All video assignments created by Live Video Performance Art Students can be seen on the course Vimeo page:
Video assignments created by Live Video Performance Art students can be watched here:
Week 5 Writing Assignment:
Compose an artist’s statement to accompany your final project presentation. How does your piece exist “outside of the frame?”
Post your artist’s statement on the course blog.
Week 5 Video Assignment:
Prepare your final project for exhibition.
If you look at an object near you and close your left and right eyes in turn, you’ll see that each has a slightly different view of the world
Your left eye sees a bit more of the left side of the object, and your right eye sees a bit more of its right side. Your brain fuses the two images together allowing you to see in three dimensions. This phenomenon is known as stereoscopic vision.
In old fashioned 3D films, footage for the left eye would be filmed using a red lens filter, producing a red image, and footage for the right eye would be shot using a blue filter, resulting in a blue image. Two projectors then superimposed the images on the cinema screen. By wearing special glasses with a red filter (allowing only the red image through) in the left eye and a blue filter in the right (allowing only the blue image through), the viewers brain would then combine these two slightly different images to create the illusion of 3D.
Modern 3D films use a very similar technique, respectively using vertically and horizontally polarized light for each eye rather than the red and blue components of each image. Viewers still need special glasses, this time with polarized filters in each eye rather than color filters.
On the other hand, the technology used for projection mapping instances that exhibit 3D illusions is completely different. For this kind of 3D effect, there is only one original camera angle to begin wit for the original content, therefore there is only one physical position (which is actually the same as the virtual camera angle for the original content) from which 3D illusions can be created through the manipulation of perspective.
Remixthebook explores the use of repetition in art in this “sample based” era that we live in through the use of structure similar to a DJ or Vj remix. This exploration brought to light many interesting aspects of the artistic device of repetition and I am now attempting to place that understanding in the context of visual art.
Repetition can be used in the arts to create emphasis, set up structure for comparison, show the passage of time, unify disparate elements or develop an underlying pattern. Traditionally, the rules of composition state that the human eye prefers odd numbers, off-centre focal points, asymmetry, and curved lines rather than straight.
Here is an example illustrating the use of this device. An all over repeated pattern, such as on wallpaper, does not allow the viewer’s eye to rest on a specific focal point for very long and will therefore not sustain interest for very long. This very concept can be taken and reapplied to conversely create focus and sustain interest through the use of contrast by juxtaposition. If something anomalous is placed on top of a repeated wallpaper-like-pattern it would immediately become the focal point of a viewer. Get a pen and paper, or your computer, and try it out yourself!
Journey is an indie video game game released by Thatgamecompany in March 2012. The objective of the game is built completely around intuition, with no dialogue, text or spoken language of any sort used in order to give directions to the player. This unique approach to the video game provides for an extremely emotional playing experience and immerses players in an immersive and interactive piece of video art.
You should watch this trailer for the game to get a general feel for it:
The game is set in a surreal desert landscape that foregoes elaborate environments for a more minimal aesthetic that utilizes subtle variation through colors between the red and blue spectrum and through the use of very intricate textures.
The game allows you to control an amorphous humanoid creature that is traveling through a vast desert towards a mountain in the distance. Through online integration, other players that are on the same journey can be discovered and players can meet and assist each other. However, players cannot see each other’s names and they cannot communicate through speech or text. The only form of communication between two players is through musical chimes that each player can launch and control the dynamic of through their physical movement in the game.
This same chime also transforms dull, stiff pieces of cloth found throughout the levels into vibrant red with a golden glow and allows the player to interact with different objects in the game world. Players often end up developing their own primitive gesture systems to communicate with each other as well.
The beauty of this game lies in the limited amount of control options that the player has, because it is this very limit that gives birth an entire realm of expression that that opens itself as a very quick and pleasant surprise. My favorite aspect of the game is the simple audiovisual interaction between the chime noises and the player’s visual movement. Although the game takes only about an hour to complete once you know how, one can explore endlessly and will definitely be tempted to do so. The point of the game is the journey, not the destination.
Week 4 Writing Assignment:
Write a proposal for your final project. Post your proposal on the Course Blog.
Week 4 Video Assignments:
Create and record an original 5 – 10 minute video performance accompanied by your favorite music using the video loops and video art assignments produced so far by the class. Post your video performance to the course Vimeo page.