Summer Art2016 Wrap-up

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Summer Session / Final Art2016 Portfolio:
Save your images as jpgs or png files
You will upload them into iphoto and
export to a webgallery.

Your summer projects include:
1. Remix Project / (day 1 work)
2. Mosaic portrait (multiple versions)
3. Narrative Project (design plan and images)
4. Mixed-Media Project (your choice of projects on alternative materials / mixed media surface)

Also part of your summer grade:
blog posts about:
1. Rip! A Remix Manifesto
2. Digital Nation
3. Narrative Project Plan
4. Mixed-Media Project Reflection (see format below)

Aaron Koblin on Digital Revolution

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Interview with artist, designer and leader of Google's Data Arts Team...

He has worked on digital media experiments like:
Light Echoes
Traces of light are broadcast onto landscapes by a moving laser aboard a train.

The Johnny Cash Project (2010) directed by Chris Milk. Creative Director Aaron Koblin

Fairy Tale Films / International Fairy Tale Filmography

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The International Fairy Tale Filmography is a searchable online database of Fairy Tale films, originated by Jack Zipes, Pauline Greenhill and Kendra Magnus Johnston with the help of a technical team at the University of Winnipeg.
Search the database of films with Fairy Tale themes:
(official launch is in August)

What makes a fairy tale film?

Fairy tale films are both versions and adaptations of traditional/oral and/or literary fairy tales; animated or live action, they draw on characters, titles, images, plots, and motifs of fairy tales.

Jack Zipes defines a fairy tale film as "any kind of cinematic representation recorded on film, on videotape, or in digital form that employs motifs, characters, and plots generally found in the oral and literary genre of the fairy tale, to re-create a known tale or to create and realize cinematically an original screenplay with recognizable features of a fairy tale"

The Path / Red Riding Hood game

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An ancient tale retold in a modern medium. Bring each of six present-day red ridinghoods to their grandmother's house at the other side of a dark forest. The path is straight and safe. The woods are wide and bewitching and teeming with terrifying treasures. A wolf waits there for every girl.

Tale of Tales is a videogames development studio, founded in 2003 and run by Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn out of Belgium. View other games:

Designer for Miley Cyrus Bangerz show

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Not sure what I think about Miley, but I sure do like the pop-surrealist work of her production designer Es Devlin

Link to portfolio for Es Devlin / Stage and Costume Designer

Digital Narrative Assignment / Summer Session


Fairy tales and Myths can provide a rich starting point for a digital media project. Passed down from oral storytellers through literary traditions to new media, they are always altered by retelling to reflect the needs of the storyteller and the aesthetics of the time. Because the story is so well known, it can be altered significantly and still remain resonant and recognizable to the contemporary audience. Please select a story so old that it likely began in the oral tradition, rather than as a work of fiction by an individual author.

Powerpoint slides introducing Digital Narrative ideas :

Please post to the blog here:
Your name / Your story choice / + How you may break down the tale into 10 key moments
What draws you to this tale (characters, setting, action, images)?
How will you update this tale for the digital age?

Your visual design plan should include:
Title of story, main characters, key plot points, narrative arc or transformation. Show inspiration for your visual look, a color palette and texture or clues to your visual treatment of this old tale.

What visual qualities will unify your images? What digital tools and techniques will you use? Will you use any mixed media? What is the final size, media and format you want to create?

Blog Assignment: Digital Nation on PBS


Summer 2014 Blog Assignment:
Please Watch this PBS FRONTLINE show Online
Digital Nation

Watch the entire 90 minute show in segments online.
Make notes on each topic segment...
Make notes and write a short reflection on what you found most interesting or surprising about the show. (about 150 words)

Blog Assignment: Rip! A Remix Manifesto


Blog Assignment
Summer 2014 Digital Arts / Mixed-Media Studio:

We used to be able to watch this entire documentary film online... but now they are asking for donations. Please try to view full video.
RiP! A Remix Manifesto (it's about 86 minutes)

RiP: A Remix Manifesto from Laurent LaSalle on Vimeo.

Take notes on what you find most revealing or surprising about the contemporary practice of remix artists. Does the video raise issues about your own use of digital media... in your artwork or your life? How does the video relate to recent internet blackout/protest and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation? Do you side with the CopyLEFT or the CopyRIGHT?

Prepare your comments (about 150 words) and have them ready to post to the blog...

Spring 2013 Digital Narrative Projects


Here are Digital Narrative projects from Spring 13
Digital Arts Mixed-Media Studio students

Please link to your webgallery of images from narrative /
digital fairy tale links:

If possible, ALSO include links to other digital fairy tale research / creative searching for this

Recently viewed at Walker Art Center

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Hopper Drawing: A Painter's Process is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the creative practice of Edward Hopper (1882-1967). More than anything else, Hopper's drawings reveal the continually evolving relationship between observation and invention in the artist's work, and his abiding interest in the spaces and motifs--the street, the movie theater, the office, the bedroom, the road--that he would return to throughout his career as an artist.

Miwa Matreyek - Visting Artist

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Miwa Matreyek - Visting Artist on March 11, 2014
Post to the blog for extra credit...
What impressed you about her performance?



Her work has been shown internationally at animation/film festivals, theater festivals, performance festivals, as well as art galleries, science museums, tech conferences, universities, and more.
Some past presentation include Sundance Film Festival, TEDGlobal, Anima Mundi Animation Festival, Time Based Arts Festival, REDCAT, MCASD, LACMA, ISEA conference, Theatre de la Cité, the Exploratorium, EXIT festival, Fusebox Festival, Questfest, Pixilerations, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, etc.

Matreyek received her MFA (2007) in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. She is one of the founding-member and core-collaborator of Cloud Eye Control:

Prisoner's Mixed-Media Image Transfer Art Project

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Talk about mixed-media mosaic:
The mural took three years to make and it is a meditation on heaven, hell, sin, redemption, celebrity worship, deprivation and the nature of perceived reality. Krimes says his "entire experience" of prison is tied up in the artwork.

Prisoner's 39-Panel Allegorical Mural Made From Bedsheets, Hair Gel and Stacks of Newspapers

The Roots of Remix / Dada, Surrealism, Collage

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The ABC's of DADA

A documentary-in-progress on the dada movement, titled, "Random Acts of Beauty: The Story of Dada."

Cut-Up Machine

Andre Breton / Electronic Poetry kit

Paying Attention in Digital Times / Daniel Herwitz

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A couple of years back I found my child asleep in her bed, lying on her back. Her laptop was open on her stomach, screen saver flashing; her right hand clutched her cell phone to her ear. She had fallen asleep multi-tasking.
-- Daniel Herwitz

Paying Attention in Digital Times

Project #1 : Digital Mosaic Self-Portrait

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The body and identity have become prominent themes in the digital realm, centering on questions of how we define ourselves in virtual as well as networked physical space. While our physical bodies are still individual, physical objects, they have also become increasingly transparent; exact surveillance and identification seem to threaten the idea of individual autonomy... Our virtual existence suggests the opposite of a unified, individual body - multiple selves inhabiting mediated realities.
- Christiane Paul
author of Digital Art

Mosaic Project
This digital art project poses a question: What is portraiture in the digital age? Consider the history of portraiture, especially self-portraits by artists, and how the era is reflected in the style of the portrait. Some examples:

PREP: Bring to class your laptop, photoshop software, a folder of original digital images to use in photoshop collage. (new drawings, digital illustrations, photo files, fresh images of you and the textures, tools and objects that define your creative self.) All images must be original, no copyright conflicts.

Create a self-portrait that reflects your own identity as an artist in this contemporary age. Your portrait must also engage the concept of mosaic in digital media and should be assembled from multiple pieces that together form the whole. Allow the divisions between these pieces to play an active role in the image dynamics of the portrait. As tiled images these should reflect the multiplicity and fragmentation of personal identity in the digital age. Consider mixing traditional techniques (drawing, painting, etc) with digital techniques. Employ art principles to strengthen image unity (color, line, texture, etc). Assemble a dynamic image that contains both unity and surprise. Work at appropriate image resolution for quality output. Final work should be printed OR mounted to large scale (at least 20 inches in one direction.) Assemble mixed-media to highest quality final craft.

Mosaic Project Intro Slideshow / Low-rez

Blog Assignment : Digital Nation


Blog Assignment:
Please Watch this PBS FRONTLINE show Online
Digital Nation

Watch the entire 90 minute show in segments online.
Make notes on each topic segment...
Make notes and write a short reflection on what you found most interesting or surprising about the show. (about 150 words)

Klip Collective Reel

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New Frontier at Sundance

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Public Domain / Resource Images

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Collections of films, audio, images and texts which are no longer protected by copyright. Trawling through the Internet Archive, Wikimedia Commons and other such sites, we bring you a continuously growing and curated slice of what the public domain has to offer. Most material featured is in the public domain worldwide but the rights status of some works (particular films) may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so do check before reusing.
- See more at:

More Image Transfer Techniques

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Postcard from the Future / digital compositing

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This blog collects info on how rising seas will affect any coastal city in the U.S.
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The 100 Years Rising blog

BURN : an energy journal
BURN is a public radio show about energy and climate change around the world


What will Miami look like in 2100?

Surging Seas> data and maps
Map pages show threats from sea level rise and storm surge to all 3000+ coastal towns, cities, counties and states in the Lower 48. Click on a label to get started, or type a zip or name in the search box - See more at:

Use your imagination (and photoshop skills) to visualize a dystopian or utopian cityscape in the year 2100... Screen grab a photo of a coastal city on google street view...
Or find one on Wikimedia Commons (look for a public domain image)
then digital composite your postcard from the future...integrating water, wild life, urban decay...or engineering solutions to the changing environment.

What will Miami, New York, Baltimore, New Orleans...look like as seas rise? Will human culture adapt and continue to inhabit these locations...

Or will everyone flee the coastal zones and move to ... Duluth?
"This is where the talent wants to live"
A New Type of Growing City


Oliver Wasow / Photography

Postcards from the future / London:

Nickolay Lamm's images of the future

Also fun: Paradise Lost: Twisted Postcards From Dystopic Vacations

Filmmaker Alex Smith > Winter in the Blood screenings

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University of Minnesota Duluth is pleased to welcome filmmaker Alex Smith to Duluth for two sneak preview screenings of his newest film "Winter in the Blood," which is based on the novel by acclaimed author James Welch. Aspiring filmmakers, visual art students, cultural studies students... Don't miss this opportunity to meet Alex Smith and hear about the process of creating a feature film.

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UMD students are encouraged to attend one of these screenings of Winter in the Blood, which also count for Art & Design students as Visual Culture Lecture Series:

2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday September 29:
Screening of Winter in the Blood and Q and A with filmmaker Alex Smith at Zinema in downtown Duluth. (Theater 1, seats 95)

4-6:00 pm on Monday September 30:
Screening of the film and Q and A with Alex in at the Weber Music Hall on UMD campus

Reception at the Tweed Museum of Art following the Monday afternoon screening.


Mixed-Media Paint and Photo

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"If I want to paint your portrait, I'm painting it on you -- physically on you. That also means you're probably going to end up with an ear full of paint because I need to paint your ear on your ear," says Alexa Meade.

Ars Electronica 2013 > art about memory

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The Festival Ars Electronica 2013 is all about memory and memories, how they are created, how they influence our lifes, why we keep them and what we do with them. It discusses the fundamental elements of human memory, reflects on the current state of data and takes a look into the future what memory is going to be like.

Check out the program on

more images on flickr

Remix Project / demo day

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The summer session remix project encourages you to make the work you want to make. The only rule is that you must incorporate a few images from the class image bank into your work. Plan to save and share multiple versions of your digital remix in process. You decide the full size and materials for the final version. Give yourself freedom to play with photoshop layers, hues, and other image adjustments. Test alternative inkjet transfer methods and materials for use in your remix of media.

The remix process can include experiments with digital compositing (combining 2 or more images from the image bank)...
or remixing textures from traditional media with digital media

Mosaic Project / inspiration

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Collage/Paintings by Ekaterina Panikanova
view the artist's website here

Juxtapoz Magazine's Online Gallery

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Juxtapoz Magazine's Gallery section shows every single image on Juxtapoz in one place ...You can also filter by category or search for work by your favorite artist!
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Make New Mistakes

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Wisdom from Neil Gaiman while addressing college art grads:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.

Scott McCloud on comics

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Narrative Image: The How and Why of Visual Storytelling

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Explores the basics of how images communicate. Looks at various types of visual narratives. Presented to the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the 2011 national conference in Olympia, WA on July 12, 2011.


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