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photo post #5

In PHOTO on 09/29/2009 at 11:23 PM

Beth Moon
Verve Gallery
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This image exaggerates the proportion of the figure physically to offer the viewer a surreal glimpse of these ominous subjects that are evading the gaze of the photographer. The dark environment adds to the read of a dramatic ambiguity that suggests something larger than life is being portrayed.

Wayne Bartlett
Doma Gallery
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This image is an interesting look at texture that is also ambiguous at first but upon further exploration relates a distressed and torn apart fabric that is exposing the threads that make it up. Attention to detail is waht drew me to this image. The vacant space created by the tear of the fabric make it an interesting composition with lines jabbing the negative.

James Spitznagel
The Upstairs Gallery
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This image is much more along my lines aesthetically and conceptually. The digital distortions offered by this and his other imagery negates the natural depictions traditionally created through photographic media. The exaggerated pixels create large blocks of ambiguous color and are tied to the realm of digital which is my favorite medium.

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This image is not manipulated but I really appreciate the strong contrast offered by the viaduct lighting on the found river. The cropped tree trunk weights the left side to balance the vacant feeling of the rippling water on the right.

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This image also uses dramatic contrast that silhouettes the iron work of a found lamp. The swirling patterning of the glass panes describe a delicious green coloring that really adds to the depth of the image. Plus, I typically enjoy owls and all they have to offer.

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This image is a depiction of a contemporary girl that seems to be embarking on a journey much larger than the whole of her parts. The steamy atmosphere that inhabits this environment starkly contrasts expectation of landscape and stirs ambiguity which has become the word du jour. Her placement in the composition allows her journey to unfold with plenty of room to spare.

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MAX/Jitter Lovin’

In MAX/MSP on 09/29/2009 at 5:13 AM

Candace and I played with Jitter tutorials this weekend and were successful in incorporating a live video feed from a DV cam that could be distorted using Rebecca’s provided brocosa object. Unfortunately, my demo expired and I’m not able to post the patches we came up with yet. The Jitter tutorials are amazing though and have invigorated my interest in these programs and given me hope that the karaoke project is possible now.
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I also found an online set of tutorials (without shared patches however) using Jitter to mix video. I’m curious about setting these dual video inputs to be affected by incoming audio for karaoke by having frequency and volume to drive each of the two videos to create one mega video. More on that this week…
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photo post #4

In PHOTO on 09/23/2009 at 8:58 AM

Susan K Grant
VERVE Gallery of Photography

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I find this image intriguing & mesmerizing- mostly because of my love of puppets! This image from Grant’s Night Journey series reflect a surreal aura of the macabre, mythological and magical to delicately imagine the latent world of the unconscious. Reminiscent of the German stop-motion animated film Prince Achmed from 1926, the silhouetted set and figures create an atmosphere of ambiguous contemplation where a viewer can derive personal conclusions, both apart from and informed by intent, based on the offered tokens from the artist. I also love shadow puppets- soooooo…

David Pollock
Luz Gallery

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I appreciate the concept surrounding this series by Pollock called Sign, Symbol & Nature that portrays “natural” environments common to Western society which is over-saturated by commerce. The presence of the past seems to desperately crave recognition or return a return the natural world that industrial monoliths now occupy. The promised open views on the sign in the above image offer little hope to the dismal wasteland found behind. The implicit destruction of nature in order from progress to maintain an unattainable level of perfection is a necessary evil for the plague of humanity to linger on. This image also reminds me of a Rachael Ray recipe I tried one time that took longer than the 30 minutes preparation time she estimated…

Andrew Darlow
Alfa Art Gallery

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I enjoy this image of New York City that seems to evoke the ambiance of the city through a hand-held long exposure.The vibrant colors cascading against the darkness of night create an elegant original which relies on the found cityscape before the artist but descibes a uniqueness brought on by manipulation byu the artist. The subject and elements remain visible and legible however the dancing lights that steak the picture plane might symbolize the temporal transience of the people who live, have lived and will live in such an enormous and active metropolis. On that note, I just want to mention that Jake Jabs in an American hero…

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This image is relatively simple, consisting of several dots in an ominous arrangement. I’m drawn to the diagonal composition of the dots with the remaining bottom left dot that balances the line to suggest a strict right angle or even an arrow.

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This image is even more simple with only one obvious subject. The radiant and asymmetric circle illuminates and penetrates the surrounding darkness. Mimicking the natural brilliance of the sun through unnatural and digital means, this image defies notions of tautological circumstance towards an enlightened singularity.

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This image combines qualities from both of the above images. These dots seem to emanate from a single bright light. Overlapping and transparent, these dots don’t hold the same weight as the dots in the first image. These dots embody a radiation from the intensity of the light source that implicates the necessity of light in the pursuit of seeing.

new max post

In MAX/MSP on 09/21/2009 at 5:14 AM

Updated my past posts with the awesome system Sean told us about on Thursday and I’ve been playing with a couple of patches.
Below is a modified version of the patch I showed in class with the 3D donut with the video overlay using the “texturizer” object. I am able to keep the donut spinning at a constant rate, use mouse-click to move the donut, color the donut and see inside the donut. The patch uses “text map” to multiply the video into a grid with multiple screens displaying onto the spinning donut. It also apparently has the capability to use different camera angles to better view the donut. Takes a lot of fiddlin’.
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I also found a patch the uses the adc~ to display audio signals visually with a strict black and white dot freakout using the lcd disply. I modified it to create a mirrored effect by playing with the arguments in each object. I also tried to affect the amount of dots and explored duration and how to make them fade away faster. The volume seems to affect the way the patterns are created. Much like the periphery of your focused eye while experiencing an acid trip. I want to find out how to combine this componant with video somehow…
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max possible?

In MAX/MSP on 09/17/2009 at 8:02 PM

Works that I’ve found that interest me:

#1 Paul Sermon, Telematic Dreaming, 1992

This piece relies on interaction to drive the video pieces of another in this projected bed environment. The piece successfully blends interaction with a digital realm to create a fully immersible place. It seems possible to create this type of piece with Max. This piece uses video into a newer context that is unexpected and beckons interaction while conveying certain issues inherent with digital work and simulation. I can use this idea as a potential basis for a Max project that immerses a viewer in a surreal and digital environment.
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#2 Nathaniel Stern, Undertoe, 2007

This proposed piece invites an audience to become part of the art by tracking their footsteps which are translated to water drops displayed above them on the ceiling. Another example of a manipulated environment to offer the viewer a world apart from an experience they cannot ordinarily have. What really interests me about this and the above piece is the possibility of interpreted data affecting video. Whether physically tracked movements or changed through any various input, it’s intriguing to think it might be possible to use a real-time manipulation to distort or change a video’s output. This could absolutely be the basis for a Max project that uses an installation to create another reality for an audience to affect.
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#3 Nick Bruscia & Aaron Miller, 16 Candles, 2007
While this piece seems a bit out-of-my-ability, I think the simple use of a fixed camera on a subject using a single channel projection to create 16 separate screens, each being directed by a moving grid of mirrors, is beautiful and intriguing. It seems possible to use Max to control the speed and duration of the mirrors’ movements. The idea makes me think of a “raining” sheet of videos that provide the same imagery but a more diverse presentation than simple projection. The circuitry attached to the mirror grid seems a little daunting but the idea might be helpful to inform a new way of presenting imagery and invoking something emotional.
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photo post #3

In PHOTO on 09/16/2009 at 11:03 PM

Masahisa Fukase
Gallery 51
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This photograph appeals to me because of the dramatic tension created by the strong contrast of the silhouetted subject against the ominous background. The raven as subject is also interesting to me because ravens are creepy and remind me of Hitchcock and his birds and that’s just freaky.

Albert Watson
Forma
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This photograph evokes a sinister humor that I find remarkable and disturbing. Certainly a perfect combination in any given situation. I think “furries” are delicately trapsing the line between the absurd and erotic but this one looks scary and sketchy, hiding behind those shrubs and such. His demeanor seems to contradict the essential fuzziness found in bunnies.

Amy Blakemoore
MFAH
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The surreal atmosphere created in this photograph creates a brooding environment occupied by an ambiguous entity with the name Jill. The depth of field suggests a dreamlike quality in the landscape while the fill on the subject hallucinate the true reality of non-interventionist lighting situations. Her identity: unknown. Her destination: unknown. Her journey: pointless? Who’s to say, possibly someone.

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This photo from my night garden series uses high contrast lighting to emphasize the hidden beauty found during times of darkness. Overblown highlights and apparent lens flare help to manifest a contemplative space where biological precedence illuminates the possibility of the present.

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This photo also relies on the chance incursion of a lens flare to create an ethereal presence which seems to elevate a common landscape from the mundane to the sublime. The tree seems to be recoiling from the banded streams of direct sunlight shining from the left. Or the tree is being sucked into the vacuum of a deceptively empathetic all-knowing consciousness from a heavenly realm unseen. Either explanation will work for me.

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This photo seems to evoke a strong sense of a blatantly accepted pollution. Whether of mind, body or environment- the depicted couple are embarking on a leisurely stroll through through a wasteland with a handy bridge. The woman’s hat and gloves and the man’s face mask make me ponder who is being protected from what. Is the environment so toxic that they are shielding themselves from harm or is it the other way around? Their nonchalant attitude forces me to believe these people were heavily sedated as to better allow their complete complacency in such adversity.

max patches 02

In MAX/MSP on 09/08/2009 at 7:11 PM

I’ve been slightly investigating the possibility of using video in max. I posted two links to different sources that each seem to be using video in different ways. The first patch loads a quicktime movie and does things with numbers that seem to reflect the frame count or at least count the frames for the duration of the movie. I’m not sure how to use this…
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photo post #2

In PHOTO on 09/08/2009 at 8:38 AM

Sarah Stolfa
Gallery 339
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Stolfa details a series of bar patrons in an exhibition currently showing in Philadelphia. The weathered and probably drunken stare coming from the woman only known as Erin Keegan exudes an aura of momentary contemplation on the ascribed identity of being defined by one’s surroundings. Emphasizing the scope of this reality is the use of a direct strobe which starkly lit the foreground subject while minimizing the background of the bar.

Alison Overton
1212 Gallery
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Another exhibition in Virginia is displaying the hauntingly enigmatic work of photographer Overton. The surreal color offered through the thoughtful hand-toning helps reinforce the hallucinatory perspective and ambiguous landscape in the photograph above. It appears that diffused lighting being offered to an outside scene on a fairly cloudy day can create the softer edged shadows found at the bases of the trees.

Josef Hoflehner
John Cleary Gallery
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Yeehaw! The above image comes from an exhibition in Texas! The foggy atmosphere found dominating this photograph creates a dramatic sense of obscured expectation. The suspended cable car is attached to the high-contrast triad of lines emanating from the top of the photograph, where they and the destination of the car simultaneously disappear. Or could the car be emerging from the dismal abyss in the lower left quadrant of the photograph? The unclear destination stimulates wonder and is exaggerated by the soft diffusion of natural light by the pictured haze.

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The above portrait of a forever angry skank demonstrates how digital infrared photography can create the appearance of a marble-like quality in the skin of a sitting subject. The use of a diffused directional strobe to capture this sensation is gently framed by the soft fluidity of the surrounding liquid hair.

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This exposure details focused direct sunlight through a series of windows surrounding the entrance of a parking garage. Signifying the chemical primacy of the essential role that light plays in the craft of photography- which literally means “writing with light” (possible translations include “for one to write with a light,” “light writing,” “lighting the write”) or something like that.

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This image creates a dark ambiance through the dramatic high-contrast shadows of a silhouetted trellis against the sharp spectral highlights created within metal line work found on this subject, the back of a refrigerator. Directly lit with an LED flashlight, the focused beam disturbs the usual scattered diffusion most likely seen lighting this very scene during the day. Believe it or not, the back of a refrigerator is a very disturbing place…

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In MAX/MSP on 09/01/2009 at 9:06 AM

1CTIN 534 Experiments in Interactivity I
Exploration and experimentation in designing innovative interactive experiences

2Granulator patch

3 another class blog

4Color Soluble

5Patches using sampling

6Programming for Artists?

7MIT Electronic Music Book

8Art Music Video

9Ton of shit here

10Jitter tutorials

11Rebecca’s Pitch magic site

photo post #1

In PHOTO on 09/01/2009 at 8:02 AM

Maeve Berry
www.diemarnoblephotography.com
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I’m enthralled by the ambiguous subject of the image and the well rendered and ominous color.

Masao Yamamoto
www.jacksonfineart.com
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I love the simple composition and subject matter. The colors evoke a very nostalgic/vintage feel.

Susan Burnstine
www.santafephotogallery.com
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This image is very haunting and makes good use of depth of field. I enjoy the creepy ambiance that reaches out to the viewer.

MINE
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The abstract nature of this photo is interesting while the colors dictate a dramatic feeling. Lately, I’ve been constantly drawn to circular patterns created through slightly out of focus highlights.

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I appreciate the surreal colors created through cross-processing this negative. The subject creates an interesting composition all by itself.

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I enjoy the unique distortions created in this image and the frame that creates a distressed look ties it all together.