Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Here is my final.

Video Step Process:

1# The sticks are glowed sticks, and I put them in a glass vase, and basically moved them all over the place.  (Surprised how well the sounds matched with the visual imagery)

2# Pretty much turned off and on the lights.

3# I added Koolaid Mix (Yes Koolaid Mix Purple/Red) for added effects. It doesn't show, for I decontextualized the whole movie.

4# The Background noise is from a glass cup with mixed levels of water, and I chimed it with a spoon.

5# Also the flushing sounds (with echo) is the glass cup submerging itself in a rapid motion in a sink filled with water (Think like a plunger)

6# The Static sounds is me turning on the shower and turning it off.

7# Finally for visual effect, I decontextualized the image and basically changed the pixel contrast to destort it. (In other words, I used saturation, contrast, and exposure features)

8# All sounds were edited and rearranged in Garage Band.

9# Finally I used imovie to arrange the visual content, edit the piece, add music, and put the images together.

Thanks, I hope you all enjoyed the project.

Finally once again, I wish you all a great holiday and take care :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Final Thoughts

To my professor Santiago, and to the students of Art and technology

Well I must say that I really enjoyed the Art and Technology class. I learned alot about abrstract art, the Dada movement, and how to really tell what's art and what's a performance. I will indeed miss this class, but I would like to thank all the students and my professor in this class. I enjoyed all your works, teachings, critiques, and overall compassion for one another.

I admire and praise how the University of Tampa has very nice, polite, hard working, and talented students. Everyone is treated as a person who can succeed and never be a failure.

Thank you all for showing those attributes and for being an overall joy this year.

Good luck to you all, and have a safe and joyous holiday :)

TV Performance: Final Project

Added another post, so project would be displayed first in listings. All information is up there ^

Hope you enjoy the project :)

It is labeled VIDEO ART

Jim Campbell

Wow! Jim Campbells black and white photography was indeed very creative and inspiring.

Makes me want to use the pin hole cameras again :).

What really amazed me was the timing of the shutter speed and possible aperature values that caused the shadows and light speed, which causes blurs in motion images. I really liked how he was able to move fast enough with the camera to capture the blurry motion and be able to trasmit it on film.

Marvelous work. I also like his overlaying technique, like the photos we saw in class of the black and white pictures smashed together of different locations and pictures, and how only a lamp could be seen. Could be the same for the colored photo overlay of the wzard of Oz.

I was also impressed by Jims LED monitors which captured movement, and basically created a shadow over the lights. It was indeed interesting that with some minor electronic capability and a bunch of lights, that the power of the LED can use so much electricity to create this.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pipilotti Rist

I think I missed class on this day :(

Anyhow I went looking online for more information about her and got into sites of her performances. I was real surpised by her reflectivity of the performances. Meaning, how much energy and abstract passion she has. I will admit some of the material may be a little too centered and raw, but thats art my friend.

 Anyway I admire the her bold and power statement, maybe not her direct attention to feministic values, but many of her styles show a kind of persuasion of antinorm and broad aspects of color, which I admire. Like her work in Homo Sapiens Sapiens, a  popular video installation in varied art gallerys.

My favorite prints will have to be the flowers and her screen shots ("Pour you body out"),

that show a fast blur image and facial prints. Anyway, great way to view onself as an avertisment similiartity but actually an art, like in New York.

 Anyway, after viewing her work, I will admit that she has a good stand out to performance art and possible very good in sending emotional abstract messages. One day prehaps, I wish to venture to New York and other countries to see her work and varies of other artists.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Performance Piece: BE GREEN, BE TRASH (Better Quality)

Here is my performance piece in slightly better quality. Had aproblem with loading times.

What is it about Performance Art, that makes it a performance, yet also an art?

It can be justified that art is in the eye of the beholder, but when art is presentated based on an act. It can be argued since the performance is not really abstract but a learning experience practiced by many people. It is not your own creation, nor is it a purely imaginative form.

The main performance I see is the Mime. Yes it is abstract and the performer creates imagination instinct, however it is not raw and free flow, that gives a form of emotional expression. A guy dressed like a prisioner in white and black stripes does not really hold taste.

Don't get me wrong, I do like Mimes and think it is a good skill for a performer, but as a performing artist, it has to be unique. In class, it took me awhile to get actually the real meaning behing performance art, until my professor Santiago showed us various clips of people doing random things.

Oh, that reminds me. performance art needs an audience in mixed reactions. Not just positive or negative, but as a scandal (like Santi says). Something the audience is surprised about and is not considered NORMAL. Performers are normal because the act is done over and over again. All are different but all are similar. Performance art is you. Your own act, your own performance, created entirely by you.

It can be based of others ideas but not their routine and performance. It is all about you. You make it up as you go, no rules.

"Sorry Bucko your not a performance art. Still you are better than a clown though in my taste :)"
               (Brutus, of the Ohio Buckeyes, Columbus Ohio, copyright Ohio State University)

Vienna Aktionists

Now I can't really understand how gore and mutulation of people eating, causing pain, or going to the bathroom in severe unique ways (Tried to say it nicely) is considered art.

However like Dada, art is a revolution to new beginnings and imaginations of what artists want to unleash. The Vienna Aktionists movement was just extreme in those methods.

I did catch a glimpse of the site Santi gave us and was planning on going into further exploring it, but after I caught a glimpse of the man eating and throwing up. I had a little too much.

That feeling to me gave a unique insight to art. If we detest something, thinking it is inhumane, disgusting, or down right insane. Are we to judge these people as artists or a group of severe disorders.

Reason I ask, is because of our culture values are constantly changing, yet we still rely on DADA as well as the many contemporary, renaissance, and romantic artists. This comes down to my beginning post Art to me is in the eyes of beholder and if the artist shows emotional methodogy to it, it to me is art.

Musique Concrete / Electronic Music / Jungle Music /Techno Music

Musique Concrete was one that focused on exploring  natural/ambience sounds.
Follows like Robert Moog, invented synthesizers that tested music in forms of bits/bytes and allow turning of dials and knobs to create different sounds. This was a future form of electronic music, like Leon thermin made an invention named after himself, the theremin, which used oscillators and attenas that controlled movement of sound. No need to play a keyboard or touch the device. Wavelentghs and energy coming from the device measured the flow of sound by waving the hand. This instrument was a prime example of the future of electronic music.

During the mid to late 1900's, many riots like the ones in detroit were introduced. Mainly based on segregation and bias towards civil rights. A cult following of warehouse music was developed that referenced to electronic music, but create the rave, a hip hop/bebop type music that cause simulatanous rythmns and beats. This was a relief for many Americans and Europeans, who had stress and work. The rave/warehouse music was a stress relief, however drugs were introduced to create a better relief and a high for complete freedom and release.

Drugs became a big problem for both Americans and Europeans during the rave phase. However the difference between both groups is that americans used this electronic music as a release, Europeans used it for an art. This created jungle music, which was effects fo drugs, but a devlopment was maded to create various abstract music techniques. This created the DJ (Disk Jockey), that would tableturn, twist, and reel records.

As time went by the fusion of warehouse and electronic music created techno music, which was developed in the late 70's, early 80's, 90's time. techno music used synthesizers mixed with electronic keyboards, and regular acoustic instruments to create abstract sounds. It is often a mix of bebop, hip op, and early devlopment of rock and roll.

Butoh Dance

The butoh dance was a oriental japanese dance that reflected emotions of the war of Hiroshima and other emotional memories. When seeing this in class, I came to realize the beauty of the dance, the dark emotions that seem to plague the viewers of the dance. Very creative, abstract, and meaningful to the fulliest.

You have to admire the pale makeups, the blues, reds, whites, blacks, etc. It was indeed an interesting experence watching the dance in class. You have to admire the strength, technique, and chorography used to make these dances.

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp a very vivid DADA artist. I really don't understand a how in the world a urninal is a piece of art, but who knew? Or you can paint a mustache on a copied print of Leonardo Davincis Mona Lisa.  I am amazed by his scandals and DADAs overall of how the artists try to reform art. Since the World War, art has always been opaque in classical, romantic, renassiance, and buroque meanings and never experimental to something otuside the box. Now that DADA has rised up and took a stand to rebel the meaning of art. It has open doors to the meaning "Art is in the eye of the beholder" , and that anyone can create art.

Yves Klein

Yves Kleins work was indeed interesting. I first saw the inkblot like pictures (really I thought they were ink blots) and though they were to pregnant females standing back to back. I had no idea it was of a single female revealing her frontal naked area.

I have to admire his use of blue in his paintings. The blue imprints really add a interesting texture.

Orlan: "le tiers instruit"

Orlan is indeed an interesting artist. Amazing of how she making plastic surgery into an art piece. Broadcasting the surgery and reciting literature writings. Her work is indeed amazing. I love how she used her portraits of herself into other humanistic forms. I may not be too keen of some of her more powerful works of being more organic, but still. I admire how she wanted a complex surgery to make herself a sculpture with the horns and be able to do abstract sculptures, paintings, and vocal pieces.

Her book is quoting references to transformation and becoming something new. This act is occuring while she undergoing surgery.

Klaus Nomi

Now this artist was something special. When I first saw him and Leigh Bowery, I just thought of a duo pair of costume performers. Boy was I wrong!  Leigh Bowery and Klaus Nomi were different because of their uniqueness. Leigh Bowery did stunts and did crossdressing skits to represent freedom of expressing one self, and to reveal what is going on with the homosexual community.

Klaus Nomi however was the same in performing with different unique clothing, but his talent lied with hm singing. He was a perfect opera singer.  Not only did he preform perfectly with his voice but the abstract costumes with mime like makeup, added a unique form to him. When I saw his performance on the documentary,  it gave me a feeling of two different personalitys in art appearance and art voice. This probably wouldn't match well with the norms, but added applause for the arts.

It was sad however that he kept secret of being HIV positive and later dying from it, but with his efforts, along with Leigh Bowery. They added hope and embrace to the multisexual communities in being aware of what is going on and be not afraid to express it.


Stelarc believes that technology is an extension of the human body today, and that they human body is becoming more and more machine than every before.  6 million dollar man here we come!

I was also amazed by his performances with flesh hook suspension. I have seen it before , but the way Stelarc adds power to it, with the rock weights, this adds more abstraction to the piece.

Amazing! Stelarc using the power of the fluids in his body to allow the hand to write, not perfect but still "Evolution" The Ear in the arm was a little freaky, especially it being home grown in his arm, but with the experiments of gene splicing, plastic surgery, and transplants, who knows. I am amazed by the risk he used to put the ear in his arm, and how it actually affects his body somewhat.

I am also amazed by the spider like stands that Stelar controls. Like the arm uses fluid or humanistic body functions to move and operate.

To sum up, his work is indeed something to see, ravel, and invision for human technology and futuristic art expression. Interesting how the movies already thought of it and are using it in their films. With the power of evolution, maybe we wil have our own Surrogates or little Wally's to control. We should explore the possible this could benefit science and medicine but also be weary of how technology can become a obession and possible a disastor like in the movies Surrogates and Wally.

Gilbert and George

I was amazed by the performance of Gilbert and George from the short documentary we saw in class. I am not sure if it was because of their age or their passionate ability of expression. The dances, music, and sculpture pieces displaying the two were fabulous.

 I really enjoyed the singing sculpture. Very ingenius of using kenitic motion and ryhtmn with a little touch of metallic powder to renact the Tinman or Robot motions. I also admired how Gilbert and George work well together since they are of different origin. George from England and Gilbert from Italy. Amazing how the pai came close and bonded to perform in the arts. 

I really like the portraits I've seen in class and online of Gilbert/George displaying the wonders of a free life with expression. You have to admire the bright colors in foreground/backgrounds in their art works.  

Alot of their pictures I envison could be stain glass in a chapel or some mystical place in the near future. I am amazed also by the serious and humorous attitude approach the duo use. It works well in their performances. I hope to someday see them live.

Joseph Beuys

I really admired this guy for his passion of being who he is within the time of the 2nd World War. Changing himself from the praising experience of an evil tyrant during Hitler Youth, to his field activities within the war front, to finally becoming an artist.

I never heard of Joseph Beuys, but am interested in his emotional persona for the art. His fabric sculpture of the piano was amzing in detail of his emotional experience of the war and an abstraction of art. 

Leigh Bowery

A performance artist famous for his makeup, performances, and cross dressing routines. When watching the documentary in Santiagos class, I was amazed by the power he holds in his performances.  The power of persuasion he used as an artist to display wonderful talent in bold acts and be not ashamed.

Though I question his stunts, like flying on a cord and accidental going through a pane glass window naked and cutting himself up. Still I admire how Leigh Bowery as an artist is abstract in everything he does and tries to show a stand against the opposition of the norm. He did reveal a lot of charisma to the homosexuals to be themselves by his abstract cross dressing and give unique sense overall to have fun and express who you are.

With his poka-dotted makeup and costume, it was an example of bringing out the fear of Hiv and Aids into an artistic expression that shows the world not to hide the disease but express it and live on with your life.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Performance Piece: BE GREEN, BE TRASH (Older Version)

Here is my performance piece, hope you enjoy!

Please comment! :)

*I updated the post and added a better quality Performance Version. Check in early December Blog Archive

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Fluxus is another art movement within the Avant garde era. It appeared during the during the 1960s.
This style to me seemed awfully similar to the futurist movement in conducting off scale art forms in making abstractions, scandals, and bold intuitive motives outside what we consider normal art. 

(The Piano hammered with nails  was indeed an interesting movie clip we saw in class. Hammering nails to make the piano stop working, yet the hammers and nails being punched into the piano keys made unique sounds of their own. It was pretty cool. I wouldn't do it to my piano though. To valuable for playing ) 

Overall the Fluxus style is primary a mix of those ideals as well from movements like Dada and Bauhaus. Fluxus uses more math and geometry to express their art techniques. They also influence idealism of philosophy, psychology,and sociology.

Some of their sculpture art can also be considered a revolution to normal objects and applications. By making a collage of mixed objects together, it can be applied that the Fluxus art style can further try to enhance the quality of a blended object for an imaginary use.

(The table tennis racks mixed with tin cans added a new effect for a futuristic sport)

While looking around for information and pictures to add to the blog. I encountered a museum of Fluxus art donated by people across the country. Some of it is weird and crude but some as well looks pretty cool. The site is at:

The film "Prying" and artist Vito Aconcci

This was indeed a strange 20 minute art film. Vito Aconcci engages actress  Kathy Dillon, and aggressively attempts to push open her eyes. She pulls back and tries to keep her eyes shut. I thought at first it was because of a bright light or she was playing a vampirish like role. Then I got the impression of torture and harassment,  however it appears that when Vito Aconcci gets her eyes open, Kathy Dillon shows only the white bottom part of her eye. She flipped her iris in rotation to the backside or up towards of the eyelid. 

(Okay now the movie Omega Man and Night of the Comet comes to mind)

I don't really understand this art, but could relate to change up of the human body. The way we some of us can bend our tongue, flip our eyes under our eyelid, and perhaps play the piano with our toes.

Either way, it was indeed a weird but interesting art film. I can't relate to Vito Aconcci's "Seabed" (1972), where he is underneath a gallery ramp, doing his guy thing, with fantasy of those walking on the ramp.  I have the same feeling with of  his other notable expressive works.

However I can relate to him roleplaying in front of a video camera. In his roleplaying Vito Aconcci is smoking, singing and humming to a love song being played on a record player near him. It is entitled "Theme Song". 

 I also like his typography art forms. He really applies structure to his typography pieces that resemble buildings and architecture. This is his famous one "City of Words", made in 1999. 

My impression of his work and the work of all art is that :

"Art is really in the eye of the beholder. It doesn't really need to be understood or appreciated, but it needs to be noticed."

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson music we heard in class was really techno 80's. I really miss the 80's. I never really heard of her  before , but by seeing her work in class "O Superman"; it gave me the techno feel of the past 20th century.

Her encompass of music and art really added the mixed blend of storytelling. The use of light, shadows, mixed singers, electronic interments (Some made by her, example the taped bow violin using magnetic tape and the talking stick) and imagery has really surfaced to performance art.

From seeing her performance of  "O Superman", I have to say I was at full attention. Her performance was indeed interesting. The shadows of her body within the red background and the spotlight moon, added real shadow art. Same along with the lightbulb in her mouth. Really good use of light techniques to encompass several art variations.

Her use combination of music, technology, and art had really created an abstract electronic music form.

After class I listened to the rest of "O Superman" and have to say that it was indeed amazing, same for her piece "Language is a Virus". I am going to try later on during my free time to listen to her other music performances.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Xerox Project: Mr. Palmer

Hi there,
Here is my Xerox Project. "Mr. Palmer"
Items used: Rubber Cement,
Xerox: Beard, Eyes (w glasses), Hands (For the head, torso, hair, and used foot pics as palms for hand reflection), Ears (w side burns for legs, and plain ears for arms), Feet (Mr. Palmers Fingers), Nose (My nose) and a Folded up Face Pic for the BowTie.

                (Ears and beard hair on the PVC legs)                    (Hands of Hair)

   (Straight forward)

                                               (Close up)                               (Whole Overview)

Feel free comment. Hope you all enjoyed the piece :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bauhaus School and Art

The school was founded in Germany (1919). The inspiration came from Weimer and Walter Gropious who founded the cultural art. This school offered several types of workshops, metal/wood sculpture, glass painting, weaving, pottery, furniture, cabinet making, three-dimensional work, typography, wall painting, and some others. The use of abstraction and idealism created use of renewal with art. 

The school created of different architect-directors: Walter Gropius (1919 - 1928) , Hannes Meyer (1928 - 1930), and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1930 - 1933), when the school was closed by its own leadership under pressure from the Nazi regime. Through changes of directors, came different paths of focus, technique, instructors, and politics. The school often shifted it classes pertaining to focus on academics to art, and being vocational to private school. However when the Nazis showed up, the artists had to relocate their idealism into one joint effort to escape the evil control and harness their skills. 

During Nazi control in government, in 1933. The art institute was closed down. However this caused a big shift with artists from the institute fleeing Europe (fear of expression) to the land of freedom (The United States). This created a future role for the U.S being a power country within the art movements. 

*Model/Picture for the March of Dead, by Walter Gropius, 1922. A famous piece for the Bauhaus. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Un Chien Andalou

This movie was indeed strange, but I admired the different art techniques used within this surrealism art form. I admired the edited photography within the film the most.  The slit eye (Looked to be a womans eye, but actually a dead calf), the actors hands turning into guns, the arm pit hair symbolizing plants, random text, the man pulled the two tied up guys (priests?), and then the pianos with the dead horse/donkey?

It was bizarre but it made a perfect concept to DADAs view of art being abstract, not making sense, and a jump from visions/dreams/human perception.

The movie to me came across as thoughts and dreams of human visionary being abstracted. There could be raw emotion like the woman that was getting sexually harassed, but it changed to different scenes of the her being happy on the beach, reacting to the mans' ants within his palm, and the end being dead on the beach.

I think this film encompassed different viewpoints of emotion and perception within the photography and acting.

The woman getting run over in the street and the man lying sick in bed. Could portray different raw feelings. The moth I believed was the real plot line to the story. It was like the grim reaper death. The story overall showed points of death and a good center focal point seems to lead to the moth (Death's-head Hawkmoth).

Overall it was strange, but interesting. The forms of editing and changing scenes was very good. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Grid Art - Trifecta of the Cherokee

The left side of the triangle grid

The Mask Grid symbolizes my love for the seven Cherokee clans.

---(Left, Top Row)---

Blue (A NI SA HO NI) -This clan uses medicine made from blue colored paint to keep children well. This clan is a caretaker for the children. Also known as Panther clan.

---(Center, Top Row)---

Wild Potato (A NI GA TO GE WI) - historically known members of this clan were known as the "keepers of the land" and gatherers of the wild potato within the swamps, along streams.

---(Right, Top Row)---

Long Hair (A NI GI LO HI) - Elaborate hairdos, walking proud with their art in hair but also with the spirtual nature of who they are. Long Hair Clan members are regarded as peace keepers and Peace chiefs would often be from this clan. Prisioners of war, orphans from other tribes, slaves, and common folk of no tribe were often adopted to this clan. This inquired the interpretation of "strangers"

---(Center, 2nd Row)---

Bird (A NI TSI S KWA) - were historically known as messengers (sky level) between Earth and Heaven (People and the Creator). The people of this clan took care of the birds and other animals. The Bird clan by my family is considered the clan I am brought up from. Primarily because my grandfather is Cherokee and his last name is Owl. His side of the family as well as my own are also really symbolic towards animals. 

---(Left, Bottom Row)---

Deer (A NI KA WI) - historically known as fast runners and hunters. Even though they hunted game for food and subsistence, the Deer clan respected and cared for the animals, while they lived among them. This clan is also known as messengers (earth level) delivering information from village to village or person to person.

---(Center, Bottom Row)---

Paint (A NI WO DI) - historically known as prominent healers (medicine people). Medicine is often painted on patients after harvesting, mixing, and performing acts of healng ceremonies. This clan made red paint and prepared teas of vapor therapy specific to each ailment.

---(Right, Bottom Row)---

Wolf (A NI WA YAH) - are known as the largest and most prominent clan throughout time. During the time of the Peace Chief and War Chief government setting, the War Chief would come from this clan. Wolves are known to be the protectors of Cherokee.

The bottom of the triangle grid

The Woven Grid symbolizes how I imagine my indian tribe used woven material in form of texture (various clothing, baskets, and jewelry).

The right side of the triangle grid

The Dream Catcher Grid symbolizes my dreams and nightmares. I implemented demon drawings and a F to show the concept with fear of failure and various evils.