Want to join me? Holla at me at email@example.com.
10am-1pm Mandarin class
1-1:30 lunch with classmates (practice new material?)
1:30-2:00 study (memrise [two books and radicals, audio CD, practice new grammar [good teachers reinforce with homework, if can't in conversation use writing book])
1:30+ life (social? – Humans of Taipei / film / travel / explore / play / NGO?)
? teach class
work on Studio Mercato games (outside, cafes, hostel, travelling, in transit)
- one month of Crystal Brawl
work on personal games (outside, cafes, hostel, travelling, in transit)
- one week per prototype, then playtest
run events for experiencing and making (see below)
hang with roommates
study Chinese, especially writing before sleeping
once per week:
- see apartments in Taipei
- check for really good jobs around the world, priority for NY
- must choose game or film, or, do one, and then the other. Or is it experience and not experience (computer work)? There is no way to balance both. And to start games in Taiwan is quite difficult and/or lonely without a community or enough art friends. Perhaps Humans / Vincent Moon / documentary style things makes more sense.
- to do game, I have to create a community. I have to be social about what I do.
- fuck everybody do your own shit mode vs highly observational interesting in everyone mode?
– does the weather determine this? Or was it because I moved to an apartment, alone?
— seems I really need a shared apartment to remind myself to be more social, social without a connection to a goal, although, learning Chinese was a goal.
- need to research climate, isolation, social norms, social organization, and blog about my travels
currently hosting events:
Taipei Game Club / 台北遊戲俱樂部
- why? Because I think Taiwan has a very street oriented culture, fitting for the development of really street games that are physical, social, and fun
- base it off NYU Game Center and Parson’s Game Club
– format: 1. play a game (1 hour). 2. talk. express a certain direction in games. 3. playtest each others games (allow every participant to playtest each other’s game). 4. socialize
– need to watch more videos from these two organizations
- goal: create Babycastles Taiwan
- other goals: create physical games, street games, start come out and play Taiwan?
- week 1: Physical games pt.1
– 6:00pm-8:00pm at Taipei Hackerspace
– need to promote
— fuck promotion, fuck Taiwan, and just make stuff?
– https://www.facebook.com/rahillovestaiwan DONE
— NTUA, board game people, kids
— board game Wednesdays with Simon and Xintian and others
— advertise on Meetup.com?
—– oh god, need to remove Chinese from URL
— send to NTUA MAA, TNUA (http://newmedia.tnua.edu.tw/, http://cat.tnua.edu.tw/ and nearly all other departments) and USC (http://english.usc.edu.tw/Academics-d4.html, not southern cali) too SENT
- pole riders, B.U.T.T.O.N., ninja
—- post a physical paper on the bulletin of each department?
—– while I’m there, post a physical paper of a film jam for next weekend at the film department
—- post physical paper at relevant places in Taipei
- week 2: Physical games pt.2: street games, at Daan Park or some stadium?
– https://vimeo.com/78776168, sooo goood
– check weather
– curate a game from previous come out and play festivals
— try Josh’s game?
– playtest outside
– personal game ideas: something to do with selfies, vendors, glasses without lens, taijiquan, choudofu, foreigners, elder Tawainese speaking people
– bring Lasers and Portals prototype *
– bring Dance prototype
– bring Crystal Brawl READY
– bring Pinkies Up *
– begin creating cabinet (or some kind of box) for Crystal Brawl, and other indie games?
– propose projects
— write out designs?
— use Google worksheet?
street game jam
- based off of come out and play jam
- near a flea market or a place where you can buy funky things
? film jam
- base it off of 48hour film festival for deadline?
- use http://www.onlinevideocontests.com/ for reward and deadline?
- Urban Nomad has a short film contest due 3/3*
- where to advertise? Meetup.com? NTU? Urban Nomad Film Festival Facebook – sponsored meetup!
– proposed to Urban Nomad Film Festival
— fuck you Taiwan art people.
- goal: create a film studio like Tsai Ming-Liang
? film club
- does an event of consumption have any benefit, when compared to a creative event?
- base it off of rooftop films
- start it, then let others run it, just curate films, start with local and/or film festival winners
- ask hackerspace for projector and extension cord, find wall and grass
– no projector at hackerspace
center of Taiwan
islands of Taiwan
east coast, again
Beitou – hot spring
New Taipei City
more of Wanhua
My current todo list:
- order a space heater?
– it’s warm now! Hurray!
- order a light therapy lamp*
- create optimal mandarin study routine
– and follow it!
– during class and perhaps a half hour after
– follow it (can do in transit)!
- wake up at 9am everyday?, leave house by 10am. Mandatory for street life!
- maintain relationships
- not be broke
- be social everyday
- maintain playfulness
- maintain priority for high-art (surround self with life and art, struggle)
- travel every weekend
– play after work–Humans of Taiwan, Vincent Moon, document, design, walk, scooter, bike, talk, experience life not media
- live in Taiwan for another six months I’M LIVIN’ IT
- find cheap studio to live in or a shared apartment with Taiwanese roommates I’M LIVING IN IT
– commercial studios don’t have showers
– spaces in the city exist for events, but probably wouldn’t be suitable for personal exhibitions
— eh, make it happen in public spaces!
– residential studio seems lonely without a common room with other people
— learned the hard way, too lonely, ask landlord if I can cancel! POOP
—- leave apartment on 3/13
– need: internet, common room, TV (really good to listen to Mandarin), etc.
– furnish it minimally
— local flea markets and thrift store day! Buy silly Chinese knick-knacks.
—- fortune cat
—- red and black fortune words
—- portable heater, it’s surprisingly cold for Taiwan, global warming is costing me!!
—– wait and see on Monday when it warms up
— portable speaker and mp3 player
— buy a whiteboard and copy this list to it
— write high-art ideas on it to remind self to never lower standards
— post images of Humans of New York, Vincent Moon, favorite film directors, games being played, etc. on the walls
- continue Chinese at current pace — intense classes at a mandarin learning center DOING IT
- teach part-time CURRENTLY HERE
- learn French? IMPRACTICAL
- continue Humans of Taiwan
– a precursor to street films?
- make a personal game
- blog designs
- blog thoughts while traveling
- Facebook travel pictures
- game route (during winter, not fun):
- continue Crystal Brawl at current pace — one sitting per weekday DOING IT
- make digitally distributed physical games series
- hurrah for Unity 2D!
- studio vs shared apartment?
– hackerspace and FABLAB are nice spaces to run game events from
—- also a good place to make stuff
—– make an arcade cabinet here!
—— commission a wood working artist to help build, paint, or design it
– start game club to hackerspace
– MakerBar looks like a nice co-working space
— although good, the people are lame. The hackerspace feels more like a living room.
– random locations in the city are good enough meeting points for film jams
– a studio is only needed for a public arcade, which can wait until I make enough machines
— – can put a machine in a day/night market’s arcade or a storefront tea shop
– events wouldn’t feel as intimate if it were in my own studio
— can run public film and game consumption events at my shared apartment
- FIND WAYS TO HAVE FUN WHILE MAKING GAMES, PROBABLY BY GETTING PEOPLE TO JOIN ME
– create a game community
– open a public arcade
– run a game design jam
– run a physical game jam
— PHYSICAL, PUBLIC GAMES IS TAIWAN’S STRENGTH AND FUTURE IN ART
—- games that can be played at the night market
—- games that can be played in the subway, buses, and trains, on terraces, streets, and parks
– run a local train jam
- create a fine art piece (likely new media, public, large-scale)
- film route (after game route, or during summer?, after I finish games? after I have money?):
- find a similar-minded filmmaker and make another film about my observations during my time on the streets of Taipei during the previous three months
– start a film jam in a local, public place to create a team to make films with
- continue Humans of Taiwan and start Vincent Moon-esque documentation to continue observing
- put in hours into a local NGO
- determine if I have enough local collaborators to live in Taipei. If not, go to New York.
- determine if I can balance work and life. If not, try master’s (in New York).
- end goals:
- create a new media studio
- or, live on the streets, and make films about it