This site features a curated list of selected works by Hawaii-born and raised New Media Artist, Jen Goya / Jennifer Goya-Smith.

Who Moo New Coo

Jennifer Goya
Who Moo New Coo, 2017
Interactive Sound and Image

Who Moo New Coo is a multimedia installation that features custom software I designed that isolates the sounds of common words being spoken and are played on command by the user.  The sounds are paired with illustrations to introduce a playful way to learn how to pronounce the Hawaiian name for the Hawaii state fish.  This piece illustrates a conceptual and phonetic way to pronounce the Hawaiian name for the reef triggerfish, called humuhumunukunukuapua`a.

The sounds can be played in any order creating a sense of uncomfortable chaos.  The interaction is intended to be a reenactment of the key moment of an event that occurred when I was 16 years old, selling t-shirts at a store in Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii. This installation invites playful interaction with the sounds, to help reimagine this story and to encourage a playful way to learn a new language.   

This interactive media installation was conceived with a companion website.   The website features interactive animations and are paired with a written narrative telling the full account of the exchange I had with a woman and her family that inspired this piece.

Exhibition

Misbits Gallery
Oxford, Mississippi
2017

VVAP
University of Mississippi
Art Department
Virtual Visiting Artist Program
2017

A printed prototype of the web-based work exhibited in Mississippi.

Press
Mid-Pacific Institute
Oxford Citizen
The Daily Mississippian

The website tells the story, while the installation reenact the story.

You can visit the website at http://bit.ly/whomoo.  The website is optimized for desktop viewing.