest exporter of Pop culture in Asia.

Just look back at Gangnam Style.

And don’t forget just how popular it still is.




PSY took Gangnam Style all across the world to the west. To memory this is the first Kpop song I ever heard.


In the 2013 Youtube Music Awards, Girl’s Generation won Video of the Year. This was among competition such as One Direction, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.


Film is another part of the Korean Wave that is doing well. Movies like The Admiral: Roaring Currents are taking pieces common to western cinema and using them with Original Korean stories.

The film is the largest in the South Korean box office with more than 17 million admissions and grossing over $100 million US.

The Korean Wave is growing in all directions, exporting music movies and culture. The Asia pacific countries like Japan, Taiwan and China are the most heavily impacted so far, but it is clear that the K-Wave will be making more of an impact in the west as time goes on.




Ryoo, W. (2009). Globalization, or the logic of cultural hybridization: the case of the Korean wave.Asian Journal of Communication,  139-142.


International Education: Why we’re failing.

Australia has been a bright hope for international students. A wealthy and safe country for students from nations across the world.

Australia sit’s among the top 15 best educational systems in the world today, which is of huge appeal to young foreigners, who are looking for work, education and money.download

Despite this, there have been growing concerns for international students as to just how safe it is in Australia.

In 2009 there were 120,913 Indian students enrolled for qualifications in Australia. 1447 of these students were victims of crime, including assaults and robberies.

This made significant waves in the media during the time.

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In Australia, there is no support system for international students in situations as bad as these. A similar case has occurred recently with a dispute with a 7/11 employer who withheld $21,298 for a foreign worker.

This has been ascribed to Australian’s sense of ethnocentrism. Our belief that our culture is superior to foreign cultures has been blamed for the attack of Manrajawinder Singh and the unjust pay of 7/11 employees.

However, despite the attitudes of some Australian’s the Center of research for Social Inclusion found that foreign students ” interested in getting to know ‘Australians’ and curious about their lives.” (Kell & Vogl, 2006, p6). Despite this, international students felt that Australians didn’t want to get to know them.

A 10 page cover story form the Indian magazine Outlook, titled “Why the Aussies hate us.” did tremendous damage to Australia’s reputation. 1264974337523

The outrage expressed in India was directed at the Australian government for not taking the motive to the attacks seriously. “smug and superior attitude of the Australian Government for denying there was racism and then telling Indians not to hype this up” (Mehta,2010) The rest of the article looking at this magazine can be found here.

This comment and the articles are highlighting our ethnocentrism. And this is not helping Australia’s image in the global world. Australian universities other educational institutions  pull in a large portion of international students which grow our labor force and raise the skills of citizens or people attaining citizenship. However, safety and security as well as the exploitation in housing and employment.

This is a problem Australia is still facing. In the International Media and Communcations  tutorial the class discussed a few idea about the situations. It’s clear that this debate will continue for a while to come. At it’s core it’s about our countries view of itself and how well we welcome outsiders. Racism is a pressing issue for Australians and sorting out our differences is going to make a difference on a global scale.



World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science? | News | The Guardian. 2015. World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science? | News | The Guardian. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading. [Accessed 02 September 2015].

Indian Magazine Reports On Australian ‘Hate’. 2015. Indian Magazine Reports On Australian ‘Hate’. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.smh.com.au/national/indian-journal-focuses-on-hate-20100131-n6ju.html. [Accessed 02 September 2015].

Peter, Gillian, K,V, 2006. International Students: Negotiating life and study in Australia through Australian Englishes . Center for research on social inclussion, [Online]. -, 6. Available at:https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/455993/mod_resource/content/1/Week%203_Kell%20and%20Vogl.pdf[Accessed 01 September 2015].

Court action after alleged underpayment of overseas worker at 7-Eleven in Brisbane – Media releases – Fair Work Ombudsman . 2015. Court action after alleged underpayment of overseas worker at 7-Eleven in Brisbane – Media releases – Fair Work Ombudsman . [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/2015-media-releases/february-2015/20150209-haider-litigation. [Accessed 04 September 2015].


Reflections on the water.


People can find immense pleasure and catharsis in visiting places which they are closely connected with. On our walk to the beach the discussion of sharks and the culling came up. After visiting the beach only once to record its sounds, I conducted my interview almost immediately. I could tell she felt peaceful there and I wanted to capture calmness and her thoughts about our responsibility to sharks how she feels about the inherent danger in water.

Music Credit: Aphex Twin