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May 14, 2008

If You're Reading this blog...

This blog is a course blog for GWSS 3390: Feminist Media Making, in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Minnesota, Fall 2007.

The course has ended.

Please feel free to browse the site, and remember blogs happen in reverse chronology, so if you want to start at the beginning, click HERE and scroll to the bottom, or browse the links on the right-hand sidebar.

If you'd like to start at the beginning of this page (which is the end of our course), you will be reading reflections on our course journeys, then viewing final media projects (posted with final paper reflections).

Enjoy!

April 9, 2008

REFRESHER: How to post video to blog

1. Export your file from iMovie

Go to File > Export
Choose CD-Rom (choose an option that gives you file under 65MB, limit for our blog uploads)

2. Visit FREEVIDEOCODING to help you embed a player for your video. Otherwise, the blog will give you link that requires viewers to download your video.

Instructions for freevideocoding:

1. What king of file? Choose QUICKTIME
2. Publish the Media
a. Enter file location (this is the HTTP address from your uploaded file, COPY from upload html pop-up window, ONLY WHAT IS IN BETWEEN THE QUOTES)
b. Choose to EMBED player or EMBED from Image (examples below)
c. Select NO for enable autoplay (autoplay automatically plays your video when someone visits the blog; this is annoying!!!)
d. Choose YES for Display controls (this allows viewer to pause, stop, rewind & play)
e. Choose NO for support this site w/a link (if you don't want it to say freevideocoding.com at the bottom of your video)

Here's an image of the selection window:

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Here's an example of an Embedded Player:


If you choose to EMBED PLAYER from an IMAGE, you'll have to:

1. Upload image to blog (to give it a http address)
2. Copy http address
3. Paste that into freecoding site

Here's an example of LINK to an EMBEDDED PLAYER from an IMAGE:



So, be sure to write in your text Click Image to Play

3. Log into the COURSE BLOG
a. Open a "New Entry"; Select the Category MEDIA: Our Projects
b. Copy and paste the html code from freevideocoding
c. Type any text (you can add a synopsis, excerpt from your reflection paper, or anything you want to include with your video)
d. Save the entry


March 25, 2008

Category 5. Feminist Media Event Reflections

For this assignment you are to attend EITHER:

Wonder Women :: Art & Technology / culturing nature :: culturing technology exhibit (details below; March 6th post)
Note: this event is FREE, but you must RSVP to willow@umn.edu for FRIDAY, MARCH 14th Events (Studio Action Workshops, Panel, etc). The Gallery is free and open to the public.

OR

Women with Vision at the Walker Arts Center (details below; March 6th post)

OR

Visit Assemblage: The Women's New Media Gallery

OR

Another feminist media event (talk, gallery, video screening). Note: You must EMAIL me for an approval of this event!


BLOG POST WRITE-UP INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Attend the event. Take NOTES! You will need DETAILS to do your reflection post.
Note: If you choose to write on Assemblage, you must watch/visit at least 5 of the sites, and choose 1-2 to write about. Your viewing (navigating the pages of the site/show) will count as your attendance. Think about how "traveling" and viewing media on the Internet affects your experience.

2. Research the artist(s) you intend to discuss.

3. Write a 500 - 1000 word reflective write-up of the event. In your post, you must:
- Share the CONTEXT (a bit about bg of the artist) of the work (the who, what, where, when ?s)
- Reflect on the CONTENT (the subject, issues, themes... explored in the work
- Discuss details of the FORM (aesthetics, materials used, technical stuff...) of the work

Post this write-up by Tuesday, APRIL 1 at NOON!

March 11, 2008

Posting your video to the COURSE blog

1. Export your file from iMovie

Go to File > Export
Choose CD-Rom (or option that gives you file under 65MB); You'll have to compress with Media Mill if your file is larger.

2. Visit FREEVIDEOCODING to help you embed a player for your video. Otherwise, the blog will give you link that requires viewers to download your video.

Instructions for freevideocoding:

1. What king of file? Choose QUICKTIME
2. Publish the Media
a. Enter file location (this is the http address from your uploaded file, COPY from upload html pop-up window)
b. Choose to EMBED player or EMBED from Image (examples below)
c. Select NO for enable autoplay (autoplay automatically plays your video when someone visits the blog; this is annoying!!!)
d. Choose YES for Display controls (this allows viewer to pause, stop, rewind & play)
e. Choose NO for support this site w/a link (if you don't want it to say freevideocoding.com at the bottom of your video)

Here's an image of the selection window:

r1.jpg

Here's an example of an Embedded Player:


If you choose to EMBED PLAYER from an IMAGE, you'll have to:

1. Upload image to blog (to give it a http address)
2. Copy http address
3. Paste that into freecoding site

Here's an example of LINK to an EMBEDDED PLAYER from an IMAGE:



So, be sure to write in your text Click Image to Play

3. Log into the COURSE BLOG
a. Open a "New Entry"; Select the Category MEDIA: Our Projects
b. Copy and paste the html code from freevideocoding
c. Type any text (you can add a synopsis, excerpt from your reflection paper, or anything you want to include with your video)
d. Save the entry


March 1, 2008

iMovie Tutorial



iMovie Tutorial

Through the use of easy-to-follow movies, step-by-step instructions, and helpful tips, you’ll learn the basics of iMovie.

When you make a movie, you tell a story. That story is made up of scenes, which are made up of video clips. With iMovie, you can easily arrange your clips in the order that best tells your story. To change the story, you can simply cut out parts you don’t like, rearrange the order of your clips, or both. It’s that easy.

February 21, 2008

HTML Codes to *enhance* your blog posts

In class we talked about customizing our posts. Here are some tutorials:

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Here's a link to LOTS of color codes:
http://www.computerhope.com/htmcolor.htm

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You can change your font style (also called font family), check THIS PAGE for examples, and the coding.

In class a student mentioned that you can use code so that your linked web page will open in a new window. Here's how:
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New Freeware in the FMC

I've added ImageWell, Audacity, iResize, and SoundSlides to each station in the FMC. I'm working on the binder manuals for each station.

FYI...

+ ImageWell is an easy way to edit, rotate, crop and resize your image.

+ SoundSlides is the quickest way to make photo/audio slideshow

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+ Audacity is a simple sound editing and sound file conversion program

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+ iResize is a quick and easy way to resize images

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[don't i have the cutest kids in the world!]

February 18, 2008

REFRAMINGS Reflections

Aims / goals of the anthology:

1 -

2 -

3 -

[to be filled in once you all have posted on your individual blogs] = )

fyi, i assigned a collective reading for a number of reasons:

1 - the book is too expensive to have you all buy

2 - the book is thick and i didn't want to spend weeks on what i slotted one week (meaning: the topic of feminist interventions in photography)

3 - we each see what it feels like to have to share w/our peers; we must rely on each other, and trust the we each have engaged the assignment, and can be trustworthy sources of info in class discussions

4 - we can all only know, in part (we know only what we've read). after hearing the presentations, we still only know a bit more of the text, and our information is mediated through someone else's reading and understanding. even when we put the pieces together, our parts don't fully make a whole.

5 - we all have to be accountable to each other; no one can drop "the ball" if we are all to learn

I could keep going but I won't...

Just know I'm reading your blogs...

-R

February 12, 2008

Some CONTEXT of our text: Reframings

Diane Neumaier is a professor of photography at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She is also an artist whose conceptually-based photography has been exhibited internationally. She is editor of Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies and served as a guest editor for an issue of Art Journal focusing on contemporary Russian art photography. Neumaier was a Fulbright Fellow in Moscow in 1994 and continues to work in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

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Click HERE to see more of her work

January 21, 2008

Welcome to the Course!

Welcome to the course blog for GWSS 3390: Feminist Media Making: Theory + Practice!

This is a blog where enrolled students post responses to questions and prompts for weekly class assignments. We will post images, video, thoughts, theories, events, news items, and anything relevant to the course.

I am the Instructor for the course. I am a filmmaker, photographer, and Feminist Studies doctoral student. Feel free to visit my blog: Rachel's Spot