This video projection was meant to be a performance piece between me and the other guitarist in the video, Aiden. He played analog guitar effects through pedals while I played a clean acoustic guitar. The video images were appropriated from speeches, protests and riots and is meant to reflect the growing tension and anger among Americans on both sides of emerging social issues.
This project was in correlation with my MUS 409 (Electronic Composition) class. The purpose of my audio was to get the impression across that inanimate household objects are communicating with each other. The video I recorded corresponded with the audio samples I used. The words I wrote on the paper were of a poem titled, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” which is how nature will continue to flourish after humanity has perished. This poem was recited by a machine to an empty bed in an abandoned house in the book, The Martian Chronicles.
This sound walk took place near the river. It started across the street from Wingfield Park, went through the Lear Theater and wrapped around Bell St. before finally coming to a close across the street from Wingfield again. I decided to interview a homeless woman, named Wendy Howe, who gave me the tour by the river. She showed me art sculptures I haven’t seen before. I found it quaint, how someone down in her luck as Wendy, had more of an opportunity to explore her surroundings and it enriched my walk in addition to her social commentary on living on the streets.
Cory Arcangel’s lecture was interesting because his personality stood out, both in his posture, speech, and the content of his work. He is very laid back, but also very frenetic and it comes across in the different projects he presents.
His first project was with a group of computer programs he was a part of called, Beige. Together they made a two sided LP pressing, with Techno House music, looping tracks, and information stored on an old Macintosh computer. The flip side stored information from an Atari computer.
Much of Arcangel’s work is surrounded by his different influences and experience working with computers and video games. The artful approach actually comes when Arcangel steals code and alters and re-appropriates it to have a different purpose than intended. He showed an example of this with his piece entitled, ‘Data Diaries.’
In his art piece, Arcangel takes the coding of a .mov, which is used to play videos on mac computers, and creates a new code to display random video. He deconstructed the method of doing so to the audience, explaining that .mov files have headers, which compile code data. Arcangel deletes the code data, which causes the header to read the ram instead. The resulting video is glitched out. The success of this and many of Arcangel’s other projects come through his simple execution of technologically complex artwork.
The gallery at the Jot Travis Building was set up with distinctive variety with the three MFA student exhibitions.
The first exhibition near the front of the gallery was called ‘Tomorrow, Then’ by Tom Drakulich. It featured three dark grayish sculptures that were contorted and misshapen. One of the sculptures looked like a torso without a head. Another looked like one long gigantically warped face, and the other looked like a headless lady balancing a shoe on her neck. What does any of this have to do with tomorrow or then? Well I have no clue. I could never understand what lead to this artist’s decision with anything in this project.
The second exhibition was far more graspable in concept and image. the piece entitled Kiowa Pond by Konah Zebert is a series of photographs of a pond by the same name. The impact of the images came from what was lurking within the depths of the pond, however, which were car parts. The whole pond was tinted a murky black with pieces of metal sticking out everywhere.
The final exhibition all the way in the back of the gallery was the most fun. Recurring Dreams by Quynh Tran, featured light, fabric-y paper that covered the walls. The paper was filed with blotches of bright colors all over the place. There was a definite pattern though to the chaotic splashes of color. Long strips of the same type of paper with the patterns sprung off the walls and connected to other walls, giving the piece a sense that it was coming to life. It was a fun and pleasant way to end this gallery visit.
Phillip Zimmerman presented a lecture at the university on book art. I have rarely had the pleasure of glancing through art books in my life except for maybe pop-up books when I was child. Book art is similar though not necessarily silly or childish or too serious either, but certainly is an intrinsic art form.
Zimmerman showed many of the different printing presses he worked with in his younger days. Many of these machines looked old and outdated and I’ll bet most if any of them aren’t used today. There is a certain appeal to the older printing presses, however. They were built to be powerful machines both in their capabilities and in the strength of the words they were printing.
What I find interesting about Zimmerman and his use of printing presses to create artful books is the passion he displays for these machines and art that lead him to create it himself. He does a great job of it too. One of his art books comes with some outdated audio tape technology I’m not even familiar with. Another book called Celsius 233 comes with a video that plays along side it. His book, ‘High Tension’ Is read through flipping through two different interconnected flaps. The creativity that stems from his books made me want an art book for my own bookshelf.
my art project wasn’t completed by December 7th unfortunately. I had done all the video editing that I had time for within the last couple weeks and the amount of footage to look through and editing that needed to occur was staggering. I was left with 109 edits of of 34 different clips and a 48 minute video. I exported the files as MP4’s and found that they do not work on the iPads Joe gave me so I used my laptop and a laptop I checked out at the Dynamic Media Lab.
I loaded my regular edit on my computer, which was a .mov file so that wouldn’t play on my computer’s built in technology or Quick Time for some reason so I resorted to playing my video on Adobe Premiere. The other laptop was playing a sped up version of my video. Below is the sped up version and my table.