Artist Statement: In our video we show everything that we believe defines us. We include everything that we believe differentiates us from each other. Like parts of our cultures, interests, hobbies, goals, and beliefs. Through these things we ourselves were able to point out how different each of us are. And even though we singled out all of our differences we are able to look past that and easily accept and collaborate with each other. We chose this approach to our video because we wanted to accentuate our differences to better show the message we wanted to convey. That message was just because we are different doesn’t mean we can’t get along.
Our unit was about people of different backgrounds, different interests, different mind sets coming together and expressing themselves to each other. In the unit we focused on the theme of identity and self expression to show our true selves. We learned how to accept each other for who we are and how to express ourselves without a mask. We think that our video represents some new learning and knowledge. It represents how people with differences can overcome those differences and get along. Also with enough collaboration you can learn to accept each other.
One thing you should know about my video is that I believe I have expressed the complexity of who I am by showing the side of my self that isn’t expressed in my daily life. Most of the things that were shown in my video are things that I do on my personal time or whenever I can. None of that normally transfers into the things I do everyday or the way I present my self daily. I’ve shown a part of me that was covered by a mask.
By completing this project I learned that there are reasons on why we express ourselves and that there are effects of technology on the way we express ourselves and the way we connect with others. I learned that we express ourselves to show and develop our identity through the reactions of others to figure out who we are. We also express ourselves because we want others to know who we are. Technology affects the way we express ourselves and connect with others by allowing us to express ourselves faster and more publicly. It let’s us share with people around the world so more people can see who you are. It also makes some make less people interact socially and makes them interact more through the use of technology. - Epifanio Rios