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Final Project -- Due 5/5

Final Project 
Propose a project that makes creative use of digital media tools to investigate a subject that interests you. 

Come to class next week (4/21) prepared to give a short presentation about your project: 
+ Talk about the subject matter of your piece. What is it about and why are you interested in it? 
+ Talk about your process. What tools and strategies do you plan to use? 
+ Talk about how you hope the piece will turn out, and about questions you have in mind as you begin. (This project can be a process of inquiry where you aren't sure how it will turn out.) 
+ Show at least one visual or sonic example - it could be footage or photographs that you will use, or it could be another artist's work that inspires your project.

You will present your final project to your peers on May 5th.  
Also due at the beginning of class on the 5th: an entry on the class blog that includes 
1. Functional embedded media or links to your work.
2. One paragraph of clear and concise text about your piece.  This writing should explain your motivations and concerns as an artist.  It should help an unfamiliar viewer to understand and appreciate your work.

Project #3 - Multiple Perspective Video

Multiple Perspective Video

The Goal:

Make a video that explores a phenomenon or type of phenomena from multiple perspectives.  Use one or both of these questions to guide your work:

How is a certain event or type of event interpreted differently by different witnesses?

What can a change in visual perspective/distance reveal or conceal?

The Limitations:

1. Try to keep it between 3 and 5 minutes.

2. Think specific: (Don't make a video about presidents, make it about Abraham Lincoln's assassination.  Don't make a video about natural disasters, make it about animals that are picked up by tornadoes and then put down unharmed.)

3. Think simple: use what is right in front of you, and try to discover something interesting in it.  

4. Try new things: Don't try to recreate the look/feel/structure of a TV show or Hollywood film.  Use the camera or the footage to look for details that show your subject matter in ways that you've never seen before.

5. No music unless you played it yourself.

6. Use some non-diegetic sounds (that is, sound which was not recorded during the image it accompanies.)  See Wikipedia for definition of Diegesis (particularly, look at the section about film.)

The Timeline:

Step 1: Shoot, animate, or collect* footage (Due March 24)

Step 2: Edit a rough-cut version (Due March 31)

Step 3: Edit a final-cut version (Due April 7)

*if you use found footage, please provide me with citations of your sources

Public Animation Assignment - Due March 3rd

Turn the mini into massive!

Public Animation Assignment, due March 3rd:

Make a short (approximately 1 minute or 900 frames at 15fps) stop-motion or time-lapse animation that you intend to project on the wall of the building across from WBSC.  Use everyday objects or materials; transform them, move them, or accumulate them over time.

Your piece should be site-specific - it should relate directly to the space where it will be projected.  This relationship could be a physical one (your imagery relates to the physical structure of the wall or building or the empty space of the lot.)  On the other hand, your piece could be site-specific in the way that it engages passing pedestrians.

For our class on March 3rd, we'll take a field trip to the West Bank Social Center to project our assignments in public and do an improvised collaboration with Minneapolis Art on Wheels.
It's gonna be FUN!!

Reading Assignment due 2/17 - 'Speed' by Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks is a neurologist and writer; an influential thinker among scientists, psychologists, writers, artists, and philosophers alike for his insights about how humans relate to the world and to each other.  Before we start working with animation and video, this should provide some food for thought about how our human perception shapes our subjective experience of time and motion.

Speed by Oliver Sacks from The New Yorker; 8/23/2004, Vol. 80 Issue 23, p60-69

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:

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:

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: