December 13th, 2012

Final Project Documentation!

December 13th, 2012


planning 1

planning 2

planning 3

Now to start working!

Stephen Vitello

November 27th, 2012

Born 1964 in New York City. He is currently a professor of Kinetic Imaging at VCU and lives in Richmond, VA. He is an electronic musician and sound artist and was influenced and has collaborated with Nam June Paik.  Vitiello worked in a studio on the 91st floor and recorded the sounds of the World Trade Center Tower One swaying and cracking during hurricane Floyd in 1999. A current work of his is titled A Bell For Every Minute which is on display in Tokyo . He has released CDs of his sounds and music, and also done exhibitions where he makes his sounds into an installation. He does lots of collaborations with other sounds artists and also visual artists.

The Persistence of Time

November 20th, 2012

Inspired by some of William Kentridge’s work

John Blatter

November 20th, 2012

John Blatter was born in 1972. He got his BFA in Sculpture from The Ohio State University and his MFA in Sculpture from VCU. He is currently an adjunct professor at VCU.

Blatter sculpts mainly with sound and video to create unique installations. He began learning sculpture traditionally, but has now moved into using media as his medium.

His exhibition that stood out to me the most was Moments. It is an installation of 44 audio channels that play different stories told by different story tellers. The story tellers recall a time when they were overcome by such emotion or an experience, that they felt like time stopped and a feeling of singularity was brought on. Blatter’s statement about the exhibition is what really made the work interesting to me. He talks about two moments in his life, one tragic and one euphoric, when it felt like time had stopped. He says in such moments one realizes their singularity, while also feeling bound to others who share the same feelings.

I thought this was interesting that we just finished a project on time and our perception of time. Blatter was interested in the feeling of time stopping, whether it be caused by a good or bad event. I feel like if you were to go and see this installation in person, it would be very overwhelming. I got a sense of that just from watching the video (which was too large to include in this blog post).

Another work I thought interesting was Light In B Minor. There are three florescent lights wired to ┬áspeakers so that when they light up, the electrical current is amplified. The lights are controlled by switches programmed to orchestrate the lights into a melodic composition. It’s like Blatter is trying to mess with your senses in this work. You see the lights flashing, and you hear the noises coming from the speakers.




Eadweard Muybridge Gifs!

November 13th, 2012




Nam June Paik

November 13th, 2012

Born in 1932 and died in 2006, he is considered the first video artist. He was born in Seoul, Korea and went to school at Munich University to study music history. When he came to New York in 1964 he began working with cellist Charlotte Moorman to combine music and video.

He bought the first portable video camera by Sony in 1965.

He is most known for authoring the phrase “Information superhighway” and he has a 1995 piece called Electronic Superhighway which is commentary on the growing importance of electronics and television and technology in our lives.

He also has a video installation that looks like a giant tower made of TV screens. It is titled The More The Better which is also commentary on the growing influence technology has on our lives. There is always a company advertising new TVs and everyone wants their own TV for their room, it’s like our lives are beginning to revolve around electronics.

jeff baij appropriation

November 8th, 2012

Jeff Baij

November 8th, 2012

Jeff Baij is interesting. I had a hard time understanding the meaning behind a lot of his works, but most of them made me smile. I have to admit I am impressed that he makes art every single day, I wish I had time to do that.

I was also trying to figure out why we were assigned to research him, and why he should be important to us. I looked through his archive and back in 2009 it seems like he is just messing around with Photoshop for fun. I guess his work has evolved a little because he seems to know what he is doing rather than just experimenting with a new computer program.

A work from 08-09-2009

He said “party last night (it’s a gaussian blur)” I understand it because I know the basics of Photoshop now! He likes to incorporate jokes and puns like this into his works. definitely makes creative things every day and doesn’t care who likes it or not, which I can respect.


His works are generally humorous and kind of snarky or sarcastic. Like this video above where he just cleans his blinds for 7 1/2 minutes.

Maybe we’re just supposed to study him because he is fearless and bold and his work pushes the boundaries of what our society considers art, because it seems like not many people consider his work art at all. Maybe we shouldn’t always be so uptight and a perfectionist about our art. Just by creating a little piece or a gif or whatever, every day we can exercise our skills and hopefully our work evolves.

Dear Jordan Tate

October 30th, 2012