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Walkabout

Walked around a bunch today. I first headed up to Broadway, thinking it might be nice to visit the Sunday farmer's market. But it paled in comparison to the Saturday market in the U-District. Then I took the light rail back over to the U-District because I wanted to see the MFA and MD thesis exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery. [personal profile] sytharin, [personal profile] slydevil, and I had stopped in on Friday, but almost the entire gallery was in a state of preparation, so there wasn't much to see.

Walking in today, I was greeted by the sounds of Mungo Thomson's "Composition for 52 keys," in which a grand piano plays the 52 white keys in an order determined by the shuffling of a deck of 52 cards. Pleasingly atmospheric. No two songs alike.

Among works from the MFA/MD show, there were multiple that I appreciated, but I don't feel that a verbal description can capture the experience in a satisfying manner. There's one project that I'm still mulling over in particular: an MD project (that's a Master's in Design) where the creator grappled with how humans and computers interact with the thousands of photos that smartphone owners take these days (computer memory has become so inexpensive). In the first part, the creator simply presented printouts of thumbnails of all the photos they took between 2016 and the time of the show. Next, there were pairs of slides from a trip to San Francisco, and slide viewers. One slide of each pair showed the photo as a human observer would view it. The other slide depicted what a computer would "see" in the image - e.g. clouds, bridges, people, and if close enough, a reading of the person's facial expression and body language. So one could compare one's interpretation of the scene with the computer's interpretation.

The third component was a set of three books from the trip to San Francisco - the whole photo grouping had been suggested by some photo hosting software, based on cues like the dates when the photos were taken. One of the three books included captions written by the creator, which told the stories associated with each photo. The second book (which I didn't pick up) contained only the photos, without any captions. In the third book, the photos were replaced by captions written by software designed to interpret the content of photos. Altogether, the project was effective in illustrating how much of what goes on with photographs has to do with the human interaction with the photo - the specific stories and memories we attach to the captured image.

The lower part of the Henry was still undergoing modifications, so after that I decided to head to a bead store to see about some bead tips for a necklace. Bead World has relocated closer to Northgate, so I decided to walk up to 65th and Roosevelt anyway to investigate Alexander's Bead Bazaar. And what a shop! Lots of interesting and unusual beads, nothing cheap and plastic. The clerk helped me with the bead tips, and then was super excited to demonstrate technique to me.

From there, I walked back home, which the Goog estimates is a 3-mile walk. It was a beautiful day to be out walking around. Postcard-perfect.

Postcard weather in Seattle today

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benicek
May. 28th, 2018 07:52 am (UTC)
English church architecture in far flung places!

rebeccmeister
May. 28th, 2018 04:09 pm (UTC)
Funny, isn't it? The building to the left is actually a library - the Suzzallo Library, which has a gorgeous reading room, too. If I had wound up with some involuntary time off, I would have gone there to work on writing.
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