Unfamiliar Landscapes


Unfamiliar Landscapes

We are surrounded by the landscapes of the natural world, the built environment, and even our bodies. These landscapes shape not only what we see, but also how we experience the world, ourselves and each other. In this project and exhibition, we used the key concept of “unfamiliar landscapes” to learn how we create or alter landscapes, and how, in turn, landscapes alter us as individuals and community members.

This semester long project is a collaboration of 12th grade students’ Digital Art class with Instructor Margaret Noble and English class with Instructor Tania Jabour. Students functioned as researchers, computer programmers and presenting artists to create a body of writing and a final code-based media project using the programming language, Processing.

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.


KPBS TV Feature Story:

KPBS Featured Student Projects:

“Chloe Barefield, Brooklynn Bucky and DaShaun Lemelle picked the sensitive topic of police brutality
and the Los Angeles riots. They wrote a program that tries to illustrate how rioters behaved, how the
police behaved and how each reacted to the other.” – KPBS

“Branden Sade made artwork that uses a camera attached to his computer. The computer interprets the
silhouette of whoever stands with in its view and then fills that silhouette with fire, while the sound
of a crackling log grows and fades away in unison with the flames. He said it’s a visual metaphor for the
post-traumatic stress that first responders can suffer. The fire slowly builds. It weakens over time but
never goes away.” – KPBS


Documentation of All Student Computer Programs:

“What are the different ways people deal with noise pollution?”
Guillermo Felix, Michael Dela Cruz and Ernesto Becerra

“What are personal use drones and how have they affected our view of landscapes?”
Tanner Borkhum

How do advertisers use color to manipulate consumers?”
Tristan Parrish

“How does sound affect the body?”
Ty Jefferson

“Why is the study of micro-expressions becoming more demanding in the modern world?”
Mayra Trejo and Keanu Rodriguez

“What does the BioSphere 2 Project teach us about sustainability?”
Arturo Hernandez

“Why do people criticize and stereotype metal music without understanding the culture behind it?”
Christian Putnam and Jonathan Munoz.

“What is open source and how has it affected technology?”
Carrigan Davis and Nikusha Beatty

“What does humanitarian aid reveal about US political policies?”
Justine Gatmaytan and Kenia Davalos

“How does the built environment of prisons influence the social relations of people who live there?”
Karina Loza

“How can video games help develop the brain?”
Donald Alexander

“How have video games affected technology over the years?”
Joshua Addison

“Who owns your DNA?”
Ebren Tinner and Joselyn Cordero Crespo

“What caused the punk rock movement?”
Fermin Garduno

“What are the ethics behind the use of nuclear weapons?”
Jerry La

“What problems do parents who modify their children impose on society?”
Kelsey Trevino

“How does our culture’s impact push us to code switch?”
Lucia Aguilera

“How does tourism affect the coral reefs?”
Max Richter and Ulana Bounnak

“Why do humans desire space travel?”
Melina Shaw

“How does a psychopath’s brain differ from a normal person’s brain?”
Desmond Carnell

“How does hyper-masculine culture contribute to sexual assault on college campuses?”
Stevie Fox

“How has photography changed the way we see?”
Alejandra Gomez

“Does Project Based Learning resolve problems with equity in education?”
Tiana Tate

“What tensions are built between the military and its soldiers?”
Victor Gomez

“Can video games improve a player’s motor and cognitive skill?”
William Fox

“What effects does the drought have on California wildlife?”
Anton Cujec and Jared Hays
“What are the consequences of ever-increasing digitalization and the security concerns it will bring in the future?”
Joe Myo Mor
“How can we make the desert a sustainable landscape?
Christopher Ochoa
“Do stricter gun laws make people safer?”
James Porter and Kameron Arnold
“Narrative theory in games?”
Miguel Lopez and Nic Harding


Exhibition Photos:

16048054306_44efea7ed0_zMayra Trevino and Keanu Rodriguez present an interactive micro-expressions project.

15451567344_745835b5db_zTristan Parrish presenting his interactive color theory project to William Fox.

16073868545_eb96b9e7ce_zNikusha Beatty and Carrigan Davis present their open source, interactive art project using Kinect.

15886426518_d296d64a0c_zKelsey Trevino featuring her genetic modification project.

15888108117_914461a8dd_zEbren Tinner and Joselyn Cordero Crespo show off their interactive DNA Project.

15886437098_697aaa5d46_zJared Hays and Anton Cujec present an audience survey on personal water usage.

16071930051_2024512f00_zTy Jefferson presents his work on sound and brain. (Ty also designed the logo and exhibition graphics!)

16048049046_d80a150481_zArturo Hernandez presents his Biodome 2 project and Melina Shaw shares her Mars project.

15886419908_13fd91318e_zLive coding station for audience members to play with.

15887778529_34a2ed7da7_zInstructors Tania Jabour and Margaret Noble

More exhibition photos are here.

Download the “Unfamiliar Landscapes” project introduction here.

The programming curriculum is here.

Unfamiliar Landscapes is featured on:

Comments are closed.