In my exploration of where my thesis is going and how my ideas may be related to other people, I wanted to do a short survey with some people on their thoughts on family dinner. I gave these out to a random bunch and got some nice answers. Working on compiling them to see what the take-away will be.
Glass and Sunday Dinner at one of my favorite NYC stores, Fishs Eddy.
The new ideas are settling in my head and some new thoughts have formed.
Going back to the idea of technology at the table, maybe now Technology is the “mediator” between family connection.
The network at the table is the network of the people there. That’s it.
The network our phone connects us to is the network of EVERYONE else we are involved with. It’s the “social” aspect.
How do these two worlds blend? Or do they not?
I bring you a post from April 4, 2012 on jenmatsumoto.com to help explain the missing piece of Matsumoto Thesis.
My dad & I–Can you see the resemblance? Japan, 1965 : New York, 2011
I valued family dinner because it was one thing that my mom did that made us a family. Dinner time allowed us to come together as a family in the same space, at the same time. For me, family dinners were not just a time to eat and enjoy each other’s company, but it brought normalcy and stability to my very unnormal family. My mom wanted to do this for us, to bring us together and now I know why. Although I did not know it at the time, I counted on family dinners. It filled the missing piece that wasn’t there in my life, my dad. After passing away when I was only three, I grew up without a dad in my life. A traumatic experience that could have gone terribly wrong. Now that I am older, I feel like it is time for me personally and artistically explore this missing part of my life. Until now, I always accepted that he wasn’t there, but what if he was still here? Would family dinners be as important to me as they are now? I am not sure. What I do know is that this is finally the missing piece, or lost piece, of the puzzle that I have been avoiding and meandering around for the past couple weeks, or years, or maybe my whole life. But now, as a confident 23 year-old I want to confront this and see where it brings me at the end of thesis.
Another project similar to StoryCorps, but not.
After Katherine mentioned StoryCorps in my critique a couple weeks ago, I kept forgetting to put it on my blog to record my thoughts about it! Here it is:
What I value about StoryCorps is their mission to preserve personal stories. Another key aspect is the ability to record and share these stories with other people. It is both support system and a learning tool. A learning tool for strangers who listen to other stories and even for the people involved in telling the story.
My first Major Studio project in MFADT, “Snail Mail”. It was a “network” to create connections between people through the act of writing and sending letters. This came back into my mind from a quote in “Alone Together.”
“An extended telephone call or a letter-these rare and difficult things–demonstrate full attention.” (271)
In the digital age, letter writing has become a “throwback.” Who does this anymore when you can text, e-mail, or instant message?
How this relates to my thesis? Well, I think it has something to do with that “full attention.” While sitting at a dinner table, you are forced to give the people there your “full attention.”
The “network” at the dinner table is based on the people sitting there. It is ONLY those people who are sitting there. That’s the only network you have in that moment.
Networked, we are together, but so lessened are our expectations of each other that we can feel utterly alone. And there is the risk that we come to see others as objects to be accessed and only for the parts we find useful, comforting or amusing.” –Sherry Turkle
This weekend I have been busy reading this book, “Alone Together,” by Sherry Turkle. I started it a week or so ago, but finally started getting into the parts that really got me thinking about how it relates to my thesis. As I find myself in this space of “i’m not sure” what I am going to do, I do know the aspects that are important to me. I feel like I am moving like a turtle, but I am hoping that slow and steady will win the race.
Here are some quick notes, with longer notes to follow:
- Everyone is “tethered” to a mobile device
- Sense of “privacy” when talking in a public space is a presumption.
- Technology offers us substitutes for connecting face-to-face
What I enjoyed about this book so far is the conversation between how to deal with new technology and the connectivity. Turkle does not just say that the new forms of communication are “great!” and “awesome!” but she also looks at the faults. She analyzing how something helps and hurts us at the same time, bringing up valid points about how society is changing.
Today for class we worked on production schedules for the remaining of the semester.