Technology for an Artistic Troglodyte

We have been tasked, in our Digital Culture class, to use a technology we have learned in class to implement some kind of project relating to our artwork or somehow furthering our art.  While I don’t typically think of myself as a luddite, this class has made me view myself as an artistic luddite.  Every technology presented to us makes me oooh and ahhhh and then say some variant on, “That’s so cool!  I won’t ever use it, though.”  While I do not think my attitude towards this has been the best, I do think that it is somewhat valid in relation to my current project.  I cannot think of a valid way to attach any of these technologies to my work.  I can think of ways to incorporate them, for sure, but none of them seem to further my message with the project… THEN IT STRUCK ME.  Why not do something that I might use for next semester’s project?

The one thing we explored in class that I seem to keep looking up and interacting with in my downtime is gifs.  Some people are making amazing art with gifs.  AMAZING WORK.  Photographers have spawned a new kind of gif called a Cinemagraph.  Cinemagraphs are a still photo with subtle movement.  For instance, a portrait might be completely still except for a bit of hair blowing in the wind, or an image of birthday candles being blown out might be still except for the flames moving/extinguishing.  For my project, I would like to do a series of cinema graphs, maybe 5-7, as a jumping off point for next semester and a learning experience for this type of moving image.

We are also meant to suggest a project for one of our classmates.  I think Dalong’s images could be really cool with the addition of augmented reality.  We talked in his last critique about his project marrying fashion and traditional Chinese stories.  I think it would be very interesting if he could somehow take “regular” high fashion images and transform them with Aurasma to show more of the story elements.  That way he could merge commercial photography with fine art, reality with fantasy, and product with narrative.


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