April 2012 Archives

Project Statement


MNxnatives is a project aimed at gaining awareness about human effects on the environment. these signs, put up in celebration of earth day, and "crossing" signs for various animals that used to reside in the Twin Cities, but aren't extinct as a population. We hope to raise awareness about how our actions as humans have affected other species. The land we once shared with them, we now have overrun. The Washington Ave bridge, a crossing for many UMN students, simulates a crossing for these animals. As the University is situated partly in a National Park, these animals would have thrived by the Mississippi. This intersection of art, the environment, and the public sphere, aims to use art in a social justice context to raise awareness for an issue that our collaborate group was concerned about.



Nick Bertke or Pogo is an artist who remixes movies and TV shows into songs by taking random samplings of the videos.


Pogo Presentation.pptx

Patrick Rochon


Light Graffiti is also known as light painting
Uses the movement of light to create images that are done on the streets

At night or in the dark, you put a camera on a tripod or on a stable surface
Then you open the shutter on the camera for an extended period of time, ex. 15 or 30 seconds,
Then with a light, you move around in front of the camera.
When you are done, close the shutter on the camera and voila, you have Light Painting.
The exposures can be as long as you want or as long as your camera allows.
You can Light Paint on a subject or turn the light towards the lens to create strokes and draw what you feel like.

Has worked on campaign ads, DVD covers, magazines, CD covers, posters and much more.
Employers include Honda and Toyota

BLog: http://www.patrickrochon.com/about_patrick
LIGHT Graffiti artists: http://weburbanist.com/2008/07/07/10-amazing-light-graffiti-artists-and-photographers/
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcSRlk5AXZc
Patrick's work: http://lightpaintingphotography.com/light-painting-artist/featured-artist-2/patrick-rochon/

Artist Presentation-Zoë


Fabio Sasso


Fabio Sasso is from Brazil, and recently moved to San Francisco to work for Google. His greatest achievement is his blog Abduzeedo. It is great for finding inspiration and graphic design tutorials. Fabio has a certain style that uses bright colors and light effects, and works with text a lot. As a graphic artist, he starts from scratch with most of his work, but has the final idea in mind, and works in Photoshop or Illustrator. Fabio 's designs has influenced me to push the boundaries of what I think is possible.

Much of Sasso's work goes into the Abduzeedo blog. With all the tutorials and informtion out there on the internet, do professional graphic designers have respect, now that so many people with basic design knowledge can do just about anything?

You can see his work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/azeected/sets/72157604672645588/

Check out the blog:

stop motion animation


artist: William Kentridge • his process

William Kentridge • Tide Table

William Kentridge • Automatic Writing

BLU • big bang big bloom



The MNxnatives is a great project because it combines the visual and the technology world to become one. The concept of the vinyl signs gives the public an actual art piece that is tangible while the Twitter portion adds another layer to the overall concept. By combining the two it makes the project more interesting and more mature.

I like this project because of the new information I am finding out. I have also had an interest in the environment and how people continue to make it worse. With this project we were able to master using the vinyl cutter and research information on animals that once lives here.

Once the project is installed, I think if we get a larger following on Twitter and hear at least one person talk about it, would make it a success for me. I also think that just getting the project installed would be a success because of all the road blocks we have experienced a long the way!

Artist Presentations


Presentation Guide

Chose a contemporary (living) artist or collaborative group of artist as the focus of your presentation.
Select an artist whose work with digital media relates to the areas that interest you and/or are introduced in the Digital Art text including digital imaging, sound art, video art, interactive art, experimental art.

Include the following in your Artist Presentation:

- Background information about the artist.

- Discuss what attracted you to the work of this artist.

- Highlight two examples of this artist's work and use these to describe the artist's relationship to the ideas that inform this work.

-Describe how these works relate to the artist's larger body of work.

- Relate this artist, via content, process, technology, perspective, etc. to that of another contemporary artist or an artist from another time period.

- Discuss how this artist's work and/or process informs your own thinking.

- Pose a question to the group that is a catalyst for discussion.

>>>>>Following your presentation<<<<<

- enter a post on the blog that includes the information described above

- links to examples of the artist's work

- Statement describing how this artist's work and/or process informs your thinking.


Stephen Wilson's links to artists working within the larger context of Art & Technology.

ubuweb list sound and video artists among others. Confirm that you have selected an artist who includes the use of digital technologies in her or his work or perhaps an artist who use digital media as their artistic medium.




xnatives reflections


On saturday, we tried putting up two signs, sturgeon and wolf, and had aggravating failure. The wind was troublesome, and the signs kept wrinkling at random. We did successfully put up our artists' statement and the #MNxNatives, so people saw that.

Ideally, the signs work well on a physical level because of their visibility and quantity of audience. Its a great attention grabber with enough mystery to pull people into the digital side. The Twitter allows extensions to the project and freedoms to portray our ideas and create a forum where others can post their ideas.
What kept me motivated along the way was the thought of success, and problem-solving. As we had minor hiccups, and major bumps, each one was its own problem that I enjoyed solving.
My hope for the project is that once its completely installed, the public will take the Twitter account and transform the project so it becomes more that just a few signs that are up for a week. It also be cool to hear people talk about it in my classes, and I can say, "Oh those signs? Yup, those are mine."



1) As a physical work, it creates a response because it is such a culturally ingrained sign with a new twist. Everyone recognizes a crossing sign, but now it raises awareness on an issue. After this attention is captured, it works in a virtual realm because it gives the individual the opportunity to learn more about the piece and the story behind it.

2) I stayed motivated because it was a project we were all interested in and wanted it to work out. It had a strong conceptual idea behind it, that made the project worth doing. Plus every roadblock we ran into had a solution. So we never got completely stuck-in-the-mud and were able to be flexible when need be.

3) I'm not sure if it's success will be quantifiable. We may have more twitter followers or have people talk about the project, but I'm not sure that that is exactly what the project is about. Since it is for the class, I feel like the success is how we felt we've spent our time and if it was worth while. I feel like it's an internalized success within ourselves.

April-May Assignments


To pace yourselves during the last month of our semester this is a list of the assignments:

Installation of MNxNatives on Saturday April 14th

Due April 17th
Reflections on MNxNatives project posted on the blog before 9am Tuesday April 17th

Critique of MNxNatives project on Tuesday April 17th

Due April 24th
Artist Presentations on Tuesday April 24th • 20 minutes

Visit to the Nash Gallery MFA Thesis Show Tail of the Ouroboros

Due April 26th
Reflections on MFA Thesis Show Tail of the Ouroboros

May 1st
discussion of documentation process for MNxnatives
using sound, animation, video, photos

May 3rd
review documentation sketches
Discussion of Chapter 3 Themes in Digital Art [pg 138-246]

Due May 8th
MNxnatives documentation due
Independent Review of Exhibition posted on the blog

Due May 11th
all blog entries and revisions to MNxnative documentation due by midnight

equipment access


Mountains Were Oceans (Kaj)


I found that the houses mounted on the wall was the best exhibit. I thought it was interesting how different all the houses and situations were. It really showed how different people's lives are. And it was interesting how many there were for how unique they all were.

I also found it cool that it was 3D and mounted on the wall. That really made it unique because anyone could have just taken a picture of some random houses. My question to the artist is what influenced you to make this piece?

Mountains were Oceans


My favorite piece from the new exhibition Mountains were Oceans at the U of M's Nash GAllery is the 3-D houses mounted on the walls. Every house had a quote painted on the wall that related to what the house looked like or about the people that lived inside. I think a person's home tells a lot about themselves regardless of how wealthy that person is. A home is one thing that you have as your own and no one can tell you how it has to look. In a way its a giant, evolving masterpiece between new designs, new faces, and new relationships.

This piece intrigued me because it made me think of my home, well my parents home. And if I had the chance to say one sentence about it, what would I say? And that one day when I have my own place, how would I want the world to see it or what would the world see? A home can also be like a person. You are uncertain about the outside and may not get all the details, but the inside can be beautiful and full of love and warmth. I guess I'm not sure if my own home was magical because of the people or the feeling the people made.

My question to the artist would be what was the inspiration and what are their personal feelings about their childhood home and current home?

MFA impressions


I was impressed by Korla Luckeroth's pieces. The mastery of the 2-D style perspective in a 3-D object was so interesting and talented. Each house was unique and had its own personality. I enjoyed reading about Korla's process in this project. I liked learnng how a home was manipulated to take on the owner's personality. And it must have been so exciting to travel to these houses and discover the stories and histories. I appreciated that in creating these pieces, Korla didn't change the nature of each house, but represented what each place actually meant to the people who lived there. What I would like to know is, were there any houses that were interesting that didn't make the final cut?

Mountains were Oceans at the Nash

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I really liked the sculptural houses mounted on the walls. Being from the Twin Cities, I could recognize some of the buildings, but I loved how I could get a sneak peak into people's lives with the short quotes. It reminded me of twitter and how you have to express yourself in a short snap shot. It goes along with this cultural trend of expressing yourself with brevity.

These quotes made me connect with these places and wonder about the people and the community of the Twin Cities. Not only where they charming as each separate house, but all together they created a diverse community of houses that really reflects the Twin Cities.

I would love to know from the artist how and why they chose each location? Did they survey a lot of houses and do interviews with people and then choose the best sites? Or did they have the houses in mind that they wished to approach? Either way, a lot of research and human-to-human interaction went into this project.