Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Research Project Notes



·        Statement of area of interest, thesis statement, introduction:

The Chambered Nautilus. “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wenfell Holmes. UWF history, Dr. Harold Crosby. “..a symbol of growth, change, and accomplishment.” -Crosby

My goal with this project is to represent the relationship between new beginnings/determination and the University of West Florida by using new technology offered on campus along with elements found on the Edward Ball Nature Trail.

·        List of primary research (6 min.):
-people interviewed, news articles, journals, artist inspirations, librarian assisted resources, catalog resources using Modern Lang Assoc. (MLA) citation methodology in your blog post.

John R Bratten-Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology
Gregory D Cook-Assistant Professor of Anthropology
“The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell” by Gladys Washington.

·        Locations to conduct fieldwork:

Thompson’s Bayou and the Edward Ball Nature Trail

·        4(min.) kinds of information/sample collections/date to gather in the fieldwork:
Minerals (sand/dirt), foliage, water from the bayou. Records of number of degrees received at the university.

·        Proposed statement of the type of final project/product you will design and create. Include materials, size, and any other formal elements of the project.

3D model of a chambered nautilus, words of the poem on the inside and filled with sediment/crushed foliage, possibly incorporate water.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week 8 Reading



Six Quick Lessons in How to Read a Landscape

·         Encourage making boundaries more flexible and even changing the boundary lines completely.
·         Focus on readily visible boundary-like things: lines on the road, railroads, bridges, etc. Seemingly mundane, however these boundary lines are also connections between people.
·         Car-dependent landscapes. Transportation policies and land-use practices have combined to reshape nearly every element of the built environment around the easy movement of automobiles.
·         Look up, look down. Telephone wires, electric poles, even satellites. Sewer systems, drainage systems, and now fiber optics.
·         Analyzing images of boundaries and architecture over time. Almost like a time lapse of economic progress and population growth.
·         Maps that trach geographical changes over time also give insight to cultural and economic traits as they also change. Analyzing these maps can also give information about the environment over time.
·         The more the symbols of a place can be connected to particular details, experiences, and documents, the more meaningful the act of landscape reading becomes.
·         Pick a familiar place, and analyze a small part of the landscape while trying to make relations between it and familiar elements.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week 7 Reflection


Making a site map was a little difficult for me, and it's changed slightly as I've added certain things to my HTML pages. The image shown is the current set-up. Some links are hidden in images and some pages are meant to look like dead-ends, however they all link to at least two pages. The theme of the site revolves around synthesizers. Many of the backgrounds are being made with InDesign.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Response to “Digital Materiality of GIFs”



The Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, has been an open platform since its creation. While not originally intended to be used for animation, many implement the platform for just that purpose. Many companies continue attempting to create a similar platform that is limited to each company’s specific constraints. These constraints aren’t meant to challenge artists into creating different material, but rather to gain more control over a medium not meant to be controlled. The GIF, in all its simplicity, is meant to be a guideline for artists to constantly expand through creative thinking and experimentation. To further limit these guidelines for corporate gain goes against everything the GIF has come to represent.
The GIF Specification limits color palettes to 256 colors, and must store the pixels that have changed for every frame of animation. While these limits are not ideal for content the size of movies, they are very efficient for smaller visual content. The looping mechanism of the GIF allows for endless remixing and reinterpretation. Upload limitations have only furthered the drive of artists to find new techniques and expand the use of the GIF.