Friday, 30 September 2011

Research update and idea....

Starting to look into Fluxus music videos. There is a piece by La Monte Young "Piano piece for David Tudor No2 (1960) There was instructions to open the cover of a piano keyboard without making a sound audible to you. Try as many times as you like" (Rush, M (1990) New Media in Art, Thomas and Hudson; World of Art- 24-25)
This confirmed to me that music can be used.
A first idea that come to me was to making a soundtrack to the work i am making in studio practise. Convert it into a MIDI file and use free software to change it into notation.
From this stage i had two ideas;   
  •   to print the music and keep photocopying it until it fades like the Wisps my work is about
  • to upload it onto a popular music notation site and film someone trying to learn it

Wednesday, 28 September 2011


 Currently got these out of the library and gradually reading through them. Hoping ill find some artist or theory to help me spark a solid idea, and a better understanding of Appropriation. (Left the catalog numbers in as a future reference for myself)

Internet art. Greene, Rachel. 776

Fresh moves : 778.590941

New media in art. Rush, Michael. 709.04

At the edge of art / Blais, Joline. 709.05

Skulpturen und objekte / Beuys, Joseph.

Internet art : Stallabrass, Julian. 004.678

Cybernetic serendipity : 700.285

Monday, 26 September 2011

First thoughts

What is it really?
How and do i have to use it in my work?

-Cant recycle my old work unless its being shown in a completly new way
-Can poems/music be used as appropriation? What if the music exists as sheet music?

Im tempted to do a sound piece, as sound, sets an atmosphere ( for eg in movies) that imagery cannot do on its own or as successfully. Also imagery is wrapped in its own connotations, and each peron reading of an image is different. This i found out in past projects which were mainly photographs. Upon feedback, i found they weren't read as i would've hoped.
Using sound will also enable me to experiment in an area i havent really looked much into. Past video installations i have made have mostly been silent

This module has to link in with what i am doing in my studio work.
I am interested in different states of mentality and physicality; such as where do things exist and barriers between fantasy and reality.
I started this by first looking at hallucinagenic plants and their effects on the mental state. From researching into how some of these plants work, i became interested with bioluminscent life forms.
This lead into looking at some of the folklore around biolumicsent lifeforms.
Currently i am looking at so called "Will o' the wisps" or orbs. I have found they make alot of apperances in literature, and modern culture.
  • Book IX of John Miltons Paradise Lost
  • Samuel Coleridge's poem The Rime of teh Ancient Mariner
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's fairy tale The Green snake and the beautiful Lily
  • "Mother Carey"s poem "Will O' the wisp"
  • Bram Stokers Dracula
  • JRR Tolkiens Lord of the rings
  • Holly Blackand Tony DiTerlizzi's The spiderwick Chronicles
  • Michael Ende's Neverending Story
In music:
  • Franz liszts "the transcendental etude No5 aka Feux Follet
  • In Manuel de Fallas ballet el amor brujo called Cancion del fuego fatuo
  • was referred to in the song Maria in the sound of music
  • Appeared in aretha Franklins "skylark"
This mysterious orbs appear on photographs and have connotations of the spirit world
They also appear in programmes such as Most haunted and on cctv footage people have captured and uploaded to youtube.
I want to investigate the history, credabilty and lore behind these phenomenom

How can i do thisin sound?


Got two projects for this module:
  • presentation
  • produce a piece in digital media (image, sound or video) with the aid of tutorials
Two Intro modules
  • 13/10/2011 - video training
  • 20/10/2011 - audio training
Support work
Independant project  based loosly on a proposal. Allowed to make production teams if necessary, but need to make our own piece. In production teams, make sure everyone gets credited fairly.
If 3Dwork made to assist the project, good quality documentation is required.
Final piece is set at a maximum of 3mins in length

presentation- 10 mins in length. Keep broad but not so as it becomes meaningless.
  • what posistion do you want to put your audience in?
  • What position is it in compared to other artists? 
  • Map a course of progress
  • Suggest a list of questions you think will be raised
  • outline your past work briefly
  • relate briefly to any research, respond to the reading.
  • Describe what you plan and how to go about it
  • What software do you hope to use?
  • What do you hope to acheive by the next seminar
  • Questions
New languages for new media
Words such as fade, zoom, cut introduced into film. Was just a stand still camera

 Using pre-made work and adjusting it for your own use in your own work

The digital impacting on the work
How the format the piece is captured in adjusts to different processes

Shifts emphasis from artists to text to audience
Art was classed as art if the artist had played a part in its production. This shifted to what the work was about and the work had to read. With new media, the area of interest is how the audience reacts