Stop Motion Animation

April 30th, 2013

STOP MOTION ANIMATION

The roots of Stop Motion Animation can be traced to the primitive photography and the initial invention and purpose of film cameras.  Film is the collage of 30 photographic frames per second, a form of representation where Stop Motion triumphs. 

Click this link to view the notes and references from our class lecture. 

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Final Cut Pro X – Tutorial / Laboratory

April 29th, 2013

Our Class Laboratory on learning Final Cut Pro X will focus on the fundamentals of utilizing the platform which include: The Bin, Creating Events, The Timeline, Effects, Transitions, Exporting, Etc.

There is also a demonstration on how to edit and import a Stop Motion Animation.

Click on the following link to go to the Tutorial Page and Class Notes.

Electronic Music

April 27th, 2013

Click this Link to View Topics from the Lecture and References

Garageband Tutorial

April 26th, 2013

Click this Link to See the Class Notes and Garage Band Tutorial

What is Podcasting

April 24th, 2012

“The term “podcast” is derived from the media player, “iPod”, developed by Apple, and the term “broadcast”, the traditional means of receiving information and leisure content on the radio or television. When the two words were merged, the terms podcast, podcaster, and the art of podcasting were born.” (Webster’s New Millennium Dictionary of English, Preview Edition).

The First Podcasts were an extension of web radio with RSS Feed developer Dave Winer and MTV Video Jockey Adam Curry joining forces to the technology and content of podcasting where listeners and viewers would be able to consume the information at the viewers conveince in a perpetually ready state.

Similar to the first personal computers, the beginning of podcasting began on a grassroots level with a hobbiest mentality.  Some of the shows in 2004 were essentially considered “audioblogs” and entitled  “Daily Source Code” or “Ed Radio” (essentially an aggregator of mp3’s and presented in a style similar to djs).

 Click this link to view the Class Lecture on Podcasting

PODCASTING PRODUCTION CONCEPTS

April 24th, 2012

1.   THINK HARD ABOUT THE CONTENT… PLAN IT OUT… THINK IT THROUGH…  INCLUDE CONTEMPORARY IDEAS ABOUT THE SUBJECT AND THAT MAY DRAW IN YOUR AUDIENCE…  STORYBOARDING, SCHEDULING, BUDGETING… :)

2.  BE RELAXED, HONEST…  AND TRY TO TALK TO THE CAMERA …LIKE THEY ARE YOUR FRIEND…  NO REASON TO BE NERVOUS!!

3.   GOOD AUDIO!!  MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING GOOD AUDIO FROM YOUR SUBJECT… YOU SHOULD HAVE ONE PERSON WITH HEADPHONES LISTENING TO THE AUDIO INPUT ON THE CAMERA…

AMBIENT NOISE OR BACKGROUND NOISE .. HUH?  MAKE SURE THE LOCATION DOES NOT HAVE SOME FUNKY SOUNDS GOING ON…

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF AMBIENT NOISES IN THIS CLASSROOM?  CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW A PREVIOUS PROJECT MAY HAVE PREPARED YOU WELL FOR USING AND UNDERSTANDING AMBIENT NOISES?

RE-RECORD JUST AUDIO INTO A MIC IF YOU REALLY HAVE TO…

4 .    LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!  THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO SHOOT AND WHAT IS IN THE BACKGROUND… MAKE IT REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT YOUR SHOOTING AND DESCRIBING…

5.  POST PRODUCTION OR EDIT… AND STYLIZE YOUR CONTENT WITH OPENING BUMPERS…  EXPRESSIVE LOGOS… EXPRESSIVE SOUND EFFECTS.. ETC…    QUICK CUTS … AND B-ROLL ( CHECK OUT OUR FREE SOURCES/LINKS FOR B-ROLL) ARE THE KEYS TO FUN VIEWING!!

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CAPTURING VIDEO

EDITING VIDEO

APPLYING EFFECTS TO VIDEO

EXPORTING VIDEO

 

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New Media Hardware Section

March 23rd, 2012

===== Presentation on Rube Goldberg and Marcel Duchamp ===== ….click for the powerpoint..

 

Hardware 7D -the Machines from art7d on Vimeo.

===  THE WAY THINGS GO (Der Lauf der Dinge) – Created in 1987  ===

by Peter  Fischli and David Weiss

OK LETS START TO USE THESE CIRCUITS!

March 22nd, 2012

YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION

 

MAKING MINI ROBOTS — FUNDAMENTALS OF CONSTRUCTION

What do all these have in common?

March 19th, 2012

 

A silicon chip that contains a CPU.  In the world of personal computers, the terms microprocessor and CPU are used interchangeably.  At the heart of all personal computers and most workstations sits a microprocessor.  Microprocessors also control the logic of almost all digital devices, from clock radios to fuel-injection systems for automobiles.

A microprocessor runs with the fundamental elements of circuits and circuit boards…

 

 

What objects in this room may have a circuit board?  What objects that affect our lives may have a circuit board?

 

What is New Media to You?

February 22nd, 2012

We have discussed Kraftwerk in class during our electronic music portion of the class … Do you consider that new Media?

 

We have discussed The Way Things Go in Class … How would you consider that New Media?

 

 

 

The term has actually been used since the 1970s by researchers conducting social, psychological, economic, political and cultural studies of information and communication technologies (Lievrouw 2002). But as the field met with enormous growth in the 1990s – as CD-ROM and Internet technologies became popular – its meanings changed significantly.

Some writers have come to define new media with simple lists of technologies, such as: CD-ROM, HTML, streaming media, DV editing, web applications and DVD-video. The problem with this is that its specificity requires the definition to change constantly, as it would have in 1993, then again in 1995, 1998, 2000 and 2002. This effort would seem fruitless, as some technologies prosper and others falter over time.

Many writers take a different tack, instead focusing on the sense of interactivity that new media give users. Some take pains to differentiate new media from traditional mass media, such as radio, film or television. But this effort seems to us perhaps too vague to mean much to readers, especially as even traditional media such as television become interactive with devices such as the TiVO.

A more interesting definition would be one that explains “new media” in a way that promises to be more lasting, yet also seems meaningful to readers.

Perhaps that could be accomplished by defining new media as a family of genres that involve digital media: like “poetry” or “the novel”, each new media format could be conceptualized as a collection of styles of production which have implications for the sort of content appropriate within the style. As with a poem or a novel, both the writer and reader have some knowledge before beginning the work as to what sort of work it will be, and what their role is suppposed to be interacting with it.

Of course such a definition is at this stage very tentative. Those of us working with the Studio will continue to discuss these issues.

 

Erwin Redl

February 21st, 2012

Erwin Redl

Austrian-born artist Erwin Redl uses LEDs as an artistic medium. Working in both two and three dimensions, his works redefine interior and exterior spaces. Born in 1963, Redl began his studies as a musician, receiving a BA in Composition and Diploma in Electronic Music at the Music Academy in Vienna, Austria. In 1995, he received an MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he now lives.

Redl’s works have received attention both nationally and internationally. With his piece Matrix VI (detail), he lit the face of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art for its 2002 Biennial Exhibit. Works such as Matrix II, which was shown in New York, Germany, France, Austria, and Korea, and Fade I, which animated the Eglise Sainte-Marie Madeleine in Lille, France, explore volume and allow people to move through lit spaces.

 

TIM HAWKINSON

February 20th, 2012

“Fascinated by cartoon and Hollywood magicians, I have always relished the way a person or thing becomes humongous or miniscule with a simple wave of technology, often disguised as the ‘magic wand’: Tim Hawkinson’s works generate the same sense of wonder as they veer from gargantuan and humongous to minutely detailed and tiny. For example, the drop in scale from the colossal “Pentecost” in the opening gallery of the show to the tiniest “Feather” (1997), created from a strand of the artists own hair – or a eensy “Bird,” (1997), artfully constructed from the artist’s own superglued nail clippings.” — ACE GALLERY

 

 

Tim Hawkinson’s Piece Dripping Candle

 

Uber- Organ — at the Whitney Musuem

Brainstorming Activity

February 19th, 2012

In pairs I would like you to take out a piece of paper and brainstorm a way to design and think about a contemporary device and issue in a unique way.  Attempt to provide some aspects that may bother you with the device or aspects that may make you eternally content.

For example:  The car makes me very happy with the speed and efficiency that it brings me from one place to another, although at the same time it frustrates me with traffic and pollution.

Perhaps I would create a car that has flowers coming out of the exhaust.  I would have the front wheels of the car act as shovels digging the moat for the seeds to lay and the rear wheels filling the hole.  I would create an internal engine of the car for pushing dirt and seed with the exhaust moving toward the middle of the car to drop the seeds.

 

Two Groups:

Group One

Telecommunications and the Telephone

What do you like about the Telecommunications?

What do you dislike about Telecommunications?

How would you re-purpose the medium?

 

Group Two

Television and Animated Communications

What do you like about the Television?

What do you dislike about Televison?

How would you re-purpose the medium?