Final – Art Block – Progress Pictures

Ah, a slight problem. The camera somehow shifted light levels between the layers.
Okay then.

In case the captions are annoying.

Originally, I wanted to animate using traditionally (hand) drawn frames, but after setting up the tripod and getting all the pictures taken, imported, and masked, I discovered that the light levels were annoyingly different (my lightroom trial expired and apparently I’m not on the right version of windows). So I decided to redraw the scribbles in photoshop. First, I took a picture of a blank sketchbook page and uploaded it, then masked out the body part of the original sketch because I enjoyed the sketch-quality of it and know it’d be tough to recreate it without the pressure sensitivity of a tablet. I masked the body and placed it onto the blank sheet, skewing and warping it so that it looked more like it was on the page, as the angle of the original and new pages were slightly off. Then I went over the layer with the burn tool to darken it, as the body was a lighter color than the paper beneath it. After that, it was a matter of drawing the scribbles on different layers and arranging them in a manner similar to the cinemagraph. Once all the layers were created I decided to go through and replace the original black with a gray color to closer match the look of the sketched piece.

Lauren McCarthy – AI Improvements

Lauren McCarthy explores the relationships between the population and technology in some of her artworks and performances. Using artificial intelligence and monitoring systems, McCarthy creates unique pieces that allow people to question their roles with advancing technology. The simulations and experiences witnessed let viewers explore the possibilities of AI and social demonstrations.

The concepts behind some of these pieces is interesting, with certain chat apps that monitor your facial features to other apps that assign someone to follow you for a day. It’s curious to see where AI will go in the future.

A Google Hangout app that analyzes speech and facial expression to improve conversation.

How We Act Together


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Jason Salavon – Correlations

Jason Salavon is a contemporary artist who creates works of art out of the correlations found between existing pieces of work. Using advanced algorithms and mapping, Salavon takes images and extracts data based on various inquiries and uses that data to create a unique piece.

Some of the correlation collages are fascinating to me, such as <Color> Wheel, while others are kind of lost to me because I am not really familiar with what he decided to extract his materials from, which is more of a personal detail. Some of the pieces were either hit or miss, I either liked them or did not feel much for them, but the ones I did enjoy were extraordinary.

<Color> Wheel   2012

Portrait   2009/2010

City (westward)   2008

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – Interactive Art

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is an artist who creatives interactive installations that use technology and software to make his pieces seem more lively. A viewer may interact with the installations, but the programs and technology involved in some of the projects also allow the installations to interact back, adding a new perspective and creating a unique experience for each viewer.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read that Lozano-Hemmer made interactive installations, I thought that maybe one could walk through them or move a piece or two. I was surprised and delighted to see the interactions between viewer and artwork itself in some of his pieces, with the programs involved adding a new dimension to the work.

Zoom Pavilion, 2015

Bilateral Time Slicer, 2016

Vicious Circular Breathing, 2013

Maria Chavez – Can You Hear Me Now

Maria Chavez is a contemporary artist who uses sound as her medium. With DJ as one of her titles, Chavez creates mixes of various audio clips and places them in art installations to introduce the concept of space to the clips. She methodically places speakers throughout an installation for some works in order to use the structure of the building to add a unique effect to the sound she uses.

At first, I expected exclusively remixes upon seeing the title of DJ. There’s nothing wrong with the title or remixes in general, but I really enjoyed seeing the experimentation that Chavez performed with sound. While remixes were used in a couple of her works, they were placed in installations in unique ways that I found intriguing.

I Just Know It…, 2016
Sound installation with speakers and amplifier

Amplified Wind, Study #1 for MoMA PS1 Platforms exhibiton
Amplified Wind, Study #2 for Present Company Artspace as part of the Senses Bureau group exhibition

Lapse: Leave: Linger, 2015
56 speaker sound installation
in Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center in NYC

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