January 2010 Archives

Assignment: Project #1 - Mini Book

Due: February 10
Assignment: Project #1 - Mini-book.

Make a 4 or 8 page book from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper.
Use the book to share your experience of a certain place or a type of place.  
You may incorporate found or appropriated images if you wish.  
You may incorporate text, but I encourage you to use it sparingly.  
Please give your book a title.
*Make 17 b&w copies - one for each of your classmates, one for you, and one for me.
Have fun with this!

When you structure the book, consider one of the following formats:
-    A collection of related ideas
-    A sequence that develops page by page

Here are some templates for an 8-page layout to get you started:
8PageBookTemplate-Front.psd

Field Trip Assignment

Art Field Trip
Due February 3rd:
Go on one of these two art field trips sometime in the next two weeks (or both!)

1. Visit the Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake.  Think about how this playful community relates to some of the themes of our class: participation, uses of space, appropriation, etc.  Be ready to discuss your experience.  This is a fun place to visit with friends.  This project is only open to the public on weekends so plan accordingly.  Directions and complete information at: http://www.artshantyprojects.org/

2. If you are looking for something closer to home, visit the following exhibits, which are all at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis:
-Haegue Yang: Integrity of the Insider
-Robert Irwin: Slant/Light/Volume
*and, if you can make it before the show closes on January 24: visit Dan Graham's Beyond.  This exhibit is particularly fun and interactive, so try to see it.
When you experience these pieces, consider how your presence and participation is central to the work.

The Walker is free on Thursday evenings, and you can also check out a free pass for two people from any of the Minneapolis Public Libraries. Complete information on the Walker at: http://www.walkerart.org/index.wac


Online Media Art Info

Ubu Web - (library of media art and art history info)
Rhizome - (new media blog)
Visual Complexity - (computer graphics and statistics wizardry)
The Wire - (new and experimental music magazine)
Film Studies for Free - (free resource for film and media studies information)

Local Galleries and Art Spaces

Photoshop Shortcuts

Here's a document full of handy Photoshop Key Commands...


Using the Classroom Server

How to use ArtServe

Use the Server to back up your work whenever you are in W248.
**NEVER run Final Cut Pro Projects directly from the server**

1.  In the Finder, press Apple-K, and put in the address
          afp://artserve.cla.umn.edu

2.  Enter the username and password from the Access section of your syllabus (the same ones you use to log on to the classroom computers.)

3.  The first time you log on, make a new folder for your work, titled with your first and last names (i.e. JonathanKaiser)