I could not think of a brilliant title for this week! 😦 Anyways, I hope those of you that did your project this week were excited to meet our artists and to see an artist in work and how they are able to put in so much hard work into their pieces and where their inspiration comes from. Art is amazing, it can speak to people on so many different levels and it speaks to an eclectic amount of people in which everyone is able to observe and decipher what the art piece meant. A form of expression that in my point of view is both beautiful and brilliant! Anyways, I really hope you guys had an awesome time, like liz said she was jealous as to how guys had this opportunity to meet these artists and how kind they were in giving you a piece of their time. I wish I could have done this during my semester in art110, i just did my VRAG on baroque art! 😛
Also, you guys I had to give some people TERRIBLE grades on their project because they did not follow what was required for the project on the RUBRIC!!!! Make sure you guys read that on beachboard before you attempt your project so you can receive an awesome grade on your project! I don’t like giving out D’s and F’s, it makes me sad 😦 I hope you guys look at this as a warning and as a piece of advice for your future projects! Well that is my rant for this week’s project, here are some of my favorite projects of the week 🙂
1. James Moran
2. Thinh Le
3. Evan Osborne
4. Pamela Payad
GREAT WORK YOU GUYS!!! KEEP IT UP! 🙂
As the title suggests, this only the first week of P4. Now that you all have met your artists, you can probably feel the pressure of stepping it up when it comes to the Virtual Art Galleries.
I was so proud to see the pictures and videos of people meeting with their artists. I started researching these artists during the summer and now they seem like celebrities to me. The work they do is so visually appealing but also has some things to say about how we live today. You look at some of the work that these people have done and you think “even if Ray Bradbury and Rachel Bloom had been alive 100 years ago, could she have even been able to do what she did?” The answer is no on so many levels. First, photography and filming is a fairly new invention so it didn’t exist back then. Also, Rachel Bloom would have probably been shunned and sent to live with nuns had the thought of fucking Ray Bradbury even crossed her mind.
Not to say that mediums like painting will ever die but, today there is a bigger fish to fry. It’s actually more like fishes. The invention of the camera propelled art into the 21st century and today we have artists like Juha Arvid Helminen and Rachel Bloom. People like Vaneeesa Blaylock use people (avatars) as their medium and Possimiste uses sound recordings. It’s a different world today.
Onto the projects…
I graded 9a, last names M-P. Really great work. A couple critiques:
- I really wanted to see the artist’s answers to the questions asked. A few people didn’t add the answers. kind of sad about that. 😦
- A lot of you are into putting music in your vids which is great but in the right context. When there is a slideshow of pics with no audio, GO FOR IT. play music! when it’s you vlogging and i need to listen to the words coming out of your mouth, not so appropriate. Either lose the music entirely at that part or turn it down to the point where i have to listen really hard to even know what song it is.
All in all, i am very proud (and jealous). This class has changed so much since the last time i took it and now all the cool things are being done. 🙂
So here are some of the great projects i collected. I will be showing this to your artist so that they can see what you did. (muah hahaha)
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.
Monique graded 11a and Liz blogged about a few of the really nice ones, and now Mary’s scored 9a and I’m blogging about a few of the really nice ones. Thank you to all our awesome TA’s, and even more importantly, Thank YOU for these and many other fantastic student projects!!!
For P3, 9a had ELEVEN perfect 100’s!!
Stephen Bessette – Jazz-minh Moore
Maria Canales – Finishing School
Gustavo Huerta – Rachel Bloom
Sean Nguyen – Comet Morigi
Joanna Plascencia – Finishing School
Kyle Ponce – Jazz-minh Moore
Corrinne Prado – Banksy
Sophearum Seng – Four Yip
Michael Tombor – Ana Mendieta
Edward Torres – Joseph DeLappe
Daniel Tran – Comet Morigi
CSULB’s SOLO, “Student Of Life Organization,” has a bad acronym and a brilliant mission. Their acronym is bad in that they aren’t really promoting “Going Solo,” rather they’re promoting being a deeper, richer human being engaged in a wider cultural matrix. Their mission is brilliant because more than any other group, class, or program I am aware of, they embody the best and most powerful of what I believe the university experience should be about.
You can find out more about SOLO here: http://www.besolo.com/
And, yay, they’ve asked me to speak!
Tuesday 15 Feb 2010
5:30 – 6:30pm USU-305
Feel free to come check out the awesome group – don’t let the crappy speaker scare you away!! Anyway, their Vice President, Miki Fukusumi, asked me for a little more information on my talk and I thought I’d share with you what I wrote to her:
In our newsletter to our members we like to give some background on what our speaker is presenting about and a short biography we can introduce you with. So when you have the chance can you send those two things my way? Thanks in advance!
End Capitalism, Burn Down the University, and Start Your Own Publishing Company
Isn’t descriptive enough of what I want to talk about?
kk – here, off the top of my head are 20 things you might like to know:
1. SOLO is more about what I believe the University is about than any other group, course, or program at CSULB. SOLO is more university than this university is.
2. Harvard sucks.
3. MIT Rocks.
4. Oh wait, Harvard fully rocks.
5. None of the above have anything to do with Mark Zuckerberg. Although, since you brought him up, it is interesting to note that he built the world’s largest new media company with virtually no money, and with NO PERMISSION FROM ANYONE. That’s really important.
6. kk, so we’re burning down the University tonight, what are we supposed to do tomorrow?
7. Hmm… lemme guess… uh… “Start Your Own Publishing Company?”
8. SEE, I told you everything important was in the title.
9. Yes, I like the Q&A at the end. How long was my talk supposed to be? Let’s cut that in half so we can have even more Q&A. I can talk forever, and it might as well be about stuff the SOLO members actually want me to talk about.
10. Since you want me to blow their minds, and you want me to tell you what I’m going to tell them – In advance no less – talk about blowing the punch line – anyway – sounds like you want a “Call to Action” so here it is – it’s totally counter-intuitive and unexpected from my title so I’m sure no one would have guessed, but I’ll spill it anyway: I WANT THEM TO BLOG!
11. I want them to contribute to the SOLO blog because it fully rocks, and should rock even more than that but it only can if the members push it to the next level.
12. I want them to comment on blogs and websites all over the net. On everything. People are so busy making you paranoid about the drunken party photos you posted on Facebook and how no one will ever hire you now. News flash: I don’t give a crap about your drunken party photos on Facebook. What I DO care about is that when I google you I get a long string of impressive work. If mixed in-between some impressive projects are some drunken party photos, that’s fine with me. As far as I’m concerned, if you graduate and I google you and nothing comes up, then You, This University, and This Faculty have utterly failed.
13. Even though I want them to contribute to the SOLO Blog and edit Wikipedia and drop as much stuff all over the web as they possibly can, what I really want is for them to OWN their content – not “Intellectual Property” OWN – F-That! As enlightened beings I’d love for them to share their content freely with the human race under a Creative Commons Attribution license, but I mean I want them to “OWN” it in the deep spiritual sense. SO, to own their online content they should start their own blog as a repository of their online self. When they write something cool they should cross-post it to the SOLO blog and to their own blog. Insightful comments should track-back to them.
14. Back on the call to action thing… why “Call” when we can actually “Act”!? Why don’t we encourage peeps to bring their laptops and we can either do 1/3 talk, 1/3 Q&A, 1/3 OK lets all make blogs now… or we can do the normal program and then say, let’s hang around after and set up some blogs.
15. Oh yeah, and you wanted to know who I am. Geez. kk. I am an artist. I am a journalist. I give talks at BarCamp San Diego a lot. A few of my friends down there and I have been wanting to do a talk, “How to be an Elitist Without Thinking that You’re Better than Everyone.” Which is kind of where I’m at. I like elitism a lot. I like egalitarianism a lot. I like sharing culture. Hmm, is that called Socialism? Or Communism? That whole “central planning” thing didn’t really work out for them, but I think they had some interesting initial impulses. Eric Raymond, author of The Cathedral and The Bazaar, when asked if Open Source Software was Communism, replied, “Karl Marx did not invent sharing with your neighbor.”
16. Anyway, yea, so I used to paint. A lot. I still like it a lot. But I don’t have time for it anymore. It was fun. But I guess it’s in the past. Oh, yeah, I went to grad school. The purpose of grad school is to make you think different from where and when and how you started. So, naturally since I went in as a painter, I came out as a new media artist. Oh, yeah, I have a BA degree in Social Psychology from the University of Hawaii, and an MFA in Intermedia Art from CSULB. The MFA was 2003 and I started teaching here in 2005, so this is Year Six!
17. What do I do since I don’t paint anymore? Oh, before I answer that, I put out an artist’s book! I think you’d really like it. I will bring a stack of them (free, duh) for the SOLO members! Please remind me!!!
18. Anyway, I make blogs! And performance art in virtual worlds, and stuff like that. Oh, and I teach art at CSULB and Cypress College. And I used to do arts interviews on KBeach Radio. What an awesome gig that was. I’ve been so busy lately. But I’d love to start up again at KBeach sometime before the semester’s over I hope.
19. Uh, what else did you ask me? And is this ok? Or will the *slightly* stream of consciousness format of this drive peeps away? Do you want a more “normal” or organized or formatted or cleaner or shorter “blurb” about the talk?
20. Feel free to use any of this or all of this or none of this or reformat it or rewrite it or remix it any way you want. I said that everything I do is Creative Commons Attribution, right? So you already had my permission to do anything you want with this. You didn’t even have to ask. You’re welcome.