This article by Nato Thompson discusses tactical interventions throughout history, and what it means to be a political artist.
This is the revised film project video that has changed based on critiques from my peers, which include...
Marshall McCluhan in his article, The Medium is the Message, is primarily arguing that invented technology, from painting to electricity and typography, are the messages themselves, not the content of the communication. For example, rather than artists using a canvas as a medium for a certain message, the actual message is the paint itself, rather than the intention. The author refers to electric light quite a bit to explain this phenomenon. He claims that light is not noticed until it is used to spell out a brand name. Here, light is the medium.
Maya Deren was an experimental American filmmaker who created avant-garde work in the 1940s and 50s.
This project was designed to help us identify an ad campaign that targets a specific audience, making us uncomfortable. Using Photoshop, we redesigned each advertisement to highlight the offensive implications of the identified ad campaigns. Here you can see an exploration of juxtaposition, appropriation, layering, text and image to communicate our desired visual messages. Below are also resources for media literacy.
The Ted Talk, "How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law," by Larry Lessig, discussed how our youth culture today creates art in the form of "remixes." A remix is a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, book, video, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new. His argument is that our current laws are inhibiting the creation of remixes, therefore inhibiting creativity. He feels there are two "extremist" teams defending either position: one side enforcing auto-takedown of videos and the other arguing for full freedom to remix however and whatever we want. He suggests an alternative to either opinion, in which artistic remixes could be allowed for non-commercial use and no profit. In this way, amateurs (like myself) would be allowed to post remixes or videos that include copyright media for the purpose of creativity and expression, rather than profit.
Who Owns the Future
by Jaron Lanier
This article left me feeling a bit empty inside. Before this I briefly considered what the future might look like generations from now, but this dark depiction caused me to really imagine the possibilities.