March 2010 Archives

3pics, 3/30

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Creek running through downtown Austin

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Austin, TX

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX

3pics, 3/23

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viciously aggressive swans, Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX

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sunning turtles, Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX

tourist-ing, Austin, TX

Synthetic Times 2008: analysis

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OP_ERA: Sonic Dimension
Artists: Daniela Cutschat and Rejane Cantoni

To be honest, I chose this piece because the image shown on the website looked really cool. But after reading about it, I admit I'd probably enjoy interacting with this "interactive music box." The piece is described as an open cube filled with tuned violin strings that, with the help of a microphone and movement sensors, each play at a different frequency. I really like the idea of this piece because it throws music, light and viewer interaction into a box, literally. After doing some googling, I found a video of this piece in action. The overlapping sounds give the piece a slightly sinister mood. Judging from the video, the sounds put out by the "strings" are all diverse and loud, but in a tasteful, not overly loud or obnoxious way.

Film Analysis: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Hole in the Wall Gang/Knife Fight Scene

Throughout the whole segment, the colors, tone, costumes and environment are used to set the desired timing of the film. The colors and tone of the film have an "old-time" type look. This is most likely due to the technology available when the film was shot, but by not enhancing the colors on the film, it adds to the feeling of the time period. The costumes worn by the characters as well as the environment and scenery also reflect the timing of the story. Unlike the color and tone, the costumes and settings were most likely chosen with the intent to show the time period meant to be represented.

During the horseback riding parts of the scene, the camera either shoots the characters from behind, or from a distance in front of the horses, pivoting to follow the riders as they travel. this shows the movement of the horses as they ride away. When the riders are talking to each other, the camera focuses closer on their faces to emphasize the dialog. A character rarely speaks from off camera or without being seen facing forward in the frame. When facial expressions are important to the mood or dialog, the camera zooms in closer to make the expression clear. During the knife fight part of the scene, the camera switches angles and distance to best view whatever action is happening at that moment.


3pics, 3/16

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slightly irritating (and my favorite) bird, Austin, TX

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overgrown railroad bridge, Downtown Austin, TX

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Mopac Bridge, Austin, TX


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Nash Gallery, Women and Water Rights

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One piece displayed at the Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration exhibition at the Nash Gallery was a video/sculpture by Liz Dodson and James Brenner. I was drawn to the piece initially because of the water sounds and music coming from it. The piece had a video of students from Perpich Center for Arts Education dancing projected on to the pool of water. I liked this piece, but I think I would enjoy it more in pieces, or simpler. If the extra music and the video were removed, the sounds of the trickling water would be clearer and the rippling on the pool in the middle would have been more visible. I would have rather enjoyed the music and video of dancing as a different work.

3pics, 3/9

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Church, Austin, TX

Austin, TX

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Austin, TX

rolling (flip book)

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3pics, 3/2

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Downtown Austin, TX

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Austin, TX

Church in Austin, TX

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