- a 3-d website interface created in Google Sketch-Up (the sideways part was based on one of the creators having just gotten glasses and a part of the UI will involve not being able to see unless you put on virtual glasses before you navigate...)
- to a Dada-inspired performance piece,
- to finding ways to animate Z-Brush3 images (the program does not support animation like the student wants to do...)
- to very non-traditional methods of scrapbooking,
- to a sculpture that incorporates a cast of a female bust combined with computer parts,
- to a digital photography life-sized version of the old kid's game of "Guess Who?"...
- to a digital interpretation of a ceramic sculpture idea about peace and war
- to exploring new software for managing databases
- to creating a wearable rack of digital cameras to photography multiple viewpoints of a subject simultaneously
- to in-depth research of the artist Basquiat
- to a continuation of the storyline developed from the egg assignment (1st assignment in this class)
- to outdoor assemblage sculpture of mixed media
- to typographic experiments
- to stereoscopic video coupled with scent stimulation
- to experimental coding for video gaming
- to explorations of juxtaposition of peace and war images
- to experimenting with metaphor in words and images
- to my creation of this experimental class...
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
In the mean time we
So we came up with the name Beowulf today and it is perfect! We don't care that some people will still not know how to pronounce it. It really fits him! So Beowulf it is
lbs! Fun times are ahead!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The point of seeing sideways is to become free and more creative; to solve problems and communicate in new and interesting ways.
fear, failure, ridicule, deadlines, boredom, clients, acceptance, money, habits, skills, structure (too much), not enough focus, reality, believability, commercial considerations, time, unrealistic demands, expectations, usability, preconceived notions, propriety, copyright, access to a stimulating environment...
freedom, time, humor, emotion, storytelling, play, visual acuity, comfort, curiosity, problem-solving, practice, inspiration, imagination, letting go of reality for a bit, refining, defining, dreaming, questioning, point-of-view, surprise, wonder, suspension of disbelief, stimulation, thinking...
· Take an everyday object and do something unexpected with it
· Use your senses in new ways
· Ask big questions that are emotion-charged
· Ask 50 “What if...?” questions
· Answer (as much as you can) one “What if...?” question that was asked by someone else
· IMA fieldtrip
· Research someone practicing in the field of new media
· Take a stab at coming up with a sideways project of your own
· Carve out a 3-hour block of "play" time where you only follow your bliss and forget everything else and then question your project to see if it helped loosen your idea a bit
· Helping to create this roadmap
· Blogging and e-mails
· What the bleep...
· Art 21
· Rivers and Tides
· Sharing personal projects and stories
· Star Wars Tech
· Various CBS Sunday Morning News segments
· Looking at unusual websites
· Look for a theme or “hook” that you can build on
· Your own personal experiences
· Chat room and e-mails
· Suggested movie list
· Suggested readings and required texts
· IMA fieldtrip
· Research someone practicing in the field of new media
· NMC poster process
· Dissection of some of my projects and discussing the obstacles and solutions
What is a blog without the obligatory poetry, eh? Being the dark, tortured artist I am you should have seen these coming. Through the years these have been my therapy and the way that I have been able to take my inner demons out and look them in the face. It is not easy to carry these emotions around with you all the time and by excising these thoughts through poetry I think it has helped me stay sane (or the precarious balance I currently call sanity!)
Some of these have been published in various small journals and others are just my orphan children. I hope you enjoy them, but even if you don't, I do. Art needs a little self indulgence now and then! I have an interactive new media project I plan to do with these someday, but until then, here they are in their raw form... Maybe you will find them comforting - I do.
Warning: These are not happy...
Searching for Survival 4/16/03
against the screen
in a primal dance
of desperation –
I long to hold it
in my hand
and watch as it
plunges its dagger
into my unyielding hand,
expelling its life
in an impotent strike.
I would carry the mark
for a day or two;
a constant reminder
of a life once led
but hastily cast aside
in the search
through a veil
of prisming tears
you see the world
in shades of purple fire -
jagged needles of wonder
that stab to the core
ringed by raindrop ripples
into magnifying glasses,
that crunch under
*after the storm 3-7-98
liquid emotion rains down
slicking the world with
drops of silence that
like velvet pearls
8-29-98, revised 9-11-98 last chance
white breath clouds
pregnant with words
(a swirling mass
of stillborn thoughts
in vaporous frost)
as the stop light blooms
a noisy green
I Close My Eyes 4-30-95
I close my eyes
and you’re still here.
The salt of your skin
lingers on my lips,
flavoring the world
with your sweet presence.
Your shudders echo
like a frightened bird
trapped inside my chest.
My mind never sleeps
for fear of waking
from this dream
where you and I are one.
But if I ever come
to find you gone,
and my flesh grows cold
without your warm embrace,
all I have to do
is close my eyes
and you’ll still be there.
nothing monumental 3-14-98
cleaves the black sky
to create a proper ending
pounds the hollow earth
to sound a final farewell
punctuates the moment
to set a poignant mood
nothing monumental happens
to signal the end
in this familiar chair
the close of a life
as you slip away
into the silent darkness
how long i hold you
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Since Ben and I are making the "New Media Refrigerator" (for lack of a better name) I decided to share my poster points on labels for food items that would eventually go into the fridge... The
I have gleaned the students' blogs for cool stuff and there is plenty! I think I will present them in a plastic container and their brand will be "Blog-O-Bites" with prints of the items rolled up like snack sticks, or something... I already have "Sideways Pop-Overs" and "Auntie Beth's Extra Curious Recipe Question Dip" along with anothe
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Take the question "What if...?" and finish it 50 times. Here are some examples I came up with in just a little time... You don't have to spend hours on it, but you can if you want. I find myself asking this silly little question over and over again... It gives my mind something to do while I am driving. I also discovered today that while I was driving I started coming up with lots of interesting ideas with no way to record them. So I called my office number and left a message for myself on voice-mail. The system at the University is so cool in that voice-mails then get sent automatically to my e-mail as a .wav file! Not only do I have my ideas saved, but I have them in a file format I can play with on the computer!!! How cool is that?
- What if... the world really is flat and you could stand on the edge?
- What if... you put a laptop on a pen with 35 chickens?
- What if... I wore my underwear outside my pants for a day?
- What if... I could only experience the world through the sense of smell?
- What if... gravity was random?
- What if... all the world's computers vanished in the middle of the night tomorrow?
- What if... people smoked carrots?
- What if... my red is your blue?
- What if... French fries were really from France?
- What if... I was a platypus?
- What if... flowers had eyes?
- What if... cottage cheese was really made of little cottages?
- What if... you could talk to the people who live in cottage cheese cottages?
- What if... there were really no rules?
- What if... bleach smelled like cognac?
- What if... I never kept an appointment?
- What if... light waves could make figure eights?
- What if... dogs spoke Spanish?
- What if... you could see 200 feet into the ground all the time?
- What if... you could do 3-d on your phone?
- What if... wind came from the ground?
- What if... evil was good?
- What if... good was evil?
- What if... earthquakes opened wormholes to the center of the earth?
- What if... everyone laughed 8 hours a day?
- What if... men wore bras?
- What if... forks had only one tine?
- What if... penguins had thumbs?
- What if... you hug every person you see in a day?
- What if... water burned and then lightning hit the ocean?
- What if... faeries were real and live in teacups?
- What if... dust didn't exist?
- What if... snakes spelled words when they slither?
- What if... flowers were extinct?
- What if... you programed all your code backward and it worked?
- What if... math made sense to everyone?
- What if... you found a fossil of your own face?
- What if... rainbows were really ribbons from the birthday packages of alien children?
- What if... your day was completely random?
- What if... cars drove only in reverse?
- What if... I could breathe water?
- What if... these questions were to never end?
- What if... no one ever asked a question again?
- What if... everyone on earth blew their nose really hard at exactly the same time?
- What if... time got stuck?
- What if... paper giggled when you wrote on it?
- What if... buildings changed height depending on how many people were in them at one time?
- What if... you had a truly original idea?
- What if... you could hear the sun?
- What if... this class makes a difference in your life?