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20th-Jan-2011 06:50 pm - ART 492
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19th-Nov-2010 03:52 pm - FINAL PAPER: Sermon & Viola


I, personally, have always been so interested in the concept of Art within the Art. I like the kinds of Art that makes me think or the kinds of Art that let me travel into different places without necessarily having to physically travel somewhere. In addition to that, I enjoy simplicity; I do not like the idea of too-much in terms of anything, particularly in Art. The concept of looks easy but not that easy has always fascinated me and I actually find that trait once I did some research for these two artists. I feel so passionate as I am writing this down, because I surely learned a lot from these two artists and the feeling I got from watching their magnificent piece of art is just irreplaceable. Therefore the purpose of me writing this aside from getting a grade from my Professor is to share to the world the kind of Art that I find particularly interesting and in a hope that it might also interest the rest of you.

Paul Sermon

Paul Sylvester Sermon was born on March 22, 1966 in Oxford, England. As he studied for his B.A. in Fine Art Degree at the Gwen College of Higher Education, he began to gain interest and involved himself in Telematic artwork. Sermon went on to receive a Post Graduate Degree in Fine Art at the University of Reading in which he specialized himself in incorporation of hyper-media technology and computer based interactive narrative. He created and received international recognition for his creation called “Telematic Dreaming” in Finland in 1992 and followed then by other award from Germany in “Telematic Vision.” Since 2000, he works as the Professor of Creative Technology at Salford University in Manchester, working primarily in the fields of researching into immersive and expanded Telematic environments (medienkunstnetz.de).

One of his projects that attract multitudes the most is called the “Liberate Your Avatar.” It is a collaborated, creative research between Paul Sermon and Charlotte Gould. With this particular project, Paul Sermon known for his telepresence research explored the merge of virtual and real world on public screen. Sermon had recreated the actual square in Second Life, while relocating Mancunian Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst as an avatar within Second Life. With the help of chroma-key-video mixer, Sermon was able to combine the life in Second Life with the life in real life. He then transformed the temporary screen situated in all Saint Gardens on Oxford Road into a portal between these parallel world, allowing both “first life” visitors and Second Life avatars to coexist and share the same park bench in a live interactive installation. Although the physical interaction limited on a simple level (such as hugging, waving, sharing the bench, the coexistence of both realities was no doubt a fascinating experience particularly to those who actually participated. Through this project, too, the artists investigated new forms of social and political narrative in multi-user virtual environments, examining the history of location and reminding us to always evaluate our roles in this new online digital society. As good as it may sounds, the significance of this project is remained a question as participant of “first life” is basically a social being with “self” and “ego”. Eventually it may become a platform for potential social and culture change but the implication is depending on how much partipants of “first life” would get involved and perceive it as “real.” It also would be limited to certain participant class of “first life.”

Liberate your Avatar
Click on this link to view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr6-yBv7i_U

Bill Viola

Bill Viola, born in January 25, 1951 in the United States of America, is one of today’s leading artists working primarily in the medium of video. Although he is not necessarily being considered to be the “first” video artist in the world, Viola though is still widely recognized as a pioneer and innovator of video art even until today. With his degree in Experimental Studio, Viola started his work using moving images as art form and for over 35 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, and electronic music performances (billviola.com). Viola has always been so interested in exploring the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge and the curiosity he has towards those are are constantly reflecting back and forth in all of his works.

One of his creations that gained worldwide recognition is his video installation called “Quintet of the Astonished,” part of The Passions series. The Quintet, a 16 minute 19 seconds color video installation with no sound, is exhibited in a darkened room and displayed on the latest development in video playback.
“Quintet of the Astonished” is created based on one of Hieronymus Bosch’s well-known paintings called “Christ Mocked (The Crowning with Thorns).” Viola’s “Quintet of Astonished” consists of juxtaposition and interaction of five figures against a quiet neutral background. The whole video was filmed under a painterly light and the figures looked as if they are framed photograph. Then lights fall on the faces of the actors and there are dark shadows in the folds of their clothing. In slow motion, each character in the video moves and displays ever-changing varieties of human facial’s expressions (such as of sadness, anger, fear, sorrow) and despair in a most perplexing and compelling way (artnet.com). The experience of this piece of art is as if a painting of Early Renaissance images of men of sorrows has come alive. Viola had successfully transformed them into a three dimensional piece of art, making it possible for us to interact with the “painting” in a more active manner!

The Quintet of the Astonished
Click on this link to view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR9av-I35ME&feature=related

Compare and Contrast

In the era of advanced technology, like most artists do, both Paul Sermon and Bill Viola need media electronic tools to work at many difference levels and directions. Both artists have analyzed how the emergence of electronic media have led to change both in the way we perceive identity and in the nature of social interaction. Both artists use representative medium (like "Second Life"-Avatar in Sermon’s project and “recorded video-moving images” in Viola’s) to address their narratives to their audiences. Both artists eventually will give their viewers some glimpse of some kinds of feeling/experience that maybe they had not thought about it before, or had not seen it quite that way. Last, but not least, both artists surely feel challenged to represent the unpresent, to see the unseen.

The significant difference between Paul Sermon’s Avatar and Viola’s Quintet is the type of representations that they used. Sermon is using non-physical existence "Second life-Avatar" creating sort of an illusion to us that we are indeed physically engaged with the Avatars. Viola’s representation, on the other hand, is considered to be more tangible and which impact of their works can be directly seen or felt - no "illusion" tricks. Sermon’s art work involves cyberspace while Viola uses contemporary electronic technology- the video. In Sermon’s project, the identities of actors ("Second Life-Avatars") are pre-constructed digital identities for ‘techno-bodies’ operated by the same individual (or even group!) to perform certain roles and to achieve pre-defined outcomes. While Viola’s actors are "real life" beings with their true individual characters and emotions. Which clearly separate the differences between his and Sermon’s and that is, in Viola’s work there is no such thing as acting out or pretending, instead all the emotional experiences the audiences got from watching his video came naturally. That is exactly what makes Viola’s work somewhat more memorable than they are to Sermon’s: Viola allows his viewers to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way (billviola.com). In addition to that, Viola’s theme has always been tied with human’s emotions and tends to address spirituality in a secular way, Sermon through science is an example of man-playing-god.

In the end, no matter what similarites and differences both Sermon and Viola have, ... their art works aim to represent the unrepsentable and might better ask ourselves if we are becoming the intelligences behind our own intelligent design.

Works Cited
18th-Nov-2010 04:28 pm - FINAL PROJECT

Final Project

Option # 1: Learning to love you more

Question # 65: Perform the phone call someone else wished they could have

My sketch of my Samsung phone...

Me: Hello
A: Hello there it's A
Me: (Nervous) OMG Hiii, long time no talk how've you been?
A: Haha I know it's been awhile. I'm good, how are you?
Me: Gooddd, do you miss me? I bet haha
A: Haha, yes I miss you
Me: (BLUSHING) Haha mmm
A: Haha, so what are you up to?
Me: Eh nothing really just singing
A: Haha singing? What are you singing?
Me: Random songs coz I'm cool like that ha
A: Haha
Me: How about over there, what are you doing over there?
A: Just finished doing laundry actually, so yeah just hanging out right now
Me: Oh cool
A: Haha yep, so...
Me: So....
A: What are you doing this weekend?
Me: (BLUSHING) Mmm nothing
A: Cool. Do you wanna go get some coffee?
Me: (EVEN MORE BLUSHING) I'd love to
A: Cool. What day is the best for you?
Me: Hmmm.... Saturday afternoon? will that be OK for you?
A: Yeah that'd be a good day for me also, actually
Me: Niice. Where are we gonna meet by the way?
A: Java Jungle, do you know where that is? do you want me to pick you up?
Me: Eh sure if you're cool with that (EXTREMELY BLUSHING)
A: For sure. I'll pick you up at 5 if that's ok?
Me: Yes :-)
A: Alright then, so I'll see you this Saturday
Me: Ok I'll see you then
A: Later
Me: Bye~

Artist Statement on behalf of this phone conversation draft:

Ew, ... romance, one might say

Boring? Hm, maybe
Not boring? Well I never say it is not, either


I am pretty sure that I am not the only person in this world who wishes that the boy she likes will eventually call her in a day or two after she handed him a piece of paper with her numbers on it. Therefore, I created this imaginary phone conversation between me and the related person, “A” in a hope to represent every girls’ unspoken dreams.

Even though my real love experience does not turn out as good as I expected it to be, I do not want other people then to lose hope.

It is alright for one to have a dream, there's nothing wrong with that.

And I personally feel so much better once I allow myself to dream; learn to let myself freely travels with my own imagination. Yes, it is true that not all dreams will turns out beautiful, but hey it's better to have dreams than not to have dreams.

Why? because at least dreams are the things that keep me motivated in this life ;-)

I love to wake up every morning and tell myself that, "I do have dreams in this life that I will reach." It gives myself a sense of I-have-something-to-do in this life and that my life is full of purpose instead of living in this life without any direction.

Option # 2: Johnny Cash project

This is my Johnny Cash's version of drawing:

It's not that bad actually; I am satisfied! ;-)

And this one is the original piece:

Artist Statement:
I LOVE, LOVE, and LOVE to draw. I enjoy drawing ever since I was only a little kid. I got really excited once I heard that one of the final project is to participate on Johnny Cash drawing. It was really fun doing this drawing. You can always hold the "shift" button every time you forget the details of the drawing! Drawing on the computer, as we all know, is not an easy thing to do and it turned out that I did this drawing pretty well. Hey, I am not as bad as I thought I am, that's all I can say :-)
17th-Nov-2010 10:21 am - Assignment # 5: Youtube Mixer

Assignment # 5: Youtube Mixer
"Where I fit in is confusing to me"

To play the video, please click on the following link:

I named this project "Where I fit in is confusing to me," it's actually a quote by Sheryl Crow. I picked this quote because it matches my personality well. Without any intention to lower myself down; I am a self-proclaimed Outcast. I have always been a kid who doesn't act like any other "normal" kids. I guess we can say that I am indeed different.

I am not a kind of person who can easily tell other people the way she feels towards certain things. Often time I even keep everything to myself. I might look strong or confident from the outside, but I actually am a very sensitive person on the inside. I do hate looking weak in front of others, just to be honest.

I don't ever wish to be a favorite, instead I just wish that one day others can try to understand me a bit better before judging me or can at least see the different sides of me before saying things about me. I get annoyed by any forms of blind judgments, especially from those thrown by people who barely even know me.

Therefore my first intention of making this youtube mixer videos was to capture all the songs that-makes-me-who-I-am and put it all in one screen for others to see and hopefully to understand.

I had a purpose on putting these videos as it is because I want to create the look of a chessboard, to create sort of an illusionistic, puzzling, uneasy quality sides of me.

Most of the youtube videos I attached to this project contains classical and instrumental music. I am a huge fan of classical music , I grew up listening to it. As to instrumental music, I love the simplicity it tends to bring... I hate complicated stuff. I am not saying I am a simple person; I actually am a pretty complicated person, myself, but I don't bother to be called as that complicated, either. I guess we can considered myself as a too-simple form of a complicated person.

The Exorcist's opening theme song and the choir boys from the movie Les Chorites are there in order to present the mysterious side of me. I know how I tend to remain hidden to most people.

Last but not least, the whispering girl in the middle is actually telling a disney narrative story, which represents a child quality that somewhat still exist in a person of me.
7th-Nov-2010 09:36 pm - Shusher: The Chindogu Video

Shusher: The Video

Or for the better quality:

What can I say but what a great team work it has been and how pleasing this video turns out to be. Overall, I am just simply satisfied! As I mentioned before, my team and I had so much fun while we created this video, we can only hope that we can share all the fun we had in this video to the whole class--- even world through this video. Enjoy ;-D
31st-Oct-2010 03:37 pm - Assignment # 4: Chindogu

Assignment # 4: Chindogu's prototype -Portable Instant Shusher

I had so much fun making this prototype! I really enjoyed this project after all, it was such a fun project and I had really awesome team (Tanya Gayer and Beverly Colgan) who could make everything possible. We met on Friday, and pretty much worked all throughout the weekend that way we will have everything ready by Tuesday (the critique's day). As this prototype, it was created in photoshop, with the size of 8.5X 11'' dimension 300.

Lecture Review # 2
Mark Tribe: "Performance, Mediation and The Public Sphere"

The lecture done by the visiting artist Mark Tribe from Brown University last Tuesday (10/12/10) turned out to be a very interesting eye-opener lecture at the end. Although I must admit that at the beginning of the lecture, I thought that his lecture would ended up being a dull and about stuff-I-have-already-known-before kind of lecture. The title was, “Performance, mediation, and public sphere.” There really was nothing that special about the title, therefore I did not except for something special to see in this lecture. Yet, I was simply wrong. Just like the old saying, “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” same thing happened with Mark Tribe and his uninteresting lecture’s title (at least in my point of view). His title might not be as interesting as I expected it to be, but his lecture was worth seeing.

Mark Tribe said that we, as human, have tendency to reflect upon ourselves and that is to reveal ourselves to ourselves or in another word: self-performance. Throughout the lecture Mark Tribe tried to understand and explain the connection between performance, mediation, and public sphere. In addition to that, Mark Tribe’s critical self experiment focused primarily on understanding the complex relationship between culture and technology--- how does media has transformed the world we live in.

Carpark was his first artwork that he showed to audience. The project was done in the 1994s in California, what he did in this project was to separate every car that came in based in colors. I thought it was very interesting to see all the cars were being separated based on the same colors, but at the same time I became rather confuse about what actually he was trying to show us? The other project that he showed us was Rhizome in the 1996, the website where everyone was being given a chance to share their ideas to one another.

His project that caught my attention the most though was the reenactment or world’s famous speeches like Angela Davis’ or Cesar Chavez’s. Why? Because in this project I actually was clear about what he was trying to prove and that was to understand the connection between history and present. The Dystopia was the name of this project and this project allow spectators to engage in disembodiment. He simply does not want illusion point of view, he wants to show people the art way to understand more about life and that is through personal observations; he tries to make people to participate.

Mark Tribe was a very intelligent artist and I was definitely enjoyed being in his lecture. He has so many talents and brilliant ideas, but my only concern is that he knows what is going on, but we, as the audience, do not. It is good to have brilliant ideas, but it would be better if he tries to present ideas in a less complex way. To be honest, I find it hard to just even know what actually was going on in the lectures. He jumped from one idea to another fairly quick and that’s exactly what made him so hard to understand. I put myself as the public sphere in this situation and his project as the performance. We have two things present, but the lack of mediation became a problem.
8th-Oct-2010 02:07 pm - The Animation Collaboration

The animation collaboration!

The assignment is to combine the animations done by other classmates (there is an order for that) along with mine. I did this assignment with Timothy Darney and Tanya Gayer. Tim's wolverine shows up at the beginning of my slide and Tanya's parachute comes at the end of my slide. I'm very pleased with the result and I really enjoyed working with both Tim and Tanya. I cannot wait to see the final collaboration! :]
27th-Sep-2010 08:35 pm - Assignment # 3- Animation

Assignment # 3- Animation [FINAL CUT]

Oh how I wanted to cry! As you can see my first two videos are approximately 1 minutes long each and part of the assignment is to make 10seconds long video based from our tripthyc. That means... I have to cut out some of my slides to meet that requirement and that just makes me sad :-(

I had stories behind my 1-minute-animation and that story is a little bit hard to explain in 10 seconds counts.

I am simple, yet complicated.

I am complicated, yet simple.

Barbara Kruger: Her Bold and Witty Arts

Barbara Kruger is 1945 American born artist and fervent feminist, but not a writer, a theorist or an academic. She studied Visual Arts and design but she neither graduated from Syracuse University or Parson School of Design that she attended to (swindlemagazine.com). She started her design job at Mademoiselle Magazine of Conde´ Nast Publications back in 1966 and soon becoming the head designer. Later she worked also as a graphic designer, art director and picture editor in the art departments at “House and Garden”, “Aperture” and she is internationally renowned ever since.

When it comes to her artwork, Barbara Kruger always has her own unique styles like collaged and juxtaposed images. In the 1970s, equipped with photography knowledge she produced black-and-white photos and began to employ found images in her art and with words collaged directly over the photos. Barbara Kruger’s strong artwork character is her provocative black-and-white photographic images with bold, ironic overlaid slogans on religion, sex, racial and gender stereotype, consumerism, corporate greed and power set in white-on-red Futura Bold typeface (arthistoryarchive.com).

Barbara Kruger knows precisely how to capture the viewer’s attention with her bold and witty images displayed on billboards, bus stops and public transportation as well as in major museums and galleries.—she crops the large scale black-and-white images and place them side by side or close together. From the 1990s she has been extending the domain of her artistic research, working with new different medias, such as sound and film (suite101.com). She even has incorporated sculpture into her ongoing critique.

I think Barbara Kruger is an everlasting pop artist with her unusual, unforgettable, witty artwork and bold approaches. Her artworks indeed inspire me of how images and words can change people incredibly. Several of her artworks that I love to see are “You Want It, You Need It, You Buy It, You Forget It”, “Your Gaze Hits the Side of My Face” , “When I hear the Word CULTURE I Take Out My Checkbook”, I Shop Therefore I Am”.

Works Cited
Keehn, Anne. “Barbara Kruger”. Swindlemagazine.com. n.d. Web 26 September 2010.
“Feminist Artist”. Arthistoryarchive.com. n.d. Web 26 September 2010.
“Barbara Kruger: An Artist and Art Critic Fighting Against Established Standards”.
Suite101.com. n.d. Web 25 September 2010.
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