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Anthony Sneed - “Hell for Fire” Exhibition

This post is an addition to one of the student’s curatorial project in my class. When I saw this video, not only was I very intrigued by the artwork, but I also realized it close related to Benjamin’s presentation (which can be found here) about OC Remixes and the video game music remix culture. 

Anthony Sneed takes old media - pixelated video game images - and uses that style to turn them into a contemporary and modern art form. The video is very interesting and it is great to see new art forms like this taking on a crowd of younger art enthusiasts. No, it is not a video game music remix, but it does fall in the same category by remixing video game images and turning that style into amazing art.

Photoshop Mashup
 
For my Photoshop mashup project in Intro to EMAD, I wanted to create a unique picture that was something that looked quite real, but in all truth was something that was most likely impossible. While browsing through the photos on Flickr that had Creative Commons licenses, two different photos caught my eye. The first one was a picture of a man on a moped or scooter and the second one was a picture of a lake in the mountains with a very incredible reflection. I decided to think of an idea of how I could combine these two pictures to make a situation that was improbable. My idea: a man on a moped riding on water. I also really liked both of these images because the colors were so vibrant and the red of the moped really popped against the background of the mountains and water. I am happy with how my project turned out, however I did run into some problems. The hardest part of creating this Photoshop mashup was definitely the spray of the water coming up behind the wheels of the moped. I found a high resolution photo of water spraying and shaped and formed that to make it look like the wheels were spraying water on the surface of the lake. I copied it multiple times as well as used the smudge tool with white, light blue, and dark orange colors made by the paint brush to create the wake or ripple effect on the far right of the image.
 
Here are the links to the photos that I used for this project. 
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/moriza/3828510343/ This photo has a Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic licence which means I am free to both share and remix this photo of the man on a moped.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/2746960560/ This photo has a Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence which means I am free to both share and remix this photo as well as distribute it.

http://www.photos-public-domain.com/2010/12/03/water-splash-with-sun/ The last photo that I used for the water splash is from a public domain photo website, which means that the photo has no rights and is free to download and use.
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Photoshop Mashup

For my Photoshop mashup project in Intro to EMAD, I wanted to create a unique picture that was something that looked quite real, but in all truth was something that was most likely impossible. While browsing through the photos on Flickr that had Creative Commons licenses, two different photos caught my eye. The first one was a picture of a man on a moped or scooter and the second one was a picture of a lake in the mountains with a very incredible reflection. I decided to think of an idea of how I could combine these two pictures to make a situation that was improbable. My idea: a man on a moped riding on water. I also really liked both of these images because the colors were so vibrant and the red of the moped really popped against the background of the mountains and water. I am happy with how my project turned out, however I did run into some problems. The hardest part of creating this Photoshop mashup was definitely the spray of the water coming up behind the wheels of the moped. I found a high resolution photo of water spraying and shaped and formed that to make it look like the wheels were spraying water on the surface of the lake. I copied it multiple times as well as used the smudge tool with white, light blue, and dark orange colors made by the paint brush to create the wake or ripple effect on the far right of the image.

Here are the links to the photos that I used for this project. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moriza/3828510343/ This photo has a Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic licence which means I am free to both share and remix this photo of the man on a moped.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/2746960560/ This photo has a Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence which means I am free to both share and remix this photo as well as distribute it.

http://www.photos-public-domain.com/2010/12/03/water-splash-with-sun/ The last photo that I used for the water splash is from a public domain photo website, which means that the photo has no rights and is free to download and use.

Gnarcade

I would like to post two sources of inspiration that I get from my work. Since I am a film student as well as design, a lot of my inspiration comes from videos and film crews. Two of the things I love most are filming and editing as well as snowboarding, so my inspiration comes from a combination of the two.

Knife Show Inc. is a film crew based out of Los Angeles and Bear Mountain, CA. The company is made up of Mike Benson (filmer) and Casey Wrightsman (pro snowboarder). The production company is definitely a leader in the snowboard film industry, always pushing the limits in Adobe After Effects to see what is possible in a snowboard video. This drives me to create new, unique things of my own. One of my favorite Knife Show videos is shown above.

Another source of inspiration for me is Action Sports Cartel, a website devoted to action sports photography and critique. I love taking photos and working with them in Photoshop and this is a great way to explore new methods of making action photos look the best they can.

Lichtfaktor Live

Lichfaktor Live is made up of the 3 performers, Lichtfaktor, optiX, and Juan Gomez. In the live performance, the artists use an assortment of different glowing lights to create real time photo and video light paintings. They use cutting edge light technology as well as custom made video software to create a bright, long exposure effect to produce an incredible light painting experience.

http://www.lichtfaktorlive.com/

Miwa Matreyek - Glorious Visions - 6:30-9:08

Glorious Visions is an absolutely beautiful piece that really explores how animation can transform when combined with body and space. Using the body as well as projection, this piece creates multiple layers of art that work together in different mediums to get one wild juxtaposition of illusion versus non-illusion. Miwa Matreyek really explores self embodiment within art and her own work in an excellent fashion.

http://www.semihemisphere.com/Home.html

Self Presence - Curatorial Statement

            Self Presence is an online exhibition that showcases unique and alternative types of new media in today’s art world. The works of art that are included in the exhibition are pieces that exhibit characteristics of live performance. The idea of live performance is something that has always been around in the art and media world and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Unlike a concert, where music is the dominant component of the performance, all of these pieces include both audio and visual elements including projection, live music, and live physical performance. The main reason that these specific artists have been chosen for this exhibition is because of the way in which they involve themselves within the performance. Self Presence is an exhibition that dives deep into the unique exploration of ways in which artists incorporate themselves within their own work. A slide show or a video can be an exciting thing, but what if there is another element added where there is a physical presence outside of the screen? This presence between you and the screen, between you and the performance, adds another element that brings excitement, curiosity, and maybe even confusion at times. This new type of media is growing in popularity and can give people an experience they may have never had before. Self Presence will make you feel a connection to these pieces, like they were created for you.

The topic chosen for this exhibition, self embodiment, is one that brings two mediums of art together in a fascinating way. The live performances and audio/visual performances come together to make one, complete and unique experience. A body can bring things to a whole new level, and by doing that the emotional aspect of Self Presence comes along to that level as well. The emotions involved in a live performance can have an immense impact on an audience. Self Presence is an engaging and fun exhibition that will not only get you wondering how these works of art were created, but leave you wanting more of this type of media. The emotion and effort put into these pieces by the artists themselves is blatantly visible at a level that would not settle for anything less than perfection.

Self Presence is presented to be an exhibition that allows its guest to explore types of media and spaces that they have never experienced before. Let your mind be free, relax, and let the visual and audio brilliance of these four artists overtake you. Self Presence is here.

Rip! A Remix Manifesto

We watched a documentary in class on Wednesday called Rip! A Remix Manifesto. I want to start off by saying this is probably my favorite documentary I have ever seen. Made by Brett Gaylor in 2008, Rip! covers a number of different topics including copyright, infirngement, Creative Commons, open source media, and much more. This film is very well made and produced and not only practices what it preaches but also has a very appealing vibe to it. Because the film uses fair use to its full extent and is a promoter of loosening copyright laws, this found footage style documentary is available for download online for a ‘pay what you want’ price.

Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons is one of the main speakers in this documentary. He is a copyright activist extraordinaire and is an incredibly large promoter of alternative methods of licensing material so that others can use that material under the creator’s personalized restrictions. One cool thing that Lessig has done to encourage recreation of media is that he wrote a book called Code, and then had his readers/fans recreate the book and came out with a Code 2.0 completely rearranged and rewritten by the fans. This influenced Rip! and on OpenSourceCinema.org they are currently working on a Rip! A Remix Manifesto version 2.0 recreated by the fans.

I really enjoyed the remix culture of Rip! and also just the general history of copyright. It is crazy to think that even a company as large as Disney can technically be accused of infringing old media. My favorite part of the documentary, however, is the section near the end where Gaylor portrays the culture of Brazil. In Brazil they believe that all new ideas and art comes from evolving off of other peoples’ work that already exist. They don’t punish you for taking other work and remixing it, but they encourage everyone to do this. This is how new music is created in their culture and America could learn a lesson from Brazil.

I would recommend this documentary to anyone.

Hello World!

In my first post on my blog, I would like to give an introduction of myself and say hello to the world of the internet and blogging. My name is James and This is James will cover any thoughts, stories, experiences or other blurbs of information that I would like to share with you and anyone else reading this. I am currently a senior at the University of Denver and am in a class called Introduction to Electronic Media Arts & Design. Stayed tuned to see my work.

-James

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