Sunday, May 6, 2007

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Ideas for Website

10 terms:
outer space
the moon
International Space Station
space shuttle
the future

Monday, April 9, 2007

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

A History of the Internet

This article talks about how the Internet was formed. Many of us do not know how or when the Internet began, but we do know why it was formed though. It was formed because it enabled us a sense of freedom, meaning we could do anything on there. Today, business, governments, academics, and militaries are using the Internet for many different reasons. For example, in the education area, teachers want their students to use the Internet as a source for doing scholarly research. Email has also become popular now because it is much faster than the United States mail. Now, it is time for us to wonder how the Internet came into being. During the early years of the Cold War, the RAND Corporation was trying to figure out a way for the United States authorities to communicate with other countries. RAND finally came up with strategy that included a set of principles in which a network would have a set of nodes. Each node would have its own authority to originate, receive, and pass along messages. The messages would be divided into packets which were then sent separately to different countries. The first corporation to do this strategy was the National Physical Laboratory in Great Britain in 1968. After its success, other corporations began to do the same thing. By the 1970s and 1980s, computers were becoming more powerful and more corporations were in possession of them. In the mid-1980s, most of the computers were starting to link up with other networks, which late became known as the Internet. After reading this article, it seems that it took many decades for the Internet to come around. Now that we are in the 21st century, we can thank the people who helped form the Internet because without it, society would not have the advancements in technology.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Andrew Kieper lecture

Andrew Kieper had showed us some moving images done by different artists and one of them was done by him. Kieper's work seemed interesting to me because a lot of the images were repeated over and over again throughout the film. The sound effects involved in the film seemed to mix up with the images. The film got kind of boring after a while because I was seeing the images over and over again as well as the sound effects. Throughout the film, I was also in a state of confusion because I did not know what was going on in the film, meaning I did not think there was any sort of theme to it. When I look at art work in different mediums, I know that there is some kind of theme to the piece whether it is bad or good.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Mark Cooley lecture

Mark Cooley's work involves military, government, and public policy in the United States. He also does critiques on the cultural industries and the art world. My favorite piece of work he did was called American Dreams, which is a collection og toy packages. The thing I found interesting about this one is the use of interactivity, which is a process of communication. With interactivity, the audience can initiate the art in an open space, like a gallery. Interactivity was also used in Enduring Freedom, which is a relationship with the war in Afghanistan. This work was also interested because of the use of television and other communications. The television sets were on 2 stands next to each other representing the twin towers. Cooley also mentions his use of net art, which is using art from the internet. He likes using this because interactivity is involved and it also shows how people use it to communicate with each other.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

SMP Senior Art Majors

1.) Tom-Photograpy: used photobook for his pictures; took pictures of different walls because he believes that there is a connection between them; his inspiration of the book was Ralph Gibson; thinks the book is a souvenir; square images help bring out horizontal and vertical things; always thinks about how the viewers will look through the book; some photos show a sense of humor;

2.) Vanessa-Drawing/Painting: satirizing society; examines how we look at random things in society; draws pictures of foxes and calls it fox hunting; there is a change from 3rd to 1st person; uses 3D things, like the suitcase;

3.) Jeannie-Sculpture: more characters aggressing; her goal was to expose more emotions; focuses more on abstraction than realism; her sculptures are on the foor because the audience will get a better view of them; considers them self portraits of feelings; her inspiration was Frida Kahlo, queen of self portraits;

4.) Erica- Photo Participatory: audience participates in art; she looks at artists who engage the audience in their work; she believes that audience who participate in an artist's work, can make a contribution to art; here, the audience follows a set of directions(one dealt with library cards and the other dealt with gold things); categorization played a role in this critique, meaning how we put things in order in society;

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Contest Image

Creative Image Design is a photography studio in California. I had to create a flier with the title on it and anything else that was contemporary art. I used different tools in Photoshop, including the brush tool where I created a digital camera brush and the gradient tool. I used the gradient tool for the background because it brings out the title more. I enjoyed using the different tools in Photoshop.

Monday, February 26, 2007

The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin

William Burroughs describes a technique, the cut-up method, based on earlier experiments of the surrealism period. He also talks about computer pioneer John von Neumann, who uses the cut-up method of action into game strategy in his Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Burroughs considers writting cut-ups because it turns into collages. Cut-ups can be anything and it is used in any field. They can also come through as code messages with special meaning for the cutter. He concludes that cut-ups could add new dimension to films, meaning a person can cut and rearrange the word and image in a film.
Question: Why did he decide to have the preceding two paragraphs that are cut into four sections and rearranged at the end of the article?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Dada Techniques

10 techniques used by Dada artists:
1.)photomontage- variation of collage in which posted items are photographs; the Dadaists use brushes and paint instead of scissors and glue; they also call themselves monteurs(mechanics) rather than artists because of their radical notion on traditional art;

2.)collage- developed by Picasso and Braques in Paris; used papers, fabric, and other 2D materials and pasted them together; they broke down the barrier between everyday life and art by creating collages;

3.)assemblage- 3Dwork of art; examples are sculptures and pictures hung on walls; they were also built from everyday objects that were fastened, nail, or screwed together; examples of these objects were bits of trash and war supplies;

4.)readymade- everyday manufactured goods that are considered to be art; created by Marcel Duchamp, who collected manufactured objects and renamed them in English("readymade" to objects purchased "as a sculpture already made"); he also added signature and titles to these ibjects and converted them into artwork;

5.)typography- mixing fonts; used different punctuations; printed words both horizontally and vertically; this experiment shows the audience the fascination with the newly printed culture;

6.)sound poem- poems without words(abstract poems); language is broken down into abstract parts like letters and syllables and then are reconfigured as meaningless sounds; it offers both a metaphor for the destruction caused by war and a commentary on language;

7.)abstraction- began in Zurich; Zurich dadaists saw it as a way of gaining access to a more inner consciousness; it is also the primary force for creative expression in the visual arts;

8.)chance- antidote; offered a way of letting go of conscious control; presented a critique of the notion of artistic mastery;

9.)photography- relished its modern means of creation; dadaists used double exposures, radical perspective, unconventional subjects, and photograms; these are among the earliest abstract photographs;

10.) overpainting- Max Ernst embellished wallpapers, knitting and crochetting instruction sheets, pages from handicraft booklets, and a printer's catalogue; his series of work included painting or drawing over pages of found print material;

Artist: Tristan Tzara
1.) Salon Dada, Exposition Internationale- in this piece of artwork, Tzara uses the technique typography; he described the Dada revolution with graphic work; the tool he used was lithograph; he wrote down words in different sizes and shapes; the words are positioned sideways, diagonally, and horizontal; he also wrote phrases and numbers; most of the phrases are surround by some kind of border or frame; the title of the piece is written in big words at the bottom; what I found interesting was that he had the letters of Salon Dada positioned differently and Exposition Internationale written straight forward;

2.)Mouvement Dada: 8. Dada-Soiree(Dada Movement: 8th Dada Soiree)- in this piece of artwork Tzara is lithograph and collage additions; the first part of the title, Mouvement Dada is writtten in lithograph and the rest look like pictures that were mounted onto the paper; the college additions are tilted, which is how a see a collage(a poster with a bunch of pictures mounted on different ways); The title is the first thing that catches my attention because it is in big letters and its color is black;

Here is my musical journey file. It consists of musical instruments, including the piano, violin, and viola. Most of the piano music was recorded by me and the other music was downloaded from Freesound Project. Here are the attributions:

February 2, 2007
By ERH (
string_1_loop.wav (
By HerbetBoland (
PianoMood38.wav (

February 5, 2007
By HerbertBoland (
PianoMood33.wav (
By FreqMan (
violintuning.wav (

February 6, 2007
By HerbertBoland (
PianoMood26.wav (
By iktinus (
v_riff2-2_by_iktinus.wav (

Enjoy it!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Heather McGuire Lecture on John Baldesarri

In Heather McGuire's lecture, she talks about John Baldesarri's work and how he used surrealism in his photographs. Baldesarri looks at 2 specific themes: one is the questioning of the arts and art does not have a meaning. He points out that art critiques our thoughts when looking at an image. He calls objects as a way of seeing things. McGuire shows different slide shows of his artwork. Here are a few examples: "Blasted Alleghories"- in this picture, he took pictures of scenes from a television and mounts them into different individual squares; he then puts words and color together in each square( "Blue Delayed"); it is supposed to read like a poem starting from top to bottom. One thing about alleghories is that they can mean so many things and they can create new ideas. "I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art"- in this picture, he asked students to write this statement over and again on a classroom wall in Nova Scotia; the photographs seemed interesting to me because of the way the students were positioned; my favorite one was the close up picture of the statement written in cursive; I also liked the way the pictures were mounted in the slide show as well. "The Pencil Story"- this picture was about narration and storytelling; Baldasarri kept a pencil on the inside hood of his car and decided to take 2 pictures, one of an unsharpened pencil and the other with a sharpened one; he concluded that this piece of artwork had something to do with art. In conclusion, Baldesarri explores the dissolutions in photography, meaning he breaks down the rules of photograpy.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Janet Cardiff sound file

I did not like this sound experience because it was kind of creepy throughout the file. It felt like I did not want to be on this journey. The sounds that were used felt like you were in a haunted place. It was not what I expected it to be like. What I expected was more of a collection of peaceful sounds.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Alexis' sound file


My sound file contains a combination of the violin and the piano. Enjoy it!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

My idea for the audio journey project is a musical one containing classical music.
The sounds will be a single instrument like piano or violin and a mixture of instruments playing at once like an orchestra.
My idea for the audio journey project is a musical one containing classical music.
The sounds will be a single instrument like piano or violin and a mixture of instruments playing at once like an orchestra.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Lance Wynn Art Lecture

Lance Wynn sees art as a generative process meaning that artists express their ideas. An example he gave was Jackson Pollock, who expresses his ideas onto a painting that he has done by just taking a brush up down and down the paper. A point that Lance made out that I found interesting was that in art, you give yourself a starting point and work from there. He does that a lot in his artwork. The slides that he showed during the lecture were very interesting in terms of what material he used to create the images. For example, in one image, he used rubber stamps to make a moth in black ink in a a dark motion. Throughout the image, the shades of blue change frm darkest to lightest. It also changes the mood of the image as ou go back forth. Another example was a 3D image shaped like a number 8 in which he used figures that were connected to each other. One figure was holding a gun to another. So, he came up with the idea that if one person has a gun, everyone else has one themselves. He also talked about how he uses words and languages in some of his work. For example, in one of his images, he used cut staked paper and molded the word "deppression" in it. Another intersting point he makes is how the use of material collaborates with the artist. He talked about how he likes to experience with insulations in art. An example of that would be his picture of a box with foam on it containing a mixture of bright colors, which really caught my attention the most because it looked 3 dimensional. The last point he made about his artwork that I found interesting was he liked to used red and green to make gray because it helps create the image.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Melissa Dean Art Lecture

Melissa Dean uses a lot of consumer products in her artwork. Examples of consumer products are toilet paper, kitchen appliances, and tools. One picec of art work that stood out was the picture of the layered cameras. It seemed really interesting because it looked like a whole bunch of cameras clumped together into one drawing. Another thing I found interesting about the lecture was where her titles came from. Her titles came from the back of Target fliers and most of her titles were similar to each other. The titles contained the expiration dates of the products, which I found really interesting. Another thing I found interesting was the way her individual products were positioned on the wall of the gallery. The print that really caught my attention was the one in red because red is a bright color and bright colors always catch my attention. The products were positioned into a funny shape that made you feel like you were going on a roller coaster ride as you were walking along with it. The slideshows were very interesting, especially the picture of the camera mounted into four different sqaures. That was my favorite one because the drawing of the camera was outlined in black and it looked three dimensional. I also liked the colors surrounding the camera because it looked like the camera was situated in front so that the colors would appear to be the background fo the picture.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Steve Reich- live concert 1970

"Four Organs"- the instruments used in this performance were the maracas and the organ. The maracas were playing the same beat throughout the piece and the organ was changing the tune. It would play a tune for a couple of minutes and then change to a different one.