Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Final Checklist for Blogs!

As noted in class, the following are what will be reviewed on your blogs at the end of the term.

Please also feel free to improve your blogs - as mentioned very early in the semester consider title graphics, properly reformatting images as required, etc! There are some of you who still hide your name - should be prominent on the blog title bar!

Required fixes for Blogs:
1) Please reorder your blogs to reflect the order noted below. Very simple to do! For Blogger:
•Go to "Edit Posts"
•Select "Post Options" link at the bottom of the text window.
•Change the date of the post (I did this on the class blog to the "Student Blog Addresses" so it would be just after this new post).

2) Many of you have videos that appear wider than your column - you can switch to "edit html" on a particular post and do basically the same thing you did to resize videos for the youtube project - if you need help with this see me during office hours or ask Clint for help). This link shows how to alter the embed code:

Studio Projects: (please don't forget, brief artist's statements for each project!)

1) Take Home Final Writing Assignment (1500 words include illustrations, videos and links where appropriate).

2) Lecture Reviews: You were required to attend two approved lectures this term. Post your written reviews of the lectures, each one page minimum (300-350 words each). (feel free to provide illustrations and/or links to images or artist's websites)

3) Exhibition Review: One page (300-350 words preferred) review of an approved exhibition/screening or performance. (feel free to provide illustrations and/or links to images or artist's websites)

4) Final Projects with Artist's Statements (post appropriate documentation, links, etc!)

5) Youtube mixer (posted screen shot of the mix in progress that links to the project online).

6) Chindogu - embed group video and posted Chindogu pages.

7) Individual Photopshop Animation -embed from youtube, vimeo or otherwise upload your video animation.

8) Photoshop Triptych Project (FOUR images posted total - the three parts as separate, viewable images, and one image posted of the combined triptych - if you haven’t yet learned how to combine images to create a larger composition in this fashion it is high time to do so!)

9) Thrift Store Montage project. At minimum one image documenting this project (feel free to post detail or close-up images where appropriate). Short statement as well.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Class Blog Links!

These are the blogs for all the students in the class:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Final Projects!

Final Projects due and Final Critique: December 7th, 1pm to 2:30pm

A note about your final projects. The final project allows you the opportunity to participate in two unique "crowdsourcing" art projects online. You are expected to expand upon what you have learned over the course of the semester in terms of your technical and conceptual growth. Do not choose simply what looks to be the “easiest” path to finishing your final project for the class! Challenge yourself by conceiving an approach to the final project that will presents you with new possibilities that will advance your capabilities and thought processes as an artist! Projects are graded considering the complexity of concept, technical execution and the apparent level of difficulty in regard to what you choose to do! Good luck and have fun!

Choose TWO of the following and participate! Fully document your participation and provide appropriate links, images and writing on your blog posting for your final project effort:

1) Upload a video segment to the online video/film collaborative experiment, Man With A Movie Camera: The Global Remake

2) Create a photo essay to submit to the Collected Visions project:

3) Participate in The Johnny Cash Project

4) Choose to take on one of the "Assignments" on Learning to Love You More

5) Create and upload a proposal to

6) Create an original Machinima (find instructions on how to here:

Final Projects due and Final Critique: Tuesday December 7th!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Project 5 Youtube Mixer!

You will be developing a webpage as a multichannel video/audio work similar to the In Bb 2.0 as available online:

Your project is to have at minimum no less than 5 videos to mix. You can duplicate the format as in the "inbflat" project, using 20 videos or use no less than two videos to mix.

You are making a net art project, imagine someone coming to your webpage and randomly clicking on your videos to create a unique, live montage of videos and sound.

There are a wide range of possibilities and variables to consider as you develop these pieces.

-subject matter – the videos you choose to mix can be appropriated or your own videos that you upload to youtube or a mixture of the two.

-techniques - you will be learning some basic html coding with this project while using Dreamweaver for basic production.

-sound – for this piece you have you may have up to 20 audio channels interacting and mixing in real time! These can be all different or repeats of the same audio/video. Choose carefully as the mix of sound is very important to this project.

Youtube remixes are due to Clint by next Monday at 1pm!

Follow these instructions carefully!

-DO NOT CHANGE THE NAME OF THE index.html file that I will send to each of you! Save the index.html file in a folder with your name on it EXACTLY as follows: John_Smith

These can be emailed to Clint Sleeper:

Individual Presentations and Final Papers!

Individual Presentations and Take Home Final Writing Assignment

This is a two part assignment!

1) Powerpoint Presentation - due either November 23rd (group 1) or 30th (group 2)

2) 1500 word Paper - Due Posted to Your Blog by Noon December 9th, 2010!

1) Choose two artists featured in the text, “Digital Currents”, or otherwise covered in class, or from one of the following websites featuring literally hundreds of artists for you to explore:

2) Do some basic research to discover additional artworks by your chosen artists that we did not look at in class or in the book. Make sure to record citations of where to find the works, links, etc.

3) Choose ONE representative work from each of your artists. The works must be ones that you found in your research, not covered in the book or in class.

4) Describe, analyze, interpret, compare and contrast the artist’s works, considering broadly their chosen formal and conceptual strategies, being careful to address genre (film, video, performance, interactive art, simulation, game art, etc) in your general analysis of the works. You must cite directly from Digital Currents in order to situate the works in question according to Lovejoy's various catergories.

Please limit your chosen artists/works to those create after from 1980 - the only requirement is that the artists are somehow intrinsically involved in the creative use of digital technologies in their works.

The intent here is to give you the opportunity to critically engage in basic research and analysis of artists and artworks while at the same time encouraging a greater depth of experience of various artist’s creative production and contexts.

You will first create a short powerpoint presentation that you will present to the class.

You will then create a written final paper of 1500 words minimum.

The paper is to be in the form of an extended blog post - include illustrations, videos where appropriate, links to references, etc.

Here are some online resources to help you in considering how to analyze, compare and contrast:

Your presentation and writing will be graded according to the quality of your research, the originality of your analysis, the quality of your presentation and the clarity of your writing.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Chindogu! Informercial!

Create a useless invention according to the rules of the Japanese art of "Chindogu". This will be a project created in several distinct steps. First, work with your collaborators to conceptualize your own Chindogu to be first realized as a photoshop image designed as if it were a page from the Chindogu book. Second, you will actually create your Chindogu as a physical, functional object. Third, you will create and 15 second to 1 minute video “infomercial” as an internet video "meme" selling your useless invention, appropriating the substance and style of such television advertisements.

The first step will be to meet with your partners and research Chindogu on the internet and to conceptualize your useless invention. You MUST follow the 10 basic tenets of Chindogu! Then, first work together to create a functional prototype of your useless invention. Photograph the invention in use to include in a graphic product proposal modeled on those featured in the Chindogu books. Your photoshop page should include, images of the useless invention in use, title and descriptive texts (please spell check!). This proposal is to be posted to your blogs and will be presented for feedback and critiqued by the class on Tuesday, November 2nd.

The third part will be to create an infomercial for your invention! Study the form before commencing. Produce a short, 15-second to one-minute long infomercial/commercial for your product. Show your Chindogu in action! Incorporate video and sound to create an undeniably enticing advertisement for your invention.

Research "Chindogu" online and examine the books in class and in the lab (the books will be left on the center table in the lab for reference use only!). Think of something relevant to your life - something that goes to the extreme to accomplish a simple task. Over-engineering is key! This could be instructional, informational, humorous, serious, inspirational, etc..

Monday, October 18, 2010

This Week/Next Week!!!

October 19th
Sound performance and recording live for audio for the completed animation!

Arrive prepared to rehearse the class in creating sound effects for your section of the animation (you can do a solo sound effect or lead the entire class - up to you!). Clint is going to run through it at least once with the video playing followed by one or more attempts to get the right sounds recorded in real-time. Likely you will do at least two takes! The sounds will then be processed and attached to the video which Clint will burn to a looping DVD to put on display in the second floor show case just off from the Digital Media Studio (top of the stairs as you head towards our area).

Come prepared to class and be ready to play!

October 26th
Reading assignment: Read the next chapter in the book! Chapter 5 Art in the Age of Digital Simulation. This is one of the longer chapters in the book. Take your time, research artists along the way as there is much work online by many of those mentioned!

Prepare two written questions for discussion!