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advacned students earn commission for digital mural

April 30, 2008

i’m so pleased to finally announce that the students in the advanced digital media/studio course earned a $1,000 commission for the digital mural “greeen #12” from the ent federal credit union! the mural will be unveiled at a  ceremony next friday (may 9th) at 1:30 in the uccs student center. please attend if you can, and again-congrats to nick, john, kelly, karen, grace, and brendyn!

money, public commission, plaque-how cool is all that!

the final version has the ent logo much smaller and in black. follow the students’ blog (which they ran as a collaborative sketchbook) here.

paul chan video

April 14, 2008

paul chan has some video and audio under a creative commons license here

zhang huan

March 3, 2008

i just love it!

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brent green

March 3, 2008

is an animator and artist who is showing his work all over the place. he was recently in denver at the metro state art department as a visiting artist. i learned about brent’s work just las week from my good friend kelly monico. anyway, here is his site with a list of youtube animations. i think they are amazing.

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frame grabbers

February 25, 2008

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in the intro class we are spending the next three weeks building short, basic animations. one option for students is stop-motion. even though stop-motion is a very basic technique, it continues to be used by artists in innovative and poetic ways. there are tons of examples on you tube like this one. i also thought this one was particularly brilliant when i saw it.i like stop motion for students making their first animation because it provides a method for understanding how to create the passage of time using 2d images. there is a great resource for stop motion here.

of course students can also animate with the usual suspects like illustrator, photoshop and flash. one of my faves using basic flash techniques is the work of heavy industries. animation, like most digital media, can be overwhelming simply because of all the possible choices. a recent issue of artkrush focuses on how contemporary artists are using animation. this issue reveals both the conceptual nature of animation in contemporary art practices, but also the variety of approaches. one of these is options takes advantage of the ubiquitous nature of animation in contemporary digital culture by turning animated moments into readymades. for example, take a look at this great project that uses video games.

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we also have dario solman here at the gallery of contemporary art!

web scraping

February 11, 2008

i saw this project this morning and thought is was the bomb. more info is on rhizome.

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no logo

February 6, 2008

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i was unable to get no logo this week. the reason i wanted us to see it was to foster a critical discussion about the role of corporate branding in visual culture, especially the public domain or commons. please consider the role of your images in a new branded world.

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war photographer and the art of bearing witness

February 4, 2008

today in the intro course we are looking at the first of three films we will see this semester, war photographer. i show this film not only because it is powerful and inspiring, but especially because it raises the notion of bearing witness to the world around us. “witnessing” can be understood as a specific form of artistic practice that often exists on the margins of the mainstream art world, but that occasionally takes center stage when it is well done. one of the best examples is alfredo jaar. site santa fe recently held a fantastic exhibition of work on the disappeared in latin america. one of my faves is this show is oscar munoz whose videos are astounding for their simplicity and power. when watching war photographer, notice that natchwey is not using digital images, they are analogue. i think it is worth considering the possibilities of digital media as a significant tool in the art of witnessing. yet examples of digital witnessing are hard to find, and with good reason. some current debates revolve around notions of “truth” and “authenticity” in the relationship of digital media to the world. it should be noted, and anyone who has had some good art history courses should know this- that almost every form of technological development in the arts has been met with resistance when it comes to its ability to portray “truth.” painting, photography, film/video-they have all have to earn their spots as producers of knowledge. currently i think it is network technology that has the most promise to not only tell us “truths” about our world, but also to shift our various cultural assumptions about what “truth” is. so-without continuing on into derrida, baudrillard, zizek and others, i think .net artists have done some of the best work so far. for example take a look at the rrf projects or the recent turbulence commission superfund 365. importantly, war photographer is a tough film to watch-and maybe that reveals something crucial about why we choose to bear witness or not.

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interesting digital imaging sources

January 30, 2008

i’m very interested in students pushing the boundaries of digital images. here is a link to a little site that has some links to photoshop tutorials, etc. but scroll down to the bottom and check out some of the open source stuff like nih image (national institute of health).

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tactical media

November 12, 2007

tactical media begins with the work of french philosopher michel de certeau and his book the practice of everyday life. de certeau’s discussion of tactics has greatly influenced creative practices in recent years. another origin point of tactical media is the next five minutes festival which, as appropriate to tactical media theory, is no longer running. n5m was organized by geert lovink (remember geert from net.art?) and others. lovink has an excellent essay on tactical media here—- abc-of-tactical-media.pdf. a recent successful american exhibition was held at massmoca in 2004. titled “the interventionists,” this great collection of work also featured an outstanding catalogue edited by sholette and thompson. another important influence in tactical media practices is that of the situationists and their work on spectacle and detournement. tactical media presents us with some of contemporary art’s most important collectives that every student should know about-like the carbon defense league, the surveillance camera players or rtmark. but some of my faves are the yes men, the institute for applied autonomy, lucy orta, yomango, william pope l., and michael rakowitz. if you don’t yet know about eyebeam or p.s.1, then you should now.

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