March 2011 Archives

Jeff Thorstad - Eduardo Kac

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I wanted to write my response about the GFP Bunny, because I thought it was really unique and it had some cool science behind it. I thought it was very interesting that a jellyfish contains a chemical or whatever it is that can make a fluorescent glow. Not only that, but the fact that you can put this material into another living thing and have it actually work. I wish I could have the chemical put in me!
I don't think it was using an animal in a wrong way. I can understand how some of the viewers would feel uneasy about how he altered a rabbit, but after all, it was very interesting and it showed that the rabbit could retain this "glowing" protein. I'm surprised that there wasn't any repercussions for this piece of art. Maybe that's why he did it in France, they don't have crazy animal rights laws. Who knows.
All in all, I think that he is a very interesting artist. He uses a little performance, a little science and a lot of gadgets to make his work very special.

Jan Svankmajer Response

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The piece I'd like to comment on was one that I thought was probably overlooked by many due to its short length and absence in class discussion. Flora stood out to me because of its graphic nature and because of the powerful message it portrayed. It took a couple of times around to understand, but once I noticed the ropes tying the subject down, the placement of the table, and the presence of the glass of water just out of reach of the hand I began to construct an interpretation of what the piece was getting at. The whole theme of denying that which is most necessary to something in need cannot only be applied to an environmental perspective, but a wide range of other topics i.e. human nature, social justice etc. The detailed, graphic, and just plain disturbing nature of the piece instilled a really powerful feeling of discomfort in me personally, which is what I think Svankmajer was going for. For something like this, I don't believe my personal opinion regarding whether or not I like this piece is important. I don't believe he took into account whether of not the audience would like the piece, as this piece was meant to exaggerate something to make it disturbing and thus clearly portray a stronger message. In that sense, I feel it is a pure form of self-expression because it wasn't done to please any audience.

Future Farmers

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The first thing that attracted my attention in the Future Farmers presentation was their work with vegetation and farming practices. I feel that local farming practices are going to become a major issue in the upcoming years as gas and food prices (arguably) rise. Weather you believe that their work is art or not the ideas that the organization brings to discussion are very current and discussable topics. Along the lines of agribusiness I found the flow charts of power to be a very interesting addition to their movement. I liked how they bring to awareness the connection to big business and political parties. Our nation operates under very invested interests and I feel that that often goes overlooked. The piece that I found most aesthetically pleasing was the mushroom cloud-like tree. I felt it's message was very clear and precise which I find refreshing in art sometimes.

Svankmajer Response

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I really liked Jan Svankmajer's work with the clay couple. It really made the viewer wonder what happened between the two that made the relationship turn so sour. it looked more like a lover's quarrel than anything. I do think that the little blob of clay was a child though. it was clear the two had been lovers and something happened that got in the way of them. the way they were both rejecting the clay led me to believe that neither of them wanted to deal with it. it could easily have bee a problem that tore the two of them apart, but the way the blob was stroking the woman's stomach must have had some sort of purpose and i don't think that purpose was to make the woman feel uncomfortable. i found it ironic that the couple morphed together in conflict the same way that they had in love at the beginning of the clip. to me, it almost sent the signal that the two still loved eachother, just in a more passionately heated way.

Graffiti Research Lab

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I found the graffiti research lab presentation very interesting, because it differs from what the average assumption of art is. I always enjoy graffiti as an art form because I really enjoy the vibrant colors and creativity that goes into it. Another reason that I really enjoy graffiti is because I love that you can express yourself in many different forums and not just in the typical gallery, the art can go anywhere and that is why i liked the graffiti research lab's art, because they were able to project in all different venues. I also liked how they were bringing art to those who were previously unable to participate because of limb incapabilities, but now are able to create art using only their eyes.

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Cory Arcangel.

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To be honest, I didn't much understand his intention with his work. Do I think it is art? Yes. But do I trust him as an artist? No. You, Erin, mentioned that you thought his intention, with the bowling thing, was to show like the imminent failure and such. I guess if that were his intention I don't think it came across correctly and I think he could have done more appropriate things. By making it machines, controlling machines, he didn't speak to any humanity and if his intention were to show what we talked about, I think he should have had the piece be interactive where the user cannot win. Yeah? I think it could go places, and I think some of his work was great. I really appreciated the Mario movie with the deterioration but I didn't see what he did as very masterful, as an artist. Yeah.

Cory Arcangel -Kat

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I found Cory's art very um.. interesting. I think if I went into a museum and saw it all together that it would look cool but individually it is very boring in my opinion. I like that he is very creative and enthusiastic about his art but I think I was expecting something that was more exciting and that was more drastic as opposed to just clouds rolling by forever and ever. I think that if he used his talent for program hacking and altering, he could do something really cool. For example, his movie with Mario could have been really cool if he did something a little faster pace but shorter so people didn't have to spend a lot of time waiting for the end. It is a really interesting concept and it would be interesting to see more of his newer work. I think the presenter did a very good job and that he was very prepared for his Artist Presentation.

Stop Motion Project

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Cory Arcangel/ Graffiti Research Lab

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Cory Arcangel: Well, I certainly found his work unique, and he definitely hit upon some interesting concepts at the intersection of pop culture, technology, and media-based art. I am not sure I am fully sold yet, mainly I think because I think some of the work needs a more strongly directed focus. He plays with the idea that video games are useless, but at times this seems contradictory as he raises the scale and sight of the video games to immense proportions, even as he alters them to defy their original purpose. The movie- well, it raises existential questions in a highly entertaining way at first, but eventually some of this loses its power. I think his methods are quite unique and useful, but part of me really wants to see them developed further. The movie was probably the closest to this, but even here some focus seemed to be lost at times. In general, though, (despite sounding highly critical) I think his work merits serious consideration and should be recognized as an art form.

As for the Graffiti Research Lab: I do appreciate their accessibility, and their efforts in creating a way to produce work even for people who normally would not have this ability. The sample of the fake warning system on the side of the building was entertaining and artistic in its use of technology and light, and I would consider this art work as well, but with a strong caveat. I heard a number of people in class say how they liked the work because it was for the common man and accessible. These are nice features, but this does not mean the work is good, anymore than work being inaccessible makes it bad. It is just one aspect. Graffiti of phallic images in bathroom stalls are not typically considered particularly artistic, and these are an "accessible mode of expression" as well. Just throwing that out there. That said, I think once again it is more about methods. If their methods are well applied, this could certainly raise some stakes in an artistic community. Likewise, if they are just used to mass project individual tags all over, it is more a bane than a useful mode of expression, so I think it depends on its usage. Most of the things shown, I would take no issue with (save if the LED lights on the train really disrupted or caused problems for it). But the use of projected light is also quite appealing- in part because of its experiential and ephemeral qualities.

Midnight Mittens

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Graffiti Research Lab

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I thought that the Graffiti Research Lab group was really interesting to learn about. They do a lot of "off the wall" stuff, pardon the pun. I like they try to find different ways to get their message out there, besides using the obvious paint can. I really enjoyed the fact that they created that Eye device to help artists who are disabled get to do what they love to do in a different way. A lot of the stuff that we saw them do was pretty goofy stuff, like sticking the Throwies onto the train and projecting the laser graffiti onto a building right on the freeway.

Graffiti Research Lab

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I thought that Graffiti Research Lab was a pretty cool group. Not only do they do graffiti, they also try to incorporate modern technology into traditional graffiti. My favorite piece by them was the Projection Bombing project. I thought it was cool how they were able to do graffiti with a projector, this way they can do graffiti on any building they want without ruining the look of the building. I thought the goal was to be able to do graffiti in a much "greener" form by involving modern technology. Doing this will appeal to more people. When I saw this I was amazed, I had never seen graffiti done in such a way it was a new experience seeing this. I really liked how they involve technology into graffiti. Using technology to modernize a form of art was really appealing to me. I really liked how they write programs just so that are able to do graffiti using projectors. I don't think I would change anything from their work because I think it is a really well done project.

cory Arcangel

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I feel like his purpose was to take away everything from the video games that he didnt like and making it into something that was pretty much useless. I feel this because he said in one of the videos that we were showed in class that he didnt really like video games and never played them as a kid and thought they were useless. I felt what he did was very intreasting, and probly took him alot of time and effort to do that to the vidoe games. For example, with the game where he took out everything besides the clouds, I feel like that would take alot of time. So than it always comes back to the question of is this art or not, and to me i do not consider this art. To him though is another story because this is something that he cares alot about so to him it is defiently art.

Cory Arcangel

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I picked the clouds that was shown, and I think the goal behind it was just to show how simple a video game can look without the actual characters running through it. I got the feeling that it was missing a lot, and that it was just really empty but I think I felt like that just because I know what is SUPPOSED to be there rather than what isn't, however I like the fact that it makes me wonder what could be there and all the things I could do with that simple backround piece. The only thing I would change is that I would leave when other object aside from the clouds because than you could really let the auideinces imaginations run wild.

Cory Arcangel

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I don't play a lot of video games, so I didn't really have a strong connection with Cory Arcangel's work, but I still found it very interesting. I love the idea of him taking apart the operating systems of video games or programs and making them result in the way he wants them to. It's something I never would have thought people would do. Many people don't necessarily see his work as art, but I do think it's very creative how he altered classic games such as Tetris and Mario, making the bricks move slower or the background of the game totally different. His inspiration was very simple, he just going off of computer games he played when he was growing up as a child. Except now, as an adult, he is taking the objective (or fun of winning) out of the game and turning it into a type of art that reflects the different emotions a person feels while playing these various types of video games. I think his artwork is a creative idea, but I feel he could do more with it. Instead of just changing the clouds in mario, maybe he could change the features of the characters.

Cory Arcangel

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Of all the things to make an art exhibit of, a bunch of modded game systems would be the last thing I expect. As I had brought up during the presentation, I feel as if video games are still considered a low/popular art form enjoyed by the non-art savvy, and as a result must endure much more harsh criticisms from the already established media i.e. painting, film making, photography etc. before "joining the club" so to speak.
This isn't to say what Arcangel did wasn't art, on the contrary, the intent and message were there to convey to the viewers in a period in time where this medium is quite appropriate which abides by my definition of art completely (and even fulfills some of the criteria that makes time-frame specific art so important today.) Although what we discussed in class about the theme of dehumanization in this exhibit is applicable and relevant, I don't feel it is what he intended to portray. In fact, what I interpreted as the artist portraying frustration and hopelessness seems to contradict that whole absence of humanity theme to a certain degree. I also found humor in the irony of modifying something to do something so pointless (as most mods are created with the intention of enhancing the experience in some area such as graphics, mechanics, or other content.)
Overall I really enjoyed this piece because it was something I could easily relate to as someone who was practically raised by video games. The only change I'd make to the piece would be to make more of it. Circuit bending every bowling game for every console ever made would make the convictions of the piece even stronger.

Cory Archangel- The Video Game Manipulator

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Cory Archangel's work was nothing short of interesting. At the beginning of the presentation I didn't know what to make of the way he manipulated video games but by the end of the presentation I realized that by taking away the human element of video games (like he did with all of the bowling games that yielded an automatic gutter ball) he was able to make a strong point about how meaningless video games are to our society. By taking away the objective of the video games he manipulated he was able to show how pointless the really are. Growing up without video games in the house my parents taught me the value of finding joy in the simpler things in life. They taught me that you don't need to be stimulated by a screen at all times. I didn't find his art visually appealing but I have such a strong connection with his message that I began to truly enjoy his work. The only thing I would change about his work would be to somehow make his visuals more appealing.

F2

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The piece I pick was the F2 video by Cory Archangel.

I believe the goal behind the artist's work was to look at the screen and think about what you are trying to see. I thought he was going to trick us by having us stare at the screen for awhile and then something scary pops out and scares us.

The feelings I got while viewing the artwork was "what else is going to happen" and confused. I was confused because the film didn't really do much but change color.
I didn't like the F2 film because I thought it was boring because all you are watching is a road and the screen changing colors.

The thing I would change about this film is to add back the cars because cars are better to look at.

Cory Arcangel

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My favorite project of his was when he took all the bowling games and he made it so no one could ever one. I honestly would hate that because I want to win, but it is kind of funny because you could play jokes on a lot of people doing it. The things he does for his projects are unique and i never really seen or heard of them before. He just likes to distort video games and take the game part out of it, and change the back ground of the games. It really does not seem to hard to do and a lot of people could do it so i wonder how he even makes a living doing what he does. I guess some of the things he does is alright but i do not really like the fact that he is ruining the video game, i play video games a lot so i would never want to do it. Also his artwork does not seem that exciting to me either. Like i said earlier if i had the skills he had to change a video game, instead of making them worst or boring i would just add to what they have to make them better. I think that would make his art better and more enjoyable.

Arcangel - F2

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Pick one piece that was presented:
F2
What was the goal/theme behind the artist's work?
I think that the goal behind F2 was for the viewer to - at some point during the video - ask themselves, what it the point of this? The idea of playing a video game without anything happening is really boring. I mean the player or viewer or whatever I'm supposed to be called seems to be traveling down a road, never really able to reach the mountain up ahead, pass a tree, or maybe even Yoshi along the way. I found that the point Arcangel is trying to make is that video games really have no point. In the way that he's constructed his video, there is no challenges, no rewards, and no character plot involved, leading to a very boring experience. Maybe he's trying to say that in the real world, video games will get you nowhere (could be a metaphor with the road that never goes anywhere). In reality, one could have just beaten a really hard level, but once one steps away from the screen, he/she really has nothing to show for it.
What feeling did you get while viewing the work? What was it that made you feel this way?
I felt really bored and kept asking myself when it was going to be over or if anything was going to happen.
What did you like or dislike, why?
I get that it had a point and that that point was to be boring, but I was so disinterested. I feel like art should be compelling and interesting, not something that makes you want to walk away. I'm fine with Arcangel's piece being like this, as long as he's fine with me saying, "K, fine, I've had enough." After about ten seconds and walking away.
Is there something you would change, why?
I wish it wasn't so long. I get the point, that it's supposed to be boring and nothing is supposed to happen, but Cory can make that point in less time than he actually did.

Jeff Thorstad - Cory Arcangel

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Chip Bend Bowling

Goal/Theme: To extract the human element of the game, it erased the reason for playing, which is winning. The modded controllers rolled gutter balls and resulted in a zero game. Every time.

Feeling: I guess the real feeling was a depressing and angry one. It was kind of a feeling of no hope, because you know its just going to be another gutter ball.

Dis/Like: I like how the controllers were the only things that were modded, I didn't like how the chips were exposed though. I think if the chips were either hidden behind and embedded inside the controller, it would have been a much cleaner and unified appearance.

Change:
-Chips inside controllers.
-Remove the really old games, they are hopeless.
-Make one strike, just one.

Free stop-motion software for PC's

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http://www.clayanimator.com/english/stop_motion_animator.html

Cory Arcangle

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The piece that I am going to focus on is the Bowling piece. I feel like the goal of Arcangle was to create an ironic contrast between video games and reality. Video games have one general goal and that is to win, beat the mission, finish the level, ect. Yet, the feelings that an individual receives from completing the task has little to no connection to reality. Essentially what does and individual draw from a video game outside of completion.

I had a very inquisitive feeling while viewing Arcangle's work. It is not a digital art form that I was familiar with prior to seeing this presentation.

One thing that I like about the piece is how simply the artists points out how trivial video games are beyond the satisfaction of completion. When an individual takes part in an activity they typically leave the situation with more than a sense of accomplishment. Personally, I thought that Arcangle could have take the project another step by altering the bowlers actions.

I would have made the piece more interactive by altering the controllers so that viewers could use the controllers but the virtual bowlers would act in a counter intuitive manner. I feel like this would have furthered the point that I thought the artist was aiming for.

Cory Archangel videos

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cloud scroll
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqtHAFHV72c

F2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCesOWJQp6o

Mario movie (part 1 of 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdAJKRpP5uU

Beat the Champ (bowling)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-eQtgJu3Ek

Artist Presentation

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Pick one piece that was presented:

What was the goal/theme behind the artist's work?

What feeling did you get while viewing the work? What was it that made you feel this way?

What did you like or dislike, why?

Is there something you would change, why?

Cory Arcangel

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I found the theme to be failure and frustration because all of the games he hacked were set up to be frustrating for someone or for someone to fail. In cloud scroll he took everything away except for the clouds allowing you to do nothing, but watch the clouds. In gutter ball, all the balls went in the gutter allowing no one to win. I was a little confused to what part of what he did was art. I thought it was funny how he hacked the games, but confused by how hacking a game and changing the colors or game style was art. I liked how Cory could hack into these games and put his own touch on what he wanted these games to do. What I didn't like was the repetition of annoying sounds. I would change the way he set up his video controllers and place them on a wall a little differently to make it look more like art. I love the idea and the theme he is trying to portray.

brothers quay response

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"Street of Crocodiles" was an eerie narrative of a post industrial time. Everything was mechanical, including the characters. It portrayed the setting as a spooky, dangerous place. The lighting hugely helped create the mood--it cast harsh shadows, creating a mysterious, dark setting. The props themselves were very well done. Everything looked old, warn and dusty. The squeaky sound effects added to the feel.

This isn't my favorite style to watch, but I can appreciate what they have created. On the surface it was an eerie movie about creepy little dolls, but was backed with a strong conceptual narrative.

Jeff Thorstad - Brothers Quay

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I enjoyed watching this film from the Brother Quay. I have always had an interest in the darker side of art, so to see this stop motion video have an eerie edge made it all the better. I think the use of lighting is what really made this video happen, I imagine that it isn't easy making stop-motion clips in low light situations, but the brothers perfected it. Besides the light, the music was spot-on as well. It seemed as if the instruments used were a violin and a cello, very nice. The long sad sound made this movie even more unsettling. When watching this, I had a weird feeling that is only experienced rarely, it was kind of a sneaky, scary and nervous feeling assembled into one reaction. So, I would say these guys have a very neat talent in their craft and I have gained a lot of respect for them.

Brothers Quay Response

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I definitely liked this video by the Quay Brothers more than the other one, because this one had a lot more feeling to it. They really sank this one into that dark, depressing mood that almost irks me when I watched it. It gives you that uneasy feeling that you can't place. It almost makes you sad to watch their work, because it is shot with such a depressing backdrop. The colors are dark and dull, and walls and props give signs of deterioration. Now, I couldn't really tell you what exactly the Quay Brothers try to portray in their works or what point they are trying to get across. I guess their's is more "take it in your own way" type of work. I don't really care to watch another one of their videos, because I don't really like the feeling that they project. Beautiful stop motion, however.

Street of Crocodiles

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The Quay brother obviously depicted this animation in a very dark manner. However, I feel that removing the dark nature of the short film helps one appreciate the work that must have gone into creating this very long film. Often times in class I feel heart-pressed to a minute of footage. The length of this film and the materials used for this animation is very impressing alone.

The message of this animation is one that many U of M students can relate to. The film depicts the alienating effects of the developed metropolitan world. We may not realize it in a direct sense, however, during the immediate stages after industrialization this feeling could not be escaped. In a modern sense you can view suburbs as a response to the feeling the Quay brothers depicted in the film.

Brothers Quay

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Before viewing "Street of Crocodiles" I got a scared feeling, because all of the works that I have seen from the Brothers Quay have given me the same uneasy feeling. I never really fully understand what they are trying to say through their videos, but I still find them very interesting while creepy at the same time. They use very dark and dull colors that set the frightening mood that I think they are trying to create; I think the sounds that are used also help to create the chilling feeling that they are going for, because the music that is being used is very dark and eerie. I think that the music and objects used were all satisfactory in achieving the feelings and mood that they were trying to set.

Kentridge

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I think an important part of what makes William Kentridge's work feel the way it does is the soundtracks that he uses. The use of songs in a foreign language he chooses for some of his work make me feel like I've entered into this world that I can't understand fully. This makes the images more powerful to me because I find my self relying mostly on the visual aspects of his work to derive it's meaning. I really like the work he does with charcoal. As the scenes change, you can see the smudging from the previous picture which gives his work a feeling that it is constantly progressing.

Brothers Quay

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The colors and sounds that the Quay brothers use really set the mood of their work. The colors are always dull and generate a sense that thing have been deteriorating for a long time. It makes me feel that I'm watching something very old. The sounds play a big role in the mood as well. They use a lot of squeaking and crumpling sounds that also give the sense that things have not been up-kept and things are rusting and deteriorating. I really like the technique they use when they move the focus field of the camera, but leave the camera stationary. It's a really neat effect that gives a sensation of motion without any actual motion of the objects in their set.

Brothers Quay Response

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I feel like the film was suppose to be scary when I watched it, it was like a scary movie and I thought It was pretty easy to tell that they were trying to make the movie scary. They made it very dark so that you could not see very much and you did not really know what to expect next. The clown doll they used was also scary looking, it reminded me of the movie "Saw" which is a scary movie so I got the same feeling from it. Also the music made it sound scary with the high pitch noises, which are usually in scary movies. They matched up the sounds they were looking for with the instruments they were using very well. The setting of the movie also made me feel the way I did, it was like they were in a basement, which is always the scariest part of a house, and it was a old looking house which is also scary. It was a good movie, but I did not really like the mood it gave me, I was kind of confused watching it and it was pretty creepy. The only thing I would have changed is to make it easier to see what they are trying to show.

Brother Quay Response

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I thought that is video was kind of creepy in a way and a little bit on the darkside, because for some reason the only thing that I could think about when I was watching the video was a movie I watched called Nightmare Before Christmas and another movie I watched called Caroline. I think that what the main point of his artwork is trying to mimic

Brothers Quay

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Before discussing this video I got a very ire feeling. It was a very intreasting scary video. It made me feel like I was watching a scary movie, not that it was art. They used alot of intreasting pictures, and alot of dark pictures, and also alot of scary sounds. This video was not a video that I would usually watch or be intreasted in. These techniques were very effective in making me feel the ire feeling that I had while watching the video.
This video would work the same way in a play. The dark pictures in sounds would actually probly work better in the setting of a play because it would be in first person. I would have been more scared if I saw this in a play rather in the video setting that we watched it in.

Pictures and Sounds

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Creepy Lake Song

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Creepy Lake Song.mp3


Emily, Sam, Kat. :)

Song

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Jules, Mark, and Josh

Song.

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Photograph by Marion.
A girl from France in Milwaukee.

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Marion.mp3

Bottles' Song

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Brothas Quayyy // Jmartin

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I'm still confused as to what exactly the purpose was the the video "Street of Crocodiles" and I wish we would have discussed it more in depth in class. The kind of narrative I got from the video before we talked about it was all over the place. It was really hard to follow any sort of plot line that they threw into the story. I kind of felt like it was a creepy movie made specifically just to be creepy. The Brothers Quay incorporated things like a dark setting, rusty tools like screws, and dirty floors all into one scene. The fact that it was an industrial scene probably played into the overall theme as well. It may have had something to do with the decay of industry or how business and technology is decaying and/or desensitizing man kind. The music didn't have a set beat either. Mainly, it was composed of sudden loud pitches, almost like a Stephen King or Hitchcock movie. Overall, I found the theme to be dark and eery. The work was interesting, but I wish the plot would have been more clear

Post a response to the Brothers Quay video we watched in class on Tuesday, "Street of Crocodiles."

What kind of narrative did you get from the viewing experience before we discussed "Street of Crocodiles," and why do you suppose you got that experience?

What techniques did the Brothers Quay use to make you feel the way you did? Think about sound and visual techniques. Did you find the techniques effective in setting a certain type of mood?

Do you think the film would have worked with different factors in play (i.e. different music, different objects or characters?) If so, propose suggestions.

Brothers Quay

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Before discussing "Street of Crocodiles" in class I was very confused on what was going on in the video. I felt like this video was creepy and spooky. I suppose I felt this way because there were no words to help guide me along with what was happening, and the dark setting with the spooky music is what gave me the goose bumps.
The way they used their music and the dark lighting definitely help set the mood for their video. I am not very familiar with the Brothers Quay work, but I believe they did a great job with the sound and visuals to set the scenario for their piece. I feel that no other music or objects could have worked in this piece because the way they wanted to portray their work, is the way that we all saw it. After discussing the video in class I noticed many more themes that I didn't get to pick up when I watched it. I realized that there was a deeper meaning than just what I saw. To me, I find their work chilling, but I will definitely look into more of their videos to understand them more.

Brothers Quay Artist Response

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Street of Crocodiles link

Post a response to the Brothers Quay video we watched in class on Tuesday, "Street of Crocodiles."

What kind of narrative did you get from the viewing experience before we discussed "Street of Crocodiles," and why do you suppose you got that experience?

What techniques did the Brothers Quay use to make you feel the way you did? Think about sound and visual techniques. Did you find the techniques effective in setting a certain type of mood?

Do you think the film would have worked with different factors in play (i.e. different music, different objects or characters?) If so, propose suggestions.

Please post your responses BEFORE class (BEFORE 1:25 pm) on Tuesday March 22nd.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE - Jessica Martin

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William Kentridge does an amazing job with his stop animation films, largely due to the fact that he looks for many creative and unique ways to approach his work. I noticed that many of his pieces involve very dark colors, almost always in black an white; yet, in a few instances I noticed very bold colors in the mix, such as blues and reds. I'm assuming he did this to evoke some sort of feeling or emotion to link to the project. Many of his pieces were also drawn or animated in some way. There looks to be almost no actual people or scenes being acted out by individuals and many of these drawings come to life as scenes of battle or hardship. I loved these, but I also thought the puppet show was really cool. Overall, I really liked Kentridge's work. Unlike a lot of other artists we've talked about, he's the first we've looked at who has real variety in his work.

William Kentridge Response

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I like William Kentridge work because of the different technique's he uses in his artwork like playing things backwards which makes it look like it just appears and disappears or using the white and black effect on the artwork, or using scrapes of paper and build them together until they are a certain shape or object. I also like the different sound techniques he uses in his artwork, some of William Kentridge photos look really life like and cool. He is also the first artist I know that was born in South Africa. I also like how he films a drawing then make changes to it the film it again so the drawing will be altered that way until the end when he uses it for the finished piece of art

Bill Kentridge

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The thing I found most interesting about William's work was his use of like... found objects. Using the supplies around him to create a piece, as opposed to searching for years for the "perfect" materials. I think by doing this, he allows himself to generate work under limitations which in this case I think encourages his work as opposed to halting it. The aesthetic of his work, was very unique. Using pieces to form a whole was a common theme I saw in his workings. I also appreciated his use of collaboration as he worked with a singer and a musician to help form one of his works.
Something that really intrigued me was his work with Ubu. In intro to theatre last semester I spent literally 6 weeks solely on a project dedicated to Ubu and the Truth Commission and I'm not sure if, or not, William did the original artwork for that show but it was extremely similar if not. The historical context and association to that already established work, gave his work a new context to draw from.

William Kentridge

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First of all, I would like to note the unique way that William Kentridge uses stop motion. I think it is very interesting that he uses ripped pieces of paper to create characters and backdrops and other things. The amount of time it must take to complete one of his stop motion works must be insanely great. Also, he uses his body as the model for the animation of the different characters in his pieces. There was also some aspects of his work that I did not enjoy. While I think that the way he does his stop motion, I don't think his pieces are all that interesting themselves. I mean, to each his own. I just don't like that it comes off as so depressing and dark, but that's just my opinion. Other people may see it as beautiful and other various adjectives along those lines.

-Emily Anderson

William Kentridge

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The first thing I would like to highlight about this artist's work is the historical content. I loved the piece that was a depiction of South Africa's history. The charcoal drawings had great detail and must have take months on end to create. Personally I love it when artists create pieces that have historical references. The story that he depicted had a historical quality, however it was evident that his own take was depicted in the drawings.

The piece of the face being blown away capture a different movement through three mediums. Often people speak of movement in a still picture, and indeed the placement of the filings did have movement to them. But, Kentridge brought this movement to another level using the camera and the fanning. I found all of his works very interesting because of the many mediums he operated through. This piece reminded me of a dance, a stopmotion, and a painting combined into one.

William Kentridge

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Kentridge's work was visually and aesthetically pleasing to me because he is able to make his art look realistic with the pen but he also made it pop using the amazing effects of stop motion. My favorite pieces from the video were the ones in which he used the little bits of black construction paper to make a picture. I also think that the use of the construction paper is symbolic of the whole artistic process because little scraps of paper represent the amount of work it takes to put together any piece of art. His stop motion charcoal video was also really well done except for a couple frames where he hadn't completely erased his previous images. The way he was able to make moving images of himself into big black horses (once again using the infamous black construction paper I believe) was a curious sight to witness because I have no idea how he accomplished that.

Jeff Thorstad - William Kentridge

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I noticed that William used a lot of motion to create emotion in his art. It came down to every slight movement, and it really worked to create the emotion for the character and the viewer. One of the methods he used that I liked the most was creating the scenes from small torn bits of black paper, and then had them blow away. Not only did this technique really give the art emotion and movement, but it was a genius way of creating transitions. I think when he uses the charcoal, it shows how well he has mastered the art of charcoal art itself and stop-motion. I have seen other work like this, but his way of making it barely noticeable but still visual is very unique. The best scene is when the man was smoking a cigar, it was as if the smoke rings were actually floating on the paper. I enjoyed seeing someone who has been so committed to his work, that he never quit, or foresees an end to his passion.

Stop Motion Artist Response

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I found the art that was presented to be very interesting; it really brings to light how almost anything can be art. I liked the quote where he states that his job is to create art, not to make sense. I think this sums up art in a great way and it completely opened my mind to all the possibilities of what art can be. From his words and his style of art I can see that his childhood and heritage (being Jewish) play a huge role in the influence behind his work, it comes through in a big way. The shadow precession really interests me due to the abstract yet reality that it touches on, it feels completely obtuse and at the same time it looks like real life to some extent. Another thing I found interesting was the use of oil drawings to make stop motion, something like this must have taken immense amounts of time to create but the end result is pleasing to the eye. But out of everything the thing I found most interesting was the way he would play things backward in order to make things look magical or out of this world.

William K

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I thought William had very unique techniques when it came to creating his art projects. My favorite technique of his was when he have whole bunch of black pieces of scrap paper and he designed a girl's face out of it. Than he used some type of poster board to swing close to the pieces of scrap paper so they would fly up and scatter everywhere. When played it backwards to make it look like the wind was doing it, it seemed really cool and that was my favorite part. Also I liked how he said that he did choose to be an artist, he was just chosen too. He also made a lot of his art projects black and white and I thought that was pretty cool too. When you use the colors of black and white it makes the project seem so much more serious and you can focus on the main part of the project. I think when he uses his erasing technique he is just try to almost hide the main point of the image, or maybe he does so he can mix it with an another important element in his project, either it looks good when he does it.

William Kentridge

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Willaim kentridge uses alot of black and whitte anitmation, which usualy you would see animation in color more so than in black and white. The black and white adds charcter to what he is trying to show. He also uses black pieces of paper and than makes them into objects. This was my favorite part, I thought it was really cool how he could create such detailed objects out of little pieces of black paper. I feel like he would erase the objects he made with charcol marker because it shows the animation piece that he is trying to bring out. It also helps with the stop motion picture that he is creating.

William Kentridge

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William Kentridge does an amazing job at creating animated films. The examples we watched in class, showed a lot of his work in black and white. I have not seen a lot of animated films that way, but I really like it. What I really enjoyed most was the way he would add a little bit of color to a few of his films to make something really stand out. William Kentridge's paintings and drawings he creates look so great and contain such great detail. When he was creating the piece of a lady with scrap construction paper I was so astonished on how detailed it looked. I was confused on why he blew all of the pieces of paper away when he was done creating his work, but once I saw it on camera after he recorded it, I saw the goal what he was trying to achieve in his work. I love his animated films and artwork, and it definitely inspires me to add some of his ideas into my work.

William Kentridge - Anything is Possible

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Post a 150 word response to the William Kentridge video we watched in class.

Watch the full episode. See more ART:21.

What techniques does Kentridge use to create each environment, emotion, and character in each of his films? Make a list of the techniques you saw demonstrated in the film. Which did you find most interesting.

What was your favorite part and why?

Kentridge often draws in heavy, black charcoal, and erases the image, which often shows underneath the image that is drawn over it. What do you suppose this means in relation to his work and what it is about?


Sound Test Project

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Dat Beat.aiff
Dat Beat, 'nuff said.

Video, Sound (aka Noise). . .

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Videos:

http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/embedqt/100584

http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/embedqt/100585

Sound:

Also Weird Project.aiff

Noise:

Weird Project.aiff

Noise and Noises

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Ugh.

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I worked too long on getting the bird chirping out of a sound clip... wasn't really worth it... but yeah. So, this clip is pretty pathetic. It's done after like 10 seconds so...

Ugh.aiff

DNF pat

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Idk Sound Stuff

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Kat's Jammin' Jams. Sorta

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Emily Anderson Soundz - "Oh Hey!"

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Sound Assignment

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Jeff Thorstad - Clip Beat

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SOUNDS OF NATURE BEEEEEEEEPP

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Sounds AKA Boo

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Sounds!

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Dirty Beat

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DirtyBeat.wav
Bunch of random sounds put together to make a dirty beat

sounds

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Sounds

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sounds

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Audacity test file

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