Monday, December 7, 2009
Project in collaboration with "New Images of the Middle East/Images of the New Middle East" --> responses to music of Guy Manoukian, artist and composer, which seeks to modernize traditional middle eastern sounds.
also: http://eyebeam.org/press/media/videos/electronics-on-canvas-les-ann%C3%A9es-lumi%C3%A8re-by-ayah-bdeir-eyebeam-open-studios-fall-- for other featured work from Eyebeam.org
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
use of cars and the numerous parking lots that surround the campus. Throughout a 6 or so hour period on a normal weekday morning, a dedicated team of 50 something volunteers and "professional" parking attendants stationed all around the various lots directing every single person that sought to park on campus into a specifically designated lot according to the color of their car. Organized into dark blue, blue, light metallic blue, silver & gray, black, beige, brown, metallic
rasberry, yellow, electric blue, white, aqua, green, and red, the campus soon became transformed, from the everyday mass of people in cars struggling to find the best space in the lot closest to their destination, to a working piece of installation art that created a more interesting, interactive, and thought provoking environment for the thousands of people involved. What a neat project to pull off!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
To me, this is quite a bold performance installation piece, even if it doesn't even come close to being as epic and intense as what Woodstock itself was for many. I think Tribe is making an interesting comment on what Woodstock meant for those who attended, those who didn't attend but lived to see the history attached to it, and even what it means to us today - this famous legacy of the 60's, hippies, anti-war movements, and psychadelic explorations, all culminating in the massive 1969 multi-day festival. By creating two separate projections of the same video, Tribe touches on this idea of psychadelic images, feelings, and experiences that people most likely were touching on themselves back in the day, especially during the Jimi Hendrix performance of the Star Spangled Banner. This installation reaches out to the two senses that probably rendered the most clear for everyone at Woodstock, sight and sound. And by projecting this video on top of a modern-day picture of what the Woodstock sight looks like today, Tribe is bringing the history of Woodstock back on a new and creative level, one that allows viewers to question the meaning of the past and how it relates to our culture and experiences today. The fact that people perform recreations of the songs performed back at Woodstock, which is obviously not surprising because they are utterly amazing, but the very fact that this happens, that we keep loving and listening to pieces of audio art from 4 decades ago says something about how we live as a society today. And, as someone who is a fan of old classics like Jimi Hendrix, I am quite fascinated by what Tribe has done here.
More work to come from Mark Tribe!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Gearbox is tutorial and resource site that provides the public (well, people who sign up for membership) with loads of information on how to make cheap films using recycled or found items from your surrounding environment, in order to imitate professional, higher cost techniques for making films. Ex) using a fishing pole for getting a higher up, crane-type shot. This is an awesome way to put the power of art/film making into the hands of the everyday viewer! It also encourages people to really expand upon traditional and professional ways of making films or getting shots, while at the same time reusing and recycling stuff we don't have an everyday use for. Yeah!