Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Shifting... and returning

As I mentioned earlier, I am taking steps to completely reconsider my domains of interest. After doing some soul searching and real zoolander like questioning, I have focused my research on water. Why water? Well for starters, it is something that I am passionate about, growing up in a surfing community, water is something that I came in touch with in a very real way. Water is something that has heightened my relationships with my neighbors and distanced me from others. However, water is something that plays a role in everyone's life. It is a necessity. Water is also one of the most deeply problematic environmental and political issues of our time.

In The Post American World, Fareed Zakaria wrote about this issue. He said,

"... our ability to manage and conserve water is not growing nearly as fast as our consumption of it. World population tripled in the twentieth century, but water consumption increased sixfold. Americans use more than four hundred liters of water a day to drink, cook, and clean themselves. People in poorer countries today are lucky to get forty, but as they get richer, their rising demands will cause greater stress. Violent clashes over water have already broken out in Africa and the Middle East. Historically, populations have moved to find water; if water sources dry up in the future, tens of millions of people will be forced to start moving." Zakaria, Fareed. The Post American World, (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc, 2008),30.

And so I am pushing forward. I am returning in essence to a lot of the core issues of my initial game concept, however with the intent of creating more of a heartfelt narrative- like my later prototypes.

3 comments:

Gillian Fisher said...

I like this topic! I tried to make my public space project about water, but that turned out to be kind of an unresolved disaster that I might resent for my entire life...or at least a few more months...IT was centered around the public "temperance fountain" which, if I remember correctly is one of the last of quite a few public drinking fountains which used to be situated around the city. At one point they used to stock it with ice so that it was icy cold and fresh, but then there was this whole health concern about bacteria in the ice (I think they just chopped it out of rivers and ponds or something...). Ugh. Anyway! Sweet! Water!

Gillian Fisher said...

(the temperance fountain is in tompkins square park, by the way)

Jess said...

oh yeah. i remember you telling me about this. ugh public space project almost made me quit the program- both at boot and in interface. i think they sucked bc of how they were constructed. i sort of get nauseous just thinking about it.