Angel’s Breath

December 8, 2009 - Leave a Response

The assignment was to tell the greatest story ever.  It had to be something that had either happened to us or that we had witnessed.  So I went and interviewed my mother….. here’s our story.’

http://vimeo.com/8044864

Glorifying the Mundane

November 11, 2009 - Leave a Response

In my Electronic Media Studio, we viewed 2 sets of films:  The first being a set of films by the Lumiere Brothers and the second being Jeff Krulik’s documentary, Heavy Metal Parking Lot.    The Lumiere brothers were two of the earliest film makers.  Jeff Krulik’s movies were made a century after the Lumiere brothers’.  The Lumieres’ films include scenes of workers leaving a factory, babies being fed, men drinking, and other common scenes. Krulik’s film documents people in the parking lot waiting for a Judas Priest concert to start.

Both films choose to document, not any grandiose, over-the-top, “important” event, but rather mundane scenes.  Scenes that would not cause people to stop and take notice of because they were fairly common:  a meal, quitting-time, a concert.  Small moments in people’s lives.  Moments that really don’t change the course of anything, that have no real impact on people’s lives.  They’re filler moments.  Moments in between milestones in our lives.  Events that happen everyday.

It is obvious that both sets of people being filmed are aware that they are being recorded.  However, the Lumieres’ approach and Krulik’s approach are very different.  While the Lumieres step aside and allow their subjects to act independently, Krulik directly interacts with people by giving them a microphone and asking them questions.  So, naturally, the people’s reactions to the filming process are going to be different depending on how engaged the film maker is in the process.  But in both films, it seems as though people are “hamming it up for the camera.”  Hamming it up.  Isn’t that a strange notion?  That we feel a need to put on an act while being filmed.  I suppose it’s because when something is filmed, it is immortalized.  It will forever be preserved as it was then.  And people are afraid to show who/what they really are.  How they act naturally.  I it possible to act completely naturally in front of a camera without it being candid?  Is it possible to be so comfortable with yourself, that you’re alright with being portrayed as you are for forever?  I’m not so sure that I could ever fully get to that state of being.  To not change certain aspects of my personality and to not fear what future generations would think of me.   To be truly happy with how you perceive yourself as well as how others perceive you.  Because that’s really what it means to be filmed, isn’t it?  Offering up a certain perception of yourself to be documented for the future.

Since the idea of film was so new and revolutionary back in 1895, the idea of capturing a moment in time and preserving it was extraordinary to say the least.  We’ve sorta lost sight of that.  That magic…that wonder…..that power.  Because films are so common, we’ve forgotten that everything we film becomes immortalized.  All those ridiculous video messages that you leave on your friend’s facebook walls, all those recordings of middle school band concerts, all those home movies.  They’re all preserved for an eternity.  Those moments will outlast our lives, our children’s lives, even our grandchildren’s lives.  We may be long forgotten but that video of you blowing out the candles on your 8th birthday will continue to live on.

Links to the videos:   Heavy Metal Parking Lot and Lumiere Brothers First Films

THE SKY IS FALLING!

November 10, 2009 - 9 Responses

Chicken Little in Flash  🙂

 

http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~sceurvor/chickenlittle.html

 

 

Fall Follies

October 27, 2009 - 14 Responses

This was one of my first attempts at stop motion animation  🙂

http://vimeo.com/7286398

Choir Music and Hip Hop

October 13, 2009 - Leave a Response

So in my EMS class, we’re learning how to manipulate sound.  This assignment was to take 2 different types of music and combine them together in a mashup.  So…being the dork that I am, I chose to combine choir music with hip hop.  Here’s the link to it:

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=bbd2a80d621e366c07258ee67c679e4ae04e75f6e8ebb871

Locking Up Art. Denying Beauty.

October 7, 2009 - Leave a Response

In my EMS class, we watched a documentary called, RiP:  A Remix Manifesto.  Now, when most people hear the word “documentary,” they think March of the Penguins, or something on the history channel.  This was no March of the Penguins.  Not because it wasn’t narrated by Morgan Freedman.  But because it was a manifesto.  And it wasn’t about a group of penguins in the north pole.  It was about  a pulse, a flow, a beat, a mix, a history, a society, a sense of freedom, a way of life, a constraint, a war, a culture, a struggle, an ongoing battle, a generation, a world, a changing world, a rapidly changing world, my world, OUR world……

So….specifically, this movie deals with copyright infringement.  This is an extrememly pertinent topic for today’s culture cause there are people like GirlTalk.  Who’s Girl Talk?  He’s a mash up artist from Pittsburgh (woot!) who takes hundreds of different songs, doesn’t get permission from those who “own” the songs, combines them digitally on his computer, makes entirely new songs out of the old ones, and puts on the most insane concerts you will ever go to (trust me).  His music is old school.  It’s new school.  It’s hip hop.  It’s rap.  It’s rock.  It’s ballads.  It’s…..craziness.

Here’s the problem with Girl Talk’s music, he doesn’t get permission from the songs that are copyrighted.  So his art is technically illegal.  The movie asks the question, how can you limit creativity?  If culture always builds on the past, how can you try to restrict our use of the past?  If ideas are meant to be shared, then how can you own them?  If art is meant to move and inspire others, how can you restrict the inspiration of the viewers?  What does that say about our society?  That we NEED to make money off of our thoughts, our ideas, our art, our music, our words, our love, our beauty.  The beauty we create.  That beauty is what makes life worth living.  It is the closest thing to being divine that the human race can achieve.  Why create it if you only keep it to yourself?  If you really do not want your work to be shared, then why make it?  Do you really need to see or hear it for yourself?  …probably not.  The intention for most artists is for their creations to be shared.

When referring to the sharing of art via the internet, the movie said, “There is no way to kill this type of knowledge.  It can only criminalize its use.”

Cloud Cream Without the Text

October 6, 2009 - Leave a Response
without the text on the side

without the text on the side

How to Make Cloud Cream

October 1, 2009 - 16 Responses

 

a childhood fantasy

a childhood fantasy

This was a childhood fantasy of mine  🙂

 

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An International Language and X-Ray Vision.

September 21, 2009 - Leave a Response

Modern Hieroglyphics http://rp3h.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/modern_hieroglyphics.pdf

“Modern Hieroglyphics” is about the international symbols such as the little black people that are the signs for the men’s room and the lady’s room.

When describing these figures, the article said that they were created by combining the empiricism of photography with geometric, mathematical structures.  Who knew?  I’ve never really given the small man or woman on the bathroom a second thought.  They’ve always just sorta been a given, which I guess means that they’re doing their jobs cause they clearly depict something.  So much that I don’t even need to think about it anymore.  And it’s not just me.  People all over the world know that the little black man means men’s restroom and the little black woman with the triangle dress means women’s restroom.  It’s pretty amazing how a simple image can translate all borders and language barriers.

One thing that I did find troubling about the article was when it talked about the female figure.  She only appears twice out of all the symbols in the D.O.T. (the list of international symbols).  One, as the symbol for women’s restrooms.  Second, as someone standing behind a desk, selling tickets to a man.

It shows her “assisting” him.  It shows her serving him.  Out of all the times when a human figure is depicted (in elevators, in a waiting room, at a drinking fountain) the woman is only necessary twice.  To show where women can use the restroom and where they can serve men.  hmmmmmm……Needless to say, the system of symbols was created by a man.

Visual Explanations http://rp3h.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/tufte-explaining-magic1.pdf

“Visual Explanations” is about how how diagrams can help depict and explain an action.  Actions used, specifically, in how-to books.  I think we’ve all tried following diagrams that just make no sense.  You know.  When there are 50 different dashed lines and about a dozen arrows going in every direction.  My favorite is the origami diagrams.  You try to mimic the little pictures but somehow, your little scrap of paper looks nothing like the paper rose in the book.  “Visual Explanations” deals specifically with the diagrams that teach magic tricks.  Through blurring, ghosting, and dotting lines, sequencing images and combining text with pictures, artists “make verbs visible” so little kids can learn a card trick or two to show their friends at parties.

The article described said that the diagrams “must simultaneously depict the revealed and the concealed.”  ….That’s kind of an interesting concept.  Kinda like x-ray vision.  It makes sense for a how-to book (Even though explaining magic seems kinda contradictory and oxymoronic, doesn’t it?).  But what happened if we could do that for other situations?  …Like with people.  What if there were diagrams that depicted what people revealed and concealed?  What would we see?  …I suppose we would see the truth.  Granted, it would be depicted in dashed lines, but still…seeing what hides beneath the surface of a person.  Now that would be magic.

Combining Logos

September 17, 2009 - One Response

 

Virgin and Nike

Virgin and Nike

Taco Bell and Dirt Devil

Taco Bell and Dirt Devil

 

 

We had to take different logos and combine/ alter them in some way.