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Choose your own assignment.  You may collaborate with like-minded classmates on any of these projects, in which case you will be evaluated as a group.

1. Organize and host an activity for a group of at least 4 people (friends, classmates, and/or strangers) where you work on building a fort, treehouse, or shelter together.  What will your structure be used for?  Invent a real or imagined use for it.  Document your work through video or photographs.  Present your documentation as an edited video piece, a blog/website with text and photos, or both.

2. Expand on or revise the ideas that informed your video project.  Make an entirely new video that sets out to do the same thing more effectively.  You may NOT use any of the same footage or audio material as your first video.

3. Start a band where every member wears a costume.  (It could be just you.)  Write at least two songs that relate to your costumed persona(s).  Document your project in one of the following ways:
A) Perform your songs live for the class.
B) Organize an off-campus performance and videotape it.
C) Make a complete MySpace site with photos and mp3's.

4. Dream assignment: You can do whatever you want.  However, your proposal must be approved by me.  Bring a 250-400 word proposal explaining the concept of your piece, how you plan to realize it, and what form you'd like to present it in.

Project #4 - Macro/Micro History Video

Due November 11:

Make a video that explores an event in history on both a macro and micro scale.  Consider issues of scale as they relate to your visual/audio treatment and/or the types of information you include.  The historical event(s) can be real or invented, personal or public, or all of these.

Response Writing #1

Due October 7th:
Please post this writing to the blog or email it to me.

Respond to a piece of art we discused in class, or one that you've experienced on your own.  Write a three paragraph review discussing the content of the piece and your personal reaction to it.  What was the piece about?  What techniques did the artist use to address the subject matter?  Was the piece effective? Why or why not?

Assignment #3: Sound Art

Assignment #3 - Sound Art

Due at the beginning of class on October 14th

Finished assignment should be exported as a stereo .wav or .aif file (unless monophonic sound or mp3 compression are somehow important to your concept)

Choose one of the following ideas:

1) Make a fictional radio broadcast of 2-3 minutes.  You must use some sounds that you record yourself - you may also appropriate sounds from internet, CDs, etc.  However, do not use music unless it is music you make.  This can take the form of a realistic radio show, or it can be more unusual - something that traditionally wouldn't be broadcast.

2) Make a 2-3 minute music piece using household objects as your instruments. 

3) Experiment with using recording or editing equipment in a "wrong" way until you find sounds that interest you.  Make a 2-3 minute piece by editing the resulting noises or "performing" them.

Assignment #1: Expanded Landscape - Instructions

Focus on one specific aspect of your experience that can be described as a landscape.
This is an opportunity to interpret the word "landscape" broadly and metaphorically if you wish.  You may choose to literally investigate the landscape of your neighborhood, or you might consider historical landscapes, ideological landscapes, etc.  Use multiple layers in Photoshop to create an image or series of images that represents your personal vision of this landscape, the way that you navigate it, or the way you might dream of transforming it.

Please prepare your assignment in the following way:
1. Save a full sized PSD format version of your image.

2. If your file is larger than 1200 pixels per side, save a second version that is no more than 1200 pixels per side.  
Resize it by going to IMAGE > Image Size.  
Make sure that the measurement unit is pixels and that "Constrain Proportions" is checked. Change the larger value to 1200.
Save As... [yourfirstandlastname.psd]

3. Make this smaller into a jpeg:  
Go to FILE > Save for Web and Devices...
Make sure it says JPEG and HIGH to the upper right of the image preview.
Click Save
Name your file [yourfirstandlastname.jpg]

Put both of these files in the folder ASSIGNMENT-1 on the art server.
(Log in by following the instructions on the blog entry "Using Artserve")

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