Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Eduardo Kac is an artist that was born in Brazil. He lives in Chicago and that is where he works now. He is an artist that also tries to show relationships between physical life and technology. He is known as a Bio Artist. His art consist of technology and science together to make a performance or an art experiment. Kac merges multiple media and biological processes to create hybrids from the conventional operations of existing communications systems.
"Time Capsule" is one of his most famous works. This was a performance piece in 1997. The performance is of Eduardo planting a microchip into his left ankle and after that he registers himself into the world wide web. He performs an interactive webscanning of his body. He registers into a database for pets. He did this performance life in a webcast, it was also televised on Television in Brazil.
He registered himself on to the database above, and this was read in Chicago. The work was to show the difference between technology and physical life. He did this to show how close we are with technology. We are tied to technology. Microchips are not inplanted into humans but they might be in the future, and this is what Kac is trying to express. He explains that, "In "Time Capsule", the presence of the chip (with its recorded retrievable data) inside the body forces us to consider the co-presence of lived memories and artificial memories within us". The memories that humans make can co exist with memory saved on computers.
Both Artists tie technology with everyday life. They both do performances, installations, and discussions where they express how technology impacts our life. Their works bring technology and digital instances to physical life. I found it reall interesting because we use the internet everyday and techonolgy is part of our everyday life. Both works have an impact and show us how technology will only get bigger and soon the internet or anything dealing with technology might be something very physical in our life.
Joy Garnett is a an artist that uses digital images, and photographs to do her paintings. She uses pictures from different places online such as public domain and paints from those images. She is an artist that uses the internet and technology for her artwork. She talked about how she uses blogs, and Google, something that we all use almost every day while on our computer. She talks about her painting that she did called Molotov, where she took images from the mass media, the image was found online. The image belonged to a photographer who owned the rights to that image. A letter was sent to her from her lawyer with threats of a lawsuit for copywright infringement. I find this interesting because this is something that is important in our lifes as artist. How do we know if a photograph is something we have to ask permission to use? I don't believe that an artist is commiting piracy for taking a photograph and putting our input and or view on it. I do believe that credit is something that has to be given to whoever the piece or art belongs to. She speaks about how the painting on her website did give credit to the artist, Susan Meiselas. I believe her paintings are very good. I like what she expresses on her paintings. I think she does a good job of taking a photograph and making the painting look more real and have more feeling to it. I found the lecture very interesting because copyrighted work and people taking it without giving credit is something that is going on right now. We all as artist use the internet and sites such as google images to find inspiration or ideas for our work. I think that the credit should be given to the artist, as Joy Garnett did.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Cory Arcangel is an artist that uses program codes and digital codes to do his artwork and projects. He is someone i find very interesting. He talks about how he "steals" these codes. Which i thought was very interesting, because of his choice of word that he used. He steals these codes to make his artwork. He is a digital programmer that started as a musician. His work Data Diaries was very interesting. He said that he started data diaries by "messing around" with files and programs on the computer. I think that this is awsome because that is the way that people seem to learn about computers and programs, by messing around. He also uses software to do his art he talks about a "ghetto software" he uses called Lighting Paint. The geto boys vs. beach boys video was another project he did where he put two different videos of both music groups and played them side by side. He made a mash up and this is similar to our youtube project for class. He taks about internet surfing which is something that most all of us do everyday. I find it enjoyable that his artwork has to do with many contemporary things as well as old school software like old video games. It was very interesting and I like that he is an artist that stays on top of pop culture he is someone that us, as new students that use internet and different computer programs can relate to.
Monday, December 6, 2010
The Extreme Animals are two artist that do performances as well as video art. When going to the exhibition I had no idea what to expect. I thought it was very interesting as well as entertaining. Their performance was a different experience. I liked how they mixed music with different types of art. They used animations that seemed really trippy. I thought that the home video look to their works was really good. The exhibition was of both artists showing the audience videos of their work. They played live instruments as well as music on the computer. The images shown on the videos were interesting. I enjoyed the video where it had many clips of shows and commercials from the 90s and 80s. It really made me think back when i use to watch that tv show, or rembering I had seen that commercial before. The videos were kind of long which made it hard to watch at times. Above i have a link to one of their videos. Its is very good artwork and the music i believe goes very well with it. I thought it was a real entertaining experience. I enjoyed some of the videos and both artist were funny and good performers. I did think one of the videos was kind of boring i did not leave until it was over but watching an arm waving tube man for 5 minutes straight was difficult. Overall i thought this was a great performance and exhibition. I will keep up to date with new videos they make because I did like it.
If I had two questions to ask the artists it would be:
1. What inspires you to make these videos?
2. How long does it take to make each video?
For my final project i decided to participate in the Johny Cash Project, as well as Man with a Movie Camera.
#1 Man With A Movie Camera: The Global Remake
#1 Man With A Movie Camera: The Global Remake