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Great Race Videos!

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These videos were shot by the kind folks at ITV.

















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Rijksmuseum has lots of free art!



Wisely, the Dutch museum has offered its collection on-line, downloadable!
Museums are the repositories of our cultural memory- The works over a certain age must be available free of ©.
As one might expect, the progressive Dutch have taken the lead on this…
(de Ruyter is dancing in heaven, as he once did on the “Dutch” Channel)

Hopefully more contemporary artists will post Hi-Rez versions of their work (Bill Viola, Rackstraw Downes: are you listening?) to at least look at on-line…


Goya: Caprichios
Van Ruisdael: Dutch Landscape with Windmill

Sarah Sze: Contemporary American Installation Artist

I’m trying to remember how I found out about Sarah Sze. I’m pretty sure it was from my Women in Art History class last semester. I did a search for “women installation artists”  and was like, whoa, how come I hadn’t heard about her already? Likely answer: I’m a newbie art undergrad. She’s pretty famous.

Sarah Sze is an American artist, born in 1969, works and lives in New York, has a BA from Yale in 1991 and an MFA from the School of the Visual Arts (1997). Her resume reads like an artist’s fantasy. She shows internationally constantly and has her work in many galleries and museums all over the place (see bottom of article). Probably one of the most unique locations is on the High Line in New York City, which Anna, Peter & I had the pleasure of visiting last year. The photo below, though, is from an exhibit in Brazil.

SarahSze-0191_09Photo: Sarah Sze “Everything In the Right Place” 2002, Brazil Bienal

Her work is fun, whimsical, and uses everyday objects, plants, fans… she runs the gamut in her materials. Her works seem to stretch through the spaces where they are installed, with many points of interest and activity. I really like her use of line, shape, and color. Her work makes me feel like I am at a birthday party – it is happy, exuberant, and pulling together many elements of life.  In the Art in America Magazine article linked below, she says, “I’m interested in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture—bleeding them together in a practice that’s inextricable for me.” It’s always interesting to read interviews with artists, rather than read articles written about them. Art criticism is rarely done well (read: boring), and as I look through different articles, it’s clear they often rip each other off trying to come up with something to say that doesn’t venture too far from the norm.

Soooo – with that in mind, I may vote to shut up now and let you look at her work for yourself and read an article where she is interviewed.


Museum Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
The New Museum, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Cartier Foundation, Paris, France
21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Fogg Museum of Art, Boston, MA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, IL
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Student Work Fall 2012

A sampling from 4D and Studio I. Yay idEA students!!






The Cure for Greed

Electroluminescent Light Suits Create the Illusion of Stop Motion Dance

Twoey Interviews Malaria

with Nick Carter and Dr.  Jost


goofing with brushes on ipad

the GIF animation loses the color…

iDEA Exhibit in NY: Logistics & Lessons Learned

Putting on an exhibit of WNMU student work in New York City was just fabulous, and our experience was undoubtedly a total success.  We were two students (Anna Davis and moi) and a faculty adviser (Peter Bill) in New York for a week, during Spring Break 2012. The exhibit was the heart of the trip, though we also had a serious agenda of attending museums and galleries.

I’d been to Manhattan before, and to some of its museums, but having my own work shown during our stay there changed the tenor of our visit. We weren’t just observing and taking notes as diligent art students. We were participating in the very pulse of the art scene, adding our own lifeblood, changing the color and sounds of the city for anyone who saw our work.  And when I walked in to galleries, festivals, and museums as the trip progressed, I held my head a bit higher, and I felt like I could meet this city and any artist in it eye to eye. That was an amazing feeling.

Our preparation for the trip was crucial, and everything we did paid off. Midterms very not conveniently were right before our trip, and as we neared our final day of class, I was practically living in the lab and felt like I was close to losing my grip. So, Lesson 1: set deadlines, in stone, far away from exams. Still, we were pretty organized. I had set up a spreadsheet on Google Docs, and we had a schedule for each day of the trip, including setup and breakdown of the exhibit. We tested all our equipment beforehand. The rear-projection screen (Anna’s wax paper innovation) worked. The DVD player worked. The projector worked. The RCA cables worked. Our DVD looped properly. Remotes and extension cords were packed. We were ready.

However, as much as we tested everything beforehand, there were still aspects of the exhibit left, somewhat, to chance. We could only bring what we could fit in a large suitcase ($25 charge, thank you very much US Airways), and there were items that we would need to get on location. This worried me. I lost sleep thinking about what could go wrong. What if our bag was held up at the airport? What if we couldn’t hang our 9’ x 7’ screen from the ceiling or walls of the gallery? And on and on. We had pored over specs at length of our space, but… it was hard to believe it would all work out.

As it turned out, everything was fine. We arrived early to the Phoenix airport, giving security plenty of time to ponder our plethora of electronics. Once in New York, we bought a dowel for the screen at a hardware store near the exhibit space, and with a little duct tape, wire, and troubleshooting the sound system, we were set up in about two hours. When I stood outside our finished window display, watching the passersby slow down and taking in our student work, I felt like I had a burst of energy that went right to my ambition and my pride. Which, as an artist, can be a hard feeling to come by.

We pulled off the first WNMU exhibit in New York, and that is no small thing. Anna and I sat talking in the dark gallery space after we broke it down, and we both realized, we could do this again. We could do it in New York or anywhere, we could do solo exhibits, we could do group exhibits, installations, interactive media. What can I say? We did it, we did it, we did it! Of all the experiences I have had as an art student, this really has had the most impact on what I know I can accomplish.

Elizabeth (BJ) Allen

phone sketch


Nostophobia @ McCray Gallery

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Daughters, sixteen, travel, river…to the river, boy, tails…fish-mermen!, whispers, make love, return, twelve days – no! – months, giving birth, babies, lullaby, anxious, sons, the first…

Full moon, travel to the river, sons, flow, cry, fathers, cry, and cry, and whispering, weeping, next-full moon, weeping, sons mothers, washing the hair, smell, mother, weeping, next full moon, repeat…

animated giffiness

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Are the iDEA students sane..or insane??? *evil chuckle*

A collaboration between the iDEA 4D class and the Sociology department led to the creation of one of the more involved shoots of the semester.  The craziness began when Prof. Peter Bill was approached by Noel Shearer, a psychology student at WNMU, about making a film for one of her class projects based on David Rosenham’s article “On Being Sane in Insane Places”, detailing a study in which sane people managed to get admitted to mental institutions and then details the problems they had  getting discharged.  Can sane people really be that different from insane people?  The concept intrigued Robert Torres and Anna Davis, and a script was written and the students in the 4D class cast as various characters.  Permission was obtained to film in the abandoned Ft. Bayard Hospital, a creepy locale if there ever was one.  The entire class had a fun time getting into character-maybe a little too much fun? As a class we learned about the details involved in a larger shoot, as well as some of the issues that arise as more people get involved in a project.  This project was also a great collaboration between different departments at WNMU and the Silver City community. This film also illustrated the fact that digital media can have a broad application for many fields.. such as making a dry intellectual paper into a fun film! And Sociology class presentations do not have to be boring. Noel got an A, and hopefully our iDEA students are no more crazy then usual…

eyeborg: the future is now

google street view art

As our new tools develop, so too do interpretations and critiques of them:

live video performance

can anyone figure out how she does it?

will social media save us?

in a rapidly evolving culture, where families/regions/nation states seem to be disintegrating before our eyes, can social media become the glue that holds us together?

or is it the enzyme that finally brings a true global revolution?

the future is in algorithms

cityscapes and shimmering crowds

Here are a selection of pics from India

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Shimla crowds, Delhi scooter ride, Delhi crowds

I think of my photo explorations as moving images– thus a series of stills to be made into movies and projected as installations, or live. It can be very difficult to pull stills from  them– I tend to choose views that I think will work with something else, or collage, and where movement of crowds, or light is most evident.
So these are pics (mostly) selected from timelapses (edited movies to come)

India certainly presented; beyond the normal technical considerations of setting up the tripod, getting the F stop and shutter speed correct, focus, ISO etc;  physical difficulties– crowds of touts surrounding one, extreme (108 degree) heat, such crazy pollution it nearly induced an asthma attack… thus the paucity of shots from Delhi, where these things were most extreme…

I am playing with time in these shots– with slow shutter the crowds becoming Delhi djinn, or Shimla water.

stuxnet- you will know this name, sooner or later

stuxnet is a computer virus, probably created by some combo of NSA/CIA/Mossad, that shut down the iranian nuclear complex last year-
so far “yeah!”  the problem of course is that it is the first “real” (as in causing of physical damage) virus- both russia and china, and now iran have significant “cyberwar” capabilities- so look for stuxnet II, hitting an ATM/powerplant/traffic control system near you!

all of this points to the fact that we need to have back ups to our data on the cloud, alternatives to cell phones/internet devices dependent on the internet, and remember as we use computers every day, they can be used against us. (did anyone learn anything from the cell phone/EMT outage last winter in silver?)

excellent typography by the way- looks largely done in AE using 3-d, and 3-d elements.

An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1

Direction and Motion Graphics: Patrick Clair
Written by: Scott Mitchell

Production Company: Zapruder’s Other Films.


interactive reactive art



ps.  also entertains children for hours

an excellent discussion of the internet by Will Self

Easy way to download videos from YouTube

Just go to, enter in the URL for your YouTube video, and then select the file format you want.  Pretty handy! Thanks to Ivan for showing me this today.

Sometimes footage is protected, and then it doesn’t work.

Mechanics Of Bicycles now on-line

make sure you click the full screen button!

Mechanics of Bicycles is a video about bikes in Seattle.

music: Royale
mix: P-Smoov
directed, shot, animated:
produced by:

bike riders:
Myhung Pham
Troy Baum
Scuffs Mentality
Thomas Kolb
Josh Stowell
Tipton Power
Glenn Burkhart
Nathaniel Murphy
Ira Forester
Kinson Gawrych
Kate Power