Opposites, Contradictions and Juxtapositions
‘Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same’, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Opacity and Everyday life
Using photographs from real life and photographs from second life develop a Gif in response to the following quote: “We clamor for the right to opacity for everyone”, Édouard Glissant. The Poetics of Relation, p 194.
Édouard Glissant was a poet from Martinique, a small island in the Caribbean, who in the late 20th Century formulated a demand for the right to opacity. He was writing from the context of a small island community where residents’ privacy is often violated. In addition, Martinique is a former French colony and Glissant is acutely aware of the post-colonial discourse.
Nowadays we often hear about the merits of transparency. Mark Zuckerberg, preaches about the need for radical transparency, yet he covers the camera and microphone on his laptop. Facebook has started using facial recognition, almost every street in any large city has surveillance cameras now. If we have done nothing wrong we should have nothing to hide.
Are we are now living in the world George Orwell described in his novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopian world where there are monitors in every home, a surveillance state where we have no way of knowing when we are being watched. My GIF relates to all these issues and features images of my daughter growing up in this world of extreme surveillance.
GIF Assignment: Using Photoshop frame animation I transformed my A1 affective state drawings into a series of animated GIFs.
TERRY: Image 1- mac OS filter, 0.2 second rotation; Image 2- greyscale, 0.3 second rotation. These gif’s were created with just two images of affective state drawings (pensive & questioning). The process was simple enough as I had worked in layers using tracing paper, making it possible to just photograph and upload the images in Photoshop.
FLAVIA: Image 1- greyscale, 0.1 second rotation; Image 2- Windows filter, 0.3 second rotation. These gif’s were created by deconstructing the final affective state drawing of Flavia and reconstructing it in Photoshop, effectively transforming 1 image into 3, the opposite of the affective state drawing which involved converting 3 images into 1. This was a much more complicated and time consuming process, as the drawing had become very complex making it was difficult to see what I was supposed to be deleting.
Daguerreotype- The Louis Daguerre Effect
The daguerreotype was the first commercially successful photographic process (1839-1860) in the history of photography. Named after the inventor, Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, each daguerreotype is a unique image on a silvered copper plate.
Brief: Create a series of three daguerreotypes in Photoshop.
Image 1. Found source, ‘Hillbillies’.
Image 2. Bats I photographed at the Natural History Museum in Dublin.
Image 3. Primates I photographed at the Natural History Museum in Dublin.
Book Jacket Assignment: Repurposing & Technological Determinism
Textual subversion: change the meaning of the text in the original to say something critical/other to the original meaning.
Design subversion: change the meaning of the main image format in the original to say something critical/other to the original meaning.
A4 (300dpi) digital collage which articulates the connection between Utopia and Dystopia.
A4 (300dpi) digital painting of a heterotopian space
Develop 8 colour swatches from another painting and only using these.
Colour swatches created from painting below
Develop two digital paintings in Photoshop
Develop 3 Gradient digital skies in photoshop based on landscapes from your home environment.
Use Photoshop to transform a couple of portraits in the style of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe.
Text & Layering
Utilise an image from Module 1: Drawing as information Gathering. Resize as appropriate and insert a quotation relating to individual drawing research.