Monday, December 14, 2015

Artist talks and exhibits

  • Exhibit in the Sheppard Gallery: Emily Arthur had an exhibit display named Endangered where she displayed some of her art work that had to do with birds. They were print makings of  gnatcatchers that are birds that soar across the United States. The point of this exhibition was to display the endanger Native American culture is in. I think she did a really good job displaying her art work in print. It is definitely something I never expected to be displayed in that way. The only thing I could say is that the repetitiveness of the art was too much. She could've displayed other ways by changing the scene in which these birds looked like or where they were flying through. Overall, Arthur did a good job giving out her message about what the Native American culture is going through.
  • Exhibit in the Sheppard Gallery: Joe Allen also displayed some of his work and named his exhibit Tule Duck Decoy Maker. His work displayed some duck decoy art work. He is from Fallon and part of the Paiute community in that area. Allen made his ducks out of tule reeds and cattail. The way he designed these ducks were very exact and shaped like a duck. I really like how he made these ducks out of natural resources and related it to his culture and community. These ducks are used by hunters to lure fowl into natural pools and marshlands, as it is described in his statement. Overall, his gallery is well put and displayed his ducks very well. 
  • Mary Flanagan "Digital Media Artist" lecture: Mary is a digital media artist who is currently working on teaching middle school girls a little about computer programming and gaming. This was mentioned in the beginning of the lecture and right then and there, that caught my attention. I personally think it is very important to teach girls these skills because this is a woman's world as well. Our society is just shaped to think that men are mostly the programmers and to have someone like Flanagan teaching girls about it, it is something very empowering. I also really like how she touches bases on scientific process and art process and how these are similar but are never "noticed". Throughout the year, I have attended different talks and exhibits and most of the artists have to do with experimental and scientific process but in an artistic way and are put together very well. This is something I would consider in the next project I take on. Flanagan also described what digital media is and how it could be artistic. She explained how digital artists go through different medias and programs for their art work and really, this is what it really is like to be a digital media artist. It is all about programming and using the right tools. This is something she uses with her students, she starts them off with the physical and then goes into the digital aspect of it. She is very passionate of what she does and it is very interesting how she started her lecture with the history of digital artists and see where she used this in her art work. Overall, her lecture is very informative because she focused on the past, her present, and the things she wants to do.
  • Corey Arcangel "Digital Media Artist" lecture: In this lecture, Chris talks about "recycling codes" and how he does this strategy in his work. He uses codes and programming from different past things and reuses them in his art work. An example would be his lecture presentation. He designed his talk in Netscape. He reused this because he thought it would be genius to reuse the old program in the future. Another example his the Data Diarires where he would go through the previous data that a local computer would go through (emails, notes, etc.). This was for his personal enjoyment but somehow found a way to make it into art. I think that Arcangel is good at reusing old stuff and using it. I like old stuff and will always find a way to make use of it again and I can definitely relate to him when he reuses things. Overall, his lecture is very informative and technical and I could use some of his pointers he mentioned in this lecture for my future.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

"Solutions" documentation

Below are the documentation I took of the "Solutions" exhibit


Setting Up

Before Show Time

Lights Off

Trying Out The Keyboards

Here is some videos:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Progress Report

I have found a way to rewire the Casio I have recently purchased and now I am inspired by the 80's and 90's for the exhibition. I want to give a vibe of those years by adding funky lights to the presentation of my keyboards.
I have finally made my video that will be playing during the exhibition for others to play along with me.
Enjoy the video!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Progress Report 11/23/15

Throughout this whole project, I have gone through 4 different keyboards and last night, the Buzz Lightyear one gave up on me, ruining the symphony I had already made for it. BUT!! I found this old school Casio keyboard at Savers and saved my life at the last minute. Let's see what cool things it could do when I'm done circuit bending it.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Progress Report: Audio Clip of Symphony

This will be the intro of the symphony I am making for this project. I will be adding a little bit more tweaks to it and adding another keyboard as well. This sound clip has 2 different circuit bent keyboards being played at once as I start creating my symphony and then displaying a whole video of myself playing my keyboards.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Location for The Symphony of Circuit Bend

For my project, I would like to display it in a gallery space. Preferably in the gallery on the 2nd floor in order for the sound and image to be heard. This space is small and perfect for the display of the video and keyboards to be viewed and played with.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Update on Circuit Bending

As I have mentioned in class, I am planning on projecting my video on a dvd player, projected on a wall with a table displaying my keyboards. The video will be playing and displayed in a place where it is visible and easy to hear. I want to be able to display my keyboards and have people interact with them as well.