September 2010 Archives

1 minute atmosphere

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Create a 1 minute aural atmosphere using the 15 sec sounds posted on the blog.

You are free to use all, several or just a few.

Listen to each of them to select the sounds that you would like to explore further.

Use this project sketch to experiment with these technical resources:

Control Toolbar (tools, play button, etc.) and this guide.
Edit Toolbar (editing shortcuts) and this guide.

You can find keyboard shortcuts here.

Experiment with the volume and spatial experience using this guide to gain and panning.

Post your individual 1 minute atmosphere on the blog as a WAV file.

Logans Recording

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David Kosal Sound Clip

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Akuoma's recording 1

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Nick Fay Field Recording

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Bryan's 15 seconds

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probably turn your volume down. 15 Second Clip.wav

Pen Clinking on Bars Sound

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EstebanMarquez.wav Title says it all.

Anna B.'s Recording

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15 second clip

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Its a Plane flying overhead,....

15 second recording

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I choose this 15 second recording because water to me is relaxing. It just reminds me whenever it rains, you can hear the rain drops and the breezy wind and again it's just relaxing to me.

Field Recording

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15 second clip

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So I was just about to head into my apt. one night when I heard this ambient squeaking noise coming from the railroad loading area near that abandoned factory. I picked this sound because it was peaceful yet creepy because it was from an unknown source.

squeaks amped.wav

Down, down, down, down

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It sort of sounds like the rhythm of a drum but it's really someone going down the stairs.

Up and down the stairs.wav

Spark Festival

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Spark is here now.

We will be visiting the installations during class on Thursday.

Look at the schedule of events to find one that interests you.

Attend that event and create a blog post that enables us to benefit from your perspective as you describe:

  • What was the event you experienced? - describe it such that we can imagine being there with you
  • How did you responded to and engaged with this sonic experience?
  • What question would you ask if you were interviewing the artist or performer?

I encourage you to experience the performance of as many of the featured artists as you can fit into your schedule.

my favorite 15 second field recording

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select File - Export As WAV in Audacity to save your audio file in a form that can be shared easily.

Upload your WAV file of your favorite 15 second sound. If your clip is slightly more or less in duration that is fine.

Most importantly, select a sound that captures your imagination - that above all others, at this moment, intrigues you.

We will use these as a catalyst for our discussion on Thursday.

an example of one of my site specific sounds:


audio recorder - Marantz PMD 620

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Here is the manual for the Marantz PMD 620.


pmd620_large.jpg has a critique and review of Marantz PMD 620

Sound Art Reflection

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I found it interesting how people's definition of sound art and music varies. It was a very interesting part of the article. To me, I feel that sound art is more ambient and natural while music has slightly more structure and involves more manipulation.


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We will be using Audacity - an open source sound editor and recording environment.

These tutorials and guides and are helpful. has a critique and review of Marantz PMD 620. is a very accessible resource for working with sound. It is designed to be inclusive and to encourage greater participation in sound works via community radio, citizen journalism and of course sound art.

If you are interested in trying out the low cost software, Reaper, you can access a 30day free trial period and find more information and tutorials here.

Lee's Sound Reflection

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I believe that not only what we see helps us indicate where things are, but the hearing of a sound tells us which way to focus our eyes into. Their are many types of sound that can be enjoyable, horrific, and many more. There are natural sounds all over surrounding me. The sound of my fridge, my apartment heater, my music player, etc. Sound is an amazing art. It can be anywhere.

Sound Art

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I feel the article was a bit difficult to understand. There seems to be not much difference between sound art and music. While reading the article, I found it difficult to imagine how each artist described their sound art. It would be much easier to relate if I had the chance to listen to their sound art that they created. I think that sound art has a variety of meanings, and can be interpreted in many ways. I interpret sound art as a sound that I find pleasing, whether it be a good rhythm on my headphones, or natural sounds I can hear in my parents backyard. I hope to get a better understanding of sound art in discussion in class!


Nick Fay Sound Art Reflection

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I think that sound art encompasses an extremely wide variety of ideas and possibilities. Sound comes from almost everything in our world, and as a result there is organic noise and created sound. I think the thing I find most interesting, is the phenomenon of natural sound, and how it exists even when we (as humans) are not around. For example, when I leave my apartment, the sounds of the fridge running, water dripping, and the wind gently rustling the leaves of the trees still continues to make sound waves. I think that I am drawn to ambient and natural noise that depicts a certain scene and/or moment in time.

Akuomas Sound Art

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Sound art is an art that I believe is to observe with only one of your senses. I think it is important to observe sounds because you know where you are when that sound is being heard. Sound art at music is very different because music is meant to be composed a certain way where as sound art is getting what you get, you don't think of crickets at night as music do you? The only similarities music and sound art has is the repetition and the rhythm, for example- if someone is typing, they have an efficient way of doing so.

Jared Martin Sound Art

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Sound art at first reminded me of a synthetic music style, which made me think of DJ sampling where artists will do things like use recordings of urban sound scapes or old music records and mix it with other beats or music. Here's some sweet examples:

After the reading, I learned that it does not necessarily have to be musical, it's almost in its own category. It could be the use of anything from the droning of an airplane cabin to the dripping of water in order to create something artistic.

Sound art reflection

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I found it interesting recent trend of "sound art". Even artists have difficulties in defining the distinctions between sound art and music, but I liked John Elifin's idea about music."Music is the organization of sounds and silences.
Sound situation which attracts my attention becomes automatically music.doesnt matter it's gathered by human being or produced coincidentally by sound environment."
Or , sound art is more broader definition and it includes music in circle, because terms of music might be different in different culture.
I never thought about "the art of sound" before, so this is interesting topic. After reading this, I came to think even at coffee shops, sounds of mixture of all noises, people chatting, employee washing dishes, CDs played in shop could be art...

Logan Hussung Sound Art

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I think sound art is a very different type of art. It is literally all around you. I could make something out of the noises from me typing this blog. Sound art can be very easy to listen to or it can be a very complex mixture of sounds. When it is complex you have to play very close attention to the sounds and how they fit together. Sound art isnt to be confused with music because they are two different things.

Olivers Sound art reflection

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Sound Art seems to be a very peculiar and interesting medium. It can be anything from sounds with rhythm and a beat, to just the very abstract collaboration and enhancing of those everyday normal sounds which go on around us all the time. The whole notion is not something foreign to me actually, my older brother who I live with is really into Industrial Noise music which I see more as a form of artistic expression than music, but he has been into it for about 3 or 4 years now. He even performs and goes on tour all over the country with his other noise buddies. And he has got his own noise record label. But anyway, it is a very interesting art medium and i'm excited to explore it

Sound Art

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Sound art can be any sound that you can hear. Whether if it's people talking, walking, flipping the pages in your textbook, etc. Sound art can also be really easy to listen to. After reading the following article, the people have stated that sound art is different than music. To me, I just thought that they were both the same but apparently not.

Sound Art- Alex McRandall

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Based on what I read in the essay about Sound Art, I believe it to be a very complicated medium. Sound art can be any sound whatsoever. It is the noise we hear everyday compiled, edited, and enhanced to give new meaning or to enhance that noise. Like music, sound art is arranged in a way that can give meaning or to just please the auditory senses. I would have to say that music is different from sound art. Music is the collection of pitches, purposefully made, arranged in a way that is pleasing or delivers a message. Sound art is the arrangement of random noises in a way that gives meaning. Order out of chaos.

Sound Art Reflection

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Sound Art can be either very simple or complicated to compose and/or listen to. It is what we hear. It can be a lesson or a warning, such as the sounds of the sirens from an emergency vehicle or a simple do-re-mi vocal lesson. From what I understand from the article of sound art, it can be the natural sounds that we normally hear on a day-to-day basis with enhancements or something completely unheard of before. Sound art is similar to photoshoping a digital picture, using technology and/or other tools to add to the original sound to create something more. It can be any form of sound: music, noise, etc., since there are more than one type of genre to sound art.

Sound art reflection James Moore

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Sound art to me could be a number of different things. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of sound art, is Music Videos. I see music playing in the background and the visual thing I see relates somehow to the music, whether it's jus a slideshow of pictures or a video. Not all music to me is considered art, the music has to have a concept and it has to be unique. I think of soulja boy as a rapper and I think of Jay-z as an Artist...If the Music you make has a concept then your an artist. (in my eyes), there is sound and there is art, but to have those two things together you need to have a concept.

sound art reflection

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As we transition to a series of explorations focused on Sound Art prepare the following for our class on Tuesday September 28th:

1) Choose to focus primarily upon what you are hearing rather than seeing ... for 30 minutes enjoy the soundscape around you. During this time notice what you are hearing. Focus on the sounds that are closest to you - perhaps within you - as well as those sounds so distant that you are able to discern them only intermittently. We will discuss your experience in class.

2) Share your reflections in a paragraph that describes your current thinking about Sound Art - what you think sound art may be - after reading the following:

Mark Gary
A survey of four Contemporary Sound Artists

Post your reflection on the blog, within the sound art reflection category.

Nash Gallery

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The piece that I really liked was by Wayne E. Portratz, called Testrudine Trail Marker. It's really interesting to see how he used a fishing pole, paddle, a backpack, and three stones. It seems like it's the relationship between the Native Indians with the White people who came along onto what we call now a days, North America. It's really neat to look at the materials he also used. It looked like there were snake skins and other animal skins on the fishing pole handle and the paddle. Along with that, the three stones were piled on top of one another on the backpack. I'm trying to finding a meaning to it but just can't seem to get to one. Also, why use three rocks? What's the meaning of it being stacked on top of the bag when it can be put on the ground where it usually is?

Room W248 schedule

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1:25 P.M. - 04:25 P.M.

9:05 A.M. - 12:05 P.M.

1:25 P.M. - 04:25 P.M.

6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

9:05 A.M. - 12:05 P.M.

01:25 P.M. - 04:25 P.M.

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You can reserve Art Department equipment at Equipment Checkout

Prosumer and Professional equipment is available via the
CLA-TV Studios

CLA-OIT has loaner equipment available as well.

Akuoma Omeoga's Reflection

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The first thing I noticed about this piece is that there are duplicates of one item and that item was a hand in the shape of a fist. There are many fists that are coming out of the wall- it gives the illusion of people reaching out to you. I find it interesting that this piece of art could have so many different meanings. I found it to mean strength and unity because of how everything is multiplied. So my question to the artist would be, what do the multiple fists mean?

Nash Gallery-Logan Hussung

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I thought most of the art was very interesting and mostly different. They were like just paintings. There were abstract sculptures, visual art, and more. I think my favorite piece was either the visual recording of explosions which I think was called boom or i liked fists. Fists was a relief sculpture of closed fists coming out of the walls and i thought that looked pretty cool. Most of the other art was kind of plain to me but that my just be my opinion.

Nash/Quarter Gallery experience

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I found myself returning to a few of the pieces that I saw, but haven't been able to return to the gallery yet to sit with them... or take notes about who created them! The fizzing interactive piece in the staff show became more interesting each time I interacted with it. The sound was better/sharper when the gallery was empty... it became sort of meditative.

Question for artist: How would you set this up if it was presented in a large, high-volume setting like the Walker Art Center?

There was a video piece with an owl and other symbolic images that really grabbed me... reminded me of a show I saw in NYC of Finnish artists. Stark, dreamy, cool-toned palette.

Question for artist: Is there a narrative element to your work, or is it a loosely-linked series of symbols?

Finally, the hyper-realistic drawing in the Quarter Gallery that has a Kafka reference was wholly disturbing, and appeals to my dark humor. I'd love to see more of that artist's work.

Question to artist: Did you intend the Kafka reference to be an inside joke for those that have read the work you reference? Would you consider including a brief summary of this on the label for your work, or is it irrelevant?

Bryan Richgruber

Nash Gallery Reflection-Oliver Brummel

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Walking through the Nash Gallery was something that I really enjoyed. It had been far too long since I had walked through an art gallery. There were many interesting and unique pieces of art that I saw. Some made more of an impression on me than others. However as I made my way walking through and observing them all, the one that caught my attention the most was the video piece called "Blown Away" by Andrea Stanislav. It had a very eerie feel to it the whole way through. There was a speaker dome coming down from the ceiling, and the whole time there was an eerie violin or viola repetition going on back and forth. High pitched strings gave me a shiver down my spine. Then on the screen there was a repetition of sparkling horse heads, and then an owl. It almost reminded me of something out of twin peaks. Then it seemed to climax at the point where it showed a bunch of weird little towers against a vast icy and mountainous landscape. Then all of a sudden they explode in a huge ball of fire. It shows multiple explosions, and then one of the explosions goes in reverse and it seems to settle down. I am still not quite sure as to what was going through the artist's head but she made something that really caught my attention. If I could ask the artist a question I would ask her first, what was going on through her head during the process. What is the significance of the sparkling horse heads? The other question I would ask, is where she got the landscape and where she filmed the explosions. There is just a gray sky and a vast flat icy lake or something it looks like, and then the mountains off in the distance. It was very beautiful.

Nash Gallery

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There were a few works at the gallery that really caught my eye. My favorite was what looked to be a giant red squid. I love Warhol high contrast style art and the red squid with coarse pixelated detail really exemplified that. a couple others that I liked were the photo-litho plates from Lima, Peru and the collage panorama of Pine lake.

- Jared

Nash Gallery Reflection - David Kosal

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One art work that really caught my attention was '87 by Eun-Kyung Suh. The first thing I noticed was that it was photo images that were printed on a cube that has been threaded together. I was amazed at how each pixels were printed on each individual thread on one side of the box. After that, I noticed that there were many boxes lined up horizontally with images on each of the box. It had the South Korean flag on one of the boxes to show the location and the time period looked like it took place after the Korean War. The whole art piece consisted of yellow boxes with printed photos lined up with images of an election or a political uprising or disturbance. It also shows the hardships of what the ordinary people had to go through. I want to ask the artist why did she choose to represent this time period? How it is important to this art work?

Nash Gallery

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The first work of art that attracted me was the Pine lake panorama by Steve Bardolph. I noticed it right when i walked in the door. As i walked around the gallery i saw many works that i liked, but i kept thinking about that piece. The first thing i noticed about it was the way the placement of each square in the picture was. I really like the way it made it look. As i stepped closer i could look deeper into each part of the picture, and its like every part of it was showing a different part of the same scene.
I also really liked this work because it takes place on a lake setting in a canoe. In the canoe is a lady and a man. The one thing i didn't realize right away was the dog in the back of the canoe. The dog reminded me of my own dog, and i canoe a lot in the summer so i think this picture made me feel really calm because i could relate to it.
I think the one question i would ask is what other works he does, because i am really interested in it.

Nash Gallery

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Nash Gallery had many interesting works.
Especially the experimental art work, the one with a water tank which you can hear the sound inside of the water when you stand at the point. For paintings, Tracy Otten's work was most impressive. She had fishes in her every works, and I wondered what they mean.n
I wish they had more description on their work so that i can understand their intention. or maybe they want us to expand imagination by ourselves?

Nash Gallery- Alex McRandall

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I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the Nash Gallery. The piece, or pieces, I should say, that caught my attention the most were the Natural History Museum, Lima, Peru #1 and #2. The way the ink covers the photolitho plate makes the scene appear to be in space. Covered by this "galaxy" is a tucan in one image and a crow in the second. I suppose what interests me most with these two pieces is my interpretation that it is taking place in space. I have always been intrigued by our galaxy and what lies beyond it. Who knows, it could be a giant tucan and crow. My question to the artist would be if my interpretation is correct and it's supposed to look like outer space. My second question would be: why the birds? Is the use of birds significant or could it have been any animal?

Nash Art Gallery

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While looking through the Nash Art Gallery, a piece of artwork entitled "The Arc of Power" caught my attention. The piece included several large fists attached to the wall in a linear formation curving upward. It first caught my interest because the fists were all painted white, as if they were meant to somewhat blend into the wall. The way that they were assembled reminded me of the mouth on a smiley face, making me wonder whether the artist intended to create this illusion, or if there is a different meaning. It continues to interest me because as I try to analyze the title, I cannot come up with a reason for the pieces to be arced the way it is, and what would associate that with "power". My question for the artist would then be, what makes you formate the fists in an arc, and how does that relate to the title given to the piece?

-Anna Buresh

Nash Gallery Relection

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I wish I would of have more time out of my schedule to tour more of the amazing Nash art gallery. I am most interested in her kind of work. What first attracted my attention was the image right at the entrance of the woman in the canoe and the photographer taking the image. The first impression was the square-tiles combined to create this complete image of the woman in the canoe along with the dog. Its almost like an image combined with an ocular view focusing from many different angles, but put together to finish the image. What a brilliant idea! A question for the artist: how did the image came up to be the idea of using square tiles to complete it?

Nash Gallery Reflection

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The one piece that lingered on my mind after my visit to the Nash Gallery was the piece done by Eun-Kyung Suh called '87. The piece first drew me in with its color: yellow. The images that the artist used was so sad that I wanted to know more, wanting to know the story behind the pictures. It's because of their faces of sorrow that kept me interested. '87 is apiece made up of small cubes (a lot of little boxes) made of yellow cloth with black and white images on selective cubes. From a far, the boxes seem to be composed into a statement in the Korean language. The question that I would like to ask the artist is, if you were to only use one picture of all the pictures used in this piece, which picture do you think would best represent the piece overall?

Nash Gallery Reflection

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The piece that caught my attention the most was a work titled "Old Passwords." This print showed a crumpled up piece of paper with many letters and numbers scribbled on it as well as another piece of paper that showcased, in a bold font, the phrase "Old Passwords." What continued to interest me about this work was the meaning and symbolism that lies in the concept of the print. I couldn't help but think of old passwords as little bits and pieces of our lives that at one point seemed so important, but are often discarded and thrown aside, such as our values and the things we as humans seek in our lives. I would describe this piece as a work that allows you to create your own way to relate to it. I would like to ask the artist, what was their intended meaning/significance of the piece, if any?

-Nick Fay

Reflection "nash gallery"

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There were a lot of creative pieces in "Nahs Gallery" but the one that stood out to me most was called "Pine Lake Panorama", It was the Lady in the Boat on lake Pine, the individual pieces came together to make a Panorama image of Lake Pine. I seen the whole image from a distance but it looked a bit unusual, as I approached I noticed it was a panorama,...I would like to ask the artist what was the process of making the piece, it looks like it would be difficult for someone to do...

more photoshop resources

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I want to highlight the photoshop resources that Jared shared in his comment and to enourage the ongoing sharing of other good ideas and resources that you find to be interesting and useful

add yours too:

Hey everyone

I wanna share a few resources with you that I use when I work with photoshop:

There's tons more on the web so If anybody finds something cool you should share it on here :)

-Jared Martin

to make a blog entry

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go to:

on this web page you will see "Login to UThink" in the upper right hand

select this and login with your umn username and password.

the next page is called the Dashboard.

select our blog: 2010_EMA_1601

this will link you to a page that has the title "2010_EMA_1601" near the
top of the page.

above this title you will see topics such as "create", "design", "tools"
select "create" and then select "entry" under "create" to make your entry /
blog post.

to view the blog, select the last icon - to the right of "tools" and it
will be viewable.

required book

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This is our required book for the course.

Additional readings will be posted to the blog.

We will begin assigned readings from this book the week of September 27th.

Reflection: An evening at the Nash

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One of the pieces in the gallery that really kept me thinking was by Clarence Morgan - about a 6 by 6 piece that looked like a chaotic mix of distorted flowers, with mostly black but also white and gray mixed in. The first thing I noticed was the scale of the piece and how when I looked at it from different lengths it completely changed. The scale of this piece and the tiny yellow dot in the middle kept my interest. I also enjoyed how I got lost in the piece, it was really interesting. The question that I would pose on the artist is why did she add the little yellow dot in the middle, what does it represent, and what were her thoughts on how she made it.

photoshop intro

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This photoshop tutorial from the Knight Digital Media Center provides a basic introduction to photoshop.

10/25 Nina Katchadourian @ MCAD

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Nina Katchadourian will be a visiting artist at MCAD.

She is giving a public talk on Monday October 25, 2010 @ 1pm.

nash gallery + fresh works


While visiting the current exhibition of faculty work in the Nash gallery and graduate student work in the Quarter Gallery notice which works of art attract you.

Experience all of the works in the exhibition and then return to the work that continues to be most interesting to you.

Include the following in your reflections:

-What did you first noticed about this art work?
- What continues to interest you in it?
- How would you describe it to someone who is unable to experience it in the gallery?
- Pose a question that you would like to ask the artist?