367 MC CRITICAL RATIONAL

Hawkers, developed from my love of trying new foods and the ability to experience different cultures through street food. While researching the representation of food, I came across an article entitled: Deciphering a meal again, or the anthropology of taste by Marc Lalonde in which he says:

‘The meal is more than an object; it is an event or lived experience where the senses (visual, taste, smell, touch & sound) meet with emotions and cognitive energies.’ (Lalonde, 1992)

This is something that was significant while creating this body of work, as I wanted it to encapsulate these senses and make the audience live the ‘experience’ and provoke the emotion felt when eating food they love.

The main influences for this work were: Martin Parr’s book Real Food, which showcases photos taken of food from all around the world. Using vivid colours it is a really interesting way to capture food culture, this influenced the way I tried to take my photographs. Martha Rosler’s video semiotics of the kitchen was also a main inspiration for my use of sound in the final body of work, with such an interesting focus on ambient sounds in the kitchen performed in such a simple way. It made me listen more to what was going on around me when in the kitchen or on a shoot in order to think about how sound could work with my images.

I initially encountered many problems with gaining access to street food vendors in order to do in depth shoots and find out more about their business, as many people didn’t want to take part. However, I overcame this when I discovered KERB, who are a company which provide spaces around London for traders. They also have an online directory of over 40 traders, from this I emailed several explaining my project idea and received responses where I could then begin to organise my shoots. My confidence approaching subjects and engaging with them is something I have always had difficulty with, but throughout this project I think it has really developed and has given me the opportunity to build a relationship with the subjects.

This body of work works well as prints on the wall, as opposed to a book (which was something I initially intended) because it is accompanied by soundscapes, this was the most effective way of presentation. The sound is extremely important to this work as it immerses the audience into visualising that the food they are looking at is being prepared in front of them and they can sense everything but the taste and smell, which relates back to the quote earlier mentioned.

Food is such a relatable topic, it is something everyone encounters everyday whether we cook it ourselves or eat out, and this is what makes this body of work relatable to all audiences. This project intends to attract audiences, some of who may not have tried street food, to show the diversity of food available and the interesting theatrics used to create it.

366MC- Critical Rational

Commerce

The title ‘commerce’ came from the definition that states commerce is; the act of buying & selling and social dealings between people. Both of these definitions describe the experience of visiting a market.

With the project focusing on Coventry Market, talking to regular customers and vendors around the market was extremely important in gaining a better understanding of what the market means to different people. Then picking out key regularities in quotes on how they feel Coventry market benefits the local community and why they chose to shop there. This leads on to experimenting how to show and capture these key opinions and also how to then present these in a coherent manor that reflects the project.

Key artists work that influenced this project include; A town called Altrincham (Evans, 2013) which explores an old market town and how it has changed since large commercial shopping centres and supermarkets have taken over. Lebensmittle (Schmidt, 2012) looks at the global food industry from many different aspects from farming, slaughterhouses, supermarket shelves and individual food items.

Focusing on different aspects around the market, a series of three small concertina books were created. One looks at the building and structure of the market, arguably one of the most important factors as without the building itself there would be know where to host the market. There is a 360° view of the exterior and interior to capture the well know circular aspect of the building, centring around the roundabout. The second book looks at the produce on offer in the market, mainly focusing on fruit and veg as these are the major stalls within the market. When walking round there are two noticeable ways of presenting the produce either stacked in bowls whereby you get the whole bowl for a certain price. The alternative is that they are laid out categorically and you chose your produce by weight. Finally the third book focuses on the people of the market and looks at the vendors who are stood at their stalls and also customers who are positioned in different places around the market.

The concertina format was chosen to show the flow of the market through the images in its own journey and what a customer would encounter, this format was inspired by ‘The sunset strip’ (Ruscha, 1966).

The double-sided aspect looks at the connection between the two sides but also reflects the differences by breaking up the series when you turn over and start again. For example there is a connection between vendor and customer within the market but they are also from two different aspects. This association is followed throughout all three books with subtle photographic links drawing them together, for example; the chair seen in one of the interior shots is where one of the customer portraits is taken, there is also a connection between the bowls of fruit and to the vendor portraits.

The target audience of this work is new customers of Coventry Market, with the final piece being small so that it could be easily picked up when visiting the market. It would give new customers an insight into the commerce of the market showing the variety of people who both visit and work at Coventry market and what is on offer.

 

Final Video

Here is the link to my final 1 minute video which is based on memory loss and how over time a memory can deteriorate and change until you finally forget it completely.

Overall I am pleased with how my final video turned out and I think it fits my initial idea and represents what I wanted it to, I feel that when you watch this video you can get the sense of loosing the memory and certain things changing within that memory before its gone and just a permanent glitch. The glitches worked really well i felt in terms of the transition for loosing elements from the ‘memory’. Even though the idea is simple I still think it works well in terms of drawing the audience in and captivating them in what is happening in the film. If I were to do it again or improve it, I would do it using video footage instead of stills as I think that would make it more engaging and seem more like a memory as apposed to one image that is just changing.

Creating My Final Piece

Once I decided what my idea was and what I wanted to do I just needed to decide how to create it. From the ideas mentioned previously I decided I wanted to create my final piece using stills. I wanted to use one of y own memories that I could manipulate and edit, I chose to do this to get the authentic look of an old memory and by using one of my own made the piece more personal to myself. I looked through old photo albums and found a selection of photographs from my 3rd birthday and scanned these into my computer. In order to achieve what I wanted to; to get rid of and change certain aspects of the image throughout the piece, the best way in order for me to achieve this was to ‘create’ the start image by editing in things that were not actually there in order to make it easier in the editing process to then remove these from the image to represent them elements being forgotten.

Making my final film:

This was my quick a list of what photos I needed to create:

Normal:

  • Start photo- mum + present
  • No mum
  • No present
  • Different heads x3

Glitch (each x3):

  • Start photo
  • Just mum glitch then added to original photo
  • No Mum
  • Just present glitch then added to original photo
  • No present
  • Just heads glitch then added to original photo x3
  • Different head photo glitch x3

These are the images which I initially created before then editing them and creating glitches, I used a total of 4 different photos to create these images, The 3rd image is the base and original image used in all the photos.

These are the images which I then added the glitches to, I used the website [http://www.airtightinteractive.com/demos/js/imageglitcher/] to create the image glitches, I decided that I wanted to create 3 glitches of each specific section and then 3 of the entire image. On the website you could change the amount of glitch and brightness then it generated your image.

I then went into premier pro to start creating my 1 minute video. To create this I had to use the individual frames repeatedly for short lengths of time to get the glitching effect. This was my plan for the ordering of the frames:

  • Original image shown for about 2 seconds
  • Start glitching certain element
  • Glitch entire photo
  • Glitch certain element again but with the next frame cut in (the element gone)
  • Go to next image with element gone
  • Repeat
  • End by cutting all the glitches in
  • Then finish with just the first and last image in the sequence glitching between each other getting slower and slower.

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After creating my 1 minute sequence I then needed to find some music to fit, I originally wanted to create a cut up like I did in one of my first sessions but using the song ‘Happy Birthday’ as I thought that this would fit with the theme of the images. I also thought that the idea of using a cut up would go well with the glitch and forgetting themes of my piece, because cut ups are so jumpy and out of order it represents confusion and forgetfulness also I think.

However after a few experiments with this and different versions of the song (found on the internet, computer generated and recorded myself) it didn’t actually work as well as I had hoped, I experimented a few things and added different sound effects such as static and used similar effects to my first cut up. Unfortunately though sound editing is not my forte and I could not get it to sound right or how I wanted it to. So I then gave up on this idea and looked online for some music that I thought would go, I didn’t want anything with lyrics or words in it I decided after my cut up experiment it was very distracting. I wanted something upbeat with some sort of static and glitchy sound as the video is very fast paced so I wanted it to fit.

I found this piece and selected a 1 minute section of it

Artist/Band: Kabutogani (Lyon, France)
Title/Song: CXEMA
Album: BEKTOP
Label: Mille Plateaux

http://www.mille-plateaux.com

 

Moscow Freelance Professional Placement

My second placement which I undertook was a freelance placement, this was after been given the opportunity to go on a university run trip to Moscow and to produce a personal project while out there: The purpose of trip is to produce work that contributes to the Professional Experience module. You can work on your own or with others on your own projects but you must exhibit your work on your return. Your project/s will need to be signed off by the accompanying tutors before April. “Kino Pravda” (film truth) is the working title for the exhibition.’ It will take place 28th April- 3rd May. Before this there is lots of planning and research to be done.

Day 6: [10th February 2014]  Today I sorted out all the necessary documents and things I needed for the trip to Moscow. Firstly to be able to stay in Moscow I need a Visa, we were given a link to the online application and guidance note to the form which we needed to fill out and then print and attach a photo to be sent off and processed with our passport. It was a long and tricky process as there was lots to fill out and I didn’t want to get anything wrong or miss anything. I then proceeded to fill out the IEMS application so that I am able to receive back £400 from the overall expense of the trip, to do this I had to fill out my details and submit 1500 words about how the funding will help and how I will benifit from the trip: “One of the main benefits of the field trip to Moscow which I am attending, is that when there, I intend to create a photography project. Producing and capturing images to a brief which I will have planned and set by myself before the trip and will have planned what I wish to accomplish when there. This is in order to help me get the most out of the trip and be constructive with my time. Therefore I will be satisfied that I can produce a good portfolio of work. This project will also count towards my 201mc (Professional Experience) module, which will show that I can produce work to an independently set brief. I would like to produce a book or publication of some sort with the images that I capture, this will allow me to gain some experience of seeing the processes that go into a project such as this. Additionally I feel that doing a personally set brief will help me become more independent in my work, making me able to set up my own projects in the future and not necessarily just working on briefs set by other people. Also another major benefit of this trip is the cultural experience of going to Moscow, to see how their culture differs from ours. I will be spending a week in Russia so it will bean amazing experience to see how a week in Moscow is different to that in the UK. Furthermore, the experience of actually working in a different country, the challenges I will have to overcome throughout the project, and how this will affect the procedure and outcome of my work.” 

Day 7, 8 & 9: [28th, 29th & 30th March 2014] Over these 3 days; I did some research in to Moscow, decided on what I wanted to do my project on and completed the project proposal, filled out a risk assessment and planned the equipment that I wanted to take and booked things I needed from the media loan shop and got them extended for the time which I am out there.

Research:

I firstly went to a website called www.moscow.info this website was filled with everything I needed to know about Moscow, It had facts, essential information about things I would need to know when out there, and information about different categories from shopping to nightlife. After scrolling through this a few things stood out to me; obviously the incredible architecture that makes up Moscow, the beautiful churches and also some of the grand shopping centres. I decided from this that I want to look more into the architecture and the shopping culture and differences in Moscow. I started to look up some of the suggested ‘best shopping places’ and seeing where they were in relevance to where I would be staying, I also did some further research into them. I made a list of places which I want to go a look at while out in Moscow:

  • Gum- located on Red Square, Huge building with a glass roof, very expensive high end brands
  • Okhotny Ryad- Just outside of red square, underground, globe glass roof, 3 levels, range of high end and high street brands
  • Izmailovsky Market- highly recommended, flea market, souvenir stalls much cheaper
  • Arbart Street- oldest street in Moscow, lots of souvenir shops, stalls in the streets and street artists
  • Eliseevkiy- Very expensive supermarket, incredible architecture, chandeliers

I had also come across an article on the BBC website about 5 photographers who had gone to Moscow to do a project, one of these photographers looked at kiosks in Moscow on the streets and underground. I can only find a small amount of information but they look very interesting, so I am going to look out for these to be able to capture the difference between the small kiosks and grand shopping centres.

Project Proposal: 

Project title- Shopping in Moscow

Aim/ Rationale- Look at the culture of shopping in Moscow, what are the differences between the higher and lower end shops in the way they look and types of things which they sell. Is the architecture of the shop a big part of the experience of shopping their?

Content- I am going to capture images on 35mm colour film as well as producing a digital version on video, I am going to create a book from the images incorporated with research about the places photographed. Locations I am going to photograph are listed above.

Audience & Distribution- I think people will find my final book interesting because if they themselves haven’t been to Moscow by looking at the images they can get a feel for what it was like, they can all so draw their own responses from the images and compare differences and similarities with the culture which they are used too.  I am going to make the book so it is available online as well as the video, I will then use all methods of social media to distribute and share my work. It is also going to be exhibited with the rest of the group who are going to Moscows work.

Expected Outcomes- From this project I think it is going to give me better management skills in terms of when i need to get things done by in order to produce my final pieces, improvement in my quality of work so that it is to a high standard, enthusiasm as I set the project brief for myself so I am interested in the subject, communication skills in order to find my way round another country and hopefully learn more by interacting with people when out there.

Risk Assesment

Moscow risk assessment

Equipment:

  • Sony PJ200E Camcorder (booked from MLS)
  • 16GB, 8GB & 4GB memory Card
  • Chinon CE-4 – 50mm lens, 40mm lens, 70-210mm lens
  • Minolta 404si
  • 5 rolls of colour film
  • 5 rolls of black and white film
  • Canon 450D
  • Monopod

Day 10: [28th April 2014] Today was the day after all the planning and research we were on our way to Moscow. We were up early and got the coach to Gatwick, I had not flown before and was rather nervous however it was fine! Apart from my ears pooping on the way down the flight went smoothly it was just long and boring but we had made it to Moscow. It was night time by the time we got here as they are 3 hours ahead, the time difference is not something I can get my head around. We then got on another coach to our hotel, my inital thought is that the roads and buildings are all massive! The hotel seems really nice however it is boiling, we were hungry so went to find a shop to get some food before going to bed.

Day 11: [29th April 2014] So far today we got up at 8, so thats 5am UK time so I am very tired. We got up and out early so we could get out and explore. We made our way to Red Square, it was incredible and full with tourists. We went to St Basil Cathedral and went inside, It was beautiful and the decoration inside was amazing. Today I went to the first of my shopping centres- Okhotny Ryad, it was very disorientating to find and I was amazed how it was 3 stories all underground. It had a wonderful glass dome ceiling that you can see from above ground. I have also noticed lots of the kiosks around and I am fascinated by them, the look really cool and are really useful. The weather is amazing it is boiling, not what I was expecting when I packed for cold weather!!

Day 12: [30th April 2014] It has definitely been a culture shock as I need not really anticipate how difficult it would be to communicate with people out here and they do not seem very welcoming. Today we went to Arbat Street, this is another one of my places to see on my list, I enjoyed seeing all the street stalls and artists and musicians it was not what I expected. We then walked over to find Eliseevkiy it was about a 20 minute walk, with the use of my map I managed to find it. It was incredible inside I have not seen anything like it before with the high ceilings and grand chandeliers. I am really enjoying Moscow and it amazes me that whichever direction you go in you find another huge street or find something else interesting.

Day 13: [1st May 2014] Today we just wondered around to see what else we could find, I am getting slightly nervous about shooting mainly all on film, incase something goes wrong and I will have no images. We went along the new Arbat street, which is the other side of where we were yesterday, I went into a department store which was not on my list however got asked to stop filming by the security guard when I went in. I did some more research into some of the places I wanted to visit and unfortunately the market which I had intended to go to is only open on Saturdays and Sundays so I will be unable to go there.

Day 14: [2nd May 2014] Its my Birthday!! I am very excited for the opportunity to spend my birthday exploring a different country. It is also our last full day in Moscow today, we decided that we where going to ride the much talked about Moscow Metro. The metro is famous for its incredible architecture in the entrances and on the platforms, It really was spectacular and we got to see 5 of the best stations. Even though it was very difficult to navigate our way around. We then went to my last destination on my list GUM shopping centre, this is on the red square and it is huge!! Everything in there was spectacular, with the roof made entirely of glass and all the shops being very expensive. After I was happy that I had got enough pictures and footage to created my final pieces it was time to celebrate!! A group of us went to the Hard Rock Cafe for a meal and a drink, at 10 o’clock it then turned into a night club, it was a really fun night and interesting to socialise with some russian people.

Day 15: [3rd May 2014] Home time today we are off back to Coventry, I am sad to be leaving as there is probably so much more that I can explore but at the same time I am glad to be going home and to somewhere where I can order food without having to mime or point at pictures!! The flight home was fine again but did seem 10 times longer than the way there, the coach home everyone was asleep and worn out. Of course we are back to normal time so 3 hours behind what we have been living at, its also nice to have signal back and not rely on wifi all the time. Due to the time difference and travelling I am very very tired and off to bed at 9 o’clock.

Day 17: [5th May 2014] Today I took my 5 rolls of colour films to be developed, once I had them developed I then had to scan in the negatives which is a very long and tedious process. I am very happy that  my images have come out ok, some need a few tweaks but overall they look like a success.

Here all all my scanned in images (click to enlarge):

Day 18: [6th May 2014] Today I started to plan and put together my book, Firstly I sorted through all the images and decided which ones I did and didn’t want to include, from this I then split them into the 5 categories. I did some research and wrote a small paragraph about each category to include in my book as an introduction to each subject.

  • GUM: The shopping centre has a three-arcade structure with three stories; made of limestone, marble and granite, it was built in 1890. It is one of the most popular shopping center’s and seen as a tourist attraction. It is filled with expensive top western chains and boutiques such as; Burberry, Gucci and Chanel.
  • Okhotny Ryad: This three-floor shopping centre is found underground, with its unique glass ceiling. With the food court on the ground floor, a range of jewelry stalls around the centre. There are over 100 shops with a range of prices. It is cheaper in comparison to GUM with more recognizable shops such as; Accesorize, River Island and Mango.
  • Arbat Street: Arbat street is one of the oldest streets in Moscow, the cobbled street is lined with restaurant’s, cafes, bars and there are many souvenir shops. Walking down the street there are portrait artists, caricaturist, musicians and many street stalls selling books and art.
  • Kiosks: Found dotted around the streets usually by themselves on street corners or lining the underground passages by the metro stations is where these kiosks are found. Russian kiosk culture arose after the end of communism in 1991, when entrepreneurs started to import goods such as cigarettes, chocolate and alcohol and, with no formal retail spaces, built kiosks along the streets.
  • Eliseevkiy: This very expensive supermarket opened in 1901, named in honour of its former owner and millionaire, Grigory Eliseev, the store became famous not only for its big variety of products, but for luxurious decoration of sales areas in Neo-Baroque taste. Huge crystal chandeliers, reminding of bunches of grapes, decorate the high archs of the centre.

I then decided on an order by using smaller printed out images:

IMG_2844 IMG_2845 IMG_2846 IMG_2847 IMG_2848I then used in design to create my design of my book, then creating a PDF and uploading it to Mag Cloud in order to create a digital version that can be viewed online, I have also ordered a print version so I can see what it would look like as an actual artefact.

Here is the PDF: Other_Publications_moscow

Here is the online web viewer:  http://www.magcloud.com/Webviewer/755391

Day 19: [7th May 2014] Today I started to organise my film footage from Moscow, I watched through all of the clips and made some notes of bits that I liked. I thought about orders and the story I wanted it to tell. I decided that I wanted it to have a similar order to the book so its more of a digital view to accompany the still images in the book. I then began to use Adobe Premier Pro to start editing together my footage.

Day 20: [8th May 2014] I finished editing my Moscow video today and putting in my final touches here is the link bellow:

I then did a lot of sharing of both my book and video on all social networks.

Today I also updated my CV so that it included my placement:

Initial Cv-My CV

Improved Cv- prf cv

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coventry City Football Club Placement

In November there was an advertisement for a placement at Coventry City Football Club: ‘CCFC are looking for a range of skills and have a number of opportunities for students, including camera work, journalism, video editing, photography…..They are looking for students to work behind the scenes on both match days and at other events linked to the football club. You can start working now – commit to a number of hours each week to get started and if it works out, there will be opportunities for more work towards March – May. They are looking for students who can work to deadlines, have initiative and are committed.’ As soon as I saw this I knew it was something that I wanted to do as I have a great passion for sport photography, specifically football photography. So this was the ideal opportunity to see how the industry worked from within.

Day 1: [23rd November 2013]  Today the group of us that got chose to do the placement got the chance to go to Sixfields (ccfc current home ground), we got to go to the Coventry Vs Tranmere Rovers game and sit in the press box. This was to get a better understanding of what goes on and what we would be doing on match day, despite it being really cold it was interesting to see the sort of things that happen behind the scenes that I never really thought about initially. It has definitely prepared me for the first match I get to cover, by watching some of the other photographers that were present I have decided that I am going to need a much bigger lens!! I have also learnt layers are best, there is a lot of sitting around and waiting outside.

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Day 2: [12th January 2014] Today was my first time photographing the first team match, it was Coventry Vs Crawley Town. I was so nervous, I have photographed football matches before but non like this with big crowds and that photos would actually be needed and used afterwards. I had decided to get the 200-400mm lens out from the media loan shop, I had many layers on and had my little stool to sit on around the pitch side. I was given a reflective jacket to wear so the security knew we weren’t fans on the side of the pitch. I’ll admit it I was scared that I was going to be hit by the ball, but thats just something you have to take in this kind of job!! Once the game had kicked off and I had got into it I enjoyed it, I tried out many different settings until I found the one I was happy with and took hundreds of photos in the hope that there would be some good ones! After the match I spoke to Nick and he said that he would 10 photographs to him by the next day so that he could get them up on to the website, I had also been approached by a reporter from the Crawley Town Telegraph and he asked for me to email him some photos to accompany his article.

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Day 3- [13th January 2014]  I was asked for a selection of 10 images, I went through the 600 photos I took making note of which ones were good, I then edited some of the photos to make sure that they had the correct exposures and changed some compositions in total this all took about 2-3 hours. Once I had then narrowed it down to 10 photos I emailed them to Nick.

These were the 10 photos (click to enlarge):

7 of my images where then featured on the Coventry City FC website, and my image was also the one used on the home page of the website to advertise the gallery.

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I also sent a selection of images to the Crawley Telegraph, I selected images that focused more on Crawley players than coventry and because one of my friends lives near Crawley I managed to get a copy of the paper and had a double page spread of my photography published!!

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Day 4: [5th March 2014]  This evening I covered my first evening match, I was excited to be back at Sixfields and having the opportunity as it has been a while since I last covered the match which was a great success. I was a little wary about shooting under the flood lights but like last time once I had figured out the settings it all went ok. Again Nick asked for a selection of images to be emailed to him the next day.

Day 5: [6th March 2014]  Today I spent a long time looking through my photos, the first lot of images weren’t great due to me getting used to the conditions however I had managed to get a few good shots. A lot of the shots needed some editing and tweaking, this took me around 2-3 hours. Once I had edited and chose my select few I emailed them to Nick, however I heard back from him that the images had not been received, I was unsure of the problem as on my end it showed them attached to the email. I then proceeded to send them again via a different method by using dropbox, unfortunately due to the strict time constraints at which the club works in getting up it content online by the time the issue had been resolved the article and gallery had already been published. I was very dishearten by this but it has shown me that when working under strict time schedules to make sure you still have time to resolve issues if there are any.

These were my images (click to enlarge):

Developing My Idea

For my final idea I decided that I wanted to focus on memory loss, and how you forget certain aspects of a memory over time. I had a few ideas of how to do this;

  • Film a piece that looks like a childhood memory (eg. playing in the park) then start cutting in other random pieces of footage that have nothing to do with the original footage to represent the idea of confusion.
  • Similar to the idea above however instead of random footage, cut things out of the footage. For example get rid of another person, change the scenery and time of day to represent forgetting details about it yet the underlying memory is still there.
  • Do this with photos instead of video and edit and cut together in a sharp and quick way
  • Use glitches to show how your brain is ‘glitching’ and forgetting pieces of information

Glitches- A computer glitch is the failure of a system, usually containing a computing device, to complete its functions or to perform them properly. Glitch art is the aestheticization of digital or analog errors, such as artifacts and other “bugs”, by either corrupting digital code/data or by physically manipulating electronic devices.

I wanted to focus on the idea of referring to a ‘glitch’ in the human brain, so as in a computer when it can not complete the function properly neither can our brain in recalling all the aspects of the memory.

During my research my main influence was the work of  Michael Betancourt: “These movies all examine different aspects of how we understand these glitches when we encounter them in a work: as interruption, as animated pattern, as semi-representational visual form. The difference between these various interpretations is less a matter of how the artifact was produced than the role it plays in relation to other material shown on screen. What is called “glitch art” is a reflection of how artists have engaged with the underlying technological structure of digital art by seeking, producing, or exploiting the “errors” emergent in any complex system, and belongs to the same range of contemporary responses to digital technology as the “New Aesthetic.””

I looked particularly at The Kodak Moment. I really liked his work because of the use of glitches, It definitely gives the feeling of something being broken or forgotten. The music also contributed a lot with the slight static sound in the background.I liked that it was jumpy and how you could never really see the whole thing.

 

 

Themes & Initial Ideas

Today we were set the themes for our 1 minute final piece. The themes we were given are Time and Memory. 

I initially did some research into the 2 key themes and made note of some initial ideas that came to mind;

Memory-

  • the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information
  • something remembered from the past.
  • Transience – memories degrade with the passing of time. This occurs in the storage stage of memory, after the information has been stored and before it is retrieved. It follows a general pattern where the information is rapidly forgotten during the first couple of days or years, followed by small losses in later days or years.
  • forgetting things

Time-

  • the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.
  • spare time
  • things that can affect your perception of time- drugs
  • time of day, time of year
  • lost time (when your asleep, when you forget things)
  • changes over time (timpelapse)

After looking further into the themes of memory and time, I was drawn more towards memory as I found it more interesting and had more ideas floating around of what I could do. However I was also influenced by ‘time’ to incorporate it into some of my ideas.

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Selfie task

I want you to create a “selfie”, a term I have grown to quickly loathe, that avoids the obvious cliche of this form by subverting it.

Selfie- A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

For my 30 second selfie I edited my passport photo (the most common selfie) and edited away parts of it then created a stop motion of the photo and different elements that make up a selfie (parts of your face). I did this simply by putting the photos together in premier pro. I used the awful song that is #selfie purely because of the name i felt it fitted with this task.

 

Seminar- Hybrids

In the seminar you will be giving mini-presentations on the glorious hybrids you have found. These might be images that have been recoloured, or montages/mashups – or they might deal with images distributed via an app you use. Or they might be an application of some kind – or a film. Think about:

  1. The motivation behind the hybrid
  2. The narrative or message of the image/form/application
  3. Is it art/journalism/entertainment?
  4. Is it useful?
  5. Who made it?

Snapchat is a photo messaging application developed by Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy. Using the app, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as “Snaps”. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps after which they will be hidden from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers.

I think snapchat is a form of entertainment because you can pull the most outrageous and funny faces and send them to people and then they will never be seen again unless screenshot. Where as in normal situations such as ‘profile pictures’ these are not the kind of images you would take. However in some cases it can also be seen as art; you have the ability to draw on your snapchats before you send them and this girl Dasha Battelle has created some amazing images using this tool. This is a useful app in my opinion because unlike other photo apps such as instagram this is a quick and easy thing that you can send to as many people as you want in a matter of seconds, and its more simple and cheaper than sending a picture message. Also because of the feature that the photo once opened then disappears makes it more interesting and people are more likely to send photos that they wouldn’t normally send to people.

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