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B.S. Beauchamp's Art Blog; Reflecting on Art

Weekly Summary – 1.9.14 – 7.9.14

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Tripleplay

The week primarily consisted of reading & taking quotes; writing on war, propaganda, and images of suffering, spured on by concluding Sontag’s Regarding The Pain of Others and the MA Curation exhibition at NUA. The MA Degree show overall was of a fair quality, though there was a surprisingly high predisposition of painting, given how alienating the presentation of this media in a contemporary academic context may seem (given cries of ‘painting is dead’, and calls that everything is inevitably a ‘conceptual, site-specific, interactive installation’ [words becoming as redundant as 'digital', and 'media' in the same context]).
It was useful to practice using using Logic and doing a small amount of Photo editing, though I have yet to resolve display methods (I do believe that the Unfamiliar, Instability video could work well displayed on a tablet/screen laid flat on the floor on a low plinth, to create the effect of a shimmering puddle, an insignificant electronic reflection.)

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Thought on: Consensus

If “we monitor our own, and limit ourselves in the name of consensus, and the quiet life,” then the principal of the Panopticon has been totally internalised; evidenced not only through the spiral of silence in everyday conversation but through the complicity of individuals to present themselves online through social media, as part of the “engine of consensus.” [Wilson, 2014]

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Thoughts on: Familiar; Recognisable

If every face in a crowd can be rendered recognisable, then what is the value of familiarity?

Why does knowing one person take precedence over another? Why is one person to be considered more familiar when information about everyone is immediately accessible?

How can you distinguish between a friend and someone with statistically similarly listed interests, when the deepest kinships can form through contrast and conflicts of ideas and opinion?

When the faces of the individuals themselves are all equally recognisable, what will become the face of familiarity?

 

Weekly Summary – 25.8.14 – 31.8.14

I have been reading through a considerable number of articles, having finished Do Androids Dream… and starting Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others, and have thus been considering issues I want to address in my dissertation, and have begun to understand that the inquiries I wish to make are not for a 10,000 word text, but much greater consideration. When I ask myself;

If every face in a crowd can be rendered recognisable, then what is the value of familiarity (to the users of online media)?

Then I have a single to untangle a single strand of the mesh I wish to un-weave, so this may be a good starting point.

Such a digital uncanny that I am researching has begun to manifest itself in practical works too; exploiting editing technologies’ limitations, such as in Unfamiliar, Instability in which I exploit stabilising algorithms to produce a hyper-real motion image.

I have also begun work on editing more recent photographs of the screen.

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Photos: Shortsighted

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Shortsighted

In this photographic quatrain, the two pairs of images show my retinal scans display on a computer screen, re-photographed through a magnifying glass, optically amplifying threefold. The image of the seeing object is broken into sub pixel fragments, subtly reflecting the mechanics of the gaze and that of the subject; the image. Viewing these images on a screen could be seen as a means of mirroring the audience’s eye, plunging them internally into an uncanny representation, the image of an image, which out of context may resemble a nebula, or something sub-cellular; both the pixel and body cell, at a loss for scale, but obviously organic. The dumbfounded vision of the short-sighted eye.

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Photos: Near-Far

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Near-Far

These images of spontaneously glitch explicit imagery transform intimate bodily acts into abstract constructions. The data-moshing-like effect of the momentarily corrupted image dehumanise the representations revealing their mechanical falsity. With the prominence of green suggesting a classical depiction of envy and greed; a distinctly unnatural hue that ironically echoes the shades of meadow and the circuit board simultaneously.

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Photos: Tripleplay

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Tripleplay

Tripleplay is a continuation of Doubleplay, focusing more on the structural properties of the digital image, where the images have been re-photographed from the screen again, further rendering the figure and the screens-within-screens equally flat and explicitly representational; unreal, reducing the transparency of the images.

As with Double-play; Triple-play is borrowed from reel-to-reel tapes, but may also refer to the commercial home release of a film on Blu Ray, DVD, and as a download as one product.

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Photos: Doubleplay

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Doubleplay

Doubleplay features a triptych of photographs showing images on a computer screen of an individual watching a live football match whilst simultaneously playing a football video-game, with his gaze split between the two, the simulation offsetting the representation, foregrounding the remediation of one format in another, mirrored in the re-photographing of the low-resolution, mobile phone picture.

Double-play is a term borrowed from reel-to-reel tape specifications, since used in conjunction with commercial Blu Ray disks releases, when a film is distributed as a DVD and Blu Ray in the same case, so it can be played across formats.

This triptych is continued in Tripleplay.

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Weekly Summary – 18.8.14 – 24.8.14

With finishing Chomsky’s Media Control, I decide to take a break from critical texts this week and read Philip K. Dick’s relevant sci-fi classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? along side the usual selection of articles from newspapers and websites.

I also made some headway towards making work, starting on a small piece involving my retinal scans morphing from eye to eye in stereo, but besides making it loop, I’m not sure what I can do with it. However, as the images used were around 2k resolution each, and they were being collaged together, it did mean I could work at 4k without stretching the images.

I should also be starting work in the Library when the term starts, with that, being a Student Ambassador, and heading up the Drawing Society, I am going to have to be very strict with my time keeping as it is my final year.

 

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Weekly Summary – 11.8.14 – 17.8.14

I have mostly been sorting my computer, setting up Photoshop, Graphics Tablet, Scanner etc. whilst finishing off reading Pure War and Media Control and have made a start on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? though I may have to pause from reading for a while to start on writing cons0lodated sections of the essay and making some practical work, as I have fail to produce anything of substance in far too long, therefore have had nothing worth submitting to any open submissions. However, I did make a start on a short film using image stabilisation, optical flow, and the moiré effect to generate interest visual effects, for the time being I just used my own familiar face, but it make work well as part of a series.

Self-portraiture may be starting to reoccur in my work, in various distorted digital forms, due to thinking about corruptible familiarity for my dissertations; the digital uncanny.

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