05.09.17 Studio Ajar (Final Presentation Night) – 12 Noon until Finished, with Food etc.
I redid the finish on the box after the grad expo. Of course, I still found a drip. I truly hate that stain with poly in it. It’s terrible. Then I had to make new hardware, which was also a pain. It did not go well. Soldering stainless steel is hard and it’s a weak bond. One piece ended up breaking during the Crit. I will need a new way or better soldering. I wrote my artists statement while I was at school.
My car broke down on Saturday, that caused me two days of grief.
I stayed at school all night Sunday cutting my Neutrino Event image. I did not leave until 8 in the morning. It should not have taken so long. The test images were fine but I had done some minor changes to the image and somehow I ended up with extra vector line son top of each other and it kept burning up. It took me all day to figure out how to fix it. I didn’t end up starting the cut until pretty late.
While I waited on the cut I also wrte my artist statement/wall text, fixed the hardware and cleaned the electronics lab.
Monday I took my car to the shop and slept as much as I could. I tried to put together my LED controls but my brain was too foggy I knew I would have to do it Tuesday morning.
Then I got a speeding ticket on the way to Crit Tuesday. I was only going 40! The sign said 45 but the ass hole cop said it was 30 before the sign. I am afraid I kind of lost it and write “Fuck this” on the ticket. I am not sorry. That’s the second time I’ve been pulled over like that for something absurd.
When I got to Crit, I had to finish putting everything back together. Then I had to set up the television. I also had to solder the LED controls for the box. I tried to get it all done, but I couldn’t. Owen said it was time to start and I had to do it during break. I was super hungry which made me very headachy and frustrated, but I got through it. Break came. Bless Steve! He helped. Lots of people could have, but Steve did. He is always so nice. I appreciated it.
Watching other people’s projects was good. Eleanor’s really impressed me a lot. It was the first thing I have seen from her that made me feel anything. Everything else she has done felt too easy. Not easy as in “she didn’t work hard.” She is a hard worker. “Essay” in that it addressed obvious racial issues without any real intensity. Is stuff we have all seen many times in many ways. This time, it was something different. It felt like she really pushed herself. It was a performance piece where she transitioned from white, to herself to black while reciting a spoken word poem called, “I Will Not Say Nigger.” She did a great job of maintaining the rhythm and acting without too much overacting. The subject matter was personal, but I think thoughtful. I think it’s good to see people who feel trapped between identities. That is important. It is important to more than just racial issues. We need to understand that no one is all of one thing or another. We are complex beings. It was also good because it was emotionally intense without being melodramatic. A piece like that is risky because it could easily spill into melodrama but I don’t think it did. The only weak point was that her representation of herself as a white character was a tad too unrealistic. It was very “Disney Princess,” which is not really how the typical white woman who might say “nigger” would look. I think it would be fine if the other characters were the same way, but they did not seem to be stereotypes. They were representative without stereotype. The white character fell a bit short. That’s a small thing though. The overall work was really good.
My Crit session was ok. It was a little disorganized and we talked a good bit about the things I planned to do as part of the total project instead of just the individual piece. Nate said my digital microscope wasn’t good enough quality and it was distracting. I don’t actually agree. I don’t think it makes that much of a difference. I would like it to function more smoothly but that’s as far as it goes. Owen felt the image should be less dense. I thought about that a lot and it was a hard decision. I think that now I am coming down on the side of a less dense image. Dense areas with space between would be a good way. Susan said that getting through all the gadgetry to see the art was an important point about the technology. I like that because while she sees it is a negative, I see it as a positive. That’s a good thing since I like art that can mean more than one thing.
The digital microscope was distracting. I intended to have it as a unifying piece. People would be able to take it and use it on any of the images in the exhibit. However, I am not sure that is a good idea now. People were getting in each other’s way and they were more focused on the tech than the idea. I think I do need some kind of unifying piece and I think it should be images on a big screen, but I think it should be something like photography of the participants as they look into the images. Show them examining the work so that they see how they respond to different scenarios.
I will never show it in a black room again. I didn’t design it to be a nightlight. The color was just too intense. The color should be a tool to highlight the cuts in the image, not just a fun way to change the colors. That was a big issue.
It also needs to have better LED control. I was so mad that I messed up my circuit. That remote is terrible.
My Wall text
2017 IMFA Spring Exhibit
Examination of Data Visualization by the CERN Organization for Nuclear Research Depicting the Light Byproduct of a High-energy Neutron Event at the Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica in October of 2013.
“Examination of a Neutrino Event” is the first work in a series of works exploring the application of cross-disciplinary methodologies. Participants are invited to examine the work from two perspectives, totality and isolation. The visual, kinesthetic, conceptual and environmental components of the work come together to create an overall impression. Then instruments of magnification offer detail and depth that can be experienced in isolated absorption or shared with others through real time digital imaging.
Twist the black knobs at the center and bottom of the display to adjust the color. Slide the two magnifiers along the bar by loosening and tightening the thumb screws.
Use the digital microscope to zoom in on the details of the image. Just push the button and observe the desired images on the large screen. The microscope works best when pressed flush against the protective acrylic over the image.