bjorn is a well known video artist whose work is up in the fusebox at the dam. if you have a chance to go to this event, it can inform your last project narrative/video art in nice ways.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Starz Film Center
900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Videos & Voting begin at 7 pm
Polls close at 9 pm
Wine and cheese, popcorn, peanuts and other “movie” snacks to be served.

The Films
Blue Moon (1997) 6 minute loop
Out of the Blue (1997), 4 min
Far Far Away (1998), 39 min
Behind the Moon, Beyond the Rain (2005) 8 min
The Oral Thing (2001), 8 min loop
Primetime (2001) 10 min loop
Still Men Out There (2001) 10 min loop
Auto Center Drive (2003) 25 min
Happy Rebirth (2004) 1 min
Deadly Storms (2008) 8 min loop
Get out the Vote!
Packages & Prices
Regular Ol’ Joe Vote – (1 vote) $10; Students – $5
Electoral Vote – (6 votes) $35
Swing Vote – (10 votes) $65
Lobbyist – (15 votes) $100

Please call 720-913-0052 to make reservations.
Each “Vote Package” includes entrance fee and
the number of votes listed.
You may also purchase votes at the door
the evening of the event,
but those who purchase votes in advance
will receive an extra vote.

Cash, Checks, Visa or MasterCard Accepted.
Checks may be mailed to:
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO 80220

revised schedules

i’ll get these up on as soon as i can, but in the meantime there are here as pdf’s for y’all students.

revised-schedule-for-intro-to-digital-art  monday/wednesday


open studio/show at T.O.S.A.

i have a new studio at the other side arts on platte st. i share this studio with kristin fleischmann and jessica rodriguez. recently we were invited to throw up a few works in the middle gallery for a show that opens first friday in november. we are also having an open studio that night and it would be great to see some of my students, friends, and colleagues come out and see what i am up to at tosa. i love the place and the people. kristin is also having a solo show opening the same night at pirate, and we are all hyped for that. if you haven’t seen one of kristin’s painting based installations, you are missing out. check out the poster that my daughter sofia made!

Virtual Landscape Assemblage




Students in the intro course are building virtual landscape assemblages using basic html pages. these will function as cyber-landscapes and should be understood as works of above left is a link to a digital media landscape project using python. to the right is bosch’s famous garden of earthly delights. can we land somewhere in between? for example, take a look at lori clark’s work dreams of nano-machines. for a list of works to inspire (although few of these are landscapes) look here. goals here include some basic html skills, a basic understanding of dreamweaver and ftp, servers, internet protocol, and hypertext.

sketch-up could be useful. so could blender.


art of projection/expanded cinema

today in the intro to digital class we are going to (if we can get it done!) take our abject self-portrait slideshows out of the lab and into public space for a video projection event. so i thought i better blog quickly about projection in contemporary art practices. first, take a look at the work of

Krzysztof Wodiczko

in and old post. also check the work of the graffiti research lab at eyebeam.

and the work of local, denver based painter and digital artist phillip faulkner (my homie!) is also very solid in thsi regard. check his projections of  “time-based paintings.”

the important thing to consider here is the break-out of digital media into public space. think of architectural surfaces as skins. think of corridors as portals. etc. its fun to make art inside the box, but its even more fun to take out. of course you are all done with your abject self-portait slideshow thing, but check out this great video of phillip’s called “boy.”

expanded cinema is important.

digital artists handbook

a great introduction to floss software. digital artists handbook. check out processing.

the yes men, collaboration, and

This week in Web Art 1 we are watching a documentary about The Yes Men, a tactical media group that merges performance art with to create challenging public spectacles that critique multi-national corporations and global financial institutions like the WTO. Of couse the timing here is brutal as we all watch with confusion as the global markets and economies take a tailspin. In a critically information based mediascape (to use arjun appadurai’s term) what are the connections between the increasing digital nature of global media, contemporary art practices, and demoratic distributions of power and knowledge? one answer is collaboration. this topic is dealt with by lawrence lessig in his book free-culture and his work with building the creative commons. Hopefully this inspires students and artist to get together more often, and not because this is some 60’s type call for love, but because the current global power formations have made it obvious. and also because chela sandoval has made it perfectly clear in her book methodology of the oppressed.

william kentridge

one of my favorite artists is william kentridge. i think his animations are among some of the most powerful in the history of the moving image. students in my 1531 course are working sequentially to produce a photographic slideshow that essentially functions as a slow moving animation. the topic?? abject self-portrait. art students are typically pushed towards the self portrait at the undergraduate level, and with good reason. kentridge’s work is not only abject (in terms of culture, nation and medium) but often he deals with and uses his own body for his characters. its a way of taking reposnsibility for the images you make and throughout the history of art one can find artists working on, through, about and from themselves. a nice technique that he uses is to split the fame in half and begin with a double representation on the same image. this is the main focus in stereoscope. i think this tactic or strategy can be used with success for the abject self-portrait. his use of charcoal to make his animations is also particularly wonderful because of the ways that charcoal-and especially erased charcoal-leaves a trace. what happens is the passage of time made plain, yet poetic. students-remember to make the passage of time a central theme in this work. can you invent a technique?

abject self-portrait

here is an example of previous student work on this project:


here is some insightful info on abjection in art pratice and art making to assist you with project #2 conceptual development.








Project #2 Abject Self-Portrait Slideshow
Abject: The term Abjection literally means “the state of being cast out.” The concept of abject
exists in between the concept of an object and the concept of the subject, something alive yet not.
Often, the term space of abjection is also used, referring to a space that abjected things or beings
Tools: We will use Photoshop and to achieve our goals. We will build on this
project over a number of days to gain full understanding of our tools and methods.
How to: This project will entail preparing or finding a minimum 20 images of equal size and
uploading them DAILY on The images will work together aesthetically, utilizing similar
design elements. This project will be output to screen in a slideshow format. Find or create
images that represent you. Using Photoshop (or The GIMP!), modify the images to create
continuity over time. an example of a flickr slide show is here
Preparing your images, (cropping, image size, levels) in Photoshop
Integrating images from Photoshop
Montaging your images in Photoshop using layers, opacities, and blending modes.
Using opacity and layering over time to create fades
Screen as output device
Use of both additive and subtractive methods in creating your images (cloning tool)
Questions: Compositionally, how do you lead the viewer from one image to the next? (In relation
to line, plane, shape, texture)
Is there a progression through time?

SINCE FLICKR IS IN THE DISCUSSION, we should consider the implications of Web 2.0 (a definition is here) in the creation of abject works of digital art. I think this can be explored fruitfully and with innovative results, but the challenge will be for the student to make a visual (or aural) connection beyond the slideshow (which easily embeds in your blog). students that are interested in  using a web 2.0 technology besides flickr to create their abject self portrait should have a discussion with me about their ideas. what would be the current or most recent manifestation of the self in digital culture? is it your myspace or facebook? is it your avatar in second life? maybe youtube? google earth? take a look at terrance brown’s youtube portrait here.

John Heartfield

I think this is one of the best images of all time. learn more about john heartfield.

also check out kathe kollwitz, aleksander rodchenko, casimir malevich, vladimir tatlin, the designers of act up, barbara kruger, and one of my personal faves-ester hernandez (her poster below also has to be one of the best of all time!).

The Design of Dissent

This was an exhibition of political posters at the School of Visual Arts in 2005. Organized by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, the posters showcased are inspiring, gritty and of course iconic. The forward by Tony Kushner is also particulary inspiring.