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3rd Analytic Paper -Alex Choi

I310

12/07/12

Alex Choi

3rd Analytic Paper

Throughout the entire semester, we learned about new media with different terms of the concepts, theories. For my third analytic paper, I decided to critique Taylor Browning’s clock that tell you the time by illuminating words in random jumble of letters (http://www.roboticpixel.com/clock/) because I liked his project work and also it satisfies to be a new media.

Since it has an unique way to show the time by words unlikely other clocks with Arabic numbers. I thought this could be an example of remediations. A remediation is replacement of older medium to new medium about a product by another method (Bolter & Grusin). I think this is a good way to replace the method of conventional clocks’ method. I like unique productions and I liked how this clock looked like. Also, its design had a modern and simple look so that’s looked really cool to me.

Also, this clock seems to satisfy Lister’s New Media: a critical introduction. Lister defined the concepts for characteristics of new media as “new media are digital, interactive, hypertexual, virtual, networked, and simulated” (Lister, Dovey, Giddings , Grant & Kelly, 2009). Since this clock is digital, interactive, virtual, networked, and simulated, it is definitely one of the new media. Even though it is not conventional digital clock, it is another digital clock because the way it figures out what time it is from his coding and the way it indicates the time by illuminating words in random jumble of letters are all digital. I think it qualifies to be a digital art and the way it indicates the time verbally without Arabic numbers is interactive with users.

Since he made it by coding with HTML and CSS, he can easily spread it out online. I think there’s how he can get feedbacks from its users easily. Baym said communication on internet is interactive because unlike television, online technology allows you to talk back to your audience. (Baym)  If he spreads out his product online, people will comment after they take a look at his work.

References

Baym. Seven key concepts. Personal Connections in Digital Age.

Bolter, J., & Grusin, R. Remediation understanding new media. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Lister, M., Dovey, J., Giddings , S., Grant , I., & Kelly, K. (2009 ). New media: a critical introduction. (2nd ed., p. 13). New York: Routledge.

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https://mediaartsandtech.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/save-the-world-swedish-house-mafia-kinetic-typography/

The project I chose to critique was Sam Dillon’s kinetic typography video. I selected this project because I feel like it relates to many different topics we have read about and discussed in class this semester. Also, I picked it because I enjoyed watching it and I thought it was really well done and creative. The way the text appears and moves really goes along with the beat of the song. Also the images that he uses in the background during the song really fit well with what it is saying.

This artifact is a good example of new media. Over time, the way media has been produced has changed dramatically. According to the authors of the reading entitled New Media: a critical introduction, “in an age of trans-mediality we now see the migration of content and intellectual property across media forms.” (Lister et al 9) Originally if one was to make a music video, they would need to take an expensive camera to shoot some scenes and edit them all together with the music. Today, however, anyone can use their computer and create a kinetic typography video, such as Sam’s. Lister also states that “we have seen a shift from ‘audiences’ to ‘users’, and from ‘consumers’ to ‘producers’.” When Sam created his typography video, he was no longer just a member of an audience. He became a user of the music to create something unique. He became a producer of something new, based off of something old. The fact that it is so easy for people to create videos of this type forces “all media producers to be aware of and collaborate with others.” (Lister et al 9)

The first topic that comes to mind when the topic of collaboration is brought up is remixing. Sam used the song Save the World by Swedish House Mafia and created something new around it. According to Lessig in Remix, “Using the tools of digital technology… anyone can begin to “write” using images, or music, or video. And using the facilities of a free digital network, anyone can share that writing with anyone else. “ (Lessig 69) Current technology allows people to create things that they were never able to before. This means that someone can take something that is already in existence and add to it, change it, or use parts of it to make something of their own. Although the song in the video remains completely unchanged, the video itself is completely different from the song itself or even the original music video.   Using the program Adobe After Effects, Sam was able to “write” something new using text and images that went along to the rhythm of the song. Also, he was able to share it with a much larger audience than ever possible in the past due to video streaming websites, such as YouTube.

Lastly, I believe that this video is a really good example of fandom. In choosing this song, Sam demonstrated that he enjoyed this group’s music. However, he felt that just hearing the song wasn’t enough. According to Jenkins, “popular narratives often fail to satisfy [so] fans must struggle with them, to try to articulate to themselves and others unrealized possibilities within the works.” (Jenkins 23) Sam saw potential for the song beyond just listening to it. He wanted more from it, and realized he had to make it himself. When people create their own media artifacts based off of original works, they “cease to be simply an audience for popular texts; instead they become active participants in the construction and circulation of textual meaning.” (Jenkins 24)When people make videos such as this one, people push media created by the original artist in the direction that they want it to go. By making his own version of the song in the video, he creates his own meaning and allows others to see it from his perspective as well.

Overall I think Sam did a great job making this video. He created a new media artifact by using new technology to create something unique. He remixed a good song to create a great typography video that I feel enhanced the original feel of the song. Lastly, he showed how much he liked the group by creating something based off of one of their works. He says in his blog post that he presented the text in a way to evoke emotion, and I feel as though he is quite successful in fulfilling this goal.

Works Cited

Jenkins, Henry. “”Get a Life!”: Fans, Poachers, and Nomads.” Textual Poachers. London: Routledge, 1992. 23-24. Print.

Lessig, Lawrence. “RW, Revived.” Remix. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2008. 69. Print.

Lister, Martin. “New Media and New Technologies.” New Media: A Critical Introduction. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2009. 9. Print.

 

Naif Alqahtani

12/06/2012

I310 – Third Analytic Paper

Classmate critique of Hamad Alrwais

In my third analytic paper, I am critiquing Hamad Alrwais’s final project which is about “Safe Water”. I really liked his website and it was well done by him and the website can be found here: https://mediaartsandtech.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/safe-water-final-project/ or here http://mypage.iu.edu/~halrwais/310/index.html. I really liked the message that the website brought about safe water because it is so important to get people attention for this growing issue. It has short videos that use to illustrate the issue and let the people be aware about this serious issue which affect peoples’ health and showing the people how important is the water. After watching Hamad presented his project in class and read his post on blog, I realized there were many topics that we had discussed in the class throughout this semester that related to his project. This website portrays three topics that we learned in class, which is Baym’s seven concepts of media, Remediation by David Bolter, and Visual Cultures by Clarke.

Seven key Concepts is used in Hamad’s project. In “Seven Key Concept” by Baym, he explained the concept of interactivity. According to Fornas and his co-authors “The ability of a medium to enable social interaction between groups or individuals” (2002:23). The interactivity means that there are multiple methods of communication. In Hamad’s website, people can share their thoughts by comments on the website or by sharing the website or the contents such as videos on social networks such as twitter and Facebook or other social networks. Likewise, get more users to involved and create an organization to be more official to get people attentions for this serious issue. Also, if the website provides an official email which they can receives many emails that included some pictures or videos that needed to be post in the site in order to share their thoughts as well so the one who create the website can be able to update the contents which the website will be more interactive. Also, Reach is further concept of new media that Baym discussed in his book. So in Hamad’s website, there is a limited of communication, face to face interaction so the reach plays a good role because it is much wider and can reach abroad which means, it can be viewed locally and globally because it is a global concern.

The next to be analyzed in Hamad’s website is Remediation which it is the most aspect of his website. The author defines the remediation as “one medium is itself incorporated or represented in another medium”(Bolter 45).   The remediation of the website is from the older medium and it had improved which it related to the same issue that the website represents. So the content of the website is digitalized instead of being spoken by someone which also the pictures is remediated to be viewed in screen instead of print them out. Also remediation is defined as “style of visual representation whose goal is to make the viewer forget the presence of the medium (canvas, photographic film, cinema, and so on) and believe that he is in the presence of the objects of representation” (Bolter and Grusin). So, the is illustrating the fact that people may ignore the website as medium and focusing on the issue itself by watching the videos or reading the contents of the website and let the people get involved in the issue itself.

Visual culture by Clack is used in Hamad’s website. Clarke states in his article “Language and Visual Artefacts” that there are 10 points to translate visual into language. Some of these steps are applying in Hamad’s website. So, Hamad was able to ‘describe’ by giving background information about the issue and by brief statement about it. Also, people can think of the image ‘context’ as fully describes of the issue and get fully understanding without even looking at the contents of the website which the image touch their feeling toward the issue and it is a good way to communicate with my audience because people interact all the time with visual culture and as they say a picture is worth a thousand word.. In additional, the viewers can ‘analyze’ each photos of the website and finally the viewers can evaluate it of what they thoughts about it. (Clarke)

Overall, I think this project is very impressive and I would share it on my facebook and twitter to get other people attentions to this serious issue and let them participate on it.  This project would be cool if there are some photos in order to show the effective of the issue throughout the world which would make an important visual influence to this issue. Hamad you did a great job for covering this issue and let the people to be aware of it.

Work Cited

Clarke, Michael. “Language and Visual Artefacts.” Preface. Verbalising the Visual: Translating Art and Design into Words. Lausanne: AVA Academia, 2007. 20-35. Print.

Baym, Nancy K. Personal Connections In The Digital Age / Nancy Baym. n.p.: Cambridge : Polity, 2010., 2010. IUCAT (library catalog). Web. 06 Dec. 2012.

Bolter, J. David, and Richard Grusin. Remediation : Understanding New Media / Jay David Bolter And Richard Grusin. n.p.: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2000., 2000. IUCAT (library catalog). 06 Dec. 2012.

Wishmeyer’s Project Critique for Logan Lynch

Inception

            Music has always had a special place in my life. Growing up as a High School Marching Band Director’s and Color Guard Instructor’s son, I spent days at a time at rehearsals not watching but listening. The body movements, images created, and dances being performed by my parents’ groups meant nothing without the musical arrangements that created its journey. Music is an experience. It evokes emotion and expresses what cannot be put into words nor remain silent. That is what I felt when I watched Logan Lynch’s Final Project. The scenes he filmed developed the storyline of a blossoming relationship between two young people but the music enhanced the experience, driving both my emotion and my suspense with each measure of the score. The piece, Time by Hanz Zimmer, was popularized by the highly successful movie Inception which truly set up the brilliance of Logan’s project. Within the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio explains the idea that if you create a safe or anything that must be protected in a person’s dream, the subject will fill it with their subconscious. Much can be said about Logan’s movie. He presents footage of a couple falling in love and the happiness they share with one another and consequently through the influence of the dramatic and moving music, I couldn’t help but connect to the film and fill it with my own memories of love and companionship. Through the elements of remediation, remixing, and genres of participation, Logan’s movie has become my movie about my story and my heartbreak.

            Logan stated during his presentation of the film that one of his influences for creating such a movie was due to the loss of someone special in his life. I could definitely see how his own personal experience inspired the course of the movie. This is a prime example of remediation which defined by Marshall McLuhan sited in the article entitled “Remediation” means “the representation of a medium within another” which he better goes on to support by stating that “the content of any medium is always another medium,” (Bolter and Grusin 45). The concept already has an inception-like theme tied to it. In this instance, his memories act as a form of media being filtered into his project. “The very act of remediation; however, ensures that the older medium cannot be entirely effaced and the new medium remains dependent on the older one in acknowledged or unacknowledged ways,” (Bolter and Grusin 47). This process of immediacy allows the viewer to be captivated in the emotional response to the project and or immersed in the actors’ romance that inevitably make it feel like a movie rather than a YouTube clip. As well, with Logan’s project carrying similar characteristics of the relationship shared between the main characters of Inception and the actors’ in his film, an example of remediation is present in this sense also. The music chosen by Logan from the Inception soundtrack can remediate the exact or similar emotional ties that one could have experienced during the screening of the movie and incorporated them into the mental processing of his film. This is one of the reasons I enjoyed his project, because it allowed me to connect my thoughts to both my own memories and my own interpretations of the movie Inception while experiencing an entirely new artifact.

            In Inception, when the main character enters another’s dream, he fills it with his memory of his dead wife. She committed suicide because she couldn’t recognize the difference between the real and dream worlds. However, when they come together in the dream, the interaction between the two former lovers looks genuinely real though he knows it is not. Logan appeared to play off of this love/loss story by having his actor see his deceased girlfriend as he ran through campus and embrace her as if she was among the living. The trigger to this romance that ties it back to the movie is yet again the music and through the use of iMovie which Logan used to edit the movie, he created something new but relatable to its original inspiration. To quote Lawrence Lessig, “Using the tools of digital technology—even the simplest tools, bundled into the most innovative modern operating systems—anyone can begin to ‘write’ using images, or music, or video,” (Lessig 69). Logan uses all of the above. He has video of the scenes he has shot with his actors as well as a YouTube clip of a car crash. He has the song Time by Hanz Zimmer. And finally, he has still images that display text for credits. “These quotes happen at different layers. Unlike text, where the quotes follow a single line, remixed media may quote sound over images [and] the quotes thus get mixed together,” (Lessig 69). Through the manipulation of the “quotes” as Lessig calls them, Logan was able to slice and edit his footage to create his film.

            Logan mentioned in his final project blog post that this was not the first time he had used Apple’s iMovie. He had edited videos for friend events and family vacations but nothing like what he would have to do for this project. In this case, Heather A. Horst would describe Logan’s experience with the software as merely ‘messing around’ because “often experimentation starts small,” (Horst 57). “As a genre of participation, one of the important aspects of messing around is the media awareness that comes from the information derived from searching and the ability to play around with the media,” (Horst 57). Due to Logan’s familiarity with the basic functionalities of iMovie by messing around with the software for small projects, he became interested in Apple’s professional level editing software. This increase in effort and fascination to use higher level software to create his movie according to Horst would reclassify Logan as ‘geeking out’. “This genre primarily refers to an intense commitment or engagement with media or technology, often with one particular type of technology,” (Horst 65). It is obvious Logan spent a lot of time filming and editing his project by how impressive the outcome, but I feel like his true motivation for doing the project wasn’t fully committed to simply learning the new iMovie software. This notion is supported by Horst as she goes on to mention in her book that “this genre of participation is not necessarily driven by technology [but rather] our interests that support and encourage geeking out…which are larger than the technological component of the interest,” (Horst 66). Logan expressed in his presentation that he loves movies and especially enjoys the song Time he chose from the movie Inception. However, in the movie, the song isn’t played in its entirety and Logan thought it would be interesting to try and develop a story to go along with the music. His visions for his project was to story tell and the software was the means for how to meet that goal.  

           There were so many impressive projects this semester and I have enjoyed seeing the pride everyone has had when presenting their pieces of art. Logan’s project stood out to me because I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. It had something to relate to and a climatic twist that every good movie includes. The emotional element of displaying a relationship prospering and driving the intense feeling of compassion with the music moved me. The editing of blacking out the screen in sync with the rhythm of the song was extremely effective in creating a dream-like theme to the movie. Overall, it was my favorite project this semester and by the deer-in-the-highlights and glossy eyed looks of the class upon its conclusion; I can assume I was not alone on my thinking.

Bibliography

Horst, Heather. Media Ecologies. eBook. 

Bolter, Jay David, and Richard Grusin. Remediation. London: The MIT Press, 44-50. Print.

Lessig, Lawrence. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. Great Britain: The Penguin Press, 2008. eBook.

In this article Manovich explains key principles that differentiate between the old media and the new media. first principal  is numerical representation, digital code ones and zeros is what all  new media artifacts boils down to .  As consequence the are mathematically described and can be manipulated through algorithms. The second principal is modularity. New media objects are composed of many independent parts . This principal makes new media artifacts flexible in terms of modifying the new media artifact in other words any part of the new media can be modified without affecting the rest for example, html document (webpages) we can moody picture that is in the html document with out affecting the rest of the document. The third principle is automation which builds on the first two principles .New media functions can be preformed automatically for example searching through a database. The fourth principal is Variability, which is new media artifacts are not something absolute meaning a lot of changes can happen to that artifact further more many instances of that artifact can exist in the same time. The last principle is transcoding. Transcoding is basically the idea that new media artifacts have two layer , the computational layer  which basically the language of the computer that is not understandable by humans and the cultural layer , which the understandable way that new media is presented to people . 

Before getting into my extra credit reading summary, I wanted to share these videos that I came across that I feel apply to our reading/lectures on digital art very well. This technique using multiple projectors to create stunning visual effects on static objects is a different take on the manipulation factor that we covered. I found it very interesting how these original works of art themselves (architecture and sculpture) have effectively become the canvas for this new form of art. Though these projections don’t physically alter the original artifacts, they do manipulate them visually. The original meaning and expression of these art works may be temporarily lost, but I don’t feel that this actually detracts from the original works long term.  Bottom line, I just think this is really cool and wanted to pass along.

Final project -Alex Choi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3y6qbehd0o

The media artifact I created is a short movie that introduces a bike riding club, IURC. By doing this I researched and learned myself about video technologies, how to use video editing programs, and audio editing programs by using Adobe Premiere Pro, and Goldwaves rather than using Windows Movie Maker. Also, I used Adobe Photoshop for the pictures I included in the video.

Since all my experience with editing videos were just doing cut, copy, and paste by using Windows Movie Maker, this was a great chance to experience with making a better and a little more professional movie. I will used 720p hd camcorder built in my phone and a GoPro HD Hero2 camcorder which is designed to shoot photos and videos of outdoor activities. I had shoot lots of videos of our ridings and events then, I started working on using technologies that I could do home without weather restriction. Of course, I researched how to use these new programs I have not experienced yet for whole time during semester and play them around before actually I used them for the project. I looked for videos teaching how to use these programs and written guides as well. By doing this project I could learn more professional way to cut and paste videos, adding different audio sounds, editing on them like adding different effects, zoom in and zoom out and etc.

Platform of video that I uploaded to was Youtube because Youtube is totally free with less restrictions and limited memory used than Vimeo. Also, Youtube was easier to access to me since I am more familiar with it. To avoid breaking the copyright laws and protocol, all the content in video was made by me and I got consent of everyone in the video that I will include their riding bikes andother people in these video. Since this movie is to tell people what IURC is, what we do, how they can join our club, and etc., I included a few different sections like intro of IURC, general riding or cruising to different routes and places around Bloomington, harder ridings, IURC special events, etc in the video.

Since this video is about our bike riding club, its audience will be a new member of IURC, other riders who are looking for a riding club, anyone interested in motorcycle, and fans of IURC. I was motivated to make this video so I can promote our riding club better by distributing it on IURC group page and fan page of IURC on Facebook.

My final project is a video editing about the Arab Spring. The protests and demonstrations happened across the Middle East and North Africa and I choose only four of the Arab spring revolutions and they are Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Syria. I went through each one on my video and I added more pictures and videos that shows how the media especially the social media affects on the revolutions of the Arab Spring on each countries by using Facebook and twitter to spread out the information rapidly.

First, I uploaded some pictures of Tunisia protest and those pictures were taken on Facebook pages where the revolution began. Also, I uploaded a video that shows a large a mount of people are gathering in the open area in order to protests against the government and ask for their right. And I ended up with the data of the status of the protest weather it ended or still ongoing.
I use the same things with other three countries but in different style. So, with Egypt and I uploaded a video that show the person who started the revolution by using his Facebook page which he asked for his right and he was focusing on poor area on Egypt in order to reach their need and ask them for their right too. Also, in Libya part, I uploaded some pictures about the revolution and picture of the president of Libya. For my last county, since it is still ongoing I put a picture that show how people still fighting with the government for their freedom and their right.

Second, I added kind of sad song that represents how the war destroyed everything and did a huge disaster on each country. I began the song from the first second on my project to the end as my background song. Also, I make some motions between each pictures and videos by using IMovie application and which I have not used it before and I learn much more about it and it was so powerful and helped my to mange my video and represented as I want it to be. Moreover, it allowed my to put slides before and after each photos and videos.

Finally, I uploaded my project on the YouTube website but before that I had to sign in first in order to create an account because it is my first time to upload videos on the YouTube website and it was amazing and easy to use.

I will be adding more Arab spring protest for some manner protest such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen and Jordan in my video as next step or I will do other videos that related to my subject and I really enjoy making this video and it was an interesting topic for me because I knew a lot about what happened in Arab spring.

For my final project, I chose to create a remix music record about panda dance in world of warcraft. my original goal was to create a dance movie of entire characters and races but that will make this video too long to finish. So I chose the coolest dancing character panda   to be my final decision. For this small movie I am use some rage comics images to cover the overlay hotkey on the right corner(somehow I cant delete the them) Hope it is not be a fatal error.

Kevin Auble – Final Project

Technology has created opportunities for anyone who has access the means to create media and share it instantaneously. For this class we explored what the limits of new media are and how far we as humans can take technology. I was inspired to create a video that was intended for humor because I enjoy watching and now creating comedy videos.

While creating the video I learned how to use a Nikon D7000 camera that I borrowed from a friend of mine. The camera was very advanced and had multiple optical attachments that I learned how to operate. While filming I started to learn what settings on the camera were best for certain situations. I also downloaded two applications, Adobe Premier Pro and Nikon Transfer App. The Nikon Transfer App was used to transfer the video clips to my computer via USB cord and Premier Pro was used to edit the video. Before this video I had no prior experience with Adobe Premier and I learned how to cut video, insert transition screens, and how to make rolling credits. Overall this project made me learn how to use hardware and software, which could be beneficial to me in the future.

I do not plan on taking this video any further however I did start a new YouTube channel and may begin making more videos with my friends and posting them their. I enjoyed the process of making the video very much and wouldn’t mind doing it again in my spare time.