“AVATAR (Identity) LECTURE” — Wow, time flew on Tuesday! So many things that we ran out of time before considering. There are so many identity artists we didn’t look at, but one glaring hole in my talk was Arab and Muslim artists. Among other info below, I’ll mention a few powerful, contemporary artists, like Anida Yoeu Ali and Shirin Neshat. Read more
LOL! Hi everyone!
I thought it was so funny how so many of you guys couldn’t pronounce her name properly, but that’s fine, it was just a trend that occurred this time. I decided to try and spell her name in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) since that’s my major, and I felt like being a nerd today 😛 But unfortunately I could not because I do not know how to type some of the symbols on my computer so I did this in the American Phonetic Alphabet (APA) 🙂
So Glenn decided to switch up who grades who this week, which I thought was kind of exciting only because I want to get to know more of you guys in this class. So, I was very pleased with my new group of students, so glad to see some new and familiar faces! I just want to say that I appreciate you guys for stating your true opinion on the matter of eva and franco, yet still remaining respectful and not entirely putting them down but backing up you responses with facts and personal feelings. Honestly this is how I strive to live my life so I applaud you guys 🙂
Moving on, MY FAVORITE PROJECTS OF THE WEEK 😀 there’s just so many every time I grade lol. Honestly I chose my favorites based on the ideas you guys presented not really on technicality 🙂
THE GIRLS TOTALLY ROCKED THIS ONE! LOL 🙂 GOOD JOB YOU GUYS! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
That was the common sentence in a lot of your videos. But there were a lot of cool videos made out there with very thoughtful ideas about Eva and Franco.
Congrats on another project down. 3 down, 12 or so more to go! If you guys are still having trouble with the wiki let us know in Lab or Office hours. Or you can set up a time to me with us on Fridays in AS-120. We can show you how to embed a video, link back to your profile page, or how to make a “projects” page. You guys will be graded down if you guys don’t do these things correctly.
Awesome work you guys. It was fun to see your insights on the dynamic duo, and your thoughts about their works. But there were a few who went beyond just answering each question. They dug deep and really thought about who Eva and Franco were and understood what they were trying to do or show with their projects.
Tayler Nicholson’s Vlog
Elliot Osrin’s Vlog
You guys have to interview your artists BEFORE Sunday for your P4. So set up an interview with your artists ASAP with your question. Let us know if you guys are having trouble getting a hold of your artists or if there are time conflicts.
It is offically May 12. It is offically the last day of Art 109, an experinece we shared but did not know it. Some of you might be shouting hooray. Some disinterested, stressing over finals week. Some of you might be getting a tiny but nostalgic for January. Maybe sheding a tear. You all will advance into art110 wheather you like it or not. remeber, whatever your grade ends up being in art109, you get a fresh slate with art110. and because art110 is such a long course (we hope) if you mess up once or twice it won’t screw you over in the long run. Of course sitting in the front row hardly every hurts….no matter where you are. Same goes for listening to instructions the first time they are said. Same goes for painting whatever you want on a wall at Venice. Or shooting a video with friends. Or pouring your heart and thoughts out to yourself (and your eager viewers in a vlog).
What di I take away from art 109? I remember the challanges and the adaptation of living in second life. The opportunitues it presents. the limitations it sets. I will consider myslef a stronger art historian for listening to how all of you saw your artists and your insightful comments. I have been introduced to Eva and Franco Mattes, and have begun with them a beautiful friendship.
But enough nostalgia. P15 looms still, don’t forget. I will look upon your submissions with a kind eye, but treat this assignment as you would a final….your last dicth effort to prove your A-worthiness.
Marcelo Rampazzo’s The Thinker
Spring Break is here!!!!
Not that i don’t love my classes or helping out in art110 but i am beat. 2 midterms in one day… ouch!
So this week was curating week and as many of you realized, CSULB ran out of prims!!!! unfortunately we cannot have an unlimited number of prims 😦 or else we would have had you all build as much as you’d like but now we have to enforce the 300 prim limit. For every prim over 300, you will lose 1 point. Sorry but it has to be this way.
This week in art110 office hours (which usually consists of a few students), we talked about Eva and Franco attending the “From Appropriation to Infiltration: Accessing Public through Tactical Media”. Unfortunately, it is being held in Boston 😦
We were so close to just ditching that week, getting on a plane to Boston and just stalking Eva and Franco (or in the case of most of us Art 110 girls, just Franco). Turns out tickets are about $300 so unless the Beach Hut wants to sponsor the whole class (and i’ve seen their prices. they can afford it) looks like we won’t be going 😦 Somewhere Mariha Lowe weeps…
Plan B is now to just sacrifice my laptop with any virus the Mattes plan on emailing me and ask them if they can please come to CSULB. I hope they appreciate pleading.
Here are three galleries i found interesting. Doesn’t mean they had the best P8 but that i liked their gallery:
I loved this gallery because they successfully made media on a prim! Rachel Bloom will be so proud!
This gallery is so abstract looking and fits Four Yips artwork. I could definitely see Four Yip’s art being displayed in a space like this if this were in the physical world.
Eva and Franco Mattes
This gallery took all the things that are fun and put them into a gallery form.
Some very nice work from you, morning class 🙂
I am glad so many enjoyed the reading as much as I did.
Eva and Franco were attempting to convey some of the ridiculous movies that are made today. And the fact that very few people thought second about if this was a real movie or not plays right into that American movie ideology. Sometimes we get obsessed with the idea of things more than the actual thing itself. Take apple for instance many of you are so hypnotized, brainwashed, by apple-love that they could release the crappiest piece of junk on the market and still have their followers buying it up most eagerly.
The main theme of Eva and Franco’s exhibition “It’s Always Six O’ Clock” is that culture can die when it is frozen into a cliche. Appropriation, plagiarism, remixing, culture jamming, and identity simulation continue to represent the core of the Mattes’ artistic strategy. They are trying to get people to understand that “nothing is original” nowadays. The concept of originality is none existent. Everything is remixed and reproduced to the point were nothing is original like it was before….When you remix something, it makes that piece more special and interesting. It makes the art seems special because it was worth remixing. Eva and Franco believe that the art nowadays all is the same and conforming to the world. We should aim to make it different and special. When you make a piece, you should leave behind your reality and time should halt.
Eva and Franco’s Stolen Pieces project seems like fun. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never wanted to touch a piece in a gallery that bore the words “Do Not Touch” and Eva and Franco really haven’t helped this slight thought turn into a mini-obsession. If anything, I think that the art piece missing a piece gives it more character, more flare and therefore increses what it’s worth. Instead of being touched and contributed by one artist, it was touched by another. It’s been given two points of view instead of one. ……Sometimes, copies pose more contraversy and make a louder statement than their original. COPIES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIR ORIGINAL, a reoccuring theme from when Eva and Franco stole Hell.com.
I think that unless the piece shows some kind of proof that it existed at one point, how do we really know of it’s true character?
Interesting readings this week, I found them much more compelling than last weeks reading, and I think this was mostly due to the fact that it explained a bit more exactly what the Mattes intentions were in everything that they did. I felt like I had a bit more insight into their lives and their goals than I had before and it even made me stop and think “oh wow, so THAT’S what they were trying to accomplish, it totally worked!”
I don’t think that art diminishes in its value as time descends upon it or pieces go missing here and there from either theft or wear and tear of old age. I’m also thinking of art in a much broader sense than is mentioned here, as theater, film, and performances are pieces of art work as well. And those are almost always representations, unless you’re seeing the opening night of a new show it’s never the “original.” I believe art is somewhat similar as well, that once the piece is finished its replicated in the viewers eyes, and much like a performance the value of the art is always important and different, because its the interpretation that changes as well. I can’t think of a time when I watched the same play in different nights and thought yes I feel the exact same way I did before. Of course it’s going to be similar at times, but it’s never really the “original” condition-watching an artist create or paint the artwork to me is experience the art in its original.
Ok so the title isn’t necessarily true but it did give all my friends on my real Facebook account, a run for their money! I swear everyone was freaking out that I was in an actual relationship with this guy, and they were scare for me because of how freaky he looked! LOL! In a sense I felt like Eva and Franco pulling a prank on someone! My friends know that I’m not really the type of person to get in a useless relationship and so this freaked them out! Total highlight of my week fersure! I have yet to find out which student actually decided to pull this prank on me though! LOL! It’s a prank upon a prank lol! So besides this little prank being the highlight of my week I also was so happy with the OSCARS this past Sunday! Ahhh I was so proud of a lot of the fashion choices, made me so much more happier than the Grammy’s! Sorry the fashionista in me just came out! Yet now it’s week 6! Omgeeeeee can you believe this madness! This semester is rolling on by! And I can’t wait to see all of your guys’ architectures ^.^ That I know all of you have been so hardly working on 😛 This is fersure going to be an exciting week! I’m so proud of you guys that have been doing all your work as well! Makes me proud! Keep up the good work! Now as for my favorites in the projects this week, I have chosen three as usual 🙂
Christina Yu: http://art110.wikispaces.com/P5-Yu-Christina
Natalie Wilson: http://art110.wikispaces.com/Wilson-Natalie-P5
Vanesa Sanchez: http://art110.wikispaces.com/Sanchez-VanesaP5
–> Good JOB guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀