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Nikki Pinney // Final Project

Voicemails have always been precious to me, probably in part because I’m surrounded by people who leave me strange, silly, lovely messages. When I got a new phone, I didn’t want to say goodbye to my favorite messages, so I decided that I would turn them into a new media artifact by remediating them into a visual form and remixing their content into something very meaningful to me. The result is the video above, which quickly got weird.

The process of creating this video was a labor of love. Photoshop anchors the project, as I used it to generate several key parts. There I edited and composited two series of photos for the stop-motion section, as well as built the image I used for the American Gothic-themed portion of my video (from there I used Flash to animate the scene). I used Premiere Elements to piece together the overall video, although I worked in iMovie to sequence the stop-motion animation. Elements and Premiere are often considered to be “lite” versions of video editing software, but for beginners they’re perfect. Their interfaces aren’t cluttered with a myriad of options and each boasts an arsenal of automated processes (like uploads to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.), so using these programs, as opposed to Premiere Pro or Final Cut, really streamlined my process.

My tactical goal was to become more experienced with Flash and get familiar with Premiere Pro, and while I definitely picked up some good practice, I also learned a lot of unexpected lessons during the course of this project. For instance, I figured out how to resize large batches of photos in Photoshop at once using the scripts function. I had to give a lot of thought to the dimensions of my images, and admittedly, when planning the project, that was something I looked over. In fact, I would say that the photo taking part of my stop-motion section was probably my weakest link. But I brought my layer game to a whole new level while working on the project. One example of this was when I imported my layers from Photoshop into Flash as movie clips. It made doing the motion tweens a breeze.

As I mentioned before, this is definitely a project with a lot of personal meaning.  Releasing myself from the duty of creating for an  outside audience helped make this project so enjoyable. I’m used to designing and working with the goal of clarity, so it was cool to do high concept/experimental digital art for a change. I’m looking forward to adding more animations to it. I’m also considering entering it in the Iris Film Festival.


As I got toward the end of this reading, I couldn’t help but put it in conversation with what we learned about remix, especially the value of reference as it relates to making something new. The author points out that at their most basic, databases are just spaces that hold (and organize) our references… and that gets at the core of this reading: the implication of the seemingly endless potential for creation and art that lies within the constructs of databases — among which is the video from above, by Geert Mul, whom was mentioned in the article for this installation (his other work, like Match of the Day  — also discussed in the article — was pretty rad in a weird way while it lasted).

But there is more to it than just saying hey, cool, databases can be part of our new media art projects. The whole reading is centered around the author’s analysis and application of a reputable essay by Walter Benjamin, “The word of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.” Benjamin wrote his paper during the mid-1930s and was interested in investigating the repercussions of mechanical reproduction, especially as it transformed works of art. His main  argument was that the cult value of a work, in other words an artwork’s aura of uniqueness and singularity in time and space (96), was replaced by the exhibition value of artwork that could be, and increasingly is, mechanically produced. Exhibition value can be connected to the concept of buzz – something is cool because it’s cool. Originality suffers in this old-school but not necessarily off the mark interpretation, and de Mul attempts to walk the technological determinism line here. His thesis is this: that in the age of digital recombination (he pretty much means remix culture, I think), that “the database constitutes the ontological model of the work of art and… in this transformation the exhibition value is being replaced by what we might call manipulation value” (95). In other words, the art is reproduced, but the references it makes in it reproduction are always political. So while singularity may not be emphasized as much, the work is nonetheless reflective.

Anyway, I think that’s the gist. It gets a little dark in the end in a Herzogesque clone-evolution way, so I’m not totally sure.

Reading summary–Media convergence

  The reading for this week discusses media convergence, and it  happens when various different kinds of media are doing the same thing such as the internet, television, games and text all combine together.  According to the reading , media convergence can be characterized in two aspects. First media companies need to unite and expand to become larger,  to prove this point  Meikle and Young compare several news and media corporations, such as the BBC, Google, and various newspapers owned by Robert Murdock to show the ways in which they successful or unsuccessfully use convergent media to extend or stabilize their business. The second aspect is the methods that media companies are familiarizing and implementing the possible technological convergence. which means the media companies attempt to create a new business model by the use of convergent media. they mesh everything together , spreading and sharing information with others all over the world.



Project- Watt – 11/22/2011

Final Project- Recipe Videos

Turkey Minestrone

Sandwich Cookies

S’More (prototype)

My video cooking project aimed to demonstrate a new way to display a recipe for a viewer. I took two recipes, turkey minestrone and sandwich cookies, and created stop motion videos for each. During the editing process, I added Flash action script 3.0 to incorporate the directions into the video. By putting the pictures with the directions, I have formed a new media for a cooking/baking audience.

I chose to gear my video to cooking because it is something I enjoy doing. I also thought the stop motion videos were neat and would be something fun to try out on my own. By combining both of these interests, I was able to develop a video that pushed a recipe to another level.

For this project I used Adobe Flash and Adobe Photoshop along with my camera and a file converter to create my final videos. I have made an animated video using Flash before but I have never used action scripting. I watched tutorials on how to create a typing animation but had to tweak the code to run correctly in my video. I used Photoshop to create the title screen and the recipe cards from scratch. I had to use a file converter to publish my final video because Flash wouldn’t save the action script into an .avi extension correctly. Unfortunately, any of the free file conversion software puts a watermark on the videos so it covered up the “Step 1, Step 2, ect.” in my videos. I learned many new skills in Flash as well as video editing in general by putting these videos together.

I don’t plan to do anything more with these videos but it was an enjoyable experience nonetheless.

Final Project: Lego Castle Stop Motion Video

My project is about a Lego castle stop motion video. I find stop motion video very interesting, especially it seems like a filmed video but actually it’s composed by pictures. And it’s a great experience to work with stop motion video. It’s been a very fun project and I really enjoy it.

The reason I chose Lego to be my subject is because when I was little I played with Lego a lot. When there’s an opportunity where I can work with anything I want I decided to be Legos, plus I want to experience what was it like when I was little, playing with Legos. I find Legos very magical, with each little piece it can build a huge castle. That’s when I decide I want to make a Lego stop motion video where it appears to be a self-building castle.

The process was no doubt very time consuming but at the same time very fun. I didn’t expect it would take this long. I took over 800 pictures on a 900-piece Lego castle and the video is 2:45 minutes long. I had to take pictures for every piece I put on. I realized the planning process is very important because it determines where my project is headed.

For my next step I would like to make an introduction at the beginning of the video to make a more professional like. And I also want to choose a better, more suitable music for my project.

This is the final version of my project that I posted on YouTube. The video is of George Bush clips that are compiled together to make him look as if he is singing along to Lil Wayne’s single, “How to Love.” I was inspired to do this video because of a video that I saw of George Bush singing along to a U2 song. I really enjoyed the video and thought that it would be fun to create something similar. The reason I chose the song “How to Love” is because Lil Wayne is one of my favorite artists and because I also thought it would be funny to show a video of something that isn’t expected from the former Republican president.

The video took quite awhile to create, but I am happy with the outcome. I initially wanted to show the video with President Bush singing every word to the song, but I decided that I did not like how choppy the video looked and sounded when I tried to do this. I decided to use the actual Lil Wayne song while using short clips of speeches given by President Bush.When doing this I focused on key words in the song to match up with the George Bush clips as if he was lip syncing. I created the video using a program in Adobe Creative Suites 5.5 called Premeire Pro. At first the software seemed to be a little overwhelming to learn, but the more I worked with it and watched tutorials I was able to pick it up and I feel like I did a good job. After I finished creating the video I posted it on YouTube for the public to view and shared the link on my Facebook for my friends to see. I have had a few people check it out and I have received a lot of positive feedback.

I have completed all of the steps and goals that I had for this project. The last step that I had to accomplish was to post the video on YouTube for the public to view, which I have already done. I hope to have a lot of people check it out to comment and give me feed back because I would like to create another project like this in the near future. I have actually already thought about one project that I would like to do and that would be to create a video for the IU basketball team. I am a huge IU basketball fan and I think that this would be something really fun and interesting to do. Now that I have acquired some of the skills necessary to do that through this project, I know that I’ll be able to create a really cool video. Ideally I would like to do this over winter break, so be on the lookout for the video in the near future.

Application Example of Participatory Culture

“Democracy and culture can only thrive when people are engaged in creating the world around them; not when they are passive recipients or alienated from the society they live in.” This quote is directly from the About page of the following link to a website for a nonprofit that is completely dedicated to the distribution and open source availability of media and the development of a stronger participatory culture.


It is interesting that there are entire nonprofits dedicated to this ideal but another great example of participatory culture is the following example that is the creation of many people contributing for a common cause of promoting education through technology to kids in the form of  http://www.edubuntu.org/.  Edubuntu is an operating system designed in opensource that was designed specifically for kids.

It is important to note that not all participatory culture is reflected in blogs or fan art but can be used to create something functional to society as well.

This video gives you a taste of the environment and features that are available to the kids with a jazzy soundtrack!