For my remix project, I wanted to do a lighter funnier piece. I decided to do a play on all the talk about weed these days. There is a lot of talk of federally legalizing marijuana, while some states are legalizing it themselves. With this you have many people who are trying to portray marijuana in a dark way and claim that it has many negative affects on people. With all of the negativity surrounding weed, I wanted to take some funny clips from movies that are from more of the current era, to show what true smokers feel and think about their choice to smoke. There have been a lot of movies over time that show the negative and the positive, here I am only focusing on the positive as a voice for the pro marijuana society.
For my narrative project, I chose to make a blunt depiction of a “what if” situation for a drug abuser. I actually thought that I would be using animation in my clip from the beginning. I created my story board and put in different areas that I would have liked to animate. I then played with the different animation tools and created a short slide. To my surprise, when I incorporated this into my piece, it truly took away from the seriousness and the drama that I wanted to portray. So after much thought and consideration, I decided against using animation and chose to use the still images. I wanted it to be bold and make the viewer feel the emotion in every still in the clip. With each photo, the emotion begins to become more intense. The music score that I used helps to create the emotion depicted in the narrative. It begins with a young woman getting high. She then passes out. As she is lying asleep, a fire starts from the chemicals she uses to make her drugs. In another room, a baby is sound asleep. Someone never makes it out of this house alive, but is it the innocent or the abuser? This video is meant to invite you to see the truth that many people that have any correlation with drug abuse like to turn a blind eye to. Call it a “wake up call” or call it the truth, this is reality.
This is one of my original images, I want to show the narrative of a meth lab explosion.
This is a piece I worked on, showing the chemicals in the lab.
Inbox Victory, was a participatory art project that invited people to take a snapshot of themselves with their empty email inbox. The objective was that feeling you get when you spend days answering emails until you have completed them all, only to have no one share the victory with you when all you want is maybe a pat on the back! Inbox Victory gives you that pat on the back by sharing photos with each other. It is interesting how Inbox Victory is applauding the empty inbox as participants email there victory photos in. The individuals are all unique in their photos which gives this participatory art project a different approach than some others that we have seen.
Participatory art is an art that gets the public or a group of people, involved in their art piece. This type of art gets the audience engaged in what the artists idea or subject of the work is. It allows the audience to have a direct hands on approach to the creative process of the piece and the outcome of it. The audience can be looked at as co artist as they have the chance to edit and observe the work. Felix Gonzalez-Torres created a piece in 1991 as a dedication to his partner, Ross Laycock, that he lost to aids. The installation started with 175lbs of candy (Ross’ ideal body weight) wrapped in cellophane. Participants were urged to take a piece of candy to represent the deterioration of Ross’ body. Gonzalez-Torres decided that the candy should be refilled over and over to represent metaphorically, perpetual life.
Postdigital is a new term that describes the new uses of art and technology, with a hands on approach. Examples of what postdigital is can be found on all of our smart phones, tablets, computers, etc.. Apps that let the user scan objects and leave reviews, apps that allow us to take photos and recreate them to share with the world, and art that is recreated with technology, the list goes on. This is a fairly new approach to art and it has become an amazing way for artist to reach a broader audiance. Using still movie images and recreating them to send a message, using a painting and scanning it into a computer program to recreate how it speaks to the viewer is a great way to touch those who craze new technology and new ways of viewing art. Post digital is something that we have all become use to using in our everyday lives even if we are unaware of the movement that has started.
Remediation is a way of using media to change the way we view media. Using video, film, paint, drawing, and different techniques to create a new media. In this video we see the still image over the moving video. The drawings are of images already passed in the video. This creates a moving image to the viewer. I enjoy the mix of old and new media to create something new. I believe that using new media to recapture old media forms can help us learn something new about the original image, not to mention it gives us a new way to enjoy the older media. Reverse mediation, which is not as popular seems more expensive and complicated, but can have nice results. I do however enjoy its counter part much more. What examples of remediation are your favorite? Do you enjoy reliving old media in new ways?
Henry Jenkins describes convergence culture as the flow of content across multiple media platforms. What he means by this is when content can be transferred through books, film, games, products, etc. In his writing “Worship at the Altar of Convergence” he uses the example of when Bert from Sesame Street was being used in a collage with Osama Bin Laden, which then was used in Bangladesh to print out anti- American posters during 911, and then was seen by thousands when the posters were broadcast by CNN reporting.
This cycle of media through different cultures is an example of convergence culture. There are many others that we all use everyday without the thought of its journey. Comics made into movies and then into video games or vice versa. Apps we use on our smart phones everyday have gone through many changes in media, Angry Birds and Facebook are two examples of this. Convergence culture is now a part of our every day lives because of the intelligence that we have continued to gain in technology.
Emailing your professor can sometimes be tricky for the current day shorthand texting users. Many of us are use to communicating in a very informal manner, when using email and text to friends, family, and the everyday use of social networks. There are many things we must keep in mind when addressing professions, even as students.
When emailing your professor one must remember to add a title that pertains to the reason behind the email. When addressing the professor it is acceptable to use Dear, or just using the name of the professor. Professors prefer to be addressed by there title and name or just their name. Slang and shorthand are another issue when emailing your professor. It is tempting do just say “Hey I was 1dern if u got…”, but it is important to remember that you want to be taken serious and have your issues handled and most important, you want to start building a professional stepping stool for yourself to face the workforce and professional world. Email is used widely by businesses all over the world. It is a good idea to use your communication with your professors to help you build better skills for the future.
Now, there are times when it is acceptable to loosen up a bit when emailing your professor. When and if you build a good friendly relationship with your professor, it is ok to be a bit more informal. Always remembering that the person is still your professor and keeping sure to be respectful. The last thing I will leave you with is to also never abuse the use of email. You do not want to annoy or overload your professor with emails like you would texting your buddies. Always be patient and remember you are not the only student out there and that the professors time is limited. Speaking in person after class is always a winner!