in-class exercise (30 sec)

During class time, sketch out a story board for a 30 second moment. Roughly draw or write descriptions of what happens during each second of this 30 second moment.

You can choose a 30 second clip from a piece of video art, movie, TV show, book, news report, a fictional scene of your own, or a real event that happened to you. Describe this 30 seconds in as much detail as possible. Notice how pauses or transitions may take longer than it seems when experiencing/watching 30 seconds pass in real time.

Take a picture or scan your storyboard and post to your blog before next class.

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project #3 [video]

DUE DATE / CRITIQUE: Wednesday 03/14 (we will screen all works on this day)

PROJECT TITLE: Video

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Shoot and edit a short video or stop motion animation (no more than 5 minutes in length) responding to a prompt selected in class. This prompt is just a jumping off point. Feel free to let your project define the word, resist it, or take inspiration from it.

Possible approaches include…

  • create a linear narrative (a work that tells a story over time)
  • use the time-based structure of video to create something completely abstract (consider mood, constructed environment, and how moving elements evolving over time allow viewers to “feel” your concept)
  • create a piece of performance art designed for the lens (perform a gesture discussing the issues of your concept, done in isolation, designed specifically for the camera)

We will have a set of GoPro cameras available for check out during class time, but you are welcome to use any video camera you’d like to record your piece. Various editing techniques will be shown in class for you to explore.

DIGITAL SKETCHBOOK REQUIREMENTS: As you work on your projects, post the following on your blog prior to critique…

  • in-class exercise
  • project ideation (a paragraph about your ideas and conceptual goals before you begin work, research, sketches, work-in-progress images, etc.)
  • self-critique (a paragraph evaluating your project against your goals, and noting areas for improvement)

OFF-SITE SHOOT DAY: Monday 03/05

TUTORIAL + IN-CLASS EDITING DAY: Wednesday 03/07 (come with footage!)

OPEN STUDIO: Monday 03/12 (finish editing)

RELEVANT ARTISTS / LECTURE RECAP: Eadweard MuybridgeSam Taylor WoodBill ViolaChristian Marclay, Peter CampusPipilotti Rist

reading #4

Hi everyone—I had some technical difficulties with WordPress and wasn’t able to get this reading posted until now. Due to the late post, I will not require you to post questions, but please do take a look at the reading before coming to class if you have time.

Please read this excerpt from Making Art by Terry Barrett. If you purchased the book at the beginning of the semester, please read Chapter 6: Time and Motion; or download the chapter below.

[ DOWNLOAD PDF ]

in-class exercise (action)

To prepare for project #2, perform this quick exercise to get warmed up:

After receiving a set of instructions from Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit, perform the actions on campus during class time. Write about your experience of performing the actions and of any public response you observed during your performance on your blog. Also include any applicable documentation (images, videos, drawings, etc.) in your post. Use this exercise as a warm-up before beginning PROJECT #2—push yourself out of your comfort zone and question the parameters of how art is made. Can you make art with your body? Complete as many actions as you have time for in class on Monday 02/12.

project #2 [performance]

DUE DATE / CRITIQUE: Wednesday 02/21 + Monday 02/26 in Gallery 199

PROJECT TITLE: Performance

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Using yourself as your medium, create a performance piece with the subject matter of your choosing, using one of these three categories as your form…

  • HAPPENING (shake up “the norm” in a public space; interactive, relies heavily on audience)
  • ENDURANCE (test your limits in some way; challenges determination, patience, etc.)
  • PROCESS (perform the process of doing/creating something [not creating another artwork] from start to finish; reveals the creative process, obstacles, and creative solutions)

All performances must be performed live during critique in Gallery 199. Everyone will sign up for a critique slot today in class so you can bring in any materials you will need.

Your performance may be a collaborative effort with other members of your class, based on my approval.

In performance, the elements and principles of design are altered. Instead of shape, line, texture, etc. you are dealing in the realm of location, lighting, costuming, props, duration, etc. Pay attention to every detail—the choice of what you wear or how you act are what conveys meaning to your audience. Everything is a tool to communicate!

Although you are using yourself in some way (your body, your voice, etc) your own safety or the safety of others should never be challenged.

AS YOU PLAN YOUR PERFORMANCE, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • How can you use your body as a tool for making art?
  • Is your performance scripted or improvised based on outside elements?
  • How do elements physical elements affect the meaning behind your piece?
  • Do you want your audience to be involved in the performance or to observe from a distance?
  • How do you want your audience to feel? What do you want them to think about?

DIGITAL SKETCHBOOK REQUIREMENTS: As you work on your projects, post the following on your blog prior to critique…

  • in-class exercise
  • project ideation (a paragraph about your ideas and conceptual goals before you begin work, research, sketches, work-in-progress images, etc.)
  • self-critique (a paragraph evaluating your project against your goals, and noting areas for improvement)

OPEN STUDIO DAYS: Wednesday 02/14 and Monday 02/19 (come prepared to work!)

RELEVANT ARTISTS / LECTURE RECAP: Yoko Ono, Sophie Calle, Francis Alys, Jamie Isenstein, Allan Kaprow / 2Matthew Barney, Marina Abramovic

intervention tips

For installations on campus:

Make sure all works are temporary and leave no trace behind after the installation. Contact the desired department to ask for permission, is possible. For public space on campus, try e-mailing facilities and CC me: acesmaindesk@ahec.edu

PICO projectors:

Check out from me to use during class time

Black & white plotter prints:

Available at FedEx, 36″ wide x any length, $.75 /sq foot

Tile printing in Illustrator: 

File > print > scaling

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Wheat paste recipe: 

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