Helpful Tutorial!

Helpful Tutorial!

Youtube is the best place to learn and share you’re knowledge. Literally if whenever I am looking to find more info or instructions on anything tech I go on youtube even before I look to google as there is no better way to learn than through visuals. This is one I was looking at because I wanted to create transparency through my digital signatures. It was very insightful and detailed. He went through everything and the visual that acompanied was a perfect guide.

I dont even think its just for school based stuff, I search on youtube for cooking tutorials, dance, excerise videos and just lifestyle based guidance. Its a great platform for anyone whose wanting more imformation on any subject. I also really like watching reviews of products and unboxing of new gadgets. Its a glimspe into other peoples world in the case of watching everyday vlogs and such. Very dynamic place that boast a variety of different uses.

Trialling Adobe Flash CC

I found an animation software that I use to used in high school but of course as everything ages, this one aged gracefully. Everything about it has changed, the interface, the symbols, basically to me it looks like a brand new programe. I started off watching youtube tutorials and then having a play with it. It look me a long time to get anything substancial. I wanted to create an animation like video with my signatures. I wanted to create a video process of it from start to finish. Of course it wasnt very easy. Just playing around with it took a long long time. I finally manged to get somewhere anad it looked some what like what I wanted.

What I do enjoy about it is how you can create something quite comical to something quite expressive like mine where Im only using black and white.

What is rain ?

I was searching on youtube for a video of new installations around the world and I came across this one. Its a must watch. My favourite part of this video was the ending, when the interviewer asked what they considered themselves to be they answered very celeverly. One said its open to interpretation and another said it he considered himself an artist and his work demonstrates everything he believes in and theres a motive behind it all. Its wonderful to sometimes see behind the scenes and see what people want you to believe and what their purpose was behind a peice of work.

This piece is essentially rain falling down in a dark room and its kinda of ironic because its inside and its not somewhere you generally see rain. Its a play on interaction and how art only works if someone else is present. The way this peice works is if you walk onto the rain it will stop and the panel you are under will stop and you will not get wet however around you will be rain cascading. I think its melodic because this peice is simple but the contrast of audio (rain/thunder) really creates an ambience and mood. Your immediately immersed because your in this cloud of rain but your protected. You don’t have to do much but stand there and take in whats going on and the beauty of it is that you can come out it with your own interpretation and be completely dry.

Using transparency in editing software : NIGHTMARE

In high school, I took a course called multimedia and we created animations and little interesting videos with hardly any qaulity to them. Now in this media class, I’m on the look out for a software that will allow me to sophisticatedly animate signatures. They are esssentially just black curves and swirls.

From this experience, I can tell you that I am truly over technolgy and software. Just before this I had written a full length post on the reserach and all that jazz inovling this part of my project. I had saved it in drafts and then it just dissapeared. I guess that is what happens to your stuff sometimes when they are not in physical form. When you lose your work from your computer when it crashes or when you accidently press the wrong button, its not a good feeling to say the least. I feel like crying but I have to come to terms with the fact that I will never get it back and move on. So why do we trust technolgy and computers so much in our day to day life when it literally is just virtual matter. As humans we have just place such importance in it. I could truly say that I talk/see/touch my phone and computer more than I see my parents sometimes. In moments like theses Im comtemplating why on earth I would trust a computer with such important documents and work.

Anyways back on topic, editing my work so it would appear and stay transparent using editting programs such as premiere pro and such. I think the key to really acheiving clean work is practise and continuous use of it. I also found that youtube tutorials work in aiding when I was stuck. Like I said this is just a biref post as the other one got deleted and the more I think about it the worse I feel. After several hours, I finally got the hang of it and once you do, its pretty simple from there just a few minor tweaks. IF your gonna use any programes start off with research because then you will have background knowledge on it.

I hope that its not as stressful for everyone else as it was for me but I guess thats just a part of learning and developing skills. My teacher once said that technology and software is only as good as its creator. Essentially your using their mind and what theyve presented to you and if there are glinches, its not like you can really fix it. Just take a deep breathe and continue.

Free or Inexpensive software and programs?

I am on the hunt to find software on the internet that you can download that will generate an animation like effect but linked to an ipad or some sort of tablet form. I want to collect as many signatures as possible for it to be a gathered collection that I will then edit and display them cohesively.

Some I’ve already found and is still on the look out. This post I found is relatively interesting and informative because I searched high and low and still struggled to find an app or relatively cheaper one that would allow you to do things like record the drawing. The issue sometimes is that it can be hard to find a software that retains the digital quality as well as be able capture the video and not turn it into a huge video. I think whats important is to keep the finer details in the signatures. Even if I don’t end up using the signatures idea, it would be good to find a program that allows you to achieve these results.

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2011/08/using-the-ipad-as-a-digital-whiteboard-plus-4-cool-free-apps-to-use-to-try-it-out/

 

“It’s true, I got it from Google”

Its a very Google based week here, theres just something about it that keeps popping up on my radar.

I was browsing as you do whilst in class, something that extremely caught my eyes was this qoute below:

“You Google something, and you think that’s it, but you still don’t know it’s true, “ she said. “So you’re taking a leap of faith, really, and it’s hard to verify anything.”

Why do we trust anything we see or read on the internet? Where did it become a good source of information?

I dont know about you, but there is a 99 percent chance il turn to google to search for anything, whether it be for academic purposes or for just a distracton. I don’t even remember who told me or how the idea that Google was reputable. I’m just going back through histroy and wondering to myself whether anything I’ve learnt from Google is true. Isn’t it interesting that most of the world rely on this network ? One where everything you find can be altered or adjusted. Things are put onto google with most intention to Share and we must not foget that. Sometimes it’s not always accurate information but more opnions and biased views on certain topics. Just like this blog, you could easily find it using the search bar but it isnt neceesarily correct in its info, but more just my views on certain things.

Comes back to the disscussion, where does the line cross between an over embellished sense of reality and what it really is.

 

ARTIST: John Mccormack

Last night, I blogged about the google x logos interactive art piece on the home page. Today in class, the teacher showed us this artsit who used computer coding to make his work. He incoporates the logos of large oil companies to make new breeding of floral species. My first opinion of these pieces were they looked pretty and each they looked like some sort of endangered plant family. It wasnt until I listened to him talk and explain the meaning and context behind his work that I really opened my eyes and mind to it. Looking further into the intricte details of each flower, do you start to see beauty in it.

My post isnt focused on his work but more about the conective experience someone share with art when theyre in an immsersive environment and have to let go. Alot of art works or most of them have meaning and reasoning behind it. Whether its imput into the current social issues or just the everyday underlying topics, its purpose is to provoke and ask you why things are the way they are. I think we have to think of this world as more of an interdependance society because we can exist just on our own. What I love about his art work is the collison between machine and man. He even qouted himself in on our his videos, he sees the computer and its technologies not as a mens but almost like a partner. This is interesting because when weve seen collaborative works its been with two or more people and not a computer. Giving life and meaning to it has given the final pieces its attachment.

In relation to the google post, well I think its increasing evident that if you have something to say, alot of the time you refer back to art. Think back to the great depression, the only way of speech was a piece of art. Its alarming for someone to use the logo of the very corporation you’re speaking bout. Being an artist, sometimes you have to create controversy and make a big bold statement for your opinons or views to be heard. Being loud in this way is an asset because the companies themselves will stop and see what your talking about. Whether your advertising like google or your protesting, its a unique way to advocate a message out there. You can be as subtle as Jon, by incorporating them into the art work as a body or as direct by simply plonking a big red cross against it.

There are so many things on this planet that are constantly evolving and if we ask ourselfs why they are, we are then facing its reality and having to face the current consequnces on our lives.

Check out Jon’s work because he does immersive instalations also and theyre great and he does bio-art beautifully.

 

http://jonmccormack.info/~jonmc/sa/artworks/fifty-sisters/