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.
I officially finished my month long filming for the stop light project on November 25th. The end of my filming cycle came with enormous relief as I no longer had to log all of my red lights. This was especially nice because thanksgiving was nearby and I had to drive family members around. The holidays did put me a bit behind track, however. It was time for me to crack down on my project if I were to ever get it finished by December 4th.
I did not do any video editing this week, but I kept filming myself. Filming on a daily basis became increasingly difficult. I started running into problems with my SD cards getting full. I could just transfer my files over to my laptop either because my hard drive’s memory was full. I had an external hard drive I was also using, but the space on that was almost full as well. I needed to edit down my footage to keep up with my overwhelming hard drive.
I continued filming and editing my stop light video this week. It became increasingly difficult to keep track of my footage. The Go Pro Hero 3 camera continued to have problems with either not turning on or not turning off.
I brought the battery pack into the digital media lab in hopes that Serina had a new one to give me. Thankfully she did have one, but this battery pack presented the same problem as the other battery pack. The Go Pro Hero 3 also continued to having problems shutting on. I continued to film what I could, regardless of whether both cameras worked or not.