Archive for August 2007




Art without the Artist…not quite.

Media is a constantly changing identity. The technology used to create the media as well as the technology used to bring the media to the viewer and be completely different, depending on the time period you are in. As time changes, people try to improve upon the current form that the media takes. According to Bolter and Grusin,

   “Creators of other electronic remediations seem to want to emphasize the difference rather than erase it. In
these cases, the electronic version is offered as an improvement on the older version…”

San Base is a Russian born artist who has created “Self-Shifting Digital Paintings.” After the down fall of the Soviet Union, art supplies were too expensive, so he had to create a new form of art. His result was “Dynamic Painting.”

 “When he didn’t have fresh canvases to use, Base painted over his used canvases. Liking the effect that created, he began intentionally transforming the same picture over and over.

It occurred to him that a computer or TV screen would be a better “canvas” for bringing his pictures to life, so he wrote a software program to automate the image generation and transformation.”

In this case, the new technology was created because the older technology was too expensive. He does not completely change the older version, by completely taking out the artist, he simply uses the computer as a tool to achieve another form of art. In both “dynamic painting,” and the original form of painting, the artist plays a vital role.

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4 comments August 30, 2007

Important life lessons brought to you by…the movies?!?!?!

Things I Learned from the Movies is an article from Funny Emails, a blog that reposts humorous emails so that people like me (who never receive funny emails…because my friends have no sense of humor) can enjoy them.  The article lists the very valuable life lessons that we learn from the movies. It  give insight to tips such as…

“One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at one. “

How many times does Hollywood have to replay this scenario? We get the point. The hero of the film is supposed to be good at defending himself. But come on, the bad guys should be able to hit his target every now and then. Especially when it’s twenty against one. Another peice of advice that I thought I should mention is a bit less deadly, but just as important.

“Once applied, lipstick will never rub off – even while scuba diving. “

In the movies, women wake up with their makeup fully applied, they swim with their makeup fully applied, they even camp out in the woods with their makeup fully applied. When are we going to see these “realistic” characters without their makeup, waking up like a normal person? More importantly, where can I find this magic makeup that stays perfect even after hiking through the forest?

Without Hollywood giving us such amazing advice, how could we survive from day to day?

4 comments August 27, 2007

A little bit of cute can go a long way

I have never found a blog that interests me to the point where I would need to check it on a regular basis (probably because I have never looked for one until now), but these two blogs can certainly hold my attention.

The Cute Project is an adorable site, dedicated to keeping the world cute. They dig through hundreds of images and videos online, and pick out the cutest ones, so you don’t have to. Sometimes, all you need to brighten your day is a good dose of cuteness. If baby ducks, piglets, bunnies, and kittens disgust you; stay away from this site! Otherwise, check it out and fill that void that only a cute little animal can fill.

The Magnum blog features the “photo of the week,” and other various photographs from the Magnum site. Each photograph contains a brief history explaining where and when the picture was taken. The photographs are interesting, as well as the stories behind them. Check it out if you like documentary photography.

5 comments August 22, 2007

My first jump into the blogsphere ocean

As an Arts and Technology major, you would think that I should be an active participant in the latest and greatest forms of technology. Unfortunately however, that is not the case when it comes to my adventures in the “blogsphere.” I have heard of blogs. I have seen them. I have even browsed over a few blog pages. That being the case, I still have never even attempted to create my own blog.

 

I have always viewed blogs as the online diary for the computer savvy individual, and didn’t understand why they would want to document their life for the world to see. Consequently, my lack of understanding and inexperience with the blogsphere has left me somewhat indifferent to blogging in general. After reading the introduction to “The Uses of Blogs,” I am beginning to see the light. I even surfed the web for a little bit and cruised over to the world of some other bloggers, just to see what this whole phenomenon was really about.

 

The blogsphere has made a significant contribution to the evolution of text. Unlike the past, writers do not have to seek out a publisher in order to receive a widespread audience. Books are still published, but, that is not the sole way that writers can gain a public interest in their work. This being said, authorship is now open to anyone. The web log internet phenomena has opened up a writing outlet for virtually anyone. The only requirement for the modern writer is to have access to the internet. Everyday people are able to achieve thousands of readers from their very own living rooms. By creating their own web identity, normal people are able to achieve star status through the blogsphere “A-list.” The changes fashioned out of the blog culture are now enabling anyone with the internet to actively contribute to what they read.

 

Even though the web log has evolved our current print modes, one thing remains the same. The essence of blogging is the text itself. Most blogs are primarily made of text. Without the text, there would be no blog. One of the most unique elements of a blog is that the reader can comment on the post from the author and can thus add his or her own opinion to the blog itself, where other readers as well as the author can respond to that very comment. Without the essential element of text, this interaction between the author and the readers could not be achieved. The essence of blogging is the communication between everyone who reads the text. Without the text there would be no communication, and blogging would be about as innovative as the typewriter.

1 comment August 19, 2007

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