Sunday, January 29, 2017

read & respond | The Art of Noise

How music is evolving and created, related to technology and industrialization and civilization

Dadaism and futurism

Framed by discussing historical precedence
exploration of sound,
ancient form,
Mathematical - theory to describe the natural world
-fibonacci sequence in nature (leaves, branches)
-golden ratio 1:1.618 (faces, “squares”), pleasing to look at
Ratio - proportions (rationality) ---> laws
IDEALS - classical Grecian sculptures
Scales in music

Infinite combination of sounds (THINK: all the muscle movements in the face)

1913 Russolo - mechanisms are growing more popular (cars, manufacturing, mass crops, factorization) - Western Europe, USA

Scales are not necessarily relevant because they were questioning authority (ie: church)
If you have authority you are the author
Hegemony - accepted rules that run the world
You can’t escape the reality/hegemony so you create an alternate reality around it
Ethos - ethics
Russolo is coming out of WWI (gassing of humans in trenches)
Social Contract

Embrace reality - throw away/ignore musical scales, authorship, narrow view music vs the openness of the world. Music became idealized -- lost its connection to natural sounds

“The world is your instrument”

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

week of january 23rd

After the trials of breadboarding this blinky LED circuit, this week we soldered! I got to use my iron for the first time, so that was exciting. Soldering this was SO much easier than using the breadboard. My brain just does not automatically think in the same way a breadboard is diagrammed. The soldering diagram just makes so much more sense. I definitely need a lot more hours using the soldering iron to figure out the perfect amount of time and heat needed for a perfect Hersey's kiss, but I think these look pretty good. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

project 0 | upgrade proposal

This new fingertip scanner is a multi-functional device built for modern life.

Artists can use the colour scanner for finding the perfect color for their digital projects. This scanner is able to better recognize colours than the human eye. It is also amazing for color blind people to be able to use accurate colors in projects.
Text (even handwritten) can be scanned line by line into your word processor.
Materials can be roughly recognized (this feature is in the preliminary stages of development) to be used in programs like SketchUp when 3D modeling.

The fingertip scanner connects to Bluetooth, so your scan results are available on all of your devices.

I was inspired by videos I've seen online of a pen that can pick up colors and a video of a portable scanner. I wanted to create a device that could have multiple functions and be more compact. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

week of january 16th

This week we pro-typed on breadboards. Admittedly, this task was difficult and nearly took me two hours to complete.  But once completed I was quite proud that it was finally working!

We were told to not use the instructions that came with the kit and instead had to refer to the two diagrams we were given. This was definitely a learning curve to understand how to properly read the diagram and how to relate it to how the breadboard would look like in the physical world.

But after a lot of trial and error, help from Thomas, and collaborating with classmates, my breadboard finally worked! I am honestly not sure if I could replicate this again, but I feel that I have a better understanding of how to read circuit diagrams, just not how to implement them in the physical world. Creating circuits is definitely a time-consuming and detailed process.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

read & respond | Electric Body Manipulation as Performance Art: A Historical Perspective

Though not necessarily written about in this article, this topic definitely fights the line between scientific experimentation and artistic expression. While usually the science and art communities are believed to be very far apart, electricity's use in performance art is bringing these two circles together. In the beginning of this article, the process of scientists making electric discoveries is discussed. Once this groundwork is set, artists (who may have not even thought of themselves as artists in their time) come in and create modern spectacles.

In performances such as Stephen Gray's, science became entertainment, though mostly for the elite members of society. Blurring the lines and boxes we have created as a society, art, science, and entertainment are all intertwined. New scientific discoveries were exhibited in intriguing ways, in order to spread knowledge of complex ideas. While members of society in the 1700s were likely familiar with Art, science was probably a fuzzier area, and likely caused fear, especially with some of the dangerous effects of large amounts of electrical current. But, when scientists/artists displayed their discoveries in artistic ways, audience members were more likely to be intrigued.

But while there are interesting performances that came from the use of electrical current in humans, there is the darker side--electrical execution. Though definitely not art, during the course of discovering a new artistic medium, there was the discovery that electrical currents can kill humans. The fact that brilliant art performances have come from something so dangerous is amazing.

There is still the argument that electrical performance art, such as Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha's work, is not art. Because of the wall in our minds between science and art, it becomes difficult to classify what their work is. Even though they call it performance art, because it is artificially orchestrated, is it really art? It is not purposefully thought out to have a specific set of actions but is random. Is art required to a purpose? Just because their work does not exactly have a story line, it does have the purpose to explore facial expressions.

Also, there is the argument that it cannot be art simply because it uses technology. Technology is involved in all forms of traditional art, though. Oil paints have become perfected over time, the potter's wheel is electrical, and in modern times, digital artists use computer programs. All artistic mediums use technology, though maybe not technology as we typically think of it. Personally, I believe that their work is both art and science. Even though this goes against the desire for us to classify everything, sometimes we must accept that there are grey areas. Elsenaar and Scha simply go about their experiments in an artistic way.

lab | led throwies

Using this Instructable, we made LED throwies, as originally created by the Graffiti Research Lab.

The LEDs were made using an LED, a battery, a magnet, and electrical tape.

These small machines are simple to create, but have so much potential. They reinforce the idea that art doesn't necessarily have to be complex in order to be interesting and shareable.

notes on electricity

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

week of january 9th

We were introduced to the basics of electricity, components of circuit boards, and discussed Art.

The biggest take-away is RESISTANCE, VOLTAGE, and CURRENT.
Current is measured in amperes (amps) and signified as I.
Resistance is measured in Ohm's (omega symbol) and is signified by R.
Voltage is measured in volts (V) and is signified by V.

I / R * V

These three components are interconnected and depend and change with one another. 

Also, LEDs or light emitting diodes are polar, or a one direction valve for electricity. They also always require a resistor (unless it is a very small voltage). 

The data sheet is very important, as well as being able to read schematics. Always refer back to the data sheet if you are unsure of something. 

Art as a canon is being challenged in our time by the social, democratic nature of our society. With sites like Instructables, "trade secrets" are shared, and art becomes something for everyone.