Sunday, April 24, 2011

Crowdsourcing Projects

1.) Two pieces were contributed and can be viewed on:
2.) Actual piece can be viewed on: Million Master Piece


Artist Summary:
There are many creative possibilities of "crowdsourcing" online, however choosing two unique art projects from a multitude of sites, was a difficult task. Man with the Movie Camera was an engaging and interesting concept. The website, which contains every shot in Vertov’s 1929 film, allows the participants to interpret Vertov’s shot and upload their footage to the database. A scene of railroad tracks was the first picture chosen as part of the project.  Two excellent sites, found on West Fourth Street in Reno, Nevada, were filmed and posted to the site. The One Million Master Piece also presented an intriguing and unique idea.  It allowed you to create a picture, enter it into the project, thus creating one, giant artistic collaboration. This site gathers artwork from one million ordinary people from around the world, combining their works into a grand masterpiece.  Given a small blank square, and using software on their website, allowed me to draw a picture to fit within the surrounding pieces.  This is accomplished by using a preview feature, showing your image in context of other submissions.

My Crowdsourcing Creation

“Crowdsourcing” is an interesting way of getting many people involved in an idea or thought process. My “crowdsourcing” idea is to make a unique clothing design website, where you can design fashions for seasonal collections. The participating artist would choose from a gallery of coats, tops, shoes, and bottoms. Then the participant would choose different prints and colors for the items picked. Finally, the entire ensemble will be submitted to a collaborative collection made by a variety of people.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

YouTube Video Montage

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Artist Summary:

The YouTube Video Montage, due to the wide range and selection of videos, was an interesting process. The composition represents the business and cluster of media and television.  The concept is based on flooding our minds with stimulus and determining the outcome. Varieties of videos were chosen to interpret the meaning throughout this piece, and are as follows:
(1)   The technology of beautification and image altering.
(2)   Charlie Sheen and how he is self-destructing in the eyes of the media.
(3)   The hypnotizing spiral showing the unknowingness of media and how it alters our      thoughts.
(4) (7) & (10) The images of people zoning out from television, showing how television wasn't       created to educate or enlighten you, but created to sell things and ideas. One video calls TV the drug of the nation.
(5) This video expresses the idea that there is always something better presenting itself to you,         urging you to reach invisible standards that are seen through the media and fashion world.
(8) A top-ten fashion count-down showing unrealistic
     fashions and body figures.
(9) This should be self-explanatory. This parody for the TV show Jersey Shore, is completely ridiculous with no point or meaning at all. Yet, consumers craves them, so the media delivers.
Overall, the montage, as a whole, is trying to broadcast a busy and fuzzy blur into what we hear and see.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Music Of Your Own Reproduction

00:05 - 00:35
Music Of Your Own
People Like Us
Early Films - 1999-2000

Artist Summary: 

The original video, recreated using relatively primitive techniques of scratch video, rather than Adobe Premiere editing, resulted in a particular low-fi appearance.  This is not particularly intentional, but reflective of the process. "Music of Your Own" originally existed as an audio-only piece. Since the audio was sourced from film, it later became possible to recreate the stories in visual form. This video was chosen for the audio that played with the film.  However unsure of its message, after recreation, I found it to be about life, its beauty and components of danger and instability.

Knowledge Center Videos - Artist Response

Gary Hill: I Believe it is an Image
Gary Hill’s video art shows interesting ideas that bring people to “think out loud”. His work portrays experimental, conceptual, technical, integrating rhythm, light, and sound producing work, which is rich with energy and movement. Much of his work seems to focus on sensory experiences, varying from the usage of strobe lights and flashes in a dark room, to the sound of vibration of sand on top of a speaker. In some of his work, he likes to use multiple cameras and angles to portray the feeling of creating that film. For example, if there was a camera on his foot, only one television will show the video from his foot. Other times he shows images flashing very quickly on and off on the screen.  For example, a flashing strobe light against a wall as he runs into it, shouting a word. His work comes across as very nonsensical, as he creates an uncomfortable feeling of vertigo, almost like a triptych video. However, I really enjoyed it along with the unique and interesting use of video affects, his editing skills, and how it adds to the overall image.  

Shirin Neshat: The Woman Moves
Neshat's work carries strong feminist and anti-militarism themes by addressing the complex forces throughout the world.  It explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of women's experiences. As an acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and video artist, she reads into feminism and cultural differences as she focuses and asks questions about gender roles in sexuality in the Middle East. Her creation crosses the line between video art and traditional cinema film as the viewer is considered passive in the cinema. This work emphasizes the bravery of women who rebel and break out from traditional Muslim society. It is an interesting movie for the modern day society. It is about an Iranian woman who now lives in the United States, demonstrating the statement of throwing off traditional values and criticizing Iranian culture. You get to hear her story and then see parts of her art installations. All of the videos shown symbolize women's exclusion from the world of men, and how the world might be a more peaceful and richer place if women were allowed greater participation. 

Marlon Riggs: Tongues United
Riggs’ documentary focuses on the hardships of gay black men, their suffrage, and how their lives are in the contemporary era. The films footage consists of Hemphill reciting his poetry, Riggs telling his story of growing up, scenes of men in social interaction and dance, and various comic riffs. Video art in this documentary emphasizes sound and rhythm; the stories of their lives are told in a poetic approach. The art complex of the movie was intriguing because of the repetition of words and the graphic photographs that rolled through the video.  Although it is quite different from other films, it is not necessarily a documentary about art, but about the black gay community. While art is not a theme of this film itself, it is certainly a work of art. 

My Thoughts Summarized:
All three documentaries were very interesting to watch. They each approached the concept of video art very differently in order to convey different ideas and messages.  Gary Hill’s idea of The Crossbow Project was intriguing due to its relationship between movements and its presentation with simultaneous recordings. The placement of the television screens for each video was not only logical but also aesthetically beautiful with balance. Shirin Netshat’s works were my personal favorites out of all three video art documentaries.  This is not just because of her central focus on feminism, but also her rendering of how her messages are carried out. Her craftsmanship of the video was almost too fine, to the point where it gives a chill to the viewers. Tongues United was based on real experiences, telling the audience a story about controversial topics.  Overall, the videos showed a variety of video art forms and a great spectrum of directions to take when working with video as a medium. My experience with video art is minimal, but through the documentaries, I feel more familiarized and knowledgeable. I thought the three videos were effective in their use of video footage, editing, and sound contribution. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Website Re-Purposing

Artist Summary:
Re-purpose this site conveyed the fashion world’s self-image controversy of looking healthy and beautiful. Fashion magazines feature models that look unhealthy and skinny “selling” the subliminal message to either buy products or treatments to look as they do. All images chosen for this piece were for their appearance of unhealthiness, and not the beauty that is found in the real world today. The composition expressed reality and the false perception of beauty.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Triptych Digital Montage Animation

Artist Summary:
This animation was made to show off the stronger piece in one of the three montages submitted. Some of the animations made were: The man suspended off the "daggers for eyes", located in the center of the animation.  This gives the impression that the woman has “looks that kill”. Along with him hanging there, her eye color changes to invoke passion, furry and intensity. Other animations in this image are the thumbprint on the hand (bottom left), which is the pale girl moving in an upward motion, giving the illusion of her kissing the nude lady posing in front (bottom right). The last two animations added to my work are the diamond eyes on the tattooed woman (entire right side of montage) and the umbrella girl with the enlarging bottom (right corner). This project was an interesting art piece. Animation in Photoshop was a rarely used feature by this artist; however, it showed new learning capabilities and brought this montage to life.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Questions for Disscussions

Digital Currents:   
Chapter 1: "Introduction"
Question 1: Regarding the image in Figure I.3, did the situation described for that image remind you of Frankenstein, where the evil scientist unveils his creation, and states, “it’s alive!” 
Question 2: Due to its unclear content, what was the point Paul Valery was trying to make in the first paragraph?

Chapter 3: “Electronic Era & Postmodernism” 
Question 1: What would Digital Currents write about the Internet and new technology today?
Question 2: Feminist artists and their political and religious views played a strong role in their art. Do you think their art would give off as much of an impression without their motivation to be viewed as equal artists? Why or why not?

Chapter 4: “Video as time, space, motion”
Question 1:  Are all films and videos i.e. movies, documentaries, and/or cartoons considered video art? If not, what is the difference between them? How can the distinction be made?
Question 2: If video art is communicating visual songs, does the audio only carry rhythm through eyes of the video? Does the audio play a major role needed in video making? Silent films were very popular without any sound at all. So overall, do you think the audio in a video has more or less of an effect on the viewer?

Chapter 5: “Art in the Age of Digital Simulation” 
Question 1: Since computer software allows photographers to edit, distort, retouch and completely alter a photograph, how does this make a photograph become a form of artwork, rather than just being considered a picture?
Question 2: Would you consider the person with an idea an artist? Alternatively, would the person instructed to create the idea, be considered an artist? How would you classify the people that are skilled at both?  What are the criteria to qualify the title of an “Artist”?

The Medium is the Massage:
Question 1: How a person communicates is determined by the medium one uses. However, the content of a telephone conversation is different from those on Twitter, music, is or billboard advertisements. Would you infer that the medium of a telephone conversation is the telephone?
Question 2: Do you believe that our culture is striving to force the new media to do the work of the past? Do you think this is happening in today’s society? If so, how? (94-95)

Triptych Digital Montage

Artist Summary:

This piece was composed of one scanned image of my hand and a photocopy of Teen Vogue on a page about Emma Watson. The rest of the images were selected based on their intriguing qualities.  It involved many different forms of digital art such as fashion, love, beauty, and emotion, as well as and creative interest in tattoos and surreal art. All three compositions were designed differently but show the same overall image intensity per each montage. Showing collective images will catch your attention and attract your eyes along the way.