SI 16 - Vernacular Language Processing

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Shortcut / Final Project


week 1

Monday, 20 September 2021
raspberry pi Holding the raspberry pi for the first time. (This sounds super dramatic but it was mindblowing to me that this small device can do so many things)

Tuesday, 21 September 2021
뒤죽박죽 (The word I chose for the class) [dwi/jug/bag/jug] (informal) mishmash, hodgepodge, when something is messy.

tools that I'm used to tools that I would like to learn
adobe(aftereffects, premier pro)]/ iphone: (camera, camscanner, voice recording )/ brush, sharpie, pencil, scissor, cutter, LOTS OF HOT GLUE, thread&needle /[language..? [excerpts from pad] computer language, wood, metal, print, some sort of tool that I can put input and with that input make something else..?=electronics..?(ex, [excerpts from pad]
Hmm, this explains why I am taking so many station skills atm

Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Reading Queer Phenomenology by Sara Ahmed with Mitsa
I really liked this text and want to continue reading the whole book. The way Sara put thoughts into words is so beautiful. Also, I found out that she wrote "The Promise of Happiness" which I encountered during my research on cuteness.

week 2

Monday, 27 September 2021
raspberry pi/soupboat deciding the name of our raspberry pi ===> soupboat!
line printer printing exercises, we learned how to use line printer. fill in samples from notebook

soupboat printed with the lineprinter

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

What I brought to class

A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit
Malcolm, apropos of nothing at all, brought up the Wintu in North-central California, who don't use the cardinal directions. I was enraptured by this description of a language and behind it a cultural imagination in which the self only exists in reference to the rest of the world, no you without mountains, without sun, without sky. As Dorothy Lee wrote, "When the Wintu goes up the river, the hills are to the west, the river to the east; and a mosquito bites him on the west arm. When he returns, the hills are still to the west, but, when he scratches his mosquito bite, he scratches this east arm." In that language, the self is never lost the way so many contemporary people who get lost in the wild are lost without knowing the directions without tracking their relationship not just to the trail but to the horizon and the light and the stars, but such a speaker would be lost without a world to connect to, lost in the modern limbos of subways and department stores. In Wintu, it's the world that's stable, yourself that's contingent, that's nothing apart from its surroundings. [17p.]

Driving with 5 Different Navigations in LA by Jisoo Chung (

Bas Jan Ader

The Instruction Is..

In the afternoon, Miriam, Gersande and I did a small performance.

Performance Script
1.THE INSTRUCTION IS Lupf din rechte Arm 오른쪽 손을 들어주세요 Levez la jambe gauche 2.THE INSTRUCTION IS Berüehr mit dinere linke Hand dis linke Chnüü 왼쪽 발을 내미세요. Penchez la tête à droite 3.THE INSTRUCTION IS Lupf din rechte Fuess 왼쪽으로 한바퀴 도세요. Tournez-vous vers la gauche 4.THE INSTRUCTION IS Dreih din Chopf noch links 왼쪽으로 한 걸음 가세요. Levez-vous sur votre gauche 5.THE INSTRUCTION IS Lueg mit dine Auge noch rechts 왼쪽으로 고개를 내미세요. Asseyez-vous en tournant vers la droite END OF THE INSTRUCTIONS.
Droite = Right / Gauche = Left
Rechts = Right / Links = Left
오른쪽 (oleunjjog) = Right / 왼쪽 (oen/jjog) = Left

A Cabinet for Interesting Stuffs

week 3

Follow You Unfollow You

During the class (Monday 4 Octobor 2021), we break into teams of two or three. With Alex, we work with the lyrics of the song 'I Follow Rivers' by Lykke Li. We tried to replace the word 'follow' into 'unfollow'.

lyrics = ['I, I'] + ['follow,'] + ['I'] + ['follow you']
def song(lyrics): result = [] for element in lyrics: if len(element)>4: result = result + ['un' + element] if len(element)<4: result = result + [element] if len(element)==4: result = result + [element] return result

We did not manage what we wanted to do, but we did manage to print out the results.

week3-prototype with al week3-prototyping class

To Be Not To Be

Slow processing exercise we did in the afternoon (Tuesday 5 Octobor 2021)

Slow processing
--> if nltk is a form of mapping language, vltk is a form of mapping language from a particular vantage point
--> pick a text or a collection of texts from the pad from last week or the one of this week
--> choose a linguistic pattern to apply over the text, for example: all verbs, every third word of a sentence, the 50 most used words, collocations you observe, words with multiple meanings, x of y, question marks etc. the processing can be both manual or automatic.
--> what is the output?

The output, with Miriam, Supi, and Carmen, we chose "To be, or not to be, that is the question" from Hamlet by William Shakespear

  • Chae: Erase everything except 'to + verb'
  • Supi: Erase everything except punctuation marks
  • Miriam: Intentionally erase and add sentences to make short poem
  • Carmen: Erase all propositions and articles

0510 group tobetobe.gif Chae-to be not to be.gif

Class with Steve, Group 1: Synopsis

During the class with Steve (Wednesday 6 October 2021), a lot of interesting conversations went through.
Group 1: Synopsis with Kimberley, Jian, and Mitsa Group 1 pad

A Cabinet for Interesting Stuffs

week 4

(Monday 11 October 2021)

  • Angie Waller and Unknown Unknowns (books)
  • Using the python craigslist module...

What I brought to class

I shared some notes that I found interesting and thought related to vernacular language during class with Cristina and Manetta (Tuesday 12 October 2021)

Categorizing I'm more interested in things
a) yet to be categorized 
b) refuse to be categorized 
c) accidental(or sometimes intentional) misplace 
etc.: things that were not able to be categorized by the norm/standards so that is categorized as a group as et cetera(meaning and the rest, and other similar things), as others, as queer, as undecipherable/
Cristina gave us an example of the classification/categorization of the emperor => I feel like coding is all about categorizing and organizing it, finding the most effective/powerful way to structuralize. Then how can I code this?
vernacular language: Airbnb reviews- Korean users
Koreans write reviews that only Koreans can understand, either 1) untranslatable via google translate 2) leave all the good comments in the beginning and spilling the tea in the last part of the review
By putting extra consonants, switching various vowels, mixing the Korean alphabet with the English alphabet ex) 걱정 [gukjung ]=> 곡종 [gokjong] (switch ㅓ to ㅗ)
to avoid getting bad reviews from the host(+to be visible because sometimes bad reviews go under the surface for many reasons; algorithm, blocked by host etc.) and give more accurate reviews to Korean travellers.
Proper translation by Korean-speaker would be something like: I'm going to write it exclusively to Korean speakers who would understand this. I was worried because I heard there are cockroaches in here. But I haven't seen any. Hairs and stains everywhere. So Dirty. The accommodation is really outdated and shabby.
and it worked!
[pasted from the pad]

Transcription Exercise

In the afternoon we split into small groups and did a transcription exercise. With Erica, we chose a beautiful film, titled Alberi by an Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino. We made a video with transcription.
transcription-with grgr

week 5 (Autumn Vacation)

DDW / Gnocchi

week 6 (Self-study Week)

mosquito costume / Halloween bread-making ritual / onigiri-making workshop / pimp up your soupboat / random fictional story about Xpub Iceland travel log at Supi's / workshop with Nor / group meeting after workshop with Nor

week 7

The Beginning of ETC Sub-group Project

During the prototyping class (Monday 1 November 2021), Gersande and I focused on the word 'Etc.' For more info check #Overview_Etc_Project

 ## ETC
 G/C: how to make a filter? What kind of rejection keyword, rejection as a change of direction
 Navigation script / randomize direction words, make people get lost ...
 rejection as a starting point: opening to what needs to be included / negative space / what's not in the picture... etcetera as pivot point ... research into the term (covers everthing else, but often used to omit that which is not worth mentioning)
 NOW: filter for the word ... 
 synonyms for etc: blah blah blah, dot dot dot (...), and so forth....
 when does it occur
 GOAL:  how to search a text for a set of synonyms, print the sentence that contains it and one sentence before + after.
 What corpora to use... Start with gutenberg corpus..
[exerpts from the pad of the prototyping class]

Class with Clara- What Is Vernacular?
We had a class with Clara (Tuesday 2 November 2021) What is vernacular?
vernacular furniture

A Cabinet for Interesting Stuffs

week 8

hacking etherpad / API

(input pad - output pad)

From ETC Portal to Contaminate History_Research and Process

Danny was sick / Class with Cristina

etc. -> entering a negative space / what is yet verbalized.
(1) comes when the author gives a concrete example
(2) but also a veil/mystery, leaving space for possibilities
(3) efficiency, a thoughtful gesture for readers

rejection as a spectrum I feel like all the keywords in the rejection glossary are inter-connected, overlapping. During the class with Cristina (Tuesday 9th of November) I draw this. A filter/slider/spectrum that every glossary fall under that slider. Imagining a position of each glossary is ongoing shifting, a constant dialogue between these keywords.
rejection slider

editorial meeting

workbook (it was quite painful)

A Cabinet for Interesting Stuffs

week 9

From ETC Portal to Contaminate History_A New Lead

  • prototype (Monday 15 November 2021)
  • Cristina (Tuesday 16 November 2021)
  • Aymeric free software (Wednesday 17 November 2021)

etc portal-physical form

Unsolved Doubt towards ETC project

  • individual session with Clara (Thursday 17 November 2021)
Here are some notes I made:
Q. Can it be more than just listing/adding more things?
Q. Is there a real meaning to this act(adding something via the word 'etc.')?
Q. Is it really a negative space?
I had a meeting with Gersande, and she told me all about negative power and positive power, footnote as a negative space. I really like the idea and now it's more focused on contamination. Which is great and we're gonna work on about this focusing on academic text-make it more accessible and make it more vernacular - make it more contaminated. But I still cannot let go of my first interest in et cetera. My interest in et cetera started from MICHEL FOUCAULT <Order of Things (Preface)>
"This book first arose out of a passage in [Jorge Luis] Borges, out of the laughter that shattered, as I read the passage, all the familiar landmarks of my thought—our thought that bears the stamp of our age and our geography—breaking up all the ordered surfaces and all the planes with which we are accustomed to tame the wild profusion of existing things, and continuing long afterwards to disturb and threaten with collapse our age-old distinction between the Same and the Other. This passage quotes a ‘certain Chinese encyclopaedia’ in which it is written that ‘animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) suckling pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies’."
In this context : et cetera is Others et cetera is queer et cetera is an endless list et cetera is a rejected space(rejected by already existing ) et cetera is a negative space et cetera is full of ambiguities et cetera is full of possibilities et cetera is a starting point --- Maybe I should more focus on categorization/sorting/classification? Or ditch the word et cetera?? Instead of focusing on the text, et cetera, academic latin word, should look for the situation or other words that can be a synonym for et cetera?
For example, I thought about et cetera when cleaning up my room, organizing my stuff, put every stationary stuff in one place, put every book on the book shelves, put every socks on my drawer, but then I had this one elastic band that is not quite suitable for anywhere. Then I put that elastic band in a random box. and put this.
구체적으로 제시한 것 외에 바깥의 것들, 안에 무엇이 있느냐에 달려있어. 하지만 그렇다고해서 그 기타 밖의 모든 것들이 포함되는 것은 아니야. 예컨대 향유고래, 범고래, 흰수염고래, 기타 등등에서는 고래 외의 것들도 포함하는 것은 아니야. 고래들 중에서 다른 고래들을 향할 수 있는 포털인거지.

week 10

From ETC Portal to Contaminate History_At Varia

API combined with form tag

super fun stuff!

Class with Cristina @Varia

  • Queer Motto API
  • Sub-group session with Cristina

A Cabinet for Interesting Stuffs (week 10)

week 11

Burning Questions for subgroup project

During Prototyping class (Monday 29 November)
1) how can I use Template:Url for('openThePortal') to open the url? but it is not working 
2) where can I write function? outside of the app.route thingy? on top of everything? 
=> maybe inside html? by using script tag..? 
3) how can I put exerpts inside of <opentheportal.html>, and then add forms inside of specific place(in front of etc&co) in <startcontaminate.html>? 
4) we need to update the content -> right now if I click 'start contaminating' and type something then it updates, but when I click 'no, I refuse to~' then it prints the defualt value, not the latest txt. 
5) how do I link css to each html files 
6) how can I put/integrate several values(which takes user input), inside 'the portal is closed.html' => it should be contaminant1 , contaminant2, ..., right? 
7) combining G's function and also write new functions we need function that:
a) string/list (etc) →  done
b) text => input →  done
c)find target →  done
d) return list →  done
e) insert in list
Contamination tool → how to spot target word and insert in front of it new content (with submit box) in a list (so each target word spotted in different excerpt will get different input)
f) update list with new content
how to update constantly same text 
g) return updated list and save last change
and make backup
h) save updated list in text to be used again in b)

Writing Exercise with Steve and Cristina

Five-minute exercise = material description / describe the project of your sub group from the point of view of the user
I clicked the ETC Portal to Contaminate, and I feel like I’m finding a secrete passage inside of the text. I tried my best to grasp what this excerpt means. At first I was writing just hello, hi, lalalalala, but some portals was too tempting to just pass by. So later on, I find myself, making jokes and trying my best to make this joke work within this given sentence. I submitted my jokes and YES! Now others can see my genius joke. I feel proud of myself. Now I want some cookie. Too much brain work.
Five-minute exercise = how? (whole Project)
Q1. how would you describe this project overall?
Hello stranger!
Do you like cats? Fond of Walking? Never heard of Python? (No. Not the snake)
Welcome to our project, titled, Learning How to Walk while Cat-walking.
Learning how to walk while cat-walking is part of Special Issue 16, Vernacular Language Processing. The title originated from the idea of creating new things with unfamiliar tools in relation to language processing, while learning it at the same time. It is about embracing vulnerability, sharing the clumsiness with little time and little technical knowledge through the medium of a toolkit and encourage others to walk with us.
The tool kit/function is ---. (fail to write this part, sorry!)
Basically what this project does is, it gives bunch of users ✂️🖊📝✏️📃scissors, sticky notes, pencils, erasers, and printed papers. ✂️🖊📝✏️📃 And let them have fun. Cutting it and ripping it, making notes and putting jokes, go crazy. Wait, are we working on the same thing? But everything in digital format, by using programming language. Ah, yes. And the cool part is it’s constantly updated. SUPER COOL.

[exerpts from the pads]

week 12

More Questions!!

prototyping class with M&M (Monday 6 December 2021)

Radical efficiency day

During Class with Cristina (Tuesday 7 December 2021), we had a tough moment of making a decision between online-only - hybrid (

Individual feedback session with Cristina

Extra class with Cristina (Friday 10 December 2021). With the help of her, add_pen_name_list feature was added into our ETC Portal to Contaminate. Also here are some notes that I made:

Interesting remarks:
1)'…' and '(…)'
For example, ‘hmm….’ and ‘(…)’. As a user, it’s a bit confusing to see … and (…) treated as same. Worth a discussion.
2) design highlighting etc&co will be a super useful tactic. To help users to navigate the text, make it easier for them to find their own contamination part within the whole context of the text.

A Cabinet for Interesting Stuffs

week 13

  • Class with Cristina (Tuesday 14 December 2021)
  • Pre-launch day (Wednesday 15 December 2021)
  • Poni, Fixing the Cocktail Generator/Set-up things with Emm and Miri @Varia (Thrusday 16 December 2021)
  • Launch (Friday 17 December 2021)



Whole Group


Sub Group/ETC

Sub Group/Launch

Station Skills

Wood Station

First session (Wednesday, 29 September 2021)
-Learned how to use different machines=[a vertical saw, don't know the name but with this, you can cut angles, the old one(the instructor used this machine to cut my cube diagonal), various sanding machines] Also learned how to make a seamless cube by using different machines and wood glue
Second session (Wednesday, 13 October 2021)
-Turned my cube box into two mini bookshelves. Also learned how to use a hand milling machine and a hand sanding machine.

woodstation-1 woodstation-2

Ceramic Station

Multiple sessions (29 September, 13 October, +??, 1 December, 3 December 2021)
It took forever to make a cup/cups but they are beautiful so worth going through it.

Slip casting method
make a cup shape with clay
make the mould by using the casting technique with plaster
let it dry
pour liquid clay (this technique is called 'slip casting')
let it dry
trim the edges and smoothen the surface with a sponge
put it in the oven (680 biscuit)
glaze it
put it in the oven again (depends on your glaze either 1080 / 2080)
Build it from scratch with your hand
make a long strip with clay, smoothen the surface
careful, if you make it too big and not really smooth the surface thoroughly it might break.

ceramic Ceramic-2 Ceramic-glaze Ceramic-result

Smart Textiles / Interactive Station

First session (4 November 2021)
-Learned how to do embroidery using conductive threads
Second session (11 November 2021)
-Learned how to make soft button, switch. Also how to learn subliminal heating machine at Publication sation

How to use the heating machine
you can purchase subliminal paper at the publication station
this method works better if you use synthesized fabric
Emm tried this machine with 100% cotton tot bag the other day, and it was not really visible
ironing vliesofix at the fabric station
vliesofix purchase here
*what is vliesofix?
This Vliesofix® product is an iron on adhesive web fusing, ideal for appliqués, handcrafts, repairs, and hems. This is a transparent web like dry feeling adhesive, on a protective paper. The paper backing supports the web adhesive while drawing, tracing, and cutting your appliqué or shape, as well as when ironing.

Third session (18 November 2021)
-Learned folding techniques, how to semi-permanantly make different fabrics into folded shapes
Fourth session (25 November 2021)
-Learning how to use small eletronics like an arduino, micro conductor and ---.

void setup() {
//this is making the energy for the sensor
pinMode( 14, OUTPUT);
pinMode( 16, OUTPUT);
digitalWrite( 14, HIGH); //or HIGH and LOW the other way around
digitalWrite( 16, LOW);
pinMode( 13, OUTPUT); //led on the arduino
void loop() {
int light = analogRead(A1);
if ( light > 125 ) digitalWrite ( 13, HIGH);
digitalWrite ( 13, LOW);
Notes / Explanation
int is an integer(?) basically numbers, a certain type of number (100, 200, 20, ) not
= does not mean mathematical = sign, it's assigning a variable name
== means mathematical = sign that we normally think of. 
analogRead is where Arduino will read on the physical thingy 
right now the sensor is not wakened so we need different 
// is for commenting, the machine won't read it
capital M means something (?) ';' indicating that this line ended
pinMode( 14, OUTPUT);
pinMode( 16, OUTPUT);
digitalWrite( 14, HIGH);
digitalWrite( 16, LOW);
high is plus
low is minus  
high = plus = 5v in arduino
low = minus = 0v in arduino
=> so we just made a small battery!

Fifth session (2 December 2021)
-Learned how to make noise by using arduino and conductive materials such as pencils

useful resorces

  • Fashioning Technology, a DIY intro to smart crafting
  • Switch Craft, battery-powered crafts to make and sew, by Alsion Lewis with Fang-yu Lin


Sewing and overlock machine

-Learned how to use a sewing machine and an overlock machine, how to change threads (25 November 2021)

Doc V1/ Adv 2 Start in the digilab

how to use the laser cutting machine
prepare your file in illustrator
RGB file/ R(255, 0, 0) is cutting / B(0, 0, 255) is kiss cutting / Black is engraving
the stroke should be 0.01pt
send your file to the computer, open it in illustrator and press print
set it to VLS -> the window will pop up to the next monitor
adjust the settings to whatever materials you wish to cut
sometimes(very rarely) z axis might be off, so make sure go-to 'systems' and check whether the z-axis is checked
you can also skip cutting/engraving by setting 'manual control' rest->skip
how to use 3D printer
prepare your file in these programs:
put your file into the SD card you prepared
make a reservation for the 3D printer
insert SD card to the 3D printer you reserved
sometimes you need to apply liquid glue onto the surface
prepare the plastic wire, and press 'print'
kinda forgot how it worked

First session (2 December 2021)
-Learned how to use the laser cutting machine
Second session (9 December 2021)
- Learned how to use the 3D printer
For our Special Issue 16, Erica and I 3D printed an API key!
Our initial idea was by letting this API key travel from one to another, one can have exclusive access to certain contents on our SI16 webpage through typing the API key written on this API key.

learning how to use laser cutting machine API key API key with Chains

& Others ʕʘ‿ʘʔ

Roodkapje Workshop series

First Workshop 6 October 2021
a workshop on sensors and servo-motors, Dennis de Bel
Second Workshop 7 October 2021
a workshop on speech-to-text tools by Federico Poni and Francesco Luzzana(Kamo)
Third Workshop 9 October 2021
Soul of the Beast: The Magic of Chance/Chaos with Telemagic

To be able to have fun with your button this is how you go along:
Get an Arduino Uno ( and connect it to your computer
Download and open Arduino software (
Under “Extra”: make sure your board is set to Arduino Uno, and your serial port is linked to the one your Arduino is plugged in.
Download the Firmata library (
(More info on firmata by Arduino:
Install the Firmata library in the Arduino Software (sketch > add library > select folder) ( 
Open the standard firmata sketch (file > examples > firmata > standardfirmata)
Upload this to your Arduino !
Wiring your button to your Arduino: 
Single wire = 5 v
Wire connected to resistor = ground
Second wire next to resistor = A0
For more understanding on the coding aspect:
In the download folder there is now an extra sketch called OracleBasicWithExplanation that has the explanation of every line of code used. Also there is a sketch called OracleFull that takes the sentences from an external file (.csv) which could be handy.
And some basic tips to find new magical codes:
-	Use // to uncomment(disable) parts of the code to see what changes.
-	Use println(“whatever you want to print goes here”); to get insights into how the code works
-	Change numbers to see what they do in the code.
Also with Sketch->import Library… ->add library . You can find loads of cool codes. And after you've imported the library you can go to File->Examples . 
Here you can see all kinds of examples for spells that you can learn and use(copy)

Fourth Workshop 9 October 2021
electro-hacking: the return of the trash-bots with Edwin Dertien


A Musician on a Small Boat

While having lunch with Supi, we saw an old guy on a small musical boat. Such a magical and beautiful moment... His boat reminded me of Korean extreme right-wing protestors (Taegukgi rallies)... I found this juxtaposition of these two images super interesting and sad. Similar aesthetic yet drastically different affect.
music-boat taegukgi-rallies

Housing Protest

(sudden violence, weird feeling of cuteness, sudden powerless REMINDER-elaborate more about this)

Zine Camp


Book Binding Workshop by Gersande

Tried 3 binding methods; 1) mini To-do-list with Japanese Binding 2) fold the paper stack in half and put it underneath heavy bricks, bind with staplers and rubber band and 3)cable tie binding method

Onigiri Workshop

onigiri onigiri-final


My reflection on SI16