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December 20, 2007

Critique #4 Final Project

Out of all the projects that I have done in this class; I feel that this one was the most successful in presentation and in concept. Although I should have moved Alan’s stuff out of the way in the installation room, I’m still glad that I presented in that room because that space is a little more professional looking than a normal critique room. I don’t think that by having the curtains blocking people in ruined the presentation, it just interrupted the flow of people moving from one side of the screen to the other. I would like to think that the concept of my project was more important than how I used the space. I’m glad that I got the amount of feedback that I did about how I could use the space in different ways because I have never used an installation room to present anything before. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to use the installation room again because I like how the audience is allowed to be interactive and move around the piece to view different perspectives.
I felt that I was successful with the final project in terms of the product itself and the concept. My original idea was similar to what I finally ended up doing, and I’m glad that I was able to develop my ideas by viewing the work of the artist who incorporated emotion into his work as well as themes of time, and pre-conceived expectations. I liked how the viewers of his work experienced emotional agitation/excitement, which is what I was aiming for in my project by using a hand gently touching a female’s body. I hope that I was as successful in this as I hoped because I was desensitized by the visuals after watching and editing it so much in final cut. I also hope that I got my point across with the music that I chose. To me, each piece sounded radically different from one another, was clear in the stereotypes, and put each piece into the right context that I was aiming for. Apparently some people couldn’t differentiate between the pieces of music, which sucks for them!

Critique #4 Final Project

Out of all the projects that I have done in this class; I feel that this one was the most successful in presentation and in concept. Although I should have moved Alan’s stuff out of the way in the installation room, I’m still glad that I presented in that room because that space is a little more professional looking than a normal critique room. I don’t think that by having the curtains blocking people in ruined the presentation, it just interrupted the flow of people moving from one side of the screen to the other. I would like to think that the concept of my project was more important than how I used the space. I’m glad that I got the amount of feedback that I did about how I could use the space in different ways because I have never used an installation room to present anything before. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to use the installation room again because I like how the audience is allowed to be interactive and move around the piece to view different perspectives.
I felt that I was successful with the final project in terms of the product itself and the concept. My original idea was similar to what I finally ended up doing, and I’m glad that I was able to develop my ideas by viewing the work of the artist who incorporated emotion into his work as well as themes of time, and pre-conceived expectations. I liked how the viewers of his work experienced emotional agitation/excitement, which is what I was aiming for in my project by using a hand gently touching a female’s body. I hope that I was as successful in this as I hoped because I was desensitized by the visuals after watching and editing it so much in final cut. I also hope that I got my point across with the music that I chose. To me, each piece sounded radically different from one another, was clear in the stereotypes, and put each piece into the right context that I was aiming for. Apparently some people couldn’t differentiate between the pieces of music, which sucks for them!

Project 4

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December 19, 2007

Repost: Artist response: Lowrey Sims

Listening to Lowrey Sims talk reminded me of an architecture class I took this semester for a couple of reasons. First off, when she sees different meanings in art compared to the artist's intentions. In class we would have many conceptual projects to present and it was often the case that the professor or TA would notice concepts and relations that were not intentional. The environmental aspect is also a subject that is emphasized in that class. We dealt with recycling in that class which made me find the trash truck full of mirrors a very interesting look at the relation between the people who create trash and where it goes. My favorite series of work she showed was by this someone that
took a camera and partially submerged it to show pictures of komodo national park. Even though there wasnt exactly many meanings to these pictures they were very beautiful.

King Kong

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In my final project I tried to incorporate everything we learned in the course along with a new idea. My initial plan for the project was to make a stop motion video with animations, but this idea was dropped after my laptop was stolen. It would have taken to much time to start that project again, so I thought of making a video.
My video is about King Kong. I used the song “King Kong? by Jibbs for the background music. The song says “I got King Kong in the trunk…? In the song he isn’t literally referring to King Kong being in his trunk, but rather the subs that are blaring in the trunk of the car. I took this idea and made it more literal by actually putting King Kong in the trunk.
I wanted to incorporate the different lighting techniques and scene shots we learned in the second project. I added my own sounds in the movie and played around with the volume of the sounds that went over the music. I decided to make the clip a short movie trailer for an upcoming movie. The clip ended up being shorter than anticipated, but hopefully it still gets the message across.
Overall I think I did a good job on the project considering the short amount of time I had after losing the original movie. It does a good job portraying how the music these days just doesn’t make very much sense and it’s just funny if you take them into literal sense. I had a lot of fun making the movie and directing the different scenes.

December 18, 2007

Manu's Final Project

For this last project I tried to stick as much as possible to my original ideas. However, I had to make some modifications to the execution process due to time limitations and some difficulties that I ran into. In spite of these challenging obstacles I still had a lot of fun realizing this project.
My intention for the final project was to demonstrate a child’s sense of freedom from prejudice and their natural behavior of moving freely around space. I sometimes wish that adults would also move and interact with other cultures and people without prejudice. With that in mind I wanted to show a girl that disregards cultural boundaries by being totally comfortable playing in two different cultures. In the installation I included two representations of very different cultures to better demonstrate ideas of cultural boundaries. To enhance this contrast and sense of boundary I decided to include two different soundscapes that are associated with the two cultures. I also mixed two different media - the animation played by two projectors and the outline of two cities on the wall.


Revision of Perfect World Video

This is a fix up and improved version of my project three video on what my perfect world consists of. From the moment I confirmed my idea for this project I had my final plan in my head. The difficulty was figuring out how to get the idea out of my head and into an actual production. At the due date for Project three I had a video completed but it wasn't up to it's full potential and wasn't completed how I ideally had wanted it to be completed. The critiques I received on it precisely supported my thinking: the video has good intentions and is going in the right direction but it needs to be finished up with what I had planned on doing all along. My struggle was working with Final Cut in general and learning how to do what I wanted to do. It seemed like a simple idea: split the screen in half, then thirds and possibly fourths to display the world of many Jennas being everywhere at one time. The screen splitting action was not that simple. BUT, in my extra time and effort I have managed to learn how to split the screen and have my video do what I wanted to do. As an outsider I would think my video is just average but personally knowing how much time and hard work I went through to get it to look the way it does makes me appreciate the video more. I am happy with finally completing this video to be the idea that originally was just a thought in my head.

and here it is:
https://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/download.php?file=7083

Visting Artist Response:

Artist Review

For my final artist response i wanted to talk about my favorite artist. Her name is Ruth Thompson, and I have been an avid collector of her art since i was 12 years old! My parents took me to my first art fair where I first saw Ruth's works. A brief history about Ruth: She graduated college in 1990. For a short period after graduation she worked for publishing companies, doing mostly fantasy illustrations for collectible card games, magazines, board games, books, role-playing games. She operated as a free-lance artist for about a year or so various companies until landing a job as a staff artist for SJG (Steve Jackson Games). In 1991 she left SJG to become a self-working artists stating she couldn’t stand drawing what others wanted anymore and decided to paint for her own piece of mind, she left Texas and moved to Ohio. Her boyfriend / business partner and she started her art company called Tarnished Images, a “bootstrap business, with our sales coming from either attending or mailing in artwork to Fantasy and Science-Fiction conventions, and the occasional free-lance job?
In 1994 she got married to long time boyfriend/business partner and also began touring World Renaissance fairs at that time as well. Her artwork as become a staple icon for a lot of renaissance fairs throughout the nation, and it’s where I first saw her work at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
In 2005 I was thrilled to hear that she had officially purchased and opened her own Tarnished Images first retail art gallery in Ohio.

She recently visited Minnesota to attend and Anime/Sci-fi convention in November where I was able to purchase more of her work while being able to take a look at a huge exhibition she had displayed of her more recent series of works. Her art focuses on fantasy theme, dragons, knights and the like. Being a huge fan I really admire how she brings the fantasy to life my favorite collection of hers being her archangel series, in which all of the archangels are depicted alone and together in epic battles.

Repost of Visiting Artist Response:

Repost of Visiting Artist Response:

---This is a repost of my original Nikki S. Lee review since for some reason it didn’t show up on the blog site--- 12/18/07


Posted- 10/20/2007

Visiting Artist Response: Nikki S. Lee

This was the first artist discussion I had ever attended and I was deleted to see that it wasn’t a stuff affair like I had originally thought. Nikki immediately came off with an excellent sense of humor which I feel set the audience at ease. I really like the way she described herself as Korean-Korean as opposed to Korean-American like its most commonly stated here in the U.S. Since she was born and raised in Korea, later leaving to NY to pursue photography, a lot of her work focuses on an East vs. West theme. What I mean by that is because she was able to relate to two worlds her work reflects the ideals and personalities of both Eastern and Western cultures. Her cut out photography seemed very interesting to me where you are looking at something that isn’t there is very unique in my opinion. She spoke of her recent works and how she took layers of herself making different expressions and so forth I would have loved to see that work. With her focus on self-identity and how it changes with our interaction with others it made her stand out as an artist for me, I really enjoyed listening about her work and herself.

December 16, 2007

Who is a citizen?

Instead of attending a visiting artist's presentation, I went to the Weisman Art Museum to look at the featured exhibit. This month the theme of the exhibit was "Who is a citizen? What is citizenship?"
This exhibit explores themes about the individual and civic life in thirty paintings, photographs, and prints drawn from the Weisan's permanent collection. Ranging from Lewis Hine's 1905 photographic portraits of immigrants at Ellis Island to Twin Cities photographer Joseph Allan's contemporary portraits of American Indians, these pieces open up ideas about who belongs to a nation or community. Also, they reflect a citizen's rights and how they can exercise them.
There are three respective sections in the exhibit:
Who is a citizen?
-Presents work that questions the exclusion or asserts the inclusion of those who have been overlooked.
Civic life in the city
-Artists show how people share public space, making them members of a community, regardless of legal status of citizenship.
The artist as a citizen
-Where artists are advocates for their own rights and they speak out on social/political issues.

Artists have been engaged in depicting citizens since the days of ancient Greece, when the concept of a citizen as a member of society with rights of self-governance first developed. These concepts of citizenship have changed over time, differing with location.

Examples of artists and their pieces displayed:
-Lewis Hines (1847-1940) uses gelatin silver prints in 'Italian Family Looking For Lost Luggage,' showing Italian immigrants with distraught looks on their faces as they are on a pier surrounded by many bags.
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-Joseph Allan (born in 1964) uses color type-C photographic print in 'Phillip Chaltas (Rosebud Lakota/Navajo),' showing a young man sitting on his workbench at Jiffy Lube, looking upset.

-Robert Gwathmey (1903-1988) uses oil on canvas in 'Nobody Around Here Calls Me A Citizen,' showing a dejected African-American man with a symbolic number 2 next to him, connoting the inequality of segregation and the impact of racism in liming civil rights and rights of citizenship.
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December 15, 2007

Lowrey Sims

I found Lowrey Sims' talk to be a very engaging discussion with some excellent points regarding museum art, environmental art and functional art. My favorite part of her talk was her discussion of some of the environmentally functional pieces. Traditionally, I am used to seeing art made solely for a viewer's senses. Many of the pieces Sims showed at the beginning beared the same aesthetic elements but had environmental impacts. The first things I recall are the gardens and ark layouts she showed. I find this departure from traditonal art to be very thought invoking, especially when displayed by an art curator such as Sims. I was also drawn to the series of Native American works that she showed. They depicted Native American towns with cultural images covered in gas masks and mutations. These works were extraordinarily eerie and depicted some of the images I would have had in nightmares if nuclear weapons had been tested near my hometown. I feel her discussion about environmentally fucntional versus traditonal museum art was spot on. Creating a piece with functionality adds another aspect to the work to be admired and questioned.

December 14, 2007

Project 3 Re-edit

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In this new version, I have added sound effects, a song clip ('It's Getting Better' by The Beatles), and a drum-roll soundtrack that I produced using Garageband. I thought that the drum-roll seemed fitting seeing as how alot of the imagery of the clip showed slaying using guns/militar-type violence. Also, I added simple sound-effects such as footsteps, crackling flames, and straining voices. I wanted the audience to feel a bit more involved with the video so now they can experience both a graphic scene, while listening to its audio counterpart. Also, I sped up some of the scenes in order to give the clip a more flowing rhythm.

December 12, 2007

Creation

For project four I wanted to continue on my use of a biblical themes like the one from project three about the Garden of Eden. I always enjoy reading articles on several interpretations of the creation that part from the traditional view. For instance some Christians believe that God created continents in there current place but the bible says that the land formed in one area. Besides showing a different view of creation I also tried to solve certain problems that certain people in the science community point out in creation such as the starlight problem. I am not sure if I conveyed theses answers clearly to the audience but I believe the animations were presented well. The main reason why I made this piece was because I was a very tired of the media being biased towards creationism, and being more favorable towards evolution and I just wanted to share that there are scientific principles in creationism. Towards the end of my animation I used a video provided by NASA which shows the solar system I just wished I could have managed my time better to make one of my own. Another thing I wanted to include in my animation was humor perhaps in my videos of animals section.

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Laura's Final Project: Reversed Roles

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For my last project I chose to comment on how men and women in society are reversing roles. Unlike many years ago, when women were forced to stay at home to watch the kids, today more men are staying home and letting the wives bring in the money. I thought it would be funny to take this observation to an extreme and make the men be the ones to get pregnant instead of women.

How I did this was I filmed the man and woman in my project and then used a filter to make the film look older. I thought it would be an interesting effect to use because obviously men and women did not change roles that early on in time. But what if they would have? How far would women be in the working world today?

I also liked the emotion old silent films give off. With the music being light and airy, it makes the situation seem normal, yet funny. I found it hard to find music that I could use for my project, but the music I did find did an all right job setting the tone.

Overall, I was happy with the outcome of my project. I tried to apply different techniques I learned from the previous projects such as changing angles for the scenes and starting the scenes not just on the faces of the actors but on objects as well. It made editing a little easier. Hopefully, what I have learned this semester is evident in the outcome.

Check out the NEWS!

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NROTC DOCUMENTARY

I was extraordinarily lucky that I had more time and rescources to work on my final project than the rest. Having the opportunity to create and open-ended work, attracted a lot of interest and help attract some of my best friends as actors. When I was first confronted with the task of creating a work with no parameter on the topic, I felt a little overhwhelmed. As did the previous projects, I had contemplated several ideas that I wanted to work on and practice editing. I decided to make an NROTC Documentary to because I honestly get a lot of questions about the program and thought it would be a pertainent follow on to my project II movie. I was amazed at how many people were willing to participate. Filimg with multiple actors was an exceedingly difficult task. Had I decided to include a blooper reel, my video would have been an extra hour longer. I spent the most time editing this video as well. One of the few stipulations for this project was making the format accentuate the theme of the video. I attempted to do this by doing the intial interviews in a very dry setting and filming the skits in a musical/jovial style. On the rough draft of my movie, I found many of my actors had inserted jargon that would be inconducive to an audience unfamiliar with my topic. I refilmed those scenes to frame the skits to be more viewer friendly. I did this in uniform and put myself in a hard light to create scenes that would meet a viewer's expectation of the military. I found these reshoots explained my piece beter and contrasted the silliness of the skits stronger than the previous. In the end, I am very satisifed with the final product and would like to continue this kind of work.

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Project 4

For this project, I worked collaboratively with Jenna. Our clip was based on the fictional "cootie" bug and it's effect on children in America. We used a newscast theme to introduce and close the clip and the cootie bug was shown using stop-motion animation. The music clips used were a generic news theme and a jazz song composed by a friend. For the animation process, we used both a white-board/drawing and paper cutouts. Our antics throughout the clip made the video into an extremist parody of the news. Originally, we had many varied ideas, but we could not decide on the content for those stories. In this project however, we improvised on set with our lines. Also, being in a studio we were able to use a still/projected picture as our backdrop.

Super Mario Room

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For my project I created a stop motion video. The video consisted of super mario characters that I printed and cut out. These characters were then arranged and moved along the walls of my room to create a level for mario to traverse. The background music was taken from the Super Mario World video game (along with all the characters). The sound effects were taken from the original mario game from regular Nintendo.

The idea for this project came from the stop motion video we watched where the artist used charcoal to draw a person walking around the walls of a studio room. I also had this type of idea when I was a little kid and this video brought back memory's of this.

Bax Project 4

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I decided to do a project on my struggle to search for an identity as a minority group in the United States as a child until my late teens and maybe even now. I wanted to setup my project as a PSA (Public Service Announcement) but it ended up not really being a PSA. It shows me talking, being confused and wondering about things. There are three identities that are a part of me that people like to stereotype and judge me with.

Repost: Project IV Pitching a Music Video


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Making my video Pitching a Music Video got to be rather frustrating because I tried to work withl three of my friends during the last few weeks of class. I had to change a lot of things in order to complete the video because of everyone's tight schedule. I had the band made of me and two others it was hard to get everyone together in the first place and then to get the audio I could not get everyone together again. Dont buy a wireless microphone from Target. Problems like this changed the way my video turned out but I am still happy with the result. I was able to take parts of video and audio taken from parts of a different script and tell a new story. It was kind of like creating a collage, cutting from a bunch of magazines and making one final piece.
Using the different expressions gave a comic feel to the video, at least for me and the friend that was in the final cut. The awkward silences make me laugh every time but that might just be funny to me. I matched up stop motion to sound similarly to project 3. I really enjoyed this style and will probably be bored over break and create other similar videos. The song that played and the way it ended so abruptly was kind of an inside joke that me and the other actor from the video knew. That might be a rude thing to do, but it makes the piece a little more personal to me and makes me laugh every time I see it. The joke is a little too long and too vulgar to explain.
The final project was my favorite to do because we were given so much freedom with the project outline. I believe that is how all final projects should be done allowing the students to combine all of the techniques and programs learned throughout the year into one video.

About My (Jenna's) Final Project

My initial intentions for this final project was to make use of the green screen and interact with animated characters. Jon and I planned to work together and as we began writing a script and brainstorming ideas it became more of an effort to include all of our ideas into one project. We decided against our idea of having a sex talk because we couldn't think of what all we would say in the talk. The new idea that we are presenting is a news report on a cootie epidemic. Regardless of what idea we used, I really wanted to create stop motion animation for our video and all of Jon's ideas involved regular video taping. In order to incorporate both we have a live news report that takes a look at a video made by animated characters. The project certainly was time consuming with all of picture taking for stop motion but it was a good learning experience. Jon and I had discussed doing voice over for the animation but after uploading it and adding in the music that we have, we decided it speaks for itself and adding in voices had potential to make it lose some of the humor. One of our goals is to draw a few laughs out of people or just spread the word about the infectious cootie bug.

Project IV: Mirror

A download is available. See the entire entry for instructions.

This project is a mixture of two separate ideas. It is inspired by the pictures you may have seen that are made up of mixtures of many other smaller pictures. I've always liked those pictures, because although you can see what the big picture is, you can also see that it's really just made up of lots of other little things. I wanted to see if this would be possible with video.

My other idea was that the iMacs we have, with their cameras and flat displays, look incredibly like mirrors. Just opening Photo Booth will effectively give you a (very high-tech and expensive) mirror.

Since I've never seen anything like this before, I'm really pleased that I was able to get it working at all. It doesn't capture motion quite as well as I would have liked. For this I would need a larger collection of videos, and I would also need to find a more efficient method for selecting the correct video for a specific area (right now, it is spending most of its time figuring out which movie to select for each part of the image). But, if you stand in front of it, you should see your shape emerge. For drastic changes in brightness, you may even see a video of me turning off a light switch or something similar that corresponds to the motion. If I had more videos, I think this effect would have become even better.

The component videos (there are 300 of them) are videos I've taken of just about anything and everything over the past two weeks. Thinking of and finding interesting things to take pictures of was difficult - I had to get some really bright and really dark videos to handle light and dark parts of the frame. Dark videos I could take in low lighting conditions, but bright videos were harder to come by. Each is two seconds in length or less, then scaled to 32x24 pixels. This is about the smallest size where you can make out anything - it can be fun to try to figure out what you're made up of as you stand in front of the mirror!

You can download this application and give it a try on your own computer. You will need

  • A fast Mac
  • A built in iSight or any external firewire camera

Unfortunately, (and ironically, given my project II) not a lot of time was spent on making a great user interface for the application. I'm also not convinced that it's the most stable application in the world, so save anything important before running it just to be safe, OK? Here's the steps you need to take to get it to work:

  1. Download the application here
  2. Decompress the application. You'll have a folder with a double-clickable application called Mirror, and a folder called "Components."
  3. Open the "Mirror" application.
  4. You should see your picture in the upper left. If you don't, check that your camera is connected and not in use by another application, then quit Mirror, and reopen it again until you see video.
  5. Click the "Disable Preview" checkbox. This turns off the video preview, which speeds up processing.
  6. Click the "Add" button in the component files section in the lower left hand corner.
  7. Navigate to the "Components" folder. Select all the movies in this folder, then click open.
  8. Wait. This will take some time. Some of the processing is cached, so this will go somewhat faster in the future.
  9. Click the "Begin Output" button. After a brief (about 2 seconds) delay, you should see yourself on the screen!
  10. Press Command-Q (that is, the Apple-Q) to quit the application.

(If you want to add your own component videos, in addition to or instead of the ones I took, this is possible, but they must be scaled to 32x24 first. Also, keep them short!)

Final Project

WoW Music Video

For my final video project i changed completely from my original idea and decided to combine to of my favorite hobbies! Music and World of Warcraft ^_^ yay. So after going through my millions of music files on my computer i decided to go with Eminem's song called Just Lose It. I also wanted to do something sort of cartoon like/animated so I decided to use World of Warcraft (a popular MMORPG) to be the subject of my video instead of live action. Estentially my work focused on filming my characters reflecting the original music video done by eminem. I worked on the editing to try and get the mouths and actions being captured to match the music. It proved to be a lot more complicated then i had originally anticipated, in that syncing the two together while trying to recreate the already made video was a real pain. I tried to capture elements like Michael Jackson, MC Hammer as well as Santa and Eminem using nothing but what comes with World of Warcraft.

December 11, 2007

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

I visited the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden near downtown last week. This is an outdoor exhibit that is free to the public. I had a lot of fun because I went with my friends when there was a lot of snow on the ground. We walked around and got to see all the different art works that were featured. The spoon was my favorite piece of art there. It was presented by Claes Oldenburg , who is known for his oversized ordinary objects. It was a really basic piece of artwork, but I felt like it had so much power. There was snow on some of the sculpture, but it still had so much color and life to it. It’s probably one of the more famous works of art in Minnesota because it is easy to see from a lot of places in downtown. The second piece of artwork that caught my eye was the Arikidea, which was presented by Mark di Suvero. It was like a giant steel swing like thing. It had a very eerie feel to it because it looked like a rusted mechanical monster. It felt like if you went and sat on it you could control the monster from underneath. I liked this art because it was interactive and it looked very interesting. I also liked that fact that it was really big and it looks like it has been sitting there for a very long time. Overall, the sculpture garden was a great experience. I got to see a lot of great art work that I probably wouldn’t have seen if we didn’t have this project. It really makes you open your eyes to the things that are around you and what you could be missing.

Lowrey Sims Artist Response

I attended the Lowrey Sims lecture at the Weisman Art Museum. It was a very different experience for me because I have never been to an art presentation and I didn’t really know what to expect. As I walked into the room I felt a little awkward because I felt like everyone around me was an art geek. That changed as I got more comfortable and she began to speak off a power point. Her main theme seemed to be addressing her concern with the environment. She used different artist’s art work and described the meaning behind them. She obviously kept the environmental theme in her head as she interpreted the art work. Normally I have a really hard time interpreting what art work means, but the way she described it made a lot of sense. I really liked the fact that art work can be used to express any view or feeling. Her presentation was very strong and informative. I think everyone left the lecture with another view of the environment. Overall, it was a great experience and I wish I would have attended more artist lectures this semester.

Lowrey Sims Artist Response

I attended the Lowrey Sims lecture at the Weisman Art Museum. It was a very different experience for me because I have never been to an art presentation and I didn’t really know what to expect. As I walked into the room I felt a little awkward because I felt like everyone around me was an art geek. That changed as I got more comfortable and she began to speak off a power point. Her main theme seemed to be addressing her concern with the environment. She used different artist’s art work and described the meaning behind them. She obviously kept the environmental theme in her head as she interpreted the art work. Normally I have a really hard time interpreting what art work means, but the way she described it made a lot of sense. I really liked the fact that art work can be used to express any view or feeling. Her presentation was very strong and informative. I think everyone left the lecture with another view of the environment. Overall, it was a great experience and I wish I would have attended more artist lectures this semester.

Fear of Responsibility

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I started out wanting to question terrorism as we, post 9/11 Americans, know it. I initially wanted to continue using stop motion claymation but decided to use it for just a piece of my video. I took clips found on You Tube for the rest and added in a list of all of the recognized terrorist organizations. There are three big questions I ask outright in the video and lots of smaller ones that are implyed. I hope that after seeing this video you will have a different view on what "terrorism" really is and what we should do about it.

December 10, 2007

To Hear Is To See

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For Project IV I wanted to use a structure that’s a large part of my life- music. I knew from the start that I wanted to create something new with sound, but my ideas in the beginning are very different from what I created. I wanted to make a stark contrast between what a viewer sees and what they hear, playing with the idea of our preconceptions of what sound is. I did this by disjointing the relationship of an instrument’s sound with their image, so that when you see a familiar image and a different sound comes from it, one is left with a kind of inner conflict of understanding.


By mixing up the sound and image relationship and having them come back together to form a collaboration, I hope to comment on the fact that, in the end, music works itself out; out of context, the images and sounds seem off kilter, but when they join back together, they create something familiar.

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Project 4

This project is computer game based. I used desktop recording programs to record several clips via a certain type of game movie making program. I thought of recording the screen using frame by frame to produce higher quality, but simultaneously it creates a low frame rate because it took a lot of memory, so i had to use video to keep the frame rate. I also used an animation program to make characters do funny moves. The video in the credit section was found online, i thought it was interesting. The video editing was not difficult, but it was rather hard to make the music match the video. A small portion of the sound was recorded from the game, the rest was recorded by my friends and I as well as from music found elsewhere. The theme is basically a group of terrorists killed most of the counter-terrorists (CT). They claimed that it was boring without them, and planned to have some fun, so they made several innocent people hostages. The government found the last CTs alive and grouped them together for a special force. Thus the rescue mission began...

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Lowrey Sims Artist Response

Lowrey Sims' speaking style differed from Lisa Lapinski's greatly in the way Sims was able to express her knowledge about artwork. However, since Sims is a curator, I expected that she would be quite comfortable speaking about works, and she delivered on that expectation. I was engaged by the theme of the talk, environmental art, especially with the recent "green" movement that has occurred in popular culture. It really demonstrated the notion of art reflecting the times. I thought it was neat how she drew many of her own relevant conclusions about other people's artwork, especially conclusions that the artists themselves did not recognize. Sims turned a work about bees to represent environmental concerns, when the artist created it to be about feminism, and it worked either way. This shows Sims extensive knowledge and experience, as well as her understanding of what art truly means. I thought the question about whether art can serve a purpose in the fight against environmental destruction was a worthwhile one as well. Sims brought this up to compare art’s impact on environmental awareness to science’s role, and whether art is simply aesthetic, or if it is more useful. With the evidence she presented, I drew the conclusion that art could be useful to raise awareness about environmental concerns, especially when presented along with some scientific fact to help create a drastically thought-provoking piece.

December 9, 2007

Visiting Artist Response: Lowrey Sims

Lowrey Sims spoke at the Weisman Art Museum on Wednesday, December 5. She presented part two of her lecture series, however I was unable to attend part one. Regardless, her topic for the night was “Aesthetics or Utility? Art Engaging the Environment?- an interesting topic considering America’s recent heightened awareness of all things eco-friendly.


Her method of presentation was a Power Point, where she basically went through different themes while showing examples from different artists. A main focus of hers in looking at these different artists and exhibitions was to think up a new way to present this theme of ‘environmental art’ in an exhibit.


One major idea of Sims was that artists are, in a way, taking the role of scientists and researchers. I liked this idea of artists taking on a new(er) role of truly becoming the vanguard of such social change as this, and really making things happen with what they create. Within this theme, she presented three types of practices related to sustainable art: “engagement of land/scape?; “recycling/reclamation?; and a “response to social issues through the production of objects as discourse?.


My favorite theme that she talked about was the art engaged with landscapes. Some of the examples she had were very cool. One artist created a hill on a plot of land and planted hundreds of trees all around it, in a spiral. It turned out looking pretty amazing. Another example she had were some photographs taken half-submerged in water. The distortion of color and surreal look of the surrounding landscapes was very intriguing, as well. These pictures focus our attention to the beauty in nature and place in us a new idea of the interaction between creating art out of nature.


Overall, I enjoyed hearing Lowrey Sims’s lecture. I think the points and themes she brings up (by showing outside examples) are truly important- especially in this day in age. Luckily, the public (and especially the art world) is thinking in a new manner and taking action to save our planet.

December 6, 2007

Reposting of Lisa Lapinski

At the beginning of the semester when I was planning which visiting artists to attend I selected Lisa Lapinski because I was intrigued by the referenced quote from an art critic that described Lisa as "providing new thought about what a sculpture might be." I enjoy attending visiting artist presentations because I like hearing precisely what the artist has to say about their work: what inspired them, the process in developing each piece and the message they were attempting to convey. Viewers, such as myself, will always draw up their own inferences so it is interesting to see how that compares with what the artist was meaning. Sculpture is a medium of art I typically enjoy viewing because of how many different types of materials can be used and incorporated into a single piece. I was looking forward to see what Lisa’s “new thought? of sculpture work was like.
My anticipation quickly died upon arrival. Lisa is definitely more of an artist than a public speaker. The presentation was simply her clicking through her work and monotonously stating the title and where it was presented or what show it was a part of. For most of her pieces I wasn’t immediately turned on or drawn into the art so not having any further explanation or background about the piece didn’t bother me as much. On the other hand, if Lisa would have taken time to talk about some of her works I may have changed my outlook on it. The one portion of her presentation that did provide more insight to her views and personality was when she read an email of hers addressed to an art critic. She initially wrote to this art critique in response to the critic’s comments on a piece of art. What makes this more interesting is that the critic wasn’t even talking about her work but the work of a friend. This could lead me to conclude that Lisa has strong opinions and ideas and really stands behind her beliefs.
There was one thing I got out of coming to the presentation (besides a caramel brownie) and that was a viewing of what an individual artist’s show may look like. Being fairly new to exploring art I have never been to a single artist’s show. I have had my share of art museums but seeing images from a few of Lisa’s main shows made me more aware of what the set up may look like. I liked how the art work was arranged around the room but again, would have appreciated more discussion about why the pieces were designed the way they were and if the placement in the room meant anything.

December 3, 2007

Critique for Jenna

Jenna's project focuses on the problem of having too many things to do that all happen at the same time. The beginning starts with a variety of her friends asking her to do something at 12:00. Unfortunately all of her friends have different interests and she ends up agreeing to do everything regardless of the time conflicts. All of these shots were done with normal video and I like the contrast in the different things her friends want her to do. I liked being able to guess what the activity was going to be based on the shot setup.
After agreeing to everything there is a moment of realization and panic because she cannot do all of these things. The solution is to have multiple Jennas. From here the video is stop animation of each Jenna preparing to do each of the activities. I really like the idea of showing all of these things happening. The video ends kind of abruptly, but there is a good opportunity to create a conclusion. The sound here got a little congested. It could be intentional because the areas that the shots were taken in were busy social settings.
It would be interesting to see this project in a more complete form for project IV. There are a lot of unique ideas you could play with. For example, you could divide the screen into four screens once it goes to stop animation. This would simulate multiple things getting done simultaneously. You would have to be careful not to have to much going on in each section as far as audio is concerned. To much noise going on at once would sound cluttered, maybe focus on each section for a 30 seconds or so.