• Chp. 2: “Image”

This chapter focused on creating a compiling the materials in order to create our wide image. It’s important to remember that we can’t force creativity into the project, but it is by going through the stages of the process and by following the proper steps in which our creativity will come… naturally. To compile our image we need a few specific skills:

  • We need to understand that there is more to media than what is on the outside. The media that we are most concerned with is that media that brings about some special meaning for us.  (obtuse or third meaning)
  • When a media strikes us with a third meaning it is said to be an epiphany. Epiphanies can come from discovering the reasons behind why we do certain things, why we act the way we do, why we have become the person that we are. The things that bring about epiphanies and illumination are special pieces of media that will be useful in our project.
  • Our projects are not all going to be the same.. not even close. We all have our own aesthetics and moods. The way that things make us feel and the memories that arise from certain things are unique to us and us alone. We should not fear difference in our projects, but embrace it.
  • Understanding our mood and sensibilities about media is important. Not all pictures are going to affect us, and others will affect us greatly. It’s possible to learn from our likes and dislikes and that is called our Attunement. Attunement is our “default mood,” or natural state.
  • Because creating our projects is something of variation and not static it’s important that our writing is not simply prose. We must take a haiku logic regarding our writing. We should write to get the point across, we should focus on the experiential qualities, and we shouldn’t be afraid to input details even though they may seem mundane or insignificant. If it matters to you- it matters for the project.

Obtuse-

Roland Barthes (blind gypsy)

  • Punctum: How does this picture strike (prick) you?
  • Using your “thinking eye” (add something to the photo)
  • It takes him Central Europe (long ago travels in Hungary and Rumania)

Haiku-

  • Writing prose, but using haiku sensibility
  • Closely observed impressions, staying in the moment, focus on the material signifying details of physical world
  • Pachinko- how to use (ball bearings through machine), what happens to ball in machine, pachinko parlors (clientele)

Wabi-Sabi

  • Art aesthetic- imperfect, impermanent, incomplete
  • Although these things way not be “beautiful” in the Western sense, they are glorified in Japanese cultures

Epiphany

Bertolt Brecht’s “On Gestic Music”

  • Uses musician as an example
  • Letting the music “come to you” and not presupposing anything- that is how great music is made
  • Having the ‘look of a hunted animal’; wild and unknowing

4 Responses to “In Studio Session: Band 2 – IMAGE”


  1. *Project Praxis*

    Making your project ideas (or lack of them) a reality.

    I know a lot of you are going to use Google Maps as a basis for “Mapping the Popcycle”, which i perfectly fine!

    But to help us realize that it doesn’t have to be so literal, we have been given many examples (Map as the night sky, a body, some pictures of cape cod, etc.) Just because Ulmer’s map was more literal, you should draw on the ideas of others to inspire your own NEW type of map.

    If you know how to use dreamweaver, or another web design program, use it! You can use your plaza account! (for those of you that don’t know, you have an ftp account-use your gatorlink/password. It’s small but will work for this project) disregard this if you don’t know what i’m talking about..

    Even if you just want to use word press, there are creative ways to set it up. (maybe make use of tabs, like your fakebook, or photoshop an image and label it creatively.)

    Having trouble thinking back to your childhood or things to include as places?
    Think of your favorite book as a kid, your favorite doll/toycar, what you like to eat for lunch at school, or a game you used to play at recess. These should help jog your memory.


  2. FROM STEVE (taken from the initial blog post for this):

    Just an outline of topics to cover when going over These Waves of Girls:

    -Non-linearity
    -Retrospective in nature
    -Experiences with the opposite sex
    -Experiences with the same sex
    -Realizes the importance of these events after the fact

  3. ericlvv2 Says:

    Hey guys! Great job today. Who needs preparation, right?? 😉 I think some presentations like that are better on the fly anyway.
    On the project…
    I think that it was interesting that the supposed “audience” is us. I wonder then how Gary goes about grading it. It’s kind of like you have to be aware of this double consciousness: 1) you are making this for yourself, and discovery things on the way (your mood/aesthetics/epiphanies/etc.) but 2) you need to be aware the their are certain grading criteria and certain tasks you must complete. These two thought process can be different, and that could make this project kind of difficult or nerve wracking. What do you guys think? What do you think he’s grading on?

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