I’ve enjoyed quite numerous forms of art with the help of todays technology. It’s the same technology that evolves art especially the younger mediums such as movies and videogames. As they technology brings both medium closer to replicate real life, the creators leaves little room for imagination in the audience. Let’s review and compare some arts and how room for imagination enhances the audience experience

Videogames

Games is a form of art. It inspires and touches the heart of the player. I’ve lived in an era where games has evolved quite rapidly due to the advent of video gaming. Video games has evolved from tiny bits of pixels into millions of polygons on screen. The advancement in 3D rendering technologies and the up and coming Virtual Reality set has brought games closer into mimicking or “enhancing” reality.

But do we need games to be very realistic ?

There has been countless of comments on the internet that some big tittle video games now focusses on graphics instead of gameplay. Another trend I see is the re release of old games into newer platforms such as mobile phones, some which offers little to no improvement to graphics and music.

This Video illustrates the gameplay of one of my favorite video games

Limited animations, sound palette and colors was enough to make me excited. I often recall how I imagine the characters doing so much more. It’s another movie playing inside my head.

Theater play

I watch theater plays on several occasions, from the local theater all the way to broadway. The limitations on plays are spaces, movement and effects. Theres no lens that to be changed, everything should be perfect from every angle, they require stunning synchronisation between each players requiring rigorous training. But one thing theater has yet to manage is the complete realization of the environment. Yet again such things are not necessary, the audiences imagination will fill in the blanks with their own personal touch. One might imagine the grass are bright green or golden brown. But each audience experience is truly unique and personal

Movies

The advancement of special effects in movies, leaves little room for imagination. The creator has 100% control over how the art, visual and sound is perceived by the audience. Advancement such as 4D cinemas brings more sensory experience to the audience, yet how about the human emotion ? What happened to all the good stories, meaningful camera movements and  character expressions ? Call me old, but I felt all those are replaced by special effects, flamboyant glamorous shots, pretty actors and actresses talking. I learn to appreciate old movies right now and how the audience need to interpret character movements and expression.

 

Room for imagination provides a unique experience for the audience, I do hope modern mediums of art and it’s creators leave gaps and room for the audience to add their personal touch to the experience. After all who wouldn’t want their art to be enjoyed by many ?

 

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Terlepas dari sialnya saya dalam mencari parkir. Saya rasa Ladies parking itu sangat feminist dan justru merendahkan wanita. Apa wanita itu memang lemah dalam mencari parkir atau urusan berkendara? Semakin banyaknya mall yang menawarkan fasilitas ini adalah indikasi bahwa memang adanya demand untuk itu. Apakah semakin banyak wanita yang beranggapan bahwa fasilitas tersebut dibutuhkan karena mereka memiliki kesulitan dalam hal parkir?

Memang ada beberapa alasan valid untuk Ladies parking seperti masalah keamanan tapi saya rasa operator mall sudah mseharusnya memberikan keamanan untuk semua pengunjungnya.

Ada pula beberapa alasan yang kita bisa temui diluar negeri seperti Korea dimana Ladies parking di adakan agar wanita dengan sepatu hak tinggi tidak perlu berjalan terlalu jauh. Ataupun di Cina yang tujuannya adalah mengurangi resiko kerusakan karena menurut statistik yang menunjukkan resiko kecelakaan kecil lebih tinggi dengan pengendara wanita. Menurut saya alasan tersebut adalah alasan absurd yang memposisikan wanita lebih lemah dari pada pria.

Sebaiknya parkir wanita dirubah menjadi parkir stroller atau parkir bayi yang fungsinya adalah mengurangi eksposure sang bayi terhadap asap kendaraan di tempat parkir.

On that note.

Selamat hari Kartini!

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For quite some time music has been a bastion to keep my emotions and mood in check.
New songs heals me in some ways.

Recently I found Nano, and her (yes her) song “Be Free (with music)” really caught me on this taught on what music have done for me all this time.  On that note I’d like to share her song..

Nano – Be Free (With Music)

Even in the middle of nowhere,
If you want to, you can get somewhere
Listen, listen to my voice.
Sing a song and the heavenly notes
May be falling with the seed of hope
Let you, let you rejoice.

Everyday,
Through thick walls, over broad rivers,
Music always gets it over and reaches out to you.
Remember it,
For bad grief, for deep sorrow,
Little melodies will give the greatest cure, it’s true.

So try it out,
Whenever you are, we can sing a harmony.
Wherever you are, we can play a symphony.
Once you find your own part in tune, now
We are hand in hand.
Imagination joining and takes you to high flight.
Can’t you just feel it?
Yes, you’ll be free, so free to be, no limit,
Be free with music.

(Break free from chains you’ve been falling in
Get back the dreams you have given in
Don’t stop yourself from believing in
All the possibilities you’re living in)

Surely we are under the same air.
If you want to you get keys to share.
Open, open your blind mind.
Sing a song in the bluish sky,
Melodies will show you how to fly.
Let me, let me remind you.

Everyday,
On high clouds, across borders,
Music always gets it over and reaches out to you.
Remember it,
For sad tears, for tomorrow,
Little melodies will give the greatest cure, it’s true.

So try it out,
Whenever you are, we can sing a harmony.
Wherever you are, we can play a symphony.
Once you find your own part in tune, now
We are hand in hand.
Imagination joining and takes you to high flight.
Can’t you just feel it?
Yes, you’ll be free, so free to be, no limit,
Be free with music.

Feel the world inside of you.
No more loneliness, we’ll never get
Heal the world. You know you can.

(Break free from chains you’ve been falling in
Get back the dreams you have given in
Don’t stop yourself from believing in
All the possibilities you’re living in)

Whenever you are, you can lose the gravity.
Wherever you are, you can stay in unity.
Once you find music all around you,
We are hand in hand.
Imagination that joins us and leads you to the light.
Can’t you just see it?
Yes, you’ll be free, so free to be, no limit,
Be yourself.

Whenever you are, we can sing a harmony.
Wherever you are, we can play a symphony.
Once you find your own part in tune, now
We are hand in hand.
Imagination that joins us and takes you to high flight.
Can’t you just feel it?
Yes, you’ll be free, so free to be, no limit,
Be free with music.

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A new business starts in a matter of days. One would say it’s a cafe, one would say it’s a store. But we know it’s neither of those. 

Folks is a co-gaming space. An open community where people connect through games and fun. Where people play games like the old ways of gathering on a table and spending hours on it. 

Games has gone through its evolution throughout the decades. But I always remembered the old days where Internet was not abundant as it is today. The efforts we took to meet each other, hauling those CRT tv’s connecting multiple controler through special adapters. Gaming was more relational. Today the abundance of Internet has created the layer of anonymity bringing another layer to human behavior. 

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