‘Vivid Flourish’ advert: a contemporary art style used in many modern commercial and professional art sectors. This creative photo manipulation project focuses on colour and lighting to bring a model into explosive, stylish life. Continue reading “DAT 403 – Task – Week 1 – ‘Vivid Flourish’”
Brief: From the three images supplied, create a high contrast and dramatic photomontage using Photoshop’s selection, blending and layer skills learned during today’s lecture. Continue reading “DAT 403 – Task – Week 1 – ‘Drama Queen’ Photomontage”
Task: In groups, use paper and pens to design a poster. This poster should communicate who you are as a group. It should feature nothing to do with this course.
In a group of four, we decided to illustrate aspects of ourselves, such as: Continue reading “DAT 403 – Task – Week 1 – ‘Essence of You’ poster”
Brief: Working individually or in your groups, produce an intervention/remix/readymade action that will be documented as a short film.
Your intervention can be street-based, in a public place, or part of your home or univeristy life. It can also take place online, e.g. an adbust, mashup or remix.
Myself and Jordan Trembeth decided to create an artistic intervention by placing musical instruments (two guitars and bongos) in a public setting. The setting we chose was a busy area of the Plymouth University campus.
We were interested to see people’s reaction and engagement with these items being placed literally in their path in an environment where such things would be incongruous and unexpected.
Continue reading “DAT 401 – Assignment – Week 4 – Remixes Mashups and the Readymade”
Following on from the previous post, I spent some time mashing up some clips from my favourite movie, Blade Runner, with the audio from the latest match.com television advert.
I find match.com‘s adverts annoying upbeat and optimistic, but this was perfect to juxtapose with the gloomy distopian visuals of the film.
And here’s the result:
Mashups and remixes are a form of collage; placing found elements next to each other to create something new. They might be music mashups which (more or less) skilfully combine different songs into a new whole, comedy mashups of different videos or adbusts in which an advert is subverted by overlaying it with a new soundtrack.
Continue reading “DAT 401 – Task – Remix Workshop”
Brief: Working in a small group (3-4 students) produce a project that:
a) Subverts an existing information medium, data set, or mode of surveillance (spreading false information – disinformation)
b) Offers an alternative method of communication or avoidance
Working in a group of three, we discussed two ideas to meet the second option of this assignment brief. The first was to display a message or performance visible only to satellite photography by creating structures or heat signatures on the ground that would be photographed by surveillance satellites. This had a precedent in the Nazca lines of Peru.
The second idea, and the one that the group decided to pursue was, again, to use an unusual alternative method of communication to send a message or make a statement, this time using a method much closer to home.
Continue reading “DAT 401 – Assignment – Week 3 – Disinformation”
Brief: Produce a crowdsourced 2D image, illustration, animation, film, sound piece or music track.
Working in a group of three, we decided to produce a crowdsourced film made up of short video clips of contributors reading a line each from the opening song of TV series, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Brief: Produce an instructional illustration for a divergent use.
Results of brainstorming (with self):
After receiving the assignment, my initial idea was to utilise a set of headphones (the kind used for listening to music) as a compact hanging basket with self-watering arrangement. However, during my 45 minute walk home, I developed a different idea which appealed to me more… Continue reading “DAT 401 – Assignment – Week 1 – Divergent Technology”
Kylemcdonald.net – Social Roulette
Kyle’s portfolio site (http://kylemcdonald.net/) comprises a high-contrast grid layout with teaser images and text excerpts. A simple colour scheme serves to highlight different sections and links to project sites and contributors. Continue reading “DAT 401 – Research Task – Portfolios”