Thank you everyone. I’ve enjoyed our 4 months of “river rafting” together. Some laughs. Some scares. Some amazing teamwork. Some solo heroics. And as our raft finally washes up at this river’s delta, the satisfaction of knowing that we tried our hardest, and each in our own way did our best, and learned something for our continuing journey.
I certainly learned a lot from you. I hope you learned at least a little from art110.
There are many students in this course and for many reasons we finish with all kinds of point scores. A low score doesn’t make you less of a person, nor does a high score make you more of a person. Still, with no disrespect to anyone who finished lower than hoped, I do think it is worth acknowledging a few of you who accumulated quite a few points. Some of your names are below.
Happy Summer… Happy Life… Big Ideas…
Fall 2011 – 9a – Top 10
1. Mariha Lowe 2,830
2. Sophearum Seng 2,784
3. Daniel Tran 2,176
4. Vanessa Canales 2,103
5. Michelle Fenn 2,019
6. Gustavo Huerta 1,994
6. Daisy Monterroso 1,994
8. Carlos Arquedas 1,992
9. Stephen Bessette 1,947
10. Edward Torres 1,946
Fall 2011 – 11a – Top 10
1. Bo Lotti 2,129
2. Georgeanne Aronson 2,068
3. Edwin Young 2,008
4. Thomas Krebs 2,007
5. Francesca Mueller 1,996
6. Mike Guevara 1,994
7. Sam Kim 1,992
8. Trevor Larson 1,966
9. Isaac Kim 1,962
10. Matthew Wolff 1,959
And the judges (y-o-u!) have spoken:
2. Always Hardcore at Venice Beach
3. Buy the Pencil
4. I’m a Dog
9a: Video Blogging
1. Miharu Okamura
2. Michele Fenn
3. Mariha Lowe
4. Edward Torres
5. Joanna Plascencia
11a: Video Festival
1. Bo’s Twin
2. Willis’ Vlog
3. Fat Life
4. I Just Had Sex
5. The Lazy Song
6. Tommy’s Vlog
7. American Psycho
8. Christine is Back
What an amazing week we had last week! I hoped our counterfactual identity projects would help us think about the hybridic, multiple, mixed reality ways we develop, express & explore identity in the 21st century. I hoped it would be an opportunity to think about creating narratives and considering truth & fake, fiction & non-fiction. But I really never imagined that nearly a dozen class members would wind up with one or more of their very own doppelgangers! What a fascinating life of its own this took on.
Meanwhile, we offered you the opportunity to consider the coin of our 21st century realm, Page Rank, and to try a little SEO/Google Bombing in pursuit of it. Some of you went for Page Rank supplemented by Facebook Friends and Twitter followers.
Some great presentations in lab today – thank you all!
Based on your presentations in lab today, your staff judges have awarded the following bonus points, added to your “Extra Credit” totals on BeachBoard.
Corrinne Prado IS Candy Warhola = +200 points
Nathan Moore IS Charles Rosenthal = +200 points
Kayla Toledanes IS Candy Warhola = +160 points
Mike Berg IS Mariha Lowe = +125 points
Sam Kim IS Edward Torres =+100 points
Carlos Garcia IS Mariha Lowe = +50 points
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.
Okay, so we have finished the Eva and Franco Mattes book. Some of you are doubtless very happy. Not that its any time to relax! We only have 2 weeks to finish curating! But some of you deserve a pat on the back for all the thinking and writing you have done about the Mattes and their art.
Now that I’ve really gone more in depth into some of Eva and Franco’s project, I see so many more reaccuring themes. I see a similar theme between Stolen Pieces, their website theft, and their Synthetic Performances. I see themes of reprocuction and a message about how we don’t enjoy art the correct way. We hold our opinions back instead of expressing and dealing with the art in an authentic way. We should act upon art, touch it, feel it, smash it, or take it with us. We should do whatever we want with it! We should express our feeling towards art in an untraditional way.
The Mattes art is about asking questions. Always ask questions, never get too comfortable. In our world, Eva and Franco want us to make sure that we think and challenge what is around us. “Flogging A Dead Horse” means challenging what one might think is dead or has no point (referring to beating a dead horse). Eva and Franco want us to reexamine what is around us even when we don’t know it’s there (it is almost their job to tell us it’s there). I like to consider myself as a person who thinks outside the box. But sometimes with Eva and Franco’s art, I don’t even perceive that there is a box. Maybe creating a box for us is what the Mattes art is all about.
“Anyways I guess all of our art is about being someone else.” -Mattes
What else is there to say about the duo? They want to change the world. They want to get people out of their defined worlds. Which is why they challenge all institutes that want to prevent us from doing this. Nike, for example, creates an image of what is beautiful by advertising with Athletes. I believe Eva and Franco made a good point when stating “Sometimes we must fool people in order to get a sincere reaction.” By fooling people they were catching people with their pants down. People will react how they would naturally act because they do not know they are being fooled. What they did was not morally wrong. People are just sensitive about taking credit for things. Read some Nietzsche. Then you will see why people get sensitive about things like that. Even Eva and Franco are exercising their will to power by making people think the way they want to even if it is outside of the norm. Humanity likes to preserve themselves with art.
When I first saw the image of the Nike Ground project before reading Eva and Franco Mattes, my first thought was what in the world?! Why would Nike make a desperate attempt of putting out their already famous company out there like that by building some random building at a random place? To add onto of seeing the image of the “Nike” building, but to see the idea of the Nike swoosh to be built on Karlsplatz just blew my mind, I would have been very offended if I was living around Vienna let alone actually believe that Nike would do such a thing. After reading this article, I realized this huge Nike swoosh was for Eva and Franco to make a statement and have people open their eyes and see how big corporations are trying to take over the world. I’ve always thought about how the media always tries to brainwash society by throwing advertisements and brands in our face. Even when we’re born we are already bombarded with advertising; I even heard Disney tried to make a deal with certain hospitals to use Disney branded items, such as blankets, decorations, etc. for newborns. For me it made it less offensive when I learned this Nike swoosh was “art” and was actually going against Nike itself because it comes to show how people will believe anything for a moment and how corporations literally run our lives.
I love the wiki a lot… what??? You don’t??? I’m shocked! Simply shocked!
Seriously though, with a couple hundred students per semester, there’s no way that Liz, Monique, Mary, and I could ever look at all your stuff without a powerful tool like the wiki. Powerful as it is, “our” wiki is, well, ours.
What I love about a blog is that it’s yours! That’s a huge difference.
BTW, I love the wiki vs an “LMS” (Learning Management System, like BeachBoard) because LMS’ tend to be “closed” and wikis and blogs tend to be “open.” For more on Open vs Closed, watch any of these:
Anyway, I love blogs because I think they’re an amazing tool to help you develop your own ideas and to learn to express yourself to others. I hope your blog has LOTS of readers… but even if you had zero readers, your blog would still be powerful because it helps you know better who you are, and it can make you more articulate at conveying that to others. And if you think about it, that’s a lot of what going to college is all about.
Three cheers for Mariah & Erin for starting blogs this semester and for bravely posting their URLs here. Check them out! Drop a comment, I’m sure they’d love your feedback. If you’ve got a blog… or if you start one… give us your url in a comment to this post. So awesome!