December 12, 2007

Visiting Artist Responses

Lowery Stokes Sims
-Aesthetics or Utility-

I went to go see an artist presentation at the Weisman on December 5. The presenter was Lowery Stokes Sims. One of the first things that were brought to my attention is how many things she has done with her life, she has really been successful in her endeavors. The purpose of this presentation really focused around the environment and art, and how artists are begging to become the driving force behind some of the cultural and environmental change. The artwork that she showed centered on either involving artwork in nature or using artwork to show a statement about global warming. The piece that really stands out in my mind is the work where blue objects were placed on trees at the height that, if there was going to be a flood, the water would raise that high. The goal I assume behind this presentation was to open our eyes to how much influence artists really have on the global situation, and what we could do to make a difference. This coupled with the artwork that was shown really got that point across. However, honestly I was a tad disappointed with the presentation, even though I felt that it was really well done and of course she is an amazing person. One large problem for me is that we got to see none of Lowery's own artwork. Also it might just be me personally but I feel that the issue with global warming is just being taken out of proportion, everywhere I go I feel like people are talking about it. It just feels like were beating a dead horse.

Mathew Coolidge
-DvD recording of his presentaton at the Regis-

Coolidge is the founder of the Center for Land Use, which is based in California. Basically what this organization does is examine America’s landscape, and the things that people have done to that landscape, be it art or whatnot. It then shows the American public what our landscape and what we see is really like. “Take nature, add humans, observe results.? Coolidge goes on to talk about, how humans and people interpret the environment that they are surrounded in, and how your experience will be different depending your situations. The same area will be interpreted differently by different people because of their personal experience and how those experiences affect their views on life. One of the most interesting parts of the presentation for me personally was when he talked about the falling tree noise. In a forest in California a speaker has been set up so that each night it plays the sound of a falling tree. Reminded me of the saying, if a tree falls in the woods and there’s no one around to hear it does it make a noise? Going along with his speech, this is just my personal interpretation of this landscape and other people might have other opinions. Coolidge also talks about how he makes exhibits for people to be show in either museums or galleries that represents the surrounding environment.

Artist Presentation: Golan Levin

Some video's of Golan Levin's work.

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December 11, 2007

Project 4

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December 2, 2007

Project 4 Proposal

After thinking some time about what I wanted to do for my final project I still am not completely sure. However our discussion in class on Wednesday game me an idea or two. In class we had a conversation after watching one of the stop motion videos about how people react to sad or grim (just generaly dark) movies more than they do to happy movies. The idea that I had for my final project was to attempt to create a "dark" movie while making it look happy. Basically have a dark undertone while what your viewing is gernally what one would veiw as happy. To get one thing strait, I am not talking "Happy Tree Friends" where the humor is more what I would like to call slapstick gore. I'm going to attempt to make this as serious as I can.

November 20, 2007

Stop Motion Painting

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November 5, 2007

Project 3 Proposal

For the stop motion project I was planning on doing a stop motion painting or drawing. I love art, and in recent years my love for art has turned towards painting and drawing and it’s for that reason that I want to make this video. Honestly I have no idea how I’m going to do it. All of the idea I have had would require a ton of time that I probably will not have. I have a few options, I can either paint some and use a digital camera to take snapshots as I paint, or I can use a video camera and then cut it in to pieces later (this might be easier but for anyone who knows oil paints, painting one painting in a single day is a pain). The logistics still have to be figured out. I am really struggling with the sound on this project to, because I know we were told to make it ourselves but I just feel some calm music (see my last video) would be more appropriate.

As for inspiration, while it’s not stop motion video, the “speed? paintings done by Nico Di Mattia have been a great help. While these videos are not stop motion they really show you the process of the painting. All of his paintings are done in Photoshop, and he records while he is painting and then speeds it up later. This is the kind of idea I want to achieve. Show how the painting was made over the course of time, but of course mine will be stop motion while his is just sped up. The links are in the “Continue Reading? section and I suggest everyone watches them because they are quite amazing. The last video is another that I found on YouTube that is close to what I want to achieve visually. Hope you enjoy!

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October 27, 2007

Steps to Being a Slacker

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October 8, 2007

Project 2 Proposal

How to be a Slacker - The Work Required to do Nothing

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October 1, 2007

Sound Project #1

Sound Project #1
Kevin Green

The site I chose to do my project on was the University of Minnesota Mall. I chose the Mall mainly because I spend a lot of my free time there, mostly eating and or sleeping between classes. While I do spend a lot of my time on the Mall after doing my project I realized that I don’t pay much attention to the sounds around me. One recording has what seems to be the sound of an Eagle that I have never heard before. I tried to organize my project as if you were spending some of your free time in the mall. At the beginning you hear a bell, at the height of the hour, and it’s fairly calm. Near the middle I tried to make it seem like you were in the middle of a crowd that had just been let out from class and the mall is busy all around you, doors opening and many conversations. Then you hear another bell ring and it calms down again. Some effects I tried to use were having the sound fade from one ear to another which I hope worked well. In one section I actually have two audio clips, one in each ear to make it seem like there are many things going on around you, during those clips you can remove one headphone and hear a single conversation or listen to both simultaneously. Personally I thought this project was a blast to do, really paying attention to all the sounds around me was an interesting experience. One thing that did bug me is that I really felt creepy recording people and sometimes “stalking? them to get a good noise, it must have looked strange. Overall I am very please with my first sound project.

September 24, 2007

SAD Responses

Shotgun Landscape
Jason Sapfford, HDVideo, 15min

As I was first looking at this piece it really didnt make me sad or depressed like some other people I had talked to. If you havent seen it, in essence its a piece of black wood that is slowly getting shot away to reveal a landscape behind. While I must admit that the landscape wasnt the most "beautiful" thing I have ever seen, and that I assume it was filmed durring the months b4 winter b/c all the grass is brown and the tress are barren, by all means I cant feel that the scene was depressing. If anything when I was watching the video it made me feel happy, b/c you have a beautiful scenery emerging from complete darkness. It remineded me of going for winter to spring, winter is extreamly cold and depressing then suddenly it opens up into spring (all be it a very gray spring).

Labor Camp Room B
Piotor Szyhalski

This piece was very interesting as it required interation. You put on a set of headphones and then like the old telephone switchboards put 2 pegs(on for each side of your headphone) into a slot to listen to a video clip. One thing i found interesting is that the experiance is diffenernt for everyone depending on what your listening too at any one given time. Out of all of the works that I looked at this one prabably made me feel the most depressed, mainly b/c as I was moving pegs around I found a rather desturbing combination. In one ear I was listening to a UN speach about how people should be nice to each other and everyone in the world should get along. While in the other I was listening to a Nazi prapaganda compain or a recording of 911. Just found it a bit desturbing, but the experiance is different for everyone.

365 Good Morning and Good Night
Molly Roth

This one was easy to miss if you wernt looking out for it. Basically what it was is a loop of the composer Molly Roth saying Good Morning and Good NIght over and over in a loop. It is delievered via a mic that is placed above you (haging down from the celling). From all over the area you can kinda hear it but then you get right under the mic and it focuses and you get the real experiance. If you sit there for a bit the recording actually makes you feel really good, or it did for me. Good Morning/Night are usually good things to hear and thus should make you feel happy. After a while of sitting there though an odd thing happend. Im not sure if it was the tone of her voice but while Good Morning still made me feel good (which is wierd, I HATE mornings), Good Night started to sound demening and mean. Might have just been the way she was saying it or I was just listening to it for too long.

September 12, 2007

To the Bar