Media Synth 2.2 - Experience-Reproduce

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Visit a gallery and spend time a work of art that engages you, document that experience with it and develop a critical response, then create a digital media outcome that expresses and explores your direct experience of that work.

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  • Kevin
    Kaalen Kirrene
    Kaalen Kirrene Posted on 2015-10-12 23:49:23 -0400.

    I think galleries are arranged the way that they are on purpose so I deemed it appropriate to compare the paintings.

  • You Can Relate
    Judy Mai
    Judy Mai Posted on 2015-10-11 19:37:39 -0400.

    I really liked this piece, especially after knowing the background to it. Your experience I think was especially unique because of your color-blindness and I really like how you tried to emulate that in your piece. I think the color-test idea is great and the question mark shape definitely displays your confusion and frustration.
    I think it's interesting how you made different versions as well, and the varying shapes of the circles were also a nice touch to the composition. Great work !!

  • untitled (blacklit planet)
    Judy Mai
    Judy Mai Posted on 2015-10-11 19:32:25 -0400.

    Beautiful work! I really think you captured your experience in a lovely way. It has a really interesting texture and from an artist's point of view I think the composition and colors really come together in a curious way that gives off a sense of atmosphere in your work.
    I like how you described the nostalgia feeling (I honestly felt the same way but I couldn't really pinpoint it until you described it).
    I really liked seeing your time lapse and your process throughout your painting, great work! I would love to see more :)

  • You Can Relate
    Nazli
    Nazli Posted on 2015-10-08 21:59:37 -0400.

    This is a great project. Art is about the message the artist wants to convey and him/her conveying it. You wanted to convey your experience with colors and by using a painting that was difficult for everyone to distinguish the colors and in return, creating a product with the color test and a question mark in the middle, I think you conveyed it very well. I especially liked the the bigger circles since it gave a feeling like falling into the question mark.

    Also, the friend you had with you at the museum sounds like a great person.

  • experience-reproduce
    Nazli
    Nazli Posted on 2015-10-08 12:53:30 -0400.

    Hi, I really liked your project. This artwork really caught my attention too as I was going around the museum and I've also thought about doing the project on it. However, I had no idea what kind of product I would make. I think your product was very well done. Before, I had thought about how the product would probably have a spiral shape, yours wasn't, but it was very interesting how it conveyed the same kind of feeling. Your effects were very well done and gave a "rushing" feel.

  • Post-War Bride
    Jonathan Merrin
    Jonathan Merrin Posted on 2015-10-08 03:34:08 -0400.

    I really liked that to convey how you felt looking at the original, you more or less remade the original to fit how you felt. Placing it in a church and an abandoned steel mill portrayed your original interpretation of duality very nicely.

  • The Perfect Escape
    Jonathan Merrin
    Jonathan Merrin Posted on 2015-10-08 03:26:40 -0400.

    I actually really like the background of your picture from a purely aesthetic point of view. It looks nice.

    I love that you picked a game instead of a more traditional piece of art. Very cool. And your picture did have a sort of ritualistic feel going for it, from the circles around the fire. I agree with the above comment though, there weren't many colors in the pallet, and the final outcome felt more ominous to me than whimsical.

  • I Am Having Fun. I am Having Fun. Am I Having Fun?
    Mingquan Chen
    Mingquan Chen Posted on 2015-10-08 00:09:44 -0400.

    Your product seems very good, especially the second one. It looks pretty, and it is a good re-production of the original artwork. Maybe you could think more about why Bruce Nauman produced this artwork. For example, why he wrote those certain words on it but not other words. That may lead to another totally different artwork. Still, your product is really nice looking.

  • Experience of appreciating Andy Warhol's work
    Mingquan Chen
    Mingquan Chen Posted on 2015-10-08 00:05:32 -0400.

    This is an interesting artwork. The way you recreated is very attractive, since it combines music and pictures together to enhance the feelings. Maybe you could do more research on how Andy Warhol used peeing to create his artwork, instead of just saying that it is done by peeing.

  • Place des Lices, St. Tropez
    mzhong1
    mzhong1 Posted on 2015-10-07 23:10:38 -0400.

    I really like how you used the lines to create a barrier between the viewer and the piece. And the pale color scheme with the fluid look really brings out a sense of loneliness and isolation. The faint swirls almost gives off a sense of reaching out. I am not sure if the muted colors of reds and oranges and yellows really worked efficiently to give off a warm feel, I would actually say that muting the colors detracted from the warm feeling, as if muted and fading, rather than being at the forefront. But I think you really captured the sense of wanting to be somewhere, and an impenetrable barrier with the blues and the striking lines across the piece.

  • She Who Tells a Story
    jfrimpon
    jfrimpon Posted on 2015-10-07 17:27:47 -0400.

    I think you did a really good job in telling the story and capturing your initial experience with the pieces. You really went deep into analyzing the theme of "we're all different, yet sort of the same", and I think that taking a picture of just your bedroom really encapsulates that idea.

    However I think I would've liked to see some questions about more than what's on the surface of the photographs. For instance, "why do the three girls look sad" (that's what they look like to me, and maybe that hits upon the point you mentioned about oppression, and that you didn't want to go that way. But maybe that's the way the photographer wanted you to go, who knows).

  • The Sea at Le Havre Experience Reproduction
    jfrimpon
    jfrimpon Posted on 2015-10-07 17:21:27 -0400.

    I really liked how you dove deeper into just the aesthetics of Monet's piece. I could really see how this connected you with your feelings at the time of viewing and recreating your experience. I agree with your reflection as well, your recreation does well in showing the motion and the balance, but doesn't evoke too much of the belittling feeling that you described. I would've liked to see a little bit more analysis in the Vastness part of the project because I'm interested in hearing more about what you have to say about that, like maybe what he was trying to say. And I agree with you in that I found it hard differentiating between what I actually felt and what my artist wanted me to feel.

  • Experience-Reproduce
    Christine Lee
    Christine Lee Posted on 2015-10-07 13:30:10 -0400.

    I think the use of spirals in this case was too controlled. You mentioned how you noticed that the text on the original work became more and more illegible as the white enters the foreground. I do like the interleaved black and white spirals though. It captures how history was written by both sides. I think you did accurately portray what you wanted to portray also. The black background as the black spiral leaves the circle does remind me of the bottom of the original work. I think something to take into account could be blurring the spirals and maybe having the black spiral starting out thinner at the center, and wider at the end? Sort of like how the black ink blurs and smudges in the original. Overall, interesting take though!

  • Siegfried
    Christine Lee
    Christine Lee Posted on 2015-10-07 13:17:08 -0400.

    Watching the process of your work was pretty amazing. The idea was simple but easy to build off of, but it's cool how you transitioned from a ball of chaotic scribbles to a concrete idea portrayed through chaotic methods, and finally filling in the void/background. I think we both ran into the same problems. Attempting to recreate the effects of paint in a digital medium is so difficult. However, the tone and experience that you put into your recreation definitely gave me insights into the frustration and annoyance you felt while recalling bad memories. It's also pretty cool how you went about experiencing the painting. It's like taking the smaller close ups at the beginning, and then putting it all together to create the entire experience towards the last few minutes of your experience. As for recreating your experience, instead of using Norse mythology, maybe paint an abstraction of what you felt while looking at the painting? You did mention "disappointment/slight anger" and "annoyed" after all. All in all, great work though!

  • untitled (blacklit planet)
    brandonx
    brandonx Posted on 2015-10-06 23:52:13 -0400.

    Wow I'm actually a big fan of this product. I very much like how you related the painting to your own experiences playing video games, and how you described what exactly went through your mind when you were viewing the piece. When I first saw the thumbnail, I was thinking that 'this resembles some art from a videogame. Somehow to me its reminiscent of the art styles of Bastion, Transistor, and Limbo. The hard square strokes give me a sense of depth in the picture, which I also really like. While I found the timelapse incredibly interesting, I was wondering if you could explain why exactly you included it.

    All in all, beautiful painting, excellent job. (ā—•uā—•āœæ)

  • The Sounds of Fire
    brandonx
    brandonx Posted on 2015-10-06 23:40:18 -0400.

    i like this a lot. I too got the feel of a spidery, satanic, otherworldly feel from the installation. It was very cool how the display itself converted visual stimuli into audio outputs, and how you in turn took the audio outputs and put them again into a visual format of your own interpretation. I also liked how you related the look of the piece to your work as an ECE.

  • The Perfect Escape
    Jeffrey Bradley
    Jeffrey Bradley Posted on 2015-10-06 20:48:44 -0400.

    You definitely captured a warm and "child-like" feeling with your work. The soft outlines of objects as well as the imagery of small beings around a fire is definitely welcoming.
    There may not have been enough color in your production to portray the whimsical feeling you described.

  • Experiencing the Art Studio
    Rachel Gu
    Rachel Gu Posted on 2015-10-06 20:29:07 -0400.

    I think you had an interesting take on recreating the experience. My first thought was to recreate the same feelings and themes as the original work, but I like how you portrayed your desk instead. Especially since you mention that Simon painted influences from his own life, I do think that now our influences are mostly non-human, which your desk accurately conveys that. I think you may have been too caught up in recreating the experience with the same style as the original work, which gave you less time to just put objects into the painting. Your reflection also pointed out a lot of good ideas, such as focusing only on the top of the desk. Earlier, you mentioned that the painting was really wide, so focusing on the top would make your recreation wider as well, which may also help convey some more of the themes in the original work.

  • Ricardo Tucker - Experience-Reproduce
    Rachel Gu
    Rachel Gu Posted on 2015-10-06 20:15:56 -0400.

    I think you did a good job on the product. For the most part, the experience you had about many lives connected into something greater was conveyed. There were some things that could be added, though, namely more paths and maybe even other species (I feel that the experience was about how the insignificance of humans AND cats combined to create a legacy). Also, I'm not quite sure if the people are walking away from the ball of light or if they are supposed to walk towards it (you mentioned convergence). Overall, I really like how you created something completely different than the original work, yet your product really connects with the experience you had viewing the work.

  • Kevin
    Jeffrey Bradley
    Jeffrey Bradley Posted on 2015-10-06 20:15:49 -0400.

    You definitely captured a relaxed tone, although there was a slight hint of foreboding tension in the sound. The cool colors and waving patterns in Kevin's image are definitely expressed in the resonating sound you made.
    I'm not sure letting surrounding pieces influence your opinion is a good idea. They may sway you in a way the work of interest wouldn't alone.

  • Untitled - Nazli Uzgur
    Everi
    Everi Posted on 2015-10-06 19:31:27 -0400.

    I like how your painting very clearly shows the experience you had while viewing Calder's work. One thing that you mentioned that your work does not capture however, is the way the original piece was rotating like there was a breeze. Do you think that making your work move like there was a wind affecting the leaves would help convey your experience? I do think I get the idea you are trying to convey through your work- I'm just wondering if there's a more detailed way to show it. Of course it might not have been possible given the time constraint, it was just something I thought about.

  • Siegfried
    Vicki Long
    Vicki Long Posted on 2015-10-06 19:25:20 -0400.

    I think adding the black background and using white strokes to offset the darkness was a good choice, instead of deciding to just leave it plain white. It really did add to the chaos and the emotions I could feel from your art, and I was able to go through the same experience you felt while looking at your creations.

  • Reproduce Experience
    Vicki Long
    Vicki Long Posted on 2015-10-06 19:05:57 -0400.

    I really enjoyed looking at your piece and being able to experience how you saw the piece. Personally, I also believe there is much more to music, and you were able to represent that by directly changing a plain black and white sheet of music to something much more colorful and represents music as an art.

    Even though your piece contains a lot of content and might be considered "messy," the black and white colors work well together. The colorful background with geometric shapes make it look precise and neat, and I think you clearly expressed your experience.

  • A Whirlwind of Artistic Experiences
    Everi
    Everi Posted on 2015-10-06 18:46:43 -0400.

    I really like how you incorporated the weather into your work! The outside world can definitely affect your mood, and mood is an important part of an experience. It just didn't occur to me to take weather into account.

    You say you see the shapes of world flags and racing flags in the original piece, and that's definitely something I see as well. However, I don't really see the link to those ideas in your work. You say the colors of the stars kind of address that idea, and this could be just me, but I think showing a symbol more closely related to the world or to a race would better convey your experience. Maybe if you went into more detail about how the colors of the stars represent your experience, that would help me understand.

  • Kevin
    Marie Shaw
    Marie Shaw Posted on 2015-10-06 18:39:49 -0400.

    I found it interesting that you found the piece to be warm and welcoming, because from first glance to me there's something freaky about the painting. When I listened to your recreation, I did get the warm feel, and also kind of the weird outerspacey vibe that I got from the painting. As you said, I think it would have been better with smoother transitions, but otherwise I think you did a really good job.

  • From Telesymphony to Telesoundtrack
    Marie Shaw
    Marie Shaw Posted on 2015-10-06 18:32:54 -0400.

    I thought that it was interesting how phones were brought into the piece, and how you used the tones of the number buttons to represent the people passing by. I think it could have been abstracted more, and maybe brought more modern uses of cell phones into the piece. For example, now other than ringtones, the bright screen from smartphones are often distracting in a concert hall or movie theatre.

  • E. Rodriguez: Field Exercise 5
    Lucy  Tan
    Lucy Tan Posted on 2015-10-06 18:28:41 -0400.

    You had some good analysis of the painting, but I feel like the piece you produced in response is very superficial. It doesn't add any meaning to the original work. I got the same sort of peaceful, idyllic countryside vibe as before, with just an added touch of nostalgia from the blur. You wrote that the painting reminded you of being at your grandparents' place. Instead of trying to reproduce the physical house, perhaps it would have been better to try to express the feelings you had while you were at the house, or to give impressions of what you experienced there. You don't have to mimic Hopper's style or to start from scratch; there are plenty of stock photos you can manipulate. I think you had a some good ideas going in, but the execution was just a little uninspired.

  • yijingc--Assignment 5
    ashleyle
    ashleyle Posted on 2015-10-06 17:13:49 -0400.

    Hello!

    Your artistic ability is really impressive! Initially, I actually preferred your original painting because I felt that it better represented the artwork as a whole. However, I realized that this was simply a reflection of how I thought the work was supposed to be interpreted, and not my actual emotions following exposure to the work. I feel as though you may have had a similar problem: because you dwelled on the thought of the painting for so long during your original painting, you may have missed the part of the assignment that called for us to abstract our own reactions to the piece. I feel like in your final 5 minute work, this was exactly what happened; in such a short span of time, you were forced to follow your gut instinct rather than carefully plan every symbolic stroke. I'm glad that it worked out for you in the end! The final piece is really lovely, and I feel is really effective in portraying the emotions you described.

  • Post-War Bride
    ashleyle
    ashleyle Posted on 2015-10-06 17:04:08 -0400.

    Hello!

    First of all, I really love your rendition of the original painting. It's very well-blended and is effective in evoking a feeling of hopelessness and destruction. I also love how you chose to add more detail into the factory setting, while abstracting away the bride herself, leaving behind only a veil to symbolize her existence. With the current technology, your piece is definitely more vividly complex, and I even venture to say that it engages the audience more so than the original. However, I wonder if your product really fulfills the purpose of the assignment, which was to abstract away from the painting itself and condense your experience in an artistic way.

  • The Sounds of Fire
    Lucy  Tan
    Lucy Tan Posted on 2015-10-06 16:18:35 -0400.

    I thought it was really neat that you used the waveform of what you heard in your project. I can almost hear crackling flames. I didn't really get the feeling of there being candles however. Maybe if the background was a darker color, the image would give off more of a candle effect?

    Not critique related: you can ask me for SAI tips if you need them. I'm not an expert by any means, but years of use have taught me a few tricks.

  • From painting to music
    Aliya Blackwood
    Aliya Blackwood Posted on 2015-10-06 15:01:52 -0400.

    I do like that you found this work to be quite colorful despite it being solely in black and white. However it does concern me that you close yourself off from the technology used in modern art. You are right that not everything is conveyed the same way as it is in brushstrokes, but that is our mission when we make our digital reactions: put feeling back into the digital. The blurb did make me think that there was going to be music playing, but the piece itself and your (very cute) reactionary art was more than sufficient. I do feel like the skiing theme of the piece was skimmed over.

  • CMoA First Experience
    Aliya Blackwood
    Aliya Blackwood Posted on 2015-10-06 14:25:56 -0400.

    I like how in your reactionary piece you mimicked the path you followed through the painting. The colors themselves bothered me a bit because of their shocking contrast. I think it would be interesting to see a step by step drawing of the path (like a small video) but it is still very raw in your emotional reaction to the piece. The original work itself is very disturbing the two male characters seeming to be black caricatures (this is just due to the time period) It's disturbing in its imagery and color and would make anyone make a double take. That disgusting, disturbing feeling still rings true for the political message portrayed in it.

  • E. Rodriguez: Field Exercise 5
    Azer
    Azer Posted on 2015-10-06 11:25:33 -0400.

    At first I was confused by your picture - my immediate reaction was that you had somehow just put in another, lower quality version of the same painting. Then I realised the presence of the two black dogs. Of course, all this was explained in the later paragraph, but I'm always more immediately drawn to the visuals and like to evaluate my own thoughts on the work first and use the accompanying readings to complement my experience afterwards. I guess I do see where your work is coming from, but I also think it would have been better to include more changes to the work than just the blurred effect and the dogs - smaller, even subtler changes would have made it more intriguing, I think, if you weren't feeling up to creating another work from scratch. At this level, I'm not sure I can feel a very personal sense of the experience of the artwork so much as a few interesting tweaks made to it.

  • Experience Recreation of Helmholtz - Paul DeMarinis
    Azer
    Azer Posted on 2015-10-06 11:17:42 -0400.

    It was interesting to see your take on the Helmholtz installation, considering we were both there and decided to base our project on it. For the most part, it seems like our experience of the installation was quite similar, as well as our description of the sounds and the general ambience of the work. I really like the art piece you made, it made me realise that the relative amount of chaos in my work might have misrepresented my experience of the same artwork. Yours definitely has the more calming feeling, which I now know I hadn't managed to capture at all. Instead, it seems like I was too focused on describing the features and aspects of the installation rather than the pure, direct feeling of the piece. That was definitely the most interesting and educational part of reading this.

  • Place des Lices, St. Tropez
    Yijing Chen
    Yijing Chen Posted on 2015-10-06 11:10:10 -0400.

    I'm glad to see responses where people are able to capture the experience without repeating the same themes of the original piece! You've presented the same experience in very different clothing, and to me, it shows that you really understand what constitutes an experience. I think that you've captured the experience well; the colors and patterns in your piece make me think of parasols and summer dresses, which supports the peaceful atmosphere of fair weather of the original piece.

    I'm not sure if I would add brushstrokes to your design--the consistency of it puts it in a separate genre of art, and I don't think adding similar techniques would contribute to the experience as much as the other, more distinct elements. It might detract, actually.

  • Media Synth 2.2: FREQUENCY, ATTACK, RETURN
    Sarah Bien
    Sarah Bien Posted on 2015-10-06 11:08:54 -0400.

    I like how you brought out your focus on practical art into your reflection and experience. You've shown how art can be perceived depending on what you value and each experience is unique. The math behind your digital reflection is also very sensible and well thought out.

  • Helmholtz
    Sarah Bien
    Sarah Bien Posted on 2015-10-06 11:05:46 -0400.

    I like your take on the Helmholtz piece. Your choice of dark red colors amongst the black and filter and texture clearly brought out the experience you wrote about. I could feel a sense of warmth in darkness from your work, and I could almost hear that heart beat from the sound frequencies you drew.

  • From painting to music
    Yijing Chen
    Yijing Chen Posted on 2015-10-06 10:50:47 -0400.

    I've discovered that your report focuses on the same piece of artwork as mine, so it was interesting to see the similarities and differences between our responses! I like how we both came up with the idea of a lively, warm scene for sur la glace/on ice, yet we represented it in incredibly contrasting manners. We also seem to have differing opinions on art integrated with other forms of media; I would say that technology is integral to modern art!

    While I find the response satisfying, the blurb and cover image told me only scant details about the scope of the project. While I do not disagree with what you summarize, the content of the project contrasts greatly with what I came to expect from the abstract.