Art2016 / Final Project Options

For the final project in Art2016, students have freedom to select their own focus.

Several choices are outlined below. Questions / Ideas for the final project can be discussed in class on TUES APRIL 25.

Your FINAL PROJECT will be DUE at Final Exam on TUES MAY 2.

Please note correct time of final exam for your section

Art2016 section 1 final at NOON on Tues May 2

Art2016 section 2 final at 2pm on Tues May 2

Final project ideas will be discussed in class on TUES APRIL 25, but it is a good idea to think ahead and have a plan for your final work. Plan ahead to use last week of class as work time on your final experimental mixed-media work. Read below for some possible choices. Bring what you need to make best use of class time. Please consider: Will you revisit an earlier assignment in your final digital mixed-media project? What materials and techniques will you use? What subject or theme or ideas will you explore? What do you need to purchase to gather materials needed? What will your step by step process be? Do you need to use the classroom printer or mixed-media work areas to finish this project?

FINAL PROJECT  CHOICES / Digital Mixed-Media
Art2016 Final Projects must integrate the concept of DIGITAL ART MIXED-MEDIA. Your approach may use tactile materials or traditional art techniques at the beginning or the end of your process.

Choice 1:

NARRATIVE MIXED-MEDIA  Revisit the Narrative project, using the imagery you have already created in an alternative format. This could take the form of a wearable work, or a mixed-media work using any digital transfer method on any materials… Some students may choose to work with experimental animation or video version using their narrative images. Explore and refine a specific image transfer technique to combine your digital imagery with a 3D object or tactile surface. Find inspiration in the work of other mixed-media artists and develop your own approach that transforms an object by merging it with your digital imagery to create a new experience or meaning when viewing the object. Possible techniques include using Lazertran, Ink Jet Transparencies, or other experimental transfer methods onto wood, glass, metal, plastic…


Choice 2:

MIXED-MEDIA MOSAIC or SERIES Your final project can revisit any earlier project (like the Mosaic project), or start with original fresh imagery. You might develop a small series of images or work on a single piece in a larger, more ambitious format. Transfer the best imagery to a tactile object or unusual surface. Experiment with alternative materials such as Fabric, Wood, Glass, Metal… Just remember to test materials and leave time to craft the final mixed-media work to high standards.

Choice 3:

DIGITAL NATION / RE-MIXED-MEDIA    You may choose to revisit the REMIX creative process, working experimentally with new themes or returning to the Climate Remix topic. You could even create a work of digital mixed-media art that explores your personal relationship with technology, responding honestly to your own experience with digital media and daily life. Work with imagery and mixed-media to express your thoughts about balance in the digital age. (As we discussed in the Digital Nation and Rip! Remix viewing assignments)


Links to some Image Transfer Techniques:

https://jrockdigitalart.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/lazertran-demo/

https://jrockdigitalart.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/tactile-media-t/

Wearable Art Links:

https://jrockdigitalart.wordpress.com/category/wearable-art/

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Climate Remix Project : New Timeline

PLEASE NOTE CHANGES… Art2016 students: The Climate Remix project will extend until AFTER spring break. Here is the timeline for steps in the project and due dates. Please note that the emphasis of the project is generating many versions of experimental remixes using content from the class imagebank. Expect to create a new batch of remixed images during each workday in class. The work created in this project is also to be shared with the Interactive Media class, for use in further experimental projections. We will continue to use Tuesdays as digital sessions and Thursdays for mixed-media.

Based on our progress in class, I want to extend the timeline for the Climate Remix project into March. Please NOTE these deadlines below, I am giving an extension to AFTER SPRING BREAK for the final digital iterations and the MIXED-MEDIA image transfer part of the assignment. I will discuss the timeline in class. Please bring your laptops to Tuesdays and mixed-media supplies to Thursday classes!

Tues Feb 14 : Create at least 10 mashups in photoshop using Climate Remix Imagebank

Thurs Feb 16 : Discuss Rip! Remix video / Test experimental mixed-media techniques / add content to folder

Tues Feb 21 : Use photoshop for another round of 10 mashups (emphasis on complexity and simplicity using new imagebank shapes)

Thurs Feb 23 : Test image transfer techniques + Develop idea for a mixed-media work on theme of Climate Remix

Tues Feb 28 : Digital workday for photoshop animations and printing for image transfer

Thurs March 2 : MIXED-MEDIA / image transfer workday
SPRING BREAK
Tuesday March 14 : Climate Remix DIGITAL WORK Due (Folders of multiple versions, mixed-media tests, animations)
Thursday March 16 : Climate Remix MIXED-MEDIA work DUE for GRADING

Project 2 : Climate REMIX : IMAGEBANK

Over the next month we will be experimenting with ideas and methods of REMIX via collaborative image making on the theme : Climate Remix. Step one will be creating a class imagebank on google drive. Each student will contribute at least one image to each of the 10 categories in the Climate Remix Imagebank. All the images must be original,  and at least half of the images should be created by hand, via traditional art materials like drawing and painting. The other half of the images can be photos or digitally generated images. We will be using this project to explore various uses of remixed imagery, for installation, projection, animation and mixed-media works. This project stresses the shared-use of imagery, as another way of understanding creative property rights and the creation of public domain content.

More info at: https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/

Wanna Work Together? from Creative Commons on Vimeo.

More info in class!  Also, Please make time to view the video online: Rip! A Remix Manifesto.

View More about Remix Culture blog: https://jrockdigitalart.wordpress.com/category/remix-culture/

View: Rip! A Remix Manifesto

Digital Art Mixed-Media  / Online Viewing Assignment

RiP! A Remix Manifesto (it’s about 86 minutes)

Please view full video online. Take notes on what you find most revealing or surprising about the contemporary practice of remix artists. Does the video raise issues about your own use of digital media… in your artwork or your life? How does the video relate to recent internet blackout/protest and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation? Do you side with the CopyLEFT or the CopyRIGHT?

RiP: A Remix Manifesto from Laurent LaSalle on Vimeo.

http://ripremix.com/Prepare your comments (about 150 words). Upload to class folder called Rip! Remix Reflections. We will also discuss in class.

DIGITAL NATION : View Online

Students in Art2016, The ONLINE viewing assignment is to watch the PBS Digital Nation documentary, write a short reflection and upload to google folder.  Later you will share your thoughts during discussion in class. Please View on TUES (Jan 24)  and upload your short reflection about the 5 topics into the google folder by the end of the day on THURSDAY (Jan 26). 
Reflect on how your personal life is impacted by pervasive technology and any resonance or surprise you found in the video. (~150 words) Save your thoughts on paper.
Please UPLOAD in a text document to the google drive folder by Thursday
watch the video and reflect on each of these digital nation topics…

Digital Nation on PBS Frontline (viewable online)

Video Description from PBS: Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained? In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Host / commentator Douglas Rushkoff, a leading thinker and writer on the digital revolution. Continuing a line of investigation she began with the 2008 FRONTLINE report Growing Up Online, award-winning producer Rachel Dretzin embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations. “I’m amazed at the things my kids are able to do online, but I’m also a little bit panicked when I realize that no one seems to know where all this technology is taking us, or its long-term effects,” says Dretzin.

Spring17 : Mosaic Assignment

In the era of selfies, this digital art project poses a question: What is portraiture in the digital age? Consider the history of portraiture, especially self-portraits by artists, and how the era is reflected in the style of the portrait. Some examples:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/self_portraits/

Mosaic Project Intro Slideshow / Low-rez
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/mosaic_project_intro_lowrez

ART 2016 Assignment #1 Mosaic Project : Create a self-portrait that reflects your own identity as an artist in this contemporary age. Your portrait must also engage the concept of mosaic in digital media and should be assembled from multiple pieces that together form the whole. Allow the divisions between these pieces to play an active role in the image dynamics of the portrait. As tiled images these should reflect the multiplicity and fragmentation of personal identity in the digital age. Consider mixing traditional techniques (drawing, painting, etc) with digital techniques. Employ art principles to strengthen image unity (color, line, texture, etc). Assemble a dynamic image that contains both unity and surprise. Work at appropriate image resolution for quality output. Plan ahead for a final work at large scale (at least 20 inches in one direction.) Assemble mixed-media to highest quality final craft.