November 20, 2007

Misty Water Color Memories

After being throughly warned that animation and stop motion would take a long time, a sense of fear and anxiety was instilled in me, causing me to do my whole animation in one long day. With the help of my camera man I simply scrapbooked, "remembering" some pictures along the way. I took a lot of video on my study abroad trip last spring, and I was able to cut up some of the video into pictures. With the "Way We Were" song in my head I decided to do some watercolor animation throughout the scrapbooking. I was pleased with the results, as I thought I would not have enough time, but it turned out to be longer than I thought. I added the end time-lapse of me "forgetting" and moving on because I think that is just how memories go. I really wanted to incorporate the song into my piece, so I played it on piano and set it over the piece. I think that while some parts match up really well, the song also helped to slow down the piece, which got a little fast in the scrapbooking sections. Overall it was a fun project, and now I have documentation of my trip! Also, I don't think animation/stop motion/time lapse is as hard as I initially thought it would be, and I am excited about trying other things out with the new skills I have learned.

October 22, 2007

Response to Nikki S. Lee

Nikki S. Lee is a “Korean Korean� photographer and filmmaker, rather then “Korean America,� as she was born in Korea rather than America. She was quick to point out her background, as she feels it is a distinguishable factor of her work. She noted that in America there are several different cultures, whereas in Korea she only grew up around the Korean culture, until she moved to America at 24 years old. Her background strongly influenced her work on identity seeking and sub-cultures.
Lee moved to New York with initial intentions of becoming a fashion photographer. She completed a fine arts degree in photography and started work, only to find out that she hated the fashion world. She started to do her own work on the side, as she had an interest in documentaries. Lee had a specific interest in identities, and pointed out that she believes artists are constantly searching for identity. I agree with this statement to some extent, because it seems that people that are eager to define themselves as artists have also already defined the sub-culture they fall into. As Lee was interested in how people choose their cultures, she started a project where she immersed herself into a different culture and changed the way she looked to fit in, then photographed herself. The different groups she weaved herself into over the course of her project were punks, swingers, young-professionals, tourists, hip-hop, exotic dancers, lesbians, drag queens, skateboarders, white-trash, Hispanic, and young-Japanese people.
This project was extremely interesting to me because of how well she fit into each culture by changing her image. She tanned her skin to look more like the African-American girls in the hip-hop culture, died her hair blond to fit in with the “white trash,� and lost weight to get work as an exotic dancer. The project was very impressive. Other projects she discussed were similar- an examination of the face and how it changes, as well as how a person’s identity changes with each relationship they are in.
Overall I was very impressed with Lee’s work, because it offered a genuine, fresh perspective. I also liked her work because it reflected her lifestyle and showed her attachment to her work, as well as her genuine interest in her own identity.

October 1, 2007

4th Quarter in the Metrodome

The metrodome is currently home to multiple events, and is a perpetual dynamic environment. I decided to use the site during a Gopher football game to capture the environment during one of it's rowdiest moments. In the metrodome I did not discover anything unexpected, as I have visited the site several times and, depending on who the opposing team is, the site for Gopher football doesn't differ that much from game to game. For me, football doesn't completely capture my attention but I find it fun to participate in the songs and cheers. For this reason, I organized my sounds as a football game between the cheerleaders and the band, with silence where chants and songs usually are, and noise where silence usually is. The main effects I used were intended to make it sound like a play was being made, so the sounds were changed in their amplitude, speed, tempo, bass, and I also worked often with the fading in and out features, as well as overlapping sound to indicate moments when the opposing team intercepted the ball or interupted a play. After reviewing the rules of Football, the process came naturally and was a lot of fun once I developed my concept further.

September 12, 2007

Men at Work