Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Collection and “Online” Engagement

              Today, June 30, 2013, is the last scheduled day of the Currents 2013: Santa Fe International New Media Festival. The "collection" project was selected for inclusion as a web based art work featured in the festival. This blog post is about social media’s use between the “collection” project and the time period of the festival. The writing will refer to the use of social media to initiate participant engagement with themes of the collection, rather than use as a marketing tool for the announcement of inclusion in the new media festival.
Screen Shot from Currents 2013 Facebook Page with website link.

            The two main sources of social media are Google+ and Facebook. Each of these sources has a Currents: Santa Fe International New Media Festival page to display the artist projects, the events, and the exhibitions at the festival. The posting of the link to the “collections” project website on the pages was done by the festival’s staff. The time period of the posts began weeks before the opening date of the two week festival. These posts  related to introducing the artists and projects. 
Screen Shot from Google+ "circles" feature
            My use of these Internet pages to initiate participant engagement was done by posting comments and links directing the viewers from the Currents social media page to links to certain sections of the “collection” project website. Facebook has an area on the page designated for comments and I set up a separate Google+ “circle” for viewers following the new media festival. Viewers who are following the Currents 2013 Google+ page were invited to my Currents New Media Festival “circle.” The social media “circle” features allowed me to send posts just to the people who accepted the invitation to be part of the “circle.” 
            The two posts that were made public to the followers of the new media festival pages were the June 2013 recent addition of the Mouth Collection and an invitation to be a participant of the collecting process for the Public Bulletin Board Collection. Currently, there have been no images submitted during the Currents 2013 festival time period for the Public Bulletin Board Collection. The Current’s Internet pages exist and have longevity beyond the time frame of the site-specific locations of the festival’s exhibitions and offer other opportunities to participate in the project.
Screen Shot of my comment with links to the Collections website.
            The images with this blog post are screen shots of the social media features that were described. This is just as a visual note: it is very unclear to me why on Facebook the collection icon from my Facebook collection page did not display when I posted a comment on the Currents festival Facebook page. I will monitor if the visual of my avatar reappears with future posts.  
            The experiences with the festival’s social media sites are some of the first to be documented as “online” engagement with the “collection” project through a site-specific event.   
The "collections" project social media pages are Google+  and Facebook

Saturday, June 8, 2013

CURRENTS 2013: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival

The "collection" project has been selected for inclusion as a web based art work in  
Currents 2013: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival 
in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA. 

The New Media Festival dates are June 14th through June 30th,  2013 

Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival is an annual city wide event in Santa Fe,New Mexico. The New Media Festival brings regional, national, and international New Media Arts through exhibitions, multimedia performances, workshops, and other community events. 

To inquire about the New Media Festival scheduled events, venues, and participating artists. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Visual Representation and a Color-blind Perspective

Microphone used for recording session. May 30, 2012

         The Interaction with Color Collection presents the role that color represents within specific types of activities, characteristics of an object, and the human body as an object. These are my concepts for the collecting and documenting process of the video clips for the collection theme. A color-blind perspective is used to restage the collection theme and provides a personal experience with the visual representation of color.
            The participant’s name is Harry. Harry first realized he was color-blind when he was going through testing for aviation training in the United States military service in 1965. Color codes have a large role in military aviation signaling. Being color-blind limited Harry’s advancement in his training.
            Less than ten percent of the male population is color-blind.[1] For women it is rare, but still possible since color-blindness is inherited.[2] The Colblindor website offers a free ebook, Color Blind Essentials, that references the types of color vision and tests.
            Harry’s perspective on the Interaction with Color Collection is not a color vision test.  I have requested to Harry to put a side, the best of his ability, the social standards he has acquired with color in his everyday living. A common example of color used as a social standard would be the placement of the colors red and green on a traffic light. These colors are also among the most questionable for the color-blind person to identify. The limited ability for the color-blind person in determining certain colors can be due to the shade (light to dark) of the color.[3]
            After Harry recorded his perspective of the collection, we had a conversation about two distinguished visuals and the prominent color associations. The two video clips are the crayon coloring of an image of a tree and the orange fruit being cut. Harry explains as he observed the video of the image of the tree in the coloring book that he sees green as the crayon color. He continues with explaining that the image of the tree also directs his thoughts about the color, because he has been told several times that a tree trunk is brown. In this example the image presented in the video clip has a role of persuading Harry to comment on his color choice.
             The orange fruit being cut is approach in a similar manner. Harry has been informed of the fruit’s shape and texture. The audio of Harry’s voice for the orange fruit video clip was documented stating “orange.” In the process of editing the restaging, I accidentally cut that portion of the audio for the orange fruit video clip. The clip was not included in the restaging video, because of the loss of audio.
            I did not ask Harry to redo the audio. It was important that the recording session was done in one take. This is intended to document Harry’s perspective without him becoming to familiar with the Interaction with Color Collection’s video clips. This blog post references the process of the audio recording, along with the orange fruit video clip being included in the original act of recording.  
Harry sitting at table with computer during recording session.
            The drawings included in this blog post are of the microphone used in the recording process and a sketch of Harry at the table recording with the computer.  My inclusion of the drawings is part of the process during my observations of Harry’s recording session. Referencing my January 5, 2013 blog post, The Role of the Drawing Process in “fieldwork”, instead of the drawing process being used to visually investigate the spatial perspective of an environment for site-specific documentation, the drawing process incorporates a visual representation of my observations of Harry recording his perspective beyond my written notes. I chose the drawing process over taking digital images, because the drawing process engages my body and senses with observing the experience.
            This blog post does have absences concerning Visual Culture theories such as Semiology and the “linguistic turn.”[4] The blog post demonstrates how the restaging creates an individual insight to Harry’s visual perception of color by documenting his language use as he reacts to the visual representation. Presenting these aspects of the recording process contributes to the understanding of the collaborating experience between Harry and myself in creating a translation of the collection theme. 

To view the restaging of the Interaction with Color Collection

[4] Christopher Pinney, “Four Types of Visual Culture,” in Handbook of Material Culture, eds. Chris Tilley, Webb Keane, Susanne K├╝chler, Mike Rowlands, Patricia Spyer (London: Sage, 2006) 131- 134

Restaging Media and a Collection Theme

             The Interaction with Color Collection has been restaged with the use of various media forms. Audio is used to present another visual perspective of the collection theme. The Internet is the media platform for public access to the restaging.
            The restaging of the video segments of the Interaction with Color Collection has been presented with a perspective from a person who is colorblind. The verbal responses of the participant, Harry, were recorded while he watched the current February 2012 thru April 2013 additions to the collection. The original sound of the video segments was removed. This act enables Harry’s voice to be prominent and to restage the collection with his visual perspective.
            The audio from the video clips of the collection was not the only original content removed. The title pages introducing the collection have been altered to introduce the restaging concept. The “new addition” title pages have also been removed from the whole video collection. Deleting these title pages is intended to remove my collecting process idea, which provides about a half of an hour of a different perspective.
            The presentation of the restaging is displayed on the collection project’s website. The colorblind perspective of the Interaction with Color Collection is the second restaging of the collection. The first restaging was of the print media objects. Segments of the Coupon Collection were exhibited at the Newark Free Library (Newark, Delaware). The June 4, 2012 blog post, Restaging of the Coupon Collection, refers to the details of the public institutions restaging site.
            The colorblind perspective is presented in the Restaging the Collection section of the collection project’s website. The use of audio over dubbed on to the video clips has offered an opportunity to present a media form of restaging to the video aspect of my collection.