Saturday, January 25, 2014

Coupon Collection 2013 Yearly Tally

         Since my July 11, 2013 post, Update: Local & National Print Media Observation, there has not been much press relating to the printed daily papers and digital subscriptions. A recent updated article on the Knight Digital Media Center website at the University of California Berkley gives an overview of the current state of the transition to digital journalism. The article includes details of how news organizations have been using online coverage for breaking news and print versions for feature articles. [1]
            As for my local paper, there is continuous advertising for both print and digital subscriptions. My local grocery store that I buy the Sunday paper at every week will now randomly offer the paper on special for a dollar less than the $3.00 price. In addition during the week, I have noticed the rack for the Sunday paper reduced for sale of $2.00. As an estimate there might be half as many papers when I was at the store on Sunday. This is just with in the last couple of weeks, so it would take a little more research to find out if the store has to purchase the papers and are unable to return unsold papers to the local news organization for credit.
            The attached image is one of the many coupons that are printed out at the register of my local grocery store for discounted subscriptions of the local paper. It is very similar to the offers for a combination of print and digital subscriptions I have mentioned in my June 26, 2012 post, Local & National Print Media Observations.
            The 2013 yearly tally for the Coupon Collection is 15,174
Now with a little over two years of collecting other restaging sites or projects are being actively proposed.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Art in Print Publication

I am currently published in the Art in Print Journal,
January - February Volume 3, Number 5. 
My overview of the IMPACT8 International Printmaking Conference and
Print Festival Scotland is entitled Interdisciplinary Approaches at IMPACT8.

Art in Print Journal offers an online subscription and a print version of the journal.
Preview the content of Volume 3, Number 5 issue.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mouth Clip Outtakes and Reflections from Childhood Memories

Candy Cigarettes and Box
           The December 2013 recent addition of the Mouth Collection has a video clip that documents the social interaction between a candy cigarette and me. My childhood memories of the sugary substance that creates a puff of pretend smoke interrupted the process of visually presenting this ephemeral act.  
            I have not consumed candy cigarettes since elementary school age. In considering the social engagement with the candy as part of the collection, I went by my childhood memories of blowing through the paper wrapper and the sugary coating on the gum produced an impressive puff of pretend smoke. With the understanding that memories can be a little skewed, especially from childhood, the present experience was not what my memory led me to believe.
            My intent to bring this experience with memory into my research is acknowledging the tension from the expectation of a memory and the present moment of a social interaction with an object. These expectations made me change the background from white to black for the restaging of the video process. This was done in anticipation to capture the pretend smoke in the moment. The black background does benefit in visually presenting the subtleness of the pretend smoke.
            Included in this blog post is a video used as research depicting outtakes from the documenting process. Between each video clip I have inserted selected text representing my thought process, while encountering the tensions from my memory and the present moment.  I chose text over audio in this video as research, because I perceive memories and thoughts to derive from an individual context and relate to quiet moments.
            While there is no presence of memory studies or phenomenology included in this text, the blog post and video as research notates an increase tension with the past and present social engagement with an object for this particular video clip in the collection project. I have had interactions in the past with objects I have used as a child that were reintroduced to me as an adult for this project. One example is the chew gum clip from the December 2011 recent addition of the Mouth Collection. The one difference between the two processes is I had a memory of a specific visual that an action produced and with the gum I had to practice in order to perform the act of blowing bubbles.  

The video that was meant to accompany this post will be posted at a future date on a separate post, because of current and constant error messages on blogger.  
Thank You for your patience...

Please visit Mouth Clip Video Post  (January 13, 2014) 

View the December 2013 Recent Addition to the Mouth Collection