Thursday, November 16, 2017

Robert Rauschenberg Massage



Oil, pencil, paper, metal,
photograph, fabric, wood,
canvas, buttons, mirror, taxidermied
eagle, cardboard, pillow, paint
tube and other materials

The guy who kinda blows all this medium/message BS outta the water!!!



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Smart Studios' Butch Vig

Coming from a self-taught, non-industry, DIY background Butch Vig brought a fresh approach to recording raw Midwestern alt-rock talent that eventually became an industry standard and is now partially available to everyone in the form of the Waves Butch Vig Signature Vocal Plugin.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Robert Frank's Journey to the Outside

Sarah Greenough discusses the structure of The Americans in this video. She authored the 528 page volume that investigates Frank's Guggenheim project and the resulting 180 page book, first published in the United States in 1959.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Argh! They *&#%*in' Changed How Titles Work!

Just learned our 2017 CS6 changed how titles work.

And it's another 12 minutes of our lives to learn about this.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Learning Premiere

I found that this short video really showed me everything I needed to know;

Monday, September 18, 2017


Film editing was a process of physically cutting up film and gluing it back together again, good craft was a major issue.

Linear video editing was an additive process of recording a recording, with a loss in image and sound quality.

Non-linear digital editing allows any possible configuration of frames with no loss in quality. Nearly anything seems possible.

Along this path many technical terms were accumulated. Many are still in use. This glossary may be helpful.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Douglas Engelbart and Ted Nelson

Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013), whose vision of collaboration using computer technology to help solve the urgent and complex problems of all of humanity, died on July 2, 2013. His comrades believed that his ideas were never fully realized due to his ideals and generosity of spirit. For example, he resisted patenting the "mouse" he'd invented and it eventually fell into the public domain. The robotic rigidity of institutions is also to blame -- most powerful technology companies in American relegated him to R&D. Ted Nelson, professor and inventor of the first hypertext project, delivered Engelbart's eulogy on December 9, 2013. In his tearful delivery, he said the "...real ashes to be mourned are the ashes of Doug’s great dreams and vision, that we dance around in the costume party of fonts that swept aside his ideas of structure and collaboration...Perhaps his notion of accelerating collaboration and cooperation was a pipe dream in this dirty world of organizational politics, jockeying and backstabbing and euphemizing evil." Engelbart articulated his ideas for collaboration publicly in what is known as The Mother of all Demos delivered on December 9, 1968, nearly half a century ago. Some of what he described is still in the process of being realized in commercial forms such as Skype, Google Docs, and more.

Search and Destroy

“The personal computer was exciting in a way that rock-and-roll used to be for me”-James Williamson, the former Stooges guitarist who co-wrote Search and Destroy and went on to study engineering and eventually become a VP at Sony electronics.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Richard made for TV Movie from 2000

Growing up in Macon, Georgia, Little Richard (Leon) discovers music through his church. After winning a local talent contest, Richard is encouraged to pursue a career as a songwriter and performer, and finds success and stardom following his first single, "Tutti Frutti." At the height of his fame, Richard abandons his career in favor of a religious life. His retirement, however, proves to be short-lived, and he soon makes a triumphant return to rock 'n' roll.
February 20, 2000

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Vanessa Beecroft: VB64 Performance / Sculpture at Deitch Studios, Long Island City

Well-produced documentation of VB64 here.

As interviewed by Nick Johnstone for the Guardian;

"When I was 12, I started to become a woman and my body began to change. I was devastated because I couldn't be a boy any more. I lost my boyish look. When I started to become something else, I didn't know how to keep it together. It was really painful - the more you eat, the more like a woman you become. That's when my obsession with food started. I felt very alone, but now I see that every woman in my family has an eating disorder. The anxiety of having eaten something and having it inside and not knowing how big and how much... I thought,  I'm going to write it down and look at it and see if it's really so much. And one day, I might give it to a doctor so they will analyse if it's OK. But then it became an obsession and I wrote down everything I ate. I would go all day thinking, I ate an apple at 12 o'clock, I must write it down, I mustn't forget."'

Monday, April 17, 2017


Create a performance based on an ordinary task to be presented to our class in the Hurvis studio and documented. Use real materials and objects without pretending. You are not representing, not recounting, not-re-enacting, but simply doing. Ideally this activity will make sound and prompt viewer interaction. Use minimum language or none at all.  Contemplate Bourriaud’s statement that: “A work of art has a quality that sets it apart from other things produced by human activities. This quality is its (relative) social transparency… The “transparency” of the artwork comes about from the fact that the gestures forming and informing it are freely chosen or invented, and are part of its subject” (41-42).

It was really fun for me to be in on this one! Always think of my Christian background this time of year (Easter), and how that lore is all about aspects of performance in real life, pre-media. So i wanted to explore one that i always thought was pretty wacky, transubstantiation. In my improvised monologue i speculated that maybe 5 or 10% of the US population would regularly participate in the holy communion ritual, but with some flimsy research it seems to be much more. According to the Religion in United States wikipedia page 70.6% of our population considers themselves Christian, and 60% of those consider themselves devout. On a worldwide level we're 31.5% Christian, according to Major religious groups. What a bubble i live in!

This iphone documentation interests me in how ambiguous this all looks, and i really like to look at them as images without captions for that reason. The neutral black/gray environment of the studio adds to the level of displacement for me.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Princesse Elena: Yves Klein's Favorite Model

How many paintings did you take part in?

Quite a lot - we were doing steady ones and ones where he was pulling me and it looked like I was diving and there were the ones on round paper, then there were the fire and water prints.
He was a hard worker.

Did you feel like you were being exploited?

No, not at all. When an actress does what a film director asks her to do, she's not exploited, she's just co-operating.
He was like a director in a way and we were doing exactly what he wanted us to do, but we also wanted to do it.

Did he ask men to do the same?

I think he did it with himself and perhaps a couple of men.
There are some. I think there is a huge one where there is a man flying around in space in a print.
But perhaps it was a hint to the fact there should be more women artists.
There are not so many in history so far.

A lot of people would say he was the artist and you were the object.

No, we were subjects.
The model traditionally was always an object for the painting, object for the public.
But there, especially when we did the presentation in public, we were all subjects.
Also, for the public, we were acting.
We were not just still objects.
I think things are a bit more complex.

How do you feel about the works now?

Oh, I like it very much.
I will disappear sooner or later, unfortunately quite sooner because I'm nearly 82.
But there will be some prints of mine around.
There could be some DNA in the blue paint!

Elena Palumbo-Mosca interviewed by the BBC on October 21, 2016.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Allan Kaprow's LP

A how-to guide in LP form, because you need to dig these ideas often and repeatedly. There's also a nice short documentary of this period of Kaprow and crew at Rutgers.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Joseph Beuys Wants You!

The huge idea here is that Art can be everywhere, always, making every life experience a heightened, enriching, nurturing event. That everyone can participate in and comprehend. That Art can enlighten us and save our planet from destruction by humankind.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Tuesday, March 14, 11:30-2:00 Warch Campus Center Cinema
New media projects by 13 ART 240 Digital Processes students responding to Marshall McLuhan’s ideas of the global village from his seminal book The Medium is the Massage. Writes McLuhan, “Ours is a brand-new world of allatonceness. “Time” has ceased, “Space” has vanished. We now live in a global village…a simultaneous happening…we have had to shift our stress of attention from action to reaction.”

Madeira Seaman   Instinct Art    A collection of drawings that begins with a scribble from me and ends with a drawing from someone else. This project explores the concept of first impressions, collaboration, and communication through drawing. The drawings will be displayed on a password protected blog at the url The password is digitalmedia.

Elias Hubbard  johnie told me to "Just call it a presentation of your photoshop manipulations"    A creative experiment attempting to produce a cohesive and repetitive set of digital images, that will likely fail.

Eryn Blagg   In Detail   A collection of photos of normal objects, in everyday surroundings, in detail.

Lizzy García Creighton   A Night In   A documentation of my dinner plans with a retired botany professor and perhaps another student. In this project I hope to push the boundaries of "social art." I will also be expanding on the main theme that I have been exploring throughout this term of making "everyday life" into a work of art.

Tess Bourbeau   not forgotten   a series of images with the essence of memories, staging things that never happened, or altering past memories to personally reclaim them. by adding them to the global village, a platform on the internet, they become valid and their current definition may be interpreted as reality, or having actually happened.

Jack Lucas Panoramic Survey of State Power In Appleton, WI   An exploration of the architecture and geographic spaces of State power, using several image making tools, each with their own connotations when thought about in relationship to State power.

Veronica Bella   Ode to Basquiat   A documentary of life through painterly lenses. Profound inspiration from Jean-Michel Basquiat. Halted and confronted by his wonder and engagement with everyday life, manifesting through video, sound, and photography.

Mike Gans   Who is she   Worship my false celebrity.

Annie Connolly and Lilly Donlon   Good Girls Gone Bad    We are going to play with layering projected images of found and original footage while simultaneously playing an original sound track. We are pulling inspiration from the five-out-of-five star recommended show, Sonny and Cher's Comedy Show as well as from Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable. The goal is to create a disorienting and dreamlike experience for the viewer through the layering of different mediums.

Morgan Shapiro   Skipped Forms    An exploration of childhood through modern media. I created an Instagram account, @skippedforms, which takes my childhood videos-- which have never been uploaded to the internet before-- and brings them to the forefront of social media. In addition to the videos themselves, the process is important as well, with all the videos being a VOB format, which is long outdated.  

Chris Gore-Gammon   Chris Gore-Gammon

Glenn McMahon  The Good Neighbor   Who's watching you?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Loving Ted Nelson

Here is Ted on the big screen for the first time-- interviewed by the great film-maker Werner Herzog for his 2016 movie about the Internet and its consequences. His PhD thesis, "Philosophy of Hypertext", is finally available and published. (340 pages).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Smart Studios' Butch Vig

Coming from a self-taught, non-industry, DIY background Butch Vig brought a fresh approach to recording raw Midwestern alt-rock talent that eventually became an industry standard and is now partially available to everyone in the form of the Waves Butch Vig Signature Vocal Plugin.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ed Ruscha's Photography Books

Ed Ruscha talks about the cultural curiosities which fill his photography book series.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dragana Jurisic

A very cool project about moving through space and time with a phone. A poem about life, very specific but hauntingly universal.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Robert Frank's Journey to the Outside

Sarah Greenough discusses the structure of The Americans in this video. She authored the 528 page volume that investigates Frank's Guggenheim project and the resulting 180 page book, first published in the United States in 1959.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger, the American underground experimental filmmaker: 'Lucifer is not the devil. He's the god of light and colour.' Photograph: Pål Hansen for the Observer
"I was entranced by Scorpio Rising when I saw it for the first time, and it’s had a powerful effect on me and my own films over the years. The way Anger used music in that film, in such perfectly magical harmony with the images, opened my thinking about the role music could play in movies. It could become as important to the characters and the world of the film as it was to all of us at the time." -Martin Scorsese

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Learning Premiere

This term we're making a clean break from Final Cut to Premiere as our video editing software. Having never used a current version of this software myself I found that this short video really showed me everything I needed to know;

Although maybe not as intuitive as Final Cut there are features that I found extremely helpful. The ability to create an adjustment layer to change the overall look of the entire movie or customize to a particular viewing situation is very cool. Transitions seem much easier to control. The ability to fix lost links or recover a crashed project seems much better, which is always a big issue with beginners in a shared computer lab.