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TRM 151
Susannah Sayler

Transmedia 151 Susannah Sayler August 27, 2013 • MEDIA a. video art b. photography c. film d. computer art MODE • -interdisciplinary “The distance between past & present modes of perception is greater than ever before... Universal immediate access defines these modes” -34.3% of the world has access to modes -artists make images, manifest ideas, mirror and/or critique -artists are cultural producers •High Culture: exclusive, critique defined, elite; e.g. ballet, painting, film, poetry; venues include museums and theaters •Popular Culture: mass, commercial, technology aided; e.g. music, TV, ads, cyberculture; no specific venue; more expensive to produce and targets larger audience ★ Hollywood Cinema vs Experimental Film ★ Television vs VideoArt ★ Commercial Photography vsArtistic Video Games vs ComputerArt ★ Artists Referenced: -Penelop Umbries -Mika Rottenberg -Arthur C. Danto -Dziga Vertov -ChantalAkerman -Nam June Park -Joan Jonas -Ryan Trecartin -Robert Frank -DianeArbus -Takeshi Murata -Sebastian Schmieg Transmedia 151 Susannah Sayler The Nature of Photographs by Stephen Shore BOOK NOTES I. The Physical Level A. flat plane defined by frame’s boundaries B. black & white vs color 1.type of emulsion: color saturation C. photograph is an independent object 1.context affects viewer response D.Conscious visual styles E. grainy and wide tonal ranges II. The Depictive Level B. photographer picks image using vantage, frame, exposure, focus C. physical and optic fators D.flatness and picture plane; 3D-->2D 1. monocular vision: single vantage E. opaque or transparent; deep or shallow; alighnment F. field vs studio; variability vs control; “solving a picture” vs “composing” G.frame corrals objects, people, events, forms 1. passive frame: the world continues beyond photo 2. active frame: the edge isolates the photo, no surrounding world implied H.time is transformed, delineated I. duration of exposure and staticness of image 1. frozen time: short duration of exposure 2. extrusive time: movement before camera, causes blur 3. still time: content at rest J. focus in a single plane K. subject distilled from context, brought to our attention L. only flat images escape focus (eg a surface, like a wall, or piece of paper) M.increased depth of field = less hierarchy of importance III. The Mental Level Transmedia 151 Susannah Sayler A. constructing mental images is acquired ability; personal take B. Technical Choices on depictive level control; eg depictive space vs mental space C. Decisions--> mental organization, “virtual gestalt” IV. Mental Modeling A. Rigid to supple B. a print is the physical framework September 2, 2013 IN CLASS Photograph represents an instant in time • ‣ “The Carousel” clip from Mad Men • Roland Barthes & his book Camera Lucida ‣ studium: rnage of available and obvious meanings; cultural, linguistic, and politica
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