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Qualia Feast by Lincøln

June 24th, 2008 12:34 PM / Location: 34.251325,-118.3570

INSTRUCTIONS: Document, using text and media, the existence of "raw feels" or qualia, instances of the 'what it is like' character of mental states (i.e. pain, seeing red, smelling a rose), that cannot be communicated, or apprehended by any other means than direct experience.

With this task I set out to show (or do my best to show) qualia which is unique to me and different from all others.

The most obvious of which is the feeling of never having shoes on. Of what it really feels like to be truly connected to the earth and everything I walk on. It's easy for somebody to say they understand but I don't think anybody who doesn't live barefoot really does, and I try to explain it often, but my words seldom do justice to the feeling of knowing exactly where I am and how connected I am with my surroundings. I had an image in my head of what it feels like, but I didn't know how to get the idea out of my head, so I tried to do something I had never done before. Hey, I already jumped into the Deep End once, why not give it another shot? I mean I didn't drown, did I?

I had a very specific idea in my head of what I wanted to show you to express my feelings and sensations. And the only way I could think to do that was in animation. Now I have never done animation before, but I understood the concept, so I figured I'd give it a shot, so I made an animated cartoon of what it feels like to me and to be barefoot all of the time. I know it's not perfect, but it was my first time, so give me a little slack while working with this new medium.

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qualia-small57877.gif

I had never made a .gif or animated anything, or drawn any sequential art (other than comic books) in my life before this task compelled me to. And this is the very first gif I ever made. This was the test to see if I could get a gif to work. It took me six hours to figure out how to export this into a workable format that would then play here on SFØ. A lot of my knowledge was leeched out of anna one's head months ago when we were sitting in a room together and she talked about how to make a gif, I remember a lot of what she said that day, but since she didn't know she was giving a tutorial (and I didn't know I was listening to one) I missed or forgot about as much as I remembered. But after a lot of trial and error, I feel I have reached a personal level of success.

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My Qualia

My Qualia


Qualia-small

Qualia-small

What my qualia feels like.


Qualia

Qualia

This is the file, but huge. Don't open it unless you have a fast and hearty interweb machine.


Just-walking

Just-walking

This was the first .gif I made. It's just the walking. I like it.


Progress

Progress

I had to have all of my current as well as previous and future drawings all visible so I knew where I was. It was very difficult but I learned a lot. If I attempt this artform again, I will be much better at it.


Early work.

Early work.

Some sketches and early attempts at the individual cells. I wound up with 52 individual cells for the final product.



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posted by Rainy on June 24th, 2008 1:44 PM

I really like this.

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posted by rongo rongo on June 25th, 2008 6:38 AM

Cheers for trying a new art form.

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posted by done on June 25th, 2008 10:18 AM

This is a very special completion of this very fantastic task and eventhough I voted for almost all of the completions of this task I especially like this one. (To explain exactly what I want to say would be another completion of this task.)

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posted by susy derkins on June 25th, 2008 12:43 PM

I dunno, I really would like to read (reread?) some of the unsuccesful explanation too: we could be deriving our own interpretations of the animation and getting nothing of the real qualia that you encapsulated there, because we have no roadmap.
C´mon, the task is impossible from the beggining: to attempt to communicate what by definition cannot be communicated. But you are Lincoln, after all.
Harry imagines branching nerves, a great image that I would never had thought of. Is that image there, resonating inside your qualia? (I see roots, wise plant life that feeds on earth while traveling, but maybe the projections are also injecting something?) The animation is pure Lincoln, allright. But how is it like to walk barefoot all the time?

Maybe is just that my reception is faulty, maybe is just greed.

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posted by Lincøln on June 25th, 2008 1:05 PM

Susy, the drawing is all about connectedness. If you imagine that connection to be roots or tendrils, or nerves or energy, it doesn't matter. As long as you got that I felt that I am connected to the earth when my feet touch it, that is all I want to get across.

I also feel that I used just enough words (in conjunction with the image) to get the point across.
I feel that any more words would be redundant.
I feel that this completion is more like poetry than a novel.
The very sparse amount of information needed to get the feeling across is the entire beauty of the completion (to me anyway).

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posted by susy derkins on June 25th, 2008 1:13 PM

Fair enough, as I said, I am not UofA after all.

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posted by Lincøln on June 25th, 2008 1:27 PM

I suppose I could have gone to great lengths to describe every sensation I feel, but the sensations I feel would be inherently different than the feeling you feel. Ask Loki how it was to go barefoot and he'll have a very different answer that I would (or Tac or anybody who went shoeless for the Practical), the idea that this is a UofA task (and that I tend to complete all tasks as if they are UofA) demanded that I find a way to make you feel something. What you feel is completely dependent upon your personal experiences. I know exactly why I drew what I drew, but if you can take something else out of it, then you have felt what I felt in a way that is completely unique to you (when I say "you" I mean ustedes, as there's no good English word for plural "you", I'm not talking just about "you" Susy, pero todo usted que lee esto).
Art is subjective.
And I like it that way.

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posted by Rainy on June 25th, 2008 1:32 PM

For my money, you conveyed this qualia very well--the whole point being that it is impossible to convey an essential esperience in word or picture or anything reducing it to component parts, so you can only aim to pass on some sense of your experience. I think it's a pretty brilliant task and I've liked lots of the completions.

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posted by Evil Sugar on June 25th, 2008 1:37 PM

The gummy bears also like this task. It is interesting to see how humans experience things.

(The gummies always go barefoot, but instead of a rooted-to-the-earthness they get more of a generalized sticky sort of feeling.)

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posted by *la nerdrice* on August 31st, 2008 3:40 PM

i can feel it.