Clouds is a documentary project sharing stories and experiences about technology and code. It aims to show a collection of thoughts and creations about and with the usage of code, how computer replacing the hand made creation, asking questions about what it means to live in our world right now, and specifically, in connection to us as students at ITP, the road that led a lot of people that we “grow up” on, and stories about their projects and development.
The truth is that I had few emails with James George a long time ago, even before ITP on how my Clouds file doesn’t work on my Windows computer. It’s funny that few years later I sat on his class “Computational portraiture”. Since we couldn’t make my file work in that time, and only had bites from it, now was a close to complete watching of this project.
The experience is told in a non linear way, in which you can choose if to play it as one travel between people and experiences, following questions on the way, or, if to choose to watch it by a directory of people, subjects or visual sketched that in most of them you can interact with.
The time representation on clouds is a bit tricky, as I can see it as a world of its own, filled with people’s depth recording, but you can also see it as a journey through question you ask. If you look left and right you could go to the previous story and next one, but still it feels like an isolated island of stories.
Most of the time, the journey can be let by itself, but the experiences sort of break that routine and from watching people talk, you can hear them and play with one of the interactions which most of the time trigger you to activate them.
The story in cloud can be non linear but also centric. You can create you own adventure , but you can also go back to the research, and continue where you wish to go..It doesn’t actually feel like it have an end…there is a circulate timing so actually I felt like I can never finish the experiences, which might be a good point to show how our opportunities with code are so endless..
I think that as a story, or as a collections of stories, it’s a very important ones, especially because it’s mostly people that we, as an ITP community believe to lead or break through different aspects that we believe creating our future, or actually telling more or less common stories of how we got into coding or technology, and it’s in one hand very personal, and on the other very technological and have that wire frame cold look of it, like they are trapped in a processing sketch..
I think that it’s an important piece, and I was happy to see people that I know talk there, and in some ways made me want to know more about coding and wish to be better at this, but it also gave me a lot of other ideas and thoughts on how the usage in code can change a lot around us and how we should be open about our projects and creations.