• Son Luu

Week 4: Dancing Ellipses

Updated: Mar 4, 2019

Class: Computational Media

Professor: Cassie Tarakajian

A Disco Theme Inspired by Mamma Mia2 - Here We Go Again

One of my favorite movies this summer was Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again. Without going too much into what the movies was about, it definitely sparked an inspiration in me to go live my life to the fullest with no fear and regrets. The spark of inspiration was at the right moment when I was getting ready to move to New York from Saigon, Vietnam, to start my program at NYU, a dream long over due. We all have dreams of things we want to do and accomplish, but sometimes expectations and fear of the unknown tend to prevent us from embarking on those dreams and making them happen. And, even though it may take a long time to prepare ourselves for the right moment, it is better trying than giving up because of fear of running out of time. It took me over 3 years to finally decide on an graduate program, probably another two years to decide to quit my job, and finally over a year to prepare for graduate school admission application. And, so what if I didn't get into NYU, or move to the city. It would still be okay, because I tried. But all that time, headache and preparation were worthwhile because everything has happened so smoothly that I could not complain about anything. It has been over 3 months since I saw the movie, but Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper ... all are still playing in my head over and over again as if it is trying to remind me of the journey I have been on, to make it worthwhile!

Speaking of Mamma Mia the musical, and ABBA as a world renown Swedish band, with hits that tell stories of love and life, may of which I can relate to, I wanted to reflect my inspiration on the homework assignment of this week. So, I made a colorful backdrop with countless fun ellipses dancing and circling in the front. To add some interactive elements to the piece, I included some mouse moving functions which allow you to toggle the nob on the slider and click the mouse to change the colors of the background and the series of circles. Try this: put on some ABBA tracks while playing with the app, and see if you're spirit is lifted : ) Hope you are having an uplifting day!