a draught of sunshine

“In many ways, Beesley’s constructions are sensitive reflections of ideas that are starting to surface in the intellectual landscape of our time. Like many artists before, he makes work that give visual form to inherently evanescent ideas, ideas rarely expressed beyond the confines of specialist science, mathematics, and philosophy, and which by their very nature resist resist articulation or comprehension. This is not to suggest his works operate didactically as or as literal illustrations; they are too diverse and ambivalent for that. Such ideas can only be expressed metaphorically or poetically, which is why art retains such importance in our culture as a pre-eminent vehicle for alluding to new concepts, and why it so often eludes explanation itself. Art, by necessity, can appear abstruse and eve repellent because we have yet to catch up with the novel thoughts it synthesizes.”

-Robert Pepperell, “Posthumanism and the Challenge of New Ideas,” Hylozoic Soil



Seems like Richard Feynman’s Ode to a Flower has returned as an animated visualization.


This is from last term, but I was involved in a group project dealing with the strategies of creating a “director’s image” for a local film called John Orpheus is Dead. While other groups dealt with event design, social media, and branding, I went with a small group that created the deliverables of a written interview for publication, behind the scenes footage, a personal website, and a short video interview.

The part I was most proud of was almost all of the footage and content was generated by my team in collaboration with the director (outside of the few seconds of the actual film inserted into the video interview). Rather than recycle promotional images given to us, and doing interviews over email, we had the chance to work on the project in real time, face to face. By participating in the actual shoot and being on set to see GJ in action, I was able to get a better sense of her as a person. Originally, we were thinking of ways to “re-brand” her as a person online, but I believe our approach ended up very differently. With a genuinely interesting person, the best thing you can do is highlight and summarize in the form you are given, whether it is a video or audio interview.

Director’s Identity

ENGL 392 Information Design Fall 2012
Production, research, direction, writing, post-production.

M. Kennel
A. Wong

Each director intentionally or unintentionally creates a distinct style and impression, and the films that they make are only a part of the image. As a class, we were invited to collaborate on marketing and advertising a local film called John Orpheus is Dead.

Directed by Gada Jane, it tells the story of a popstar lifestyle gone wrong, set in a high-octane entertainment world. It seeks to feature many of the local artists and talent of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, as well as tell a story that audiences can walk away with a new perspective.

While other groups chose topics on event design, social media, or branding for the film, our team was interested in highlighting the person, and people, behind the camera. Our end product was a proposal of several ways that the “director’s image” could be strengthened in order to garner more attention for the film.

With consultation with the professor, producer, and the director herself, the end deliverables were a written interview ready for publication, a short video interview, and personal website.

Behind the Scenes 

“Interview with Gada Jane.” Video Interview. 2012.
Video stills from the video interview
Filming in Kitchener City Hall.
On set, filming the “behind the scenes” footage to be included in the video interview.


Personal website mock-up.

sleepless nights in the city

Some old posts of work I had neglected earlier.

Photos taken of Nuit Blanche Toronto (September 29, 2012), and originally published in the October 5, 2012 issue of Imprint.

Interactive installation by UW Architecture students. 
Shelley Miller’s “Throw-Up”
Yves Caizergues’ “Green Invaders”
Michael Alstad’s “Liquid Cohesion”

I’ve also posted this to my fine arts blog, White Wind Musings, in addition to my entire third year fine arts documentation. Check it out when you have time. ^_^

And it turns out the Christmas presents I had agonized over aren’t going to be here until next year…super-early birthday gifts, perhaps? ><"

Maybe it's just me, but the people that complain about others that post too much about themselves- is it because you yourself have nothing worthy of being posted about, or an odd sense of envy that another person has happiness?

It is that season after all, where you can't quite walk around a mall or a public place without feeling envy about the people around you.

Anyways. Time to sleep.

sins of the father

Filmed with teammates (two of which star in the film); participated in directing, filming, lighting, music, audio, video editing, notes, script-writing.

Tools: EOS 60D DSLR, road-holster mike, tripod, lamps, Final Cut Pro

DAC 202 – Winter 2012 – Student Production
Produced by:
S. Bersch, R. East, A. Montesdoca, A. Wong
“Two Cups of Tea”

From working on a Digital Arts Communications (DAC) project- it can be described that I learned a lot about team dynamics and group work in the making of this project. Not to say it was all positive, but I learned a lot about working with other people, and well, obviously, making a film project from the ground to the final product.

Other films I enjoyed from the class (but do not have affliation with):
“An Almost Perfect Love Story”
“The Deal”


The next project was produced for a hybrid media class. The excessive length was not intended, but considering how bad it was in the last few weeks of school, this is actually something I don’t mind sharing, and admitting there are many, many flaws in.

It was made as an experimentation in Final Cut Pro- with the only special effects being the layering. The rest of the film was shot with a flip-cam and traditional media.

Tools: Mino Flip Video (“flip-cam”), Final Cut Pro

Hybrid Media Experimentation
Produced by:
A. Wong
“Self-Directed: Untitled”

Make your mistakes, move on.


Some updates on Reading Week activities- other than school.

Never had this kind of overwhelming enthusiasm for a PSP game before. This is what happens when you spend about 2 terms thinking about it. And drawing something new.

BRSB, or “Beast-chan” poses. I messed with the white balance a little to make it warm. (More, better, photos later, Robo.)


the open window// beast

I’ll be uploading more photos soon, but have a safe and fun Reading Week! (Despite that “Reading Week” is implied to be a study period…no one treats it as such.)

The Club That Really Likes Anime is hosting a cosplay cafe! I wonder what people will dress up as…I’ll be there to take photos. ^_^

A wild beast appears!?!


operation red wind// originate

So, as promised, I will upload my projects, whether they fail, or not.

Never used watercolour before.

Just for fun.

This was created after a weekend of learning how to shoot with a Rebel T2i DSLR camera, kindly lent out to me by the UW Fine Arts department.

It’s not particularly interesting or dramatic, so you have the option of playing “空と海の詩” at the same time.

That’s quite a few firsts, and failures for one week. Fun times. Sigh.

operation red wind begins today.

dangerous vectors// ostinato

I’m only posting this as a reminder to myself to write this post sometime, but I can’t do it right now.

Victoria, BC: I’ve never been this far from home, and I can’t say “by myself,” since there were plenty of friends. ^^

This blog: The bad part about all this is that I have to write another blog for class, which is going to eat into this one. I’ll be cross-posting work when I can, but I’ll be over here on White Wind Musings as well as here. I’m not very strong on the “fine arts” aspect of things, and I still struggle with why I like it/ need it, when I can’t seem to understand it in it’s entirety. Maybe I like struggling, because it means it’s a challenge. I registered the name a long time ago, but never got around to posting to it.

The funny thing, though, is the professor seems to think that forcing the class to blog means she can read the times that the posts are made…except WordPress has the ability to set times to whenever you want. I’ve set up a “Follow Blog” function anyway, I’m not planning on faking any entries at the last minute at the end of term. I have set posts to update themselves in the past, and saved old blog posts as a different time, so I’m assuming she’s going to do random blog-checks once in a while to make sure people are moving along.

I purposefully left off the email notification widget on that blog, and I’m not going to be actively advertising it either. But, you are free to comment on it, ask questions about the fine arts program, or the assignments.

Projects: I’ve started learning how to use a DSLR camera. There’s a whole lot of things to consider, and I’ve been getting a lot of advice from friends and teachers, so it’s not that intimidating. The lenses make a lot more sense now; but still struggling with the shutter speed/aperture/ISO/white balance aspect. I’ve been practicing on hapless students human subjects for portraits, with mixed results. You can watch my progress in the Distractions section of Imprint, which is currently edited by Robo.