Imaginology has taken on three new interns in the Digital Culture program from the ASU School of Arts, Media, and Engineering; Christy Caldwell, Ivan Mendoza, and Andrea Stoica. With tutelage from Artist, Animator, Producer Nathaniel Jack Greene, Fabrication Artist Ryan Gallagher, and Public Relations and Marketing Imaginologist Renee Aguilar we look forward to fantastic projects to come. Keep an eye out on this space over the next few weeks as we will have a series of posts, to better get to know our interns and the projects they take on at Imaginology.
Hi! My name is Andrea Stoica, and I am a senior at ASU, majoring in Communication with a minor in Digital Culture. I transferred to ASU from Mesa Community College, after completing my first two years of college. Since coming to ASU in the fall of 2019, I’ve been enjoying every aspect of the Digital Culture program. Back in the olden days of the spring 2020 semester, the media lounge would be full of people on their laptops, bringing ideas to life and discussing new discoveries in their work. It was a great environment to work around, in my first few semesters of Digital Culture and trying to get the hang of learning code.
To me, digital culture is about discovery and play and finding new ways to share ideas with people. For the past few years, I’ve been a music photographer. I have always enjoyed going to concerts and experiencing the magic of live music while trying to capture it with my lens. However, since shows are no longer part of the “new normal” that we are all adjusting to, I’ve had to think about other ways that I can participate in art and music.
My photo of Doll Skin of Phoenix, AZ performing at the Van Buren Jan 22, 2020.
“Improving the human condition” for me is going to be sharing information and resources with others while being receptive to the new experiences currently being shared online. The shift that is ongoing in our norms today made me realize how important it is to be receptive to other people’s stories. There is a need to focus on what each of us as individuals can do to make some kind of impact. I want to contribute what I can to strengthen our communities, whether that’s through mutual aid, or volunteering my time.
It has been great working with Imaginology in ways that are new to me. I’m excited to be able to work on video production and be able to see how the flow of creative works in a studio. More than anything, Digital Culture feels like it is about connecting with others to bring forward some sort of vision, and I’m excited to be a part of that. I think, especially now, more and more people are looking to video as a means of sharing and being connected to the world. I can’t wait to learn more about how to make help people stay connected in this new time.