Mythologies

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In 1957, a unique work of literature was published detailing concepts far ahead of its time. Roland Barthes wrote Mythologies, a game-changing look at the way humans built the lore around them, and turned the world they knew into a place of fictional characters. A look at stereotypes before stereotypes were a widespread notion, 12th graders contemporized Barthes’ ideas into a live multimedia showcase. This one hour, theatrical event was packed with monologues, skits, musical acts and performance art.

HTHMA students were also supported to learn coding through the Practicum Program offered by UCSD’s Sixth College. Through the guidance of Professor Brett Stalbaum of the Department of Visual Arts and Associate Director for the Practicum, Diane A. Forbes Berthoud, HTHMA students embarked on a ten-week creative mentorship program whereby UCSD students mentored and supported them to develop their final projects.

 

Learning Goals

1. Research visual meaning and cultural signs through the semiotic lenses of Roland Barthes. Use this knowledge to expose a contemporary problem perpetuated by society and the media that is personally significant.

2. Code a computer program that is visually or sonically experiential and that reinforces your research concept.

3. Perform a two-minute, rehearsed stage piece that engages an authentic audience.

 

Teacher Reflection  “This project was highly experimental and challenging to manage because of the deep interdependence students needed to sustain in order to produce a unified performance in concept and form. In the end, I am proud to say that these 48 students engaged their audience deeply and provoked thinking about what is important to the teen experience and beyond.”

Student Reflection: “Being introduced to coding was challenging enough but combining it with research, performance and personal perspectives of the real world pushed us to think more creatively. In the end, the exhibition was a lot fun.” — Angela Marie Ilagan

Below are videos of the student performances along with animated excerpts from their computer programs.

 

Do Graphic Video Games Make You a Violent Person?

Colin Flynn & Kai Anderson

Above: Excerpt from video game. 

 

Rock Star Lifestyle

Nick San Agustin & James Zeibarth

Above: Excerpt from visualization designed to respond to guitar audio.

 

Is Consumerism Worth it?

Conrad Ronk & Ocean Hurd

 

Above: Excerpt from video mapping project.

 

Gamer Girls

Jillian Koons & Daniela Benson

Above: Excerpt from video game. 

 

Are Disney Movies Good for Kids?

Jake Dalton & Andreas Lasu

Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

Electronic Musicians Don’t Do Anything

Jackson Blinn, Jonathan Hays, & Christopher Moran

Above: Excerpt from rehearsal. This student group wrote 3 programs: a

drum machine, synthesizer/sampler and visualizer program.

 

 

Name Brands

Jordan Hays & Morgan Emmert

Above: Excerpt from video mapping project.

 

 

Dismantling the Christian Evangelist

Casey Szegi-Wimpey & John Moore II

Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

Female Leaders in the Media

Belle Holder & Devynne Bothne

Above: Excerpt from video game. 

 

Gay Men and Media
Petyr Cirino & Jose Cortez

Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

Are You an Early Adopter?

Sigi Lopez & Devon Bubendorf

Above: Excerpt from video game. 

 

Left versus Right Brain

Perla Ramirez & Vanessa Montano

Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

Fast Fashion

Paul Parnell & Lula Richardson

Above: Excerpt from video mapping project. Paul also made the dress!

 

The Myths of Gun Control

AJ Novick & Liam Calhoun


Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

 

Horoscopes

Callum Macdonald & Grady Becker

Above: Excerpt from animated slide visualizer.

 

The Time of Our Lives

Angela Ilagan & Christine Bandejas


Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

Pit Bulls

Taylor Rush & Evelin Acosta


Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Sean Jarrell-Hurtado & Desiree Barte

Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

They also programmed a midi keyboard to control their performance technology.

 

Hollywoods European Beauty Standards

Kristy McLaurin & Oneisha Watson


Above: Excerpt from their customized slide visualizer.

 

 

Pink & Blue

Lucia Acosta & Alexis Barajas

Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

What You Dont Know About ADD

Johnny McVicker & Nate Hinkle

Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

Is College Worth it?

Mio Oishi & Nattawadee Sangjampa

Above: Excerpt from customized slide visualizer.

 

Purebred Defense

Jeremiah Delane & Max Bush

Above: Excerpt from video game. 

 

Performance Stills (more here)

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