Visual Relationships Reflection

Our most recent assignment dealt with visual relationships and how to use advanced tools in final cut to achieve desired results.  For critique this time around we each viewed all of one person’s videos and gave specific comments about what worked well and what wasn’t as strong.

The first piece was a triptych, which featured images of a young woman walking through a forest of trees with side lighting and ambient noise.  I wanted to give this a sort of nostalgic/romantic feeling, but also like she’s does this everyday, it’s routine. I think that the imagery was well achieved, but myself and my critic agree that it would be nicer if there wasn’t as much camera shake especially on the beginning shots. The lighting works well because it was shot in early morning which allowed for maximum saturation of color.

The second piece was supposed to involve textual elements. I used the text as sort of a fade effect where it started as showing the video and ended up being words on video and then on black.  My critic thought this was my weakest image because the audio was distracting and the image wasn’t as compelling.  I think that if I were to shoot this again I would have a better idea about how to meld the text and the image because I think the way I moved the text is really cool, but needs to be further thought through.

The third piece involves layering and the manipulation of two images as they work together. I chose to create piece that used a soft wandering girl on teh bottom and replace the sky with a highly filtered image of car running by at night.  The lights sort of looked like shooting stars and gave it an other worldly glow.  My critic liked the juxtaposition of these two, but was unsure about the audio and how it corresponded to the piece. I think that if I were to go back and look at it I would take more time to make sure the audio didn’t sound like it wasn’t supposed to be there and more like it was purposeful.  I also was a little displeased with how the top portion was filtered and I would like to spend more time on getting it the correct amount of blur that I wanted.

The fourth piece was color manipulation. I choose to work with one of my old clips of water being filled into a glass and play with the 3 way color corrector and key framing.  This gave it a surreal quality, you couldn’t really tell what you were looking at anymore. I added this with the same audio it had before plus a few audio filters.  I think that by keeping the original audio and only tweaking it I can away with a stronger piece because the audio matched up completely.  My critic agreed on this point and also like how the colors moved from dark to light so that you couldn’t tell what it was a many points.

The last video was an obnoxious video using at least 5 or more filters.  I used a shot of traffic lights at night going from red to green to yellow. I blurred them and added a few more filters to alter the image, then put on kaleidoscope which gave the pretty designs.  I followed that with tile which divided it into parts and then to crystallize for the fragmented effect and strobe to make it flash.  I reversed and layer the audio to give this annoying high pitch sound mixed with foreign jumble.  I think the image that was created by these filters was effective because you couldn’t tell what it was, yet it was mesmerizing and annoying all at the same time.  I think, as well as my critic, that the audio really enhanced the overall feel of the video because it brought your mind out of the trance that was created by the video.

 

Overall I really liked working on this project, I think that video is giving me the opportunity to really explore multidimensional works and express themes that are harder to achieve on paper.

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Kinetic Imaging Blog

Hello! I’m using this blog for my Kinetic Imaging class.  Here is a blog on our first reading assignment!

1. What makes the medium of video special or unique as an artform?

Video art began when video technology became directly available to the consumer.  Since it was not the first time a moving picture was created, video art is very linked to film and the industry of Hollywood.  In many senses, it began as a reaction to film, instead of narrative qualities it could be abstract or counter-intuitive.  The technology of video, however, enables the artist to create a truly expansive personal experience.  The viewer can be lead through a journey using the video, which allows them to believe they are there, but doesn’t give them full control of the situation.

2. Video’s unique qualities give way to certain themes that are central to the medium. They include:

Video is always linked to technology.  Many changes in video form are due to the increase or decrease in technology.  It’s young age also gives it a notably short existence and history from which to work allowing for more original ideas and concepts to be shown still today.  Video is not still image, hence taking on a sense of style all its own.  The images are moving, therefore take on the qualities of time, story, motion.  There is usually, although not always, a start and a end to the story and all viewers progress along the same path.

3. Why was video art and politics so closely connected at its inception in the 1960s?

Video art and politics were so linked in the beginning because many video artists used their credentials as videographers to get behind the scenes of many political arenas.  Frank Gilette used his ability to work a camera as a way to ‘enter the communications process’ and “cease being a passive recipient of commercialized media.”  There was also just a wealth of material to be had in politics during the 1960s.  The riots and anti-war movement allowed for a very distinct theme to emerge in art of the time period.

4.  What positive and negative implications does the accessibility of video yield?

Video can be viewed negatively because it is so accessible that people think it requires no skill.  This is a common theme with the post-modern art era, which focuses less on finished works and more on the emotional process of the art or how the viewer see it.  A positive to video is the ability to capture processes over time and relay them as accurately (or inaccurately) as possible.  It creates another dimension that comes closer to replicating and responding to life.  Accessibility is also an advantage of video art.  It gives those who cannot be filmmakers, or do not have the resources or desire to become such, the opportunity to work with moving image.

The following questions from the reading have to do with context (might take some extra google searching):

5.  In contemporary art, what does the ‘post-medium condition’ signify?

Post medium literally means ‘after the medium.’ This is to say that the medium has transcended itself and become something beyond, or after what was originally intended for.  Some artists use a combination of material to create a piece that defies the original intention, such as using appropriated advertising to mock at pop culture.  It can also mean using known objects in unconventional ways to illustrate a greater point.

6.  Describe formalism or formalist art.

Formalism or formalist art is a process of looking at art that takes it at face value.  It neglects to consider the notions behind the work, the ideas or history of the artist or the intention of the work.  It instead deals only with the distinct physical form: the line, color, shape, movement of the piece.

7.  Describe conceptualism or conceptual art.

Conceptualism or conceptual art is a way of thinking or works of art that draw questions about the art itself.  Conceptual art should not just exist, but exist to make a statement about itself or society.  This art can not be taken for merely aesthetic face value, but rather must be taken for the message which is attempts to achieve.  While conceptual art is typically uses a less ‘traditional’ skill set, it is foolish to think that it is merely a craft or production of someone without purpose or artistic ability.

8. What is Fluxus?

Is the term used to describe artists who combined themes and materials into one work.  Also described as mixed or inter media, these pieces worked to transcend merely one type of reaction, emotional process or medium.  Fluxus pieces are simple, many times in critique of modern art theory, and humorous in nature.

9.  What is intermedia?

Describes the work made by the fluxus in the 1960s.  The works were not nearly sculpture, yet not anything else either. It involves the use of many mediums to create a stronger visual picture or reaction.  Artists may use text, sound, images, appropriation or found objects to create their work.

Art, Art, Art.

So, I haven’t posted any of my recent art/photography recently! I just finished a set of digital images that combined various photographic elements to portray an emotion or person.  Here is the first piece I did for the set, which combines imagery from my semester abroad with a scanned rose petal and a portrait image.

“Capture”

This semester I am taking Static Imaging, which is an upper level digital art class at Elon.  We had a recent assignment to transform four images we were given so that they escaped copyright laws.  By using different layers in Adobe Photoshop I was able to create a piece where the original images were no longer recognizable.  I also added an image of my own, the center figure, to enhance the theme of my piece.

The word is titled “Capture” and evokes a sense of sad nostalgia.  After digital production, I took the art a step further and placed it in a burnt frame and dripped wax on it.  I will put up a picture of the finished product after it is graded, but for now, here is the digital copy.

Capture