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The Internet’s Own Boy Documentary

I would like you to watch the portrait documentary of Aaron Swartz, The Internet’s Own Boy.

Aaron Swartz was a prodigy web developer that participated in some seminal web projects – RSS, Creative Commons licensing, and Reddit. He founded Demand Progress which successfully campaigned against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) with a broadly adopted 24 hour internet blackout of well know sites like Wikipedia. Swartz was later arrested by M.I.T. police for systematically downloading thousands of academic articles from JSTOR and federal prosecuted with charges of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Abuse and Fraud Act. Facing possible jail time, Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26. Larry Lessig who was a mentor, colleague, and friend to the much younger Swartz commemorated his life and work with Lessig’s appointment as Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School with a lecture titled “Aaron’s Laws: Law and Justice in a Digital Age.

Reactions to this assignment are optional and not mandatory, if you choose to react please post all reactions in the comments section below.

Guest Artist Visit Reactions

On Tuesday night 11/7/17 Reem Hussein was our guest artist in ART550. Reem shared her experiences as an MFA student, artist and educator. She is currently the director of the Mannes Center for Art Education at the Nassau County Museum of Art. We followed up her talk with a Q&A from the class. 

Students were asked to bring in one piece of current art work for a critique led by Reem.  A dialog about each student’s work proceeded.

In the comments section below please share your sentiments and reactions about what you learned from the evening as a whole.

What insights, comments or reactions have stuck with you? What do you see or understand now about your piece/work that you may have not seen prior to the critique?

Feel free to also include other thoughts and feelings.

 

 

 

11/7 – Class Reminder – Guest Artist Info

Dear Class,

This is a reminder. All students will bring in one piece of current work for a critique and discussion with our guest artist on Tuesday 11/7 starting at 5pm. 

This can be anything that you wish just as long as it is current work. Please do not bring in work from 5 years ago,  a wet painting or work that is difficult to transport.

The guest artist will give a presentation first, followed by a Q&A. The critique will take place after.

Week of 10/31 – Info & Assignment

**Note – Tuesday – 11/7 – Guest Artist Visit – Presentation, & Critique .

*Students will bring in one piece of current work for critique and discussion with our guest artist.

Week of 10/31 – Info & Assignment –

This week in class we began a discussion about responding to various works of contemporary art that fall outside of the traditional. We talked about how we can suspend our first judgements of what we may interpret as “the unconventional” or “strange” and look deeper into the works with out jumping to first impressions and opinions? Easier said than done..

*Students should view, screen & engage in the content below by selecting a piece (or two) of work to react and respond to in the comments section below.

In your response, you may choose to react from the perspective of the artist. What do you think the artist is communicating and what do they want the viewer to most understand? you are also welcome to discover a work that is not included below and share the URL along with your response.

We touched on a few specific examples including:

  1. Joseph Beuys’s action / performance of 1965 – “How to explain pictures to a dead hare” (below) Rich in symbolism and metaphors, what do you see or not see in this piece? (further research may be needed and is welcome to form your response).

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2. Rhizome’s NET ART Anthology. A two year online exhibition that portrays the history of Internet Art. – https://anthology.rhizome.org/

There are several pieces in this building series, you may need to get very specific about what piece or pieces you wish to respond to. (Use the titles in the website’s link to help your classmates identify them)

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3. Marina Ambramovic, Various works.

Several examples of her performances can be found here: – http://www.ubu.com/film/abramovic.html

 

Class Collaboration 2017

Collaboration Synopsis:

This is a studio work session / reflective exercise based class.

Students will chose to bring in the materials of their choice (not mandatory but you may choose to) to generate, complete and present their group outcomes during this class session. If you have a lap top computer, this would be a good class to bring it to (not mandatory but may prove useful).

This class project is generated, documented, presented and critiqued in immediacy all in one class session. We will record our process and results by publishing them to our class blog. Each group will submit a statement of their piece and then individually respond below.

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Group #1 – Statement: – Meghan, Sharron, Laura & Chie

“Duality”

Duality kickstarted with personal experiences revolving around male expectations of feminine behavior. From this cloud of negativity positive success stories were shared, which in turn highlighted the complex thought process culminating a duplexity of feminine mindset in society. Examining what is said or projected versus what is actually felt allowed us to simplify emotions as related to representational colors.

Each artist identifying with a specific color was able to recognize the duality of their hue. Yellow radiates happiness, warmth, perfection. When thought of as mustardy yellow, the grit of earthy elements forms a dichotomy of image.  Red is a hue that has the power to motivate yet intimidate a soul. It’s dominate nature can be overwhelming but in turn can also be used as inspiration to try something new. Pink is associated with femininity and sweetness but when turning a hot pink it can represent an edginess. Blue can denote an inner weakness and sadness yet it serves as a stable source of strength. These colors and feelings suggest how people see you and how you see yourself. It has the power to bring the imperfections of humanity to the surface if only in the subconscious.

Duality is the collaboration of four strong women permitting the simultaneous transmission of two messages in opposite directions. We reveal the complexity of the female mind and celebrate the ability to prosper through challenges.

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Group #2 – Statement – Grace, Len, Joselyn and Hyon.

Our presentation centered on the socio-political causes that most interest us: ANIMAL RIGHTS, THE ENVIRONMENT, HOMELESSNESS and NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. As these issues were discussed, pertinent articles were downloaded and digitally collaged on top of a photo of planet earth as a unifying visual, illustrating how all of these concerns are presently at-risk due to the policies of Donald Trump.

Each student will leave a comment below about the project by answering the following questions:

What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?

How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?

What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?

In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?

Week of 10/17 Part 2 – Assignment

This coming week in our class on 10/24 we will engage in our class Collaboration project #1 .

This is a studio work session / reflective exercise based class.

Students will chose to bring in the materials of their choice (not mandatory but you may choose to, and if so, I suggest dry media) to start, complete and present their group pieces during this class session. If you have a lap top computer, this would be a good class to bring it to (not mandatory but may prove useful).

This class project is generated, presented and critiqued in immediacy all in one class session. We will record our process and results by publishing them to our class blog.

*DUE on 10/24: Thesis / Research paper outline. Please e-mail your work to me or print out a copy and bring it to class. A synopsis for each criteria listed in the class writing template here.

 

*Historical Collaborations – Take a look at some of these examples over the course of your week. Bring any ideas that you have to class.

The 10 Most Memorable Artist Collaborations

http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/4339/top-ten-famous-couple-collaborations

https://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2017/04/27/famous-art-collaborations/