Printed Figurine

Today I awoke to an exciting text message telling me my figurine was ready to be picked up from the basement in Graham Sutherland. I was very excited to see it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It was presented to me and I was confused at first, the figurine was surrounded in a plastic waxy substance, the technicians put me at ease once they told me that is to be washed away. The figurine is also slightly smaller than I originally wanted but due to the Universities 3D printing facilities it is the biggest I could get it.

The next step was to soak the figurine in cold water, I did so for about an hour before starting to clean it.

On the technicians advice I used a tooth brush and scrubbed the figurine, this took just over an hour but was strangely therapeutic and relaxing. I took a video of myself cleaning the figurine for around 10 minutes, I found it really hard when doing research to see any videos on the post production of 3D printing i.e. cleaning, prepping and painting so I thought I would make a video which anyone could access and not have the problems I had.

The figurine still has a rough texture on the back half so I will leave it in soak over night and scrub it again tomorrow, then it will be ready for painting.

Nendoroids

Nendoroids are one of the biggest figure manufacturers in the world. The reason I am particularly interested in them is there interchangeable nature. Each figure comes with changeable outfits and facial expressions. Here are some examples including familiar face Hatsune Miku who I looked at in my original post exploring Interchangeable pop icons.

Aswell as being interchangeable Nendoroids are a unique version of the original within their own right. They are usually chibi versions of a game/anime character. Meaning the cute version. Nendoroid collecting is a community in itself, some people not even knowing the character they are collecting they just collect it because it’s Nendoroid. In my series Otaku Sanctuaries, Mim had hundreds of nendoroids. Last year in Japan Nendoroid even release there first video game.

Character development: Fifth element

When I think about character design for my protagonist in my final piece one existing character comes to mind. Leeloo from fifth element is the perfect example of a deadpan (not emotionless but glazed over eyes, surreal, uncanny) character who is “an outsider” and has difficulty interacting with our world. Also fifth element as a whole, the concept of the future and the character design really inspires me to be as imaginative and creative as possible.

Another character who inspired me doesn’t play a big part, but the fifth element fans seem to love her. Zorg’s receptionist.

Both characters are meticulously planned, down to the colour of there eyelashes. This is how I want my character to be, colour co-ordinated to create an identity or a brand with every single hair in the right place, doing the right thing. This is just an initial brainstorm of influences, but i’m sure LeeLoo will have a big impact on my final piece.

This fan made video shows the best bits of Leeloo from fifth element:
Video by TheViva11

Using video to introduce a project.

The great thing about video is that it’s an extended version of word of mouth. Why tell someone about a project when you can show and tell them at the same time? you never forget to mention a vital part, and no matter who is watching it a student a corporation or your next door neighbour they are all receiving the same information and the same experience of your project. Using video to not only promote but explain a project seems almost limitless. Here are some projects that use video to introduce their ideas well.

The table project

The table project utilise video well, I’ve seen the stop motion technique of someone drawing done countless times, but this is by far the best use of it. Using visual techniques and narration a quite complex project is explained in an easy to understand way, you could call this the projects pitch, it’s selling itself to you and want’s to make you learn more. I myself have since watching it sent it onto family who are actively involved in the church because I know they will want to learn about it from the video.

Collapsus

You could almost talk about this introduction as a trailer, it takes a different approach to mine, it’s about conspiracy and their fore doesn’t give a clear definition about what the project is, but that’s 100% intentional. There is also an explanation video, a talk through of this one. Which you can watch here. https://vimeo.com/15396143 However like mine it is a transmedia project.

The geography of youth

I love this project intro video. Wether it be because the project is inspiring or I feel like it could be a Phonar project, it is undoubtably a brilliant pitch, it’s exactly the kind of thing I’m after, using stats and figures to hook the viewer and peoples own personal stories too. It leaves me wanting more, I want to know about the project.

Interactive videos

I decided a while back that when doing photofilms I wanted to make ‘Moe’ a series, but I also think it’s key to have an opening 1/2 mins which establish what is an Otaku and acts as a pitch of the project. However I don’t want this video to become separate from the rest as I want it to be seen before each video. How can I get around this? by making an interactive video.

One of the most famous interactive videos is Deliver me to Hell, in which the viewer (you) decides the actions of a character to try and get them around safely without being killed by a zombie. You are given choices which take you to other videos and then play out the scenario.

With my Otaku videos it would be good to have an opening sequence, explaining the project and then have an option at the end. “Choose an Otaku” the viewer clicks on the image that looks most interesting to them and it takes them to their video, the same happens at the end of that video. And as I add more photofilms I gain more options.

There are interactive games for anything! Including minecraft and fashion.

 

My own AMV

My last post was about AMV, just doing some explaining of Anime and Manga fandom for my newest project for phonar. I decided, all this research is fine but the whole culture is about being an active audience member. So I’ve created my own AMV, to one of the best anime’s and one of the best songs.

Casshern the Lion. Casshern Sins x Lion by Exit Ten. AMV

By me, Daisy Ware-Jarrett

I’m hoping the fans will live up to their expectations and start commenting, liking and getting involved so I can use this video to discuss my project with them.

P.S. I quite enjoyed making this AMV, not going to lie.

Phonar Task : Alienated Sensory Mashup

This week myself and Amber Nicholls embarked on a trip to some woods in Coventry. For me it was an exciting experience, I have always lived near woods back home in Kent and as much as I love the city, there is nothing like a walk in the woods first thing in the morning.

Date: 15/10/2012
Place: Tile Hill woods
Time: 10.30 am
Weather: Cold early winter sun, wet floor from the dew.

Mood: Optimistic to get lost in the woods, fearful a city forest wouldn’t live up to my expectations (a bit closed minded of me i guess). All in all, the moment I walked into the woods, smelt the fresh air and heard the birds I felt more relaxed and content than I have in a long time.

Original Audio: http://soundcloud.com/daisywarejarrett/phonar-soundscape-daisy-amber 
Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58899178@N07/sets/72157631786137624/

Another video to come shortly…

p.s. myself and Amber alternated who was blind and who was deaf. Doing the journey twice. This video has a mixture of both trips.

slow-mo macro videos

Since Edgertons work many people have explored the idea of capturing what the eye cannot see and manipulating time, especially in video, there are many example of this on the web, here are some of the best, videos which turn something simple into a beautiful study of an object and time.

‘Matchstick Macro Slow Motion’ – Alex Herbert

‘Slow-mo Balloon Bang!’ – BBC

‘Coke-Mentos experiment’ – David Coiffier

‘Blue Thousand and One’ – Blue Man group

Love Love Love the colours in the Blue Man Groups video, colour is definitely something to consider.

‘Slow Motion Punches’ – Cody Kern

Futurism Search

One of the first place i call at for research… Youtube. I know I want to use futurism as my influence, exploring the movement and discovering more about it. Whilst on my inspiration hunt I found this great video, ‘F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto’ is a video interpretation of Marinetti’s Futurists Manifesto, it’s much better then just reading it, so listen carefully.

you can also read the manifesto here.

These are the 11 points of the Futurism Manifesto

  • We intend to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness.
  • Courage, audacity, and revolt will be essential elements of our poetry.
  • Up to now literature has exalted a pensive immobility, ecstasy, and sleep. We intend to exalt aggresive action, a feverish insomnia, the racer’s stride, the mortal leap, the punch and the slap.
  • We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car whose hood is adorned with great pipes, like serpents of explosive breath—a roaring car that seems to ride on grapeshot is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.
  • We want to hymn the man at the wheel, who hurls the lance of his spirit across the Earth, along the circle of its orbit.
  • The poet must spend himself with ardor, splendor, and generosity, to swell the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.
  • Except in struggle, there is no more beauty. No work without an aggressive character can be a masterpiece. Poetry must be conceived as a violent attack on unknown forces, to reduce and prostrate them before man.
  • We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!… Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We already live in the absolute, because we have created eternal, omnipresent speed.
  • We will glorify war—the world’s only hygiene—militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for woman.
  • We will destroy the museums, libraries, academies of every kind, will fight moralism, feminism, every opportunistic or utilitarian cowardice.
  • We will sing of great crowds excited by work, by pleasure, and by riot; we will sing of the multicolored, polyphonic tides of revolution in the modern capitals; we will sing of the vibrant nightly fervor of arsenals and shipyards blazing with violent electric moons; greedy railway stations that devour smoke-plumed serpents; factories hung on clouds by the crooked lines of their smoke; bridges that stride the rivers like giant gymnasts, flashing in the sun with a glitter of knives; adventurous steamers that sniff the horizon; deep-chested locomotives whose wheels paw the tracks like the hooves of enormous steel horses bridled by tubing; and the sleek flight of planes whose propellers chatter in the wind like banners and seem to cheer like an enthusiastic crowd.

So Thats futurism as it started, i don’t want to dwell on it too much yet, I should probably research some other experimental videos, even if they have nothing to do with futurism.

Experimental Narratives: Lecture 3

I learnt a lot more about what our final piece will be this week. We were looking at a range of unconventional videos that have a huge impact on the audience without using fancy trickery.

We looked at how art movements strongly influence going against the cliche and present new revolutionary ideas. These are some of the movements and the videos we looked at in relations to them.

Surrealism

Surrealists had a tendency to forcefully put themselves into a state of mind where the access the irrational. Drug induced paintings, forceful writing, and self harming are methods that Surrealist allegedly used to put themselves in a uneasy state of mind.

Bunuel’s – Un Chein Andalou

Once you get past the initial shock of this video you …..

A more modern surrealism piece, William Kentridge’s – Five Themes animation is a different way to present an unusual narrative.

All William Kentridge’s animations are filmed with an SLR camera, and on one giant piece of paper, instead of starting a fresh for each frame, kentridge rubs out parts of his charcoal drawing and applies more. I find this fascinating, his physical end piece is a journey of his art. In a way this appeals to me more then the animation does. The story left on the paper and the traces are fascinating. Also the fact that other then the images he takes and the traces left on the paper, the frames only exist for him, in his studio for a few minutes. In case you have no idea what i’m going on about, or you want to know more, here is a video of Kentridge making his animations.

From one extreme to the other, Jan Svankmajer, created a film called ‘Little Otik’, the story is based around a fairytale in which an infertile mother falls in love with a wooden baby her husband carved for her. Her love animated the child, but it has horrible consequences. This is a trailer, that taps into how surreal and unconventional the movie is, which is unusual of a film which follows a fairytale story, well actually it probably follows the original story rather then the Disney-fied sensored version.

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Moving on from surrealism to the more contemporary videos now.

Contemporary

Derek Jarman’s video – Blue is a simple yet emotional video. Usually if you told me I was about to watch a really famous video which consists only of a blue screen I would switch myself off. But the story behind this video gives it so much emotion and passion.

Derek Jarman was dying of aids when he made this video, and this video expresses how his sense of hearing became vital when he started to loose his sight. As you can imagine being a video maker with no sight is not the ideal situation. I think i relate with this video because as a photographer who was born with cataracts I live my life never knowing if/when I will start to loose my sight. My story is not quite as serious as Derek Jarman’s but its something that plays on the back of my mind and it’s a relief to know that after losing sight a visual artist can still create.

Moving on to a beautiful technique, rotoscoping, I can’t escape it this week, in a another module we looked at the work of Richard Linklater, his adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s book, ‘A Scanner Darkly’. The film is done through rotoscoping, I have yet to watch it all but this clip shows the beauty of rotoscoping.

The rotoscoped video we looked at in lectures today was ‘Waltz with Bashir’, a documentary style film which is rotoscoped.

And finally the last video we looked at is a documentary which as won numerous awards and was edited on imovie. It’s an exploration of the self, and the creator Jonathan Caouette’s coming to terms with his childhood and growing up with a schizophrenic mother. Again I haven’t seen the film, I will ASAP and post about it but this is a trailer.

Digital Rest: Minority Report

I was trying to think about situations in media where technology has been used as an escape. It may be based in the future but i think the first minute of this scene in Minority report (2002) shows how the future may be when we have the technology. It’s a digital version of what i talked about in the last post about Digital Rest. The places which Oliver Grau calls Illusion spaces. In this Digital Rest, people go to find sanctuary in a world that does not exist, they escape all the problems in their lives and live out a dream in the virtual world.

Super Nature Design & Wonwei: ‘Prism1666’

This interactive installation is made by Super Nature Design & Wonwei. The piece is a tribute to Isaac Newtons experiments with white lights, and discovery of light dispersion.

In this Piece 15 prisms are placed on a white surface, A graphic design is then projected onto all of this, and then viewers can control the design using a computer.

PRISMA1666 from Super Nature Design on Vimeo.

Writing a Creative CV

Creative CV’s – General guidelines

  • Don’t let the medium interfere with the message. You need to balance eye-catching/different with a sharp and professional promotion of your style. Presentation is particularly important but that does not necessarily mean an unusual CV.
  • Start by producing a standard CV. Only when the wording is excellent consider something that is a bit different: get the content right before focusing on the design.
  • Once you do start introducing more of a design element to a CV you have to recognise that this is more of a high risk strategy. Some recruiters may love your design, others may hate it, so show your CV to other people first.
  • The same will go for many big organisations.  Where they have specialized recruitment functions, a well formatted CV will always work better.  One large advertising agency recommended a standard CV.  Some smaller companies may like a more individual approach. They may be more impressed by an unusual CV because they have fewer to look at.  It’s the content, practical skills, and work experience that employers are particularly interested in and evidence of what you have created: listings of exhibitions etc and work experience can sometimes take priority over education.
  • If in doubt call the employer and ask them what they would like you to send. You don’t even have to leave your name!
  • Provide a link on your CV to a web site with examples of projects from your portfolio.
  • Use your logo if you have one and ensure your CV and portfolio is the same stylistically.
  • For most roles the content will most likely stay the same for both your creative and corporate CV – unless of course the design of your creative CV limits what you can write OR if you are applying for a part time job in which case the content will be considerably different.

Note for artists – when contacting galleries and exhibitions for the purpose of showing your work you will need to send an Artists CV. A photo of an example CV is included in this pack but in summary the headings to use in your CV are:

    • Personal Details
      As described in a standard CV
    • Artist Statement
      this should be a short and clear statement of your work and thoughts as an artist. Feel free to use relevant industry terminology as you will most likely be dealing with industry professionals. Statements can include information on the themes of your work, the direction it is heading in, its meaning, etc.
    • Professional Artist Training
      Include information on relevant artist specific education and training such as your BA or Foundation Degree.
    • Artistic Achievement
      List your achievements, starting with the most recent including things such as awards and reviews.
    • Art Related Employment
      List your related employment such as teaching and commissions. Include any placements if you do not have any employment.
    • Agent
      If you have one.

Produced by Seema Tailor, Careers and Employability Adviser 

Last updated – August 2010

Madonna

I thought it would be really hard to find articles or videos relating to Madonna (the pop star) and religion, but apparently not, by typing into google Madonna and religion, she is all that comes up. Literally. Does this show how celebrities have become more important than religion in our society? probably. Here is some stuff i’ve found regarding Madonna and religion.


This video is taken from 2006 and shows Madonna talking about why she chose Kabbalah and why she thinks people don’t like it.

The Religious Affiliation of Pop Singer, Actress, Madonna

a snippet from an essay which can be found here

“From: Gary Strauss, “Stars unleash their passion”, published in USA Today, 4 July 2005 (http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2005-07-04-celebs-religion_x.htm; viewed 21 November 2005):

What happens when a Hollywood star spouts off about religion?

…The relationship between celebrities and religion can be mutually beneficial. “Religious groups clearly feel having a celebrity endorsement helps give pizazz and credibility, just like any product that benefits from a celebrity endorser,” says Steve Waldman, editor ofbeliefnet.com, a multi-faith and spiritual Web site. “It’s particularly true with Scientology or Kabbalah.”

…There has been little apparent fallout on others who are vocal about their not-so-mainstream religious beliefs. Madonna is an advocate of Kabbalism. Her embrace of the mystical Jewish movement seemingly has no effect on her singing career. Her film career is more affected by a string of box-office failures (The Next Best Thing, Swept Away).

“In film entertainment, she’s not taken seriously,” Speier says.”

This is a great video which talks about how religion is like a trend to Madonna and once everyone follows her trend she changes it.

WATCH IT HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Life, Building

So this week in second life we were looking at building, we used the coventry university sandbox, which is a public space in which you can build, because usually you have to pay for everything you build. Our task was to make a photo stand and put a self portrait which we had to take onto it. This is the video we were given which shows how to build effectively…

and this is my Avatar next to my photo and stand.

It looks a bit pathetic next to the snowman but considering it’s the first thing i’ve made i think it came out nicely.

Pierre et Gilles: Directors :)

As well as photographers Pierre et Gilles ventured into the world of video, their style was wanted by artists for music videos.

Lamur – Tu Es Foutu

 Marc Almond – A Lover Spurned
 

“It’s hard to think of contemporary culture without the influence of Pierre et Gilles, from advertising to fashion photography, music video, and film. This is truly global art.” – Jeff Koons.

Pierre et Gilles handmake all their sets and edit the images themselves, it is very much their style which has made them iconic especially in the gay community. Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard are life-partners, both love art and use their skills to create what they assume to be the ultimate beauty, bright contrasting colours and strong use of glitter reflect there love for beauty.

“Pierre photographs the model and Gilles painstakingly retouches and hand-colors the print, highlighting each detail to create a vivid and colorful world of aesthetic perfection as dreamed up by the artists.” – taken from coolhunting.com

David LaChapelle in Detail

David LaChapelle is an American photographer who got his big break given to him then the legendary Andy Warhol, who offered LaChapelle a job at Interview magazine.

From then on his career got stronger and stronger, being commisioned to shoot for magazines such as GQ and italian Vogue.

After this LaChappelle explored video as an art form, little did I know I have been a fan of LaChapelle’s work for a long time…


Christina Aguilera ‘Dirrty’ Produced by David LaChapelle

Blink 182 ‘Felling This’ Produced by David LaChapelle

Following this he decided to make a documetary about Krump dancing called ‘Rize’.

He has now moved back into more arty work, heres an interview explaining why.