February 2011 Archives
Check out this really cool stop motion....
Heres the link to the Open House Blog which has all the info and some still of our work.
See you there! Godspeed.
I have found this great artist who creates miniature scenes in boxes. I like the way a whole world is contained, and her aesthetic. By using layers she also creates a great sense of distance, with objects blurring in the background.
Here is one paticular entry in her blog, but also check out the side bar and look at the different scenes she's created.
At the risk of sounding like an old man, my imagination fires on a much higher level when looking at these hand made creatures than anything I've seen in CGI. I still contend that the tried and true methods look better, even today. I'm a huge fan of Harryhausen, but some of the creatures here were new to me. This little survey was put together by some awesome internet guy, not me, but it covers 32 years of stop motion, and is set to Tito Puente. I had to share.
Check out more Harryhausen stuff on his website: http://www.harryhausen.com/
Hey guys, my Uncle sent me this link that was forwarded by a member of the group "Tiny Circus," which is a community based art project using stop motion as it's primary medium.
You can read about the summer session on this page, it's located in Iowa, about 5 hours away.
So, I've been letting a lot of ideas and visuals and sounds stir in my head. My original idea was to make some sort of piece/ mechanism that would explore the idea of creating an entire story in someone's mind only through sound, and hopefully live sound at that. I am still hoping to do this, but along my journey of finding my story I came across the idea of the American creation mythos and how this affects our cultural identity.
Instead of the Greeks' Zeus, Hera, Hermes, etc., we have Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Joe Magarac, Pecos Bill, and so on. I think I want to explore this idea of the American archetypal folk hero and see how these myths explain how our country was "born". For instance, Paul Bunyan dragged his ax behind him as he walked across the deserts, thus creating the Grand Canyon, and things of that sort.
I came across the tale of Joe Magarac, the "patron saint" of the steelworkers in Pennsylvania, who had many great adventures and exploits, and finally melted himself down in a steel mill to be used to help build the country's rail system and buildings. This was a myth in stark contrast to the others, which were set in the Old West. But this idea of melting one's self down to help replenish things reminded me of this, also. This video is a perfect blend of those two ideas. It gets weird at the end, but I think it's great. Wrapping it up, this is where my thinking has led me so far.
Sorry I did not clarify on how to create your own entry.
Ok, follow these steps:
1) Go to www.blog.lib.umn.edu or click here.
2) On the left, click on Login to UThink! using your UofM X500 and password.
3) On the top section of the page, you can click on the class: Hand, Mind, Gesture...
4) There, you will see a tab that says: Create/Manage/Design/Preferences/Tools.
5) Click on Create > Entry!
Let me know if you have problems.
This is the video that we mentioned in class today.
It's inspiring for what I want to work on during the semester!
It's better if you create an individual entry for your post - it helps instead of having a lot of comments on one single entry. Let me know if it's not working/doesn't allow you, but it should!
Hello Fellow Artists!
Welcome to our blog for Michael Sommer's class: Hand, Mind & Gesture!
Please be free to share your thoughts, feelings, art, pictures, videos, whatever you want, on here with the rest of the class :)