Noor Aqsa Syazwannie 1081102469 CyberstalkingStalker Brain Scanner
AbstractStalker Brain Scanner is an installation that explores inside the mind or thoughts of a stalker. Theinstallation consists of a hanging brain sculpture and equipped with an iPad. It is the brainscanner, linking the innermost thoughts of a stalker to a video play. When user enter theinstallation area and standing inside the brain sculpture, a short directed video aboutcyberstalking will be played. The installation only can fit one user. The video is about a verycreepy and disturbing cyberstalker as he peruses victims Facebook profile. The stalker will look atthe victims information, photographs, recent status updates and friends list. Then he pulls upGoogle Maps and finds directions to the targets home. The scene will end as he gets out of thecar, presumably to track down his target which can be you.
IntroductionPersonal Context• Cyberstalking behavior creates a paranoid feeling which is not comfortable with the surrounding. The victims will feel insecurity and hard to trust anyone around them. It can disrupt the life of the victim and leave them feeling very afraid and threatened.• Experiencing the feeling of being stalked is personal. About one out of a thousand people may feel like they are being stalked. Be aware of the surrounding is very important.Social Context• As for social context, the behavior of a person is general. The society somehow will have the feeling to revenge, being obsessive and do any inappropriate behavior. In cyberstalking cases, the majority victims are women and most stalkers are usually men.Cultural Context• The trends and methods of cyberstalking behavior have become a culture. There are many methods used to stalk nowadays. Being stereotype is also a common attitude in the society.
DevelopmentTechniques / ProcessTo build a brain sculpture, I used foam and jersey cloth. I cut the foam into small pieces and fill it into the cloth. I made a lot of them and place them onto the big semi-circle food cover. I used copper wire to place the foam cloth. The copper wire was twisted around the foam cloth and the food cover. The foam cloth was formed like a brain shape. After done with covering the food cover with the foam cloth, I sprayed the cloth with pink spray paint. Then I made the outline on the cloth using fabric paint.I used iPad as the video display. Carefully hanging the iPad using copper wire inside the brain sculpture. The brain sculpture was hung with rope.The video was directed by myself. The video shooting took limited space which is in a small room and in a car. I used Adobe After Effects to edit the video. Video trimming, color correction, transition and screen video capture are all used during video editing.
DevelopmentProblems & Future PlanningTime Management The project weeks allotted for completion sounds like a long time, but it goes by quickly. Especially during a short semester. Sometimes feel tempted to postpone work on the project because the due date seems so far off. So I make an implementation schedule that allocates reasonable amounts of work throughout the entire semester, then stick to that schedule.Overachiever A common problem is selecting a topic that is far too ambitious for the allotted time. So I just need to remember that I have only a few weeks to finish the design, development and testing of my project. Besides, I need to update always and consult with the lecturer of what I am planning to do.Cost Budget At first I want to build a cabin of brain sculpture. High cost is needed, so I have to change my idea on how to represent the brain in cheaper way. I decided to make the brain hanging, instead of building a cabin.
ConclusionCyberstalking is a real social problem that is fast spreading, therefore it is importantto be alert with the surroundings that addressed cyberstaking.