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Mike Ballard

What attracted you to this class?
-From it's description it looked like a very free-form course with a wide birth for creativity.

What do you hope to learn?
-Well now that I kind of have my bearings, I guess I hope to find new ways to make video art more interactive to the audience rather than just a visual experience. I think that I'd also like to divert my attention to new mediums I haven't really experienced.

What comes to mind when you think about contemporary art?
-Art that depicts themes which are related to current events and or issues.

Who are some of your favorite artists or creative inspirations?
-Well, cinema has always sort of shaped my life and so I hate to be the only one here to name some sort of Hollywood star, but from an artistic perspective, I've found Stanley Kubrick to be one of my favorite directors in artistic expression through film.

What is your most memorable experience of art as it occurs to you at this moment?
-The first one to pop into my head was a crayon drawing I did in elementary school which my art teacher seemed to think was worthy of showing at the Decc in Duluth. It was a drawing of fruit people skate boarding around with various items I thought were cool; such as a grape man with an electric guitar, an apple with a sling shot...I think an Orange might have been carrying around boom-box or something? I don't know.

What is your favorite form of technology and how do you use it?
-Computers (Final Cut Pro)

Describe your experience with each of the following:

- making art
I've done that...I think.

- using a computer
I edit video with final cut pro; I have an understanding of photo shop; I am somewhat familiar with Maya for use in 3D animation, etc etc

- using hand tools and power tools
I know how to use them in order to put nails and screws in wood, and on rare occasions even cut the wood into pieces.

- using a sewing machine
Made an apron and some socks in a highschool home ec. course.

- using a laser cutter and other computer controlled machines
Seen too many Sci Fi movies to deal with those.

- programming
Nothing really.

- working with electronics
I only use them.

- soldering
Did some in high-school Industrial Tech

- installation art
Some photo installations and an animation display.

- interactive art
Not much at all.

- video
Well experienced in shooting, capturing, and editing video.

- sound art
Just using sound effects in video.

- photography
Just a little digital photography.

- sculpture
Nothing advanced.

- electronic music

- drawing
I'm somewhat competent, but am no where near disciplined.

- I forgot to mention that I ....
Have super powers.