Monthly Archives: November 2010

Fashion

Fashion, 2009. 2.5′ x 2′.

This was my final painting project from my third year class at UFV. It is about the ugliness that is hidden within the fashion and beauty industry. I needed to document it for my digital portfolio, but I might need to do it again. The light in my house is pretty terrible so the photo has a lot of noise in it. Ugh.

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winter winds

Only two weeks left until the end of semester! I can’t believe how fast my first term in Vancouver has flown by. Thus begins the Final Week Project frenzy. The week following next, I have a final exam Tuesday, final DIVA project + Blog (this one!) due Wednesday, and my final sound project and digital portfolio due Thursday. Yikes. So heres the breakdown:

Final Exam for SOCS Cultural Theory: Reading and studying
DIVA Final Proj: An interactive website! This is a group project and has actually been super fun so far. We are creating a digital Choose Your Own Adventure story. To realize this we have created a website with interactive buttons, and are going to play animations (created in illustrator, animated using flash) on the different pages which you are redirected to depending on which button you press.
SOUND Final Project: I am going to use the form of pop songs to critique  modern pop music. I would like to draw attention to the vast amount of post-production that is evident in almost all pop music, and also to the emphasis that is placed on looks and sexuality to sell music as a product. To do so, I will use only pornographic sounds to create a song that  follows the form VCVCBC.
Digital Portfolio: Done using InDesign. Very excited about this program! It has improved greatly since using it as editor of the yearbook back in grade 11. Luckily I have already done documentation of most of my work, so it shouldn’t take me too long to create the portfolio. It helps that this program is wonderfully accessible!

Naturally, instead of working on homework tonight (despite all of these looming deadlines) I decided to go for a walk and take some pictures. It snowed today and was so beautiful but unfortunately I was in class all day. It was good practice taking pictures at night, however, because I am still not that good at it. These were edited a bit in photoshop, but I think they turned out nice.

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Illustrator: Self Portrait

This was my first ever project done using Adobe Illustrator. It was a pretty open project, only requirement was that it be some form of a self portrait. I decided to have fun with this one and just do something summery :) Btw… i LOVE illustrator. Where has it been all of my life?


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Critical Reading #2: Ryan Griffis, “For an Art Against the Cartography of Everyday Life”

In this essay, Ryan Griffis alludes to an earlier essay written by Martha Rosler “For an art against the Mythology of Everyday Life”. In her essay she discusses the pros and cons of “mass media” and art that addresses everyday life. Griffis references Rosler’s essay as a way of discussing the ability of art and technology to do these things. He uses this as a way of discussing “locative media”

Griffis describes locative media as a way of expressing everyday life in association to specific place, or location. He explains that locative media refers to “applications of geospatially aware technologies” that “[connect everyday life with] larger, socially mediated and networked forms of experience” (Griffis, Ryan. “For an Art Against the Cartography of Everyday Life.” Re-public. accessed October 28, 2010. <http://www.re-public.gr/en/?p=176). Griffis furthers Rosler’s criticism of the ideologies and mythologies that we blindly accept by establishing a contemporary connection between them and locative media. Griffis suggests that “the ideological link between life and consumption is even more seamless than before” and that it is related to a “technological inscription of desire” (Griffis, Ryan. “For an Art Against the Cartography of Everyday Life.” Re-public. accessed October 28, 2010. <http://www.re-public.gr/en/?p=176).

As Rosler’s essay discussed both the “oppressive and potentially liberating” aspects of mass media, Griffis also discusses both aspects of locative media. The rest of his article investigates the use of such media in contemporary art practices. He begins  this analysis by introducing “MILK”, a mapping project created by Esther Polak, Ieva Auzina and the Riga Center for New Media Culture. He uses this piece as an example of art which uses the ideas of locative media and executes them by using modern technologies such as GPS. He states this piece, and many others which fall under the category of locative media, can be described as documentary narratives; however, not all locative media subscribes to these traditions.

Griffis closes his analysis of locative media by questioning and discussing the relationship between ideology and technology. He questions the power of technology in creating environments which we blindly accept to be “normal”; Griffis investigates technological cartography in the way that Rosler questioned mass media. This essay left me thinking critically of the ideologies and mythologies that govern our everyday thinking, and the qualities that technology has over these apparatuses.

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Google Earth Project Final

The project was to create a video using Google Earth technology. This is what I came up with. (ignore the watermark… will have to do a better screen capture)

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