reading #5

Please read “Wake Up and Smell Your City,” an article about Sissel Tolaas for discussion next class, Tuesday 03/14. As always, post two questions to your blog regarding the article before class.

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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 the end of class.

project #3 [video]

 

DUE DATE / CRITIQUE: Thursday 03/09 *all works will be screened 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. Consider themes that relate to a 4D practice—social justice, ephemerality, and abstracted time.

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.

Possible approaches include…

  • 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)
  • develop an immersive video installation (experiment with projectors, consider spacial relationships, audience interactivity)
  • create a linear narrative (a work that tells a story over time)

Remember that your prompt is just a jumping off point. Feel free to let your project define the word, resist it, or take inspiration from it.

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)

TUTORIAL DAY: Thursday 03/02

OPEN STUDIO DAYS: Thursday 03/02 and Tuesday 03/07 (come prepared to work!)

RELEVANT ARTISTS / LECTURE RECAP: Eadweard MuybridgeSam Taylor WoodBill Violaanimated gifsChristian Marclay

 

reading #4

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.

As always, please post two questions to your blog to promote discussion on Tuesday 02/28.

[ 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 Thursday 02/09.

project #2 [performance]

DUE DATE / CRITIQUE: Tuesday 02/21

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 have an audience (of some kind) to bear witness to your action.

You may also choose to perform your piece live during the critique in class, and Gallery 199 is available to you. You may also do your performance outside of class and visually document it for critique through still images, an animation, a video, an artifact, or a combination of these documentation modes. Remember that your documentation is the way your project is conveyed to viewers who were not present during the performance. As always, make sure that the final format you choose fits your conceptual goals.

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

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 like setting, lighting, props, costuming/your appearance, etc., affect the meaning behind your piece?
  • Do you want your audience to be involved in the performance 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: Tuesday 02/14 and Thursday 02/16 (come prepared to work!)

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