“Tango” by Zbigniew Rybczyński

“Tango” is an experimental animated film made by Zbigniew Rybczyński in 1980. It is set in one room with an increasing number and series of interesting characters that loop in and out of the composition over and over.

Can you stop watching?

There is an incredibly sticky visual quality and an “I cant stop watching” aspect to the piece. Tango won The Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1983.

This evening in class we screened the “short animated film”, but is this a film? How would you describe this piece technically? The year it was made plays a role for sure.

What did you think of “Tango” as a whole? What is your interpretation of the piece? What is the artist communicating?

Please leave your reactions and responses in the comments section below.

Welcome to Art 642 :: New Media Spring 2018

Welcome to Art 642 New Media Students! (and alumni)

Spring 2018


First things first, grab the syllabus below! Please review it.


  1. Syllabus —>> * * ART642 New Media Spring 2018 * * <<— Syllabus


2. What is New Media? Where does it fit in? Read this – https://www.widewalls.ch/new-media-art-definition/


3. Check out these Artists over the course of the week: (make some notes if something stands out in both good ways or bad ways! Lets discuss!)

Kidmograph – http://kidmograph.tumblr.com

G1ft3d – http://giphy.com/g1ft3d

Scorpion Dagger – http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/

Michael Branson Smith – http://www.michaelbransonsmith.net/blog

Jessica Fenlon – http://drawclose.tumblr.com

Mark Napier – http://marknapier.com/

Lorna Mills – http://www.digitalmediatree.com/sallymckay/LornaMillsImageDump/

Josephe DeLappe – http://www.delappe.net/

Giphy.com Artist Index – http://giphy.com/artists


4. Feel free to leave a comment below based on anything that you have seen or read here! The comment section is below! A big part of our class will be reacting and responding to content posted on our class website. (Once you submit your comment, I will approve it. It may take a few minutes to “see” the comment after submission)

Have Fun!

Project #4: ‘Zine Collage

Creating the Base Drawing
Working with the theme from the previous projects, one will create a drawing as a foundation for the collage. Some themes that were part of the first three projects included being watched, an oppositional gaze, unsettling environments, and uncomfortability. For my base drawing, I drew a girl looking around in a panic next to some large hands.


Compiling/Photographing Textures for Masking
Some photos should be collected that have relevence to your theme. These should be taken from free stock sources or can be photographed independently. Once the photos have been acquired, they should be imported into Photoshop on to individual layers. For now, they may overlap, as we are just compiling images. I photographed Art and the Creation of Minds by Eliot W. Eisner, my own hands, and my eye, to create visual assets. I also used a starry night sky from a free stock image website on Google.

Liberating Visual Assets
Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, the Quick Selection Tool, and the Magic Wand Tool, in conjunction with Masking, depending on the complexity of their edge. Once each piece has been visually liberated, students have to option of Control+Clicking (or CMD+Clicking, for Macs) to create a selection space. Students may now use the contours of the original asset as a boundary for other textures. In other words, there may be two identical shapes that possess different textures. I had two images of the girl’s arm that used a text or a starry night texture.

Each image should be printed individually. To do this, the image must be fully visible in the 8.5 x 11 frame on the project file. With each individual print, the next asset should become visible. If assets do not overlap, two or more may be printed out at the same time.

Cutting Out
The printed images may be cut, torn, and overlapped to create a visually-interesting piece. I overlapped several pieces that had similar contours in order to mix textures inside of the confines of one shape. For example, the main subject’s body blends from a starry sky into text for a book page.


Like in Project #3, each asset will be nudged slightly and saved to compile a final animation.

Project #3: GIF Animation

Liberate Graphical Assets
I imagine this project would be an extension of Projects #1 and #2. Using the Polygonal Lasso, Magic Wand, and/or Quick Selection Tool in conjunction with Masking, one removes the pixels around the desired element. The Quick Selection Tool works well for high-contrast liberation of assets, whereas the Polygonal Lasson Tool and Magic Wand work better for lower contrast and patchy areas, respectively. Using Masking will allow us to non-destructively edit the assets.

Creating a JPEG Sequence:
Once the assets have been compiled into multiple layers, the file should be viewed as frames of an animation. Small nudges and adjustments should be made for small changes, whereas large shifts of assets should approximate wide movements. I even shifted the background about to emulate a parallax sense of space. At every interval where each graphic has been shifted, a Save As function should be applied. At about 16 frames, I felt the animation would be sufficient. I saved these as their own animation to compare with later iterations (see Compiling an Animation).

I imported each image to my phone via Bluetooth. The same result could also be achieved via e-mail or USB drive. Once the files were on my phone, I uploaded them individually to Glitche! and used a variety of “hack” tools to alter their appearance. I tried to organically balance the filters used. Every time I transitioned between frames, I used a light application of the previous hack with the new one to keep each frame new and interesting. Once each image was altered, I now had a set a new set of frames to work from.

Compiling an Animation
I imported the files back to Photoshop, all in the same file. Using the “Create Frame Animation” and using the “Make Frames From Layers” with all of the layers selected, I now had an animation to work with. I edited the time duration of the frames to .1 seconds, to make the animation more choppy and difficult to follow.

Wavy Collage

This image began as a still paper collage. Instead of scanning in my collage, I went back to the graphics I had used to create it. Using newhive I was able to layer my collage pieces back together except for the moving mouth. To create the wavy mouth I used MOSH (my favorite) to animate it. I had to go back into Photoshop and to turn it into a graphic asset but in GIF format. I then layered it on top of the rest of my newhive collage. With QuickTime I was able to make a screen recording of my finalized newhive collage and moved it into Photoshop. Since the file was way too big with over 300 image layers, I had to break it down into just 30 and save it as a GIF.

If I were to teach this in the classroom I would encourage my students to begin with their own graphic assets to create a paper collage. From there they could go back and animate one large part of their collage or a few small parts. Though the process is tedious and involves a lot of back and forth between Photoshop and newhive, the outcome is well worth it.

To.Be Gif Art – Kristin Laudicina

For all of my Gif animations I chose to work on the to.be website.  For some strange reason I had many issues with NewHive including just being unable to log in at random times.  Frustrated, I decided to stick with to.be.  A lot of my ideas stemmed from an initial drawing, which I then animated as a Gif, which I then created a little “scene” for.


The one below, my first attempt, was inspired by my first 2D project. Since I took so many selfies and my piece was a self portrait painting, I thought it would be fun to animate the many selfies along with my “selfie” artwork. I chose to put it in a frame and have a few onlookers enjoying the “art”.

One thing I noticed, and I’m unsure if it behaves the same way on NewHive, is that opacity in gifs does not show up faded on the website, but instead looks pixelated (see light in above field). Something to keep in mind when creating gifs.

The one above, which I kept calling “O Captain, My Captain” in my head, sprung about from a piece I created in Illustrator and Photoshop of Captain America. From there I wondered what could the old captains scene should be and voila, buildings and fire were born.

My next creation came from the animated gif of a giraffe I drew many years ago. Where else might you find a bad ass cigarette smoking giraffe but locked away in a jail cell. The poor child can hardly believe what he’s seeing.

The above began with the fish, which I painted and then edited in photoshop to have see through “bones”. I decided to animate the fish, put it in the ocean, and add melting skittles from a previous project that I just really enjoy.

This was where I began to try to breakaway from the whole “scene” I had been creating thus far. I wanted to just make something, anything, that didn’t look like a little, well, scene. I used a graphic image I had created and a background I found online. A simple gif of an inverted background flashing can give anything a cool effect (imho).

The one above was from a graphic design course I took during my undergrad. We created “pop out” images, and while the initial static image I made had the woman with her leg dangling from the frame, but I felt animating it slightly gave it that little something extra it needed (aaaaand I’m back creating tiny little scenes).

So I created a Gif from another drawing and thought, “wow she looks worried, what could possibly be going on?” Earth on fire? That’ll do it.

Okay back to simple. Again I took an image I had created (melty lightbulb) and found a nice flame Gif on Giphy.

So for this guy I used an Gif I had created for my 3D project and edited it on Giphy to create that cool drippy eye (this will be used again in future fields because I really like it).

And theres the eye again. That eye, was my inspiration. I initially wanted to create an outline of a girl that looked as though she was holding up her arms and holding a frame in front of her face (I used this in a future field) but once I put the drippy eye behind it, I liked that it was simple and left the frame off.

So this was my collage which is just a wish mosh of craziness made even more crazy by animating a few pieces. I used already created gifs to give it a little something extra.

Back to trying to keep it simple, we have the girl with the frame and my Gif selfie. The background is a song I had stuck in my head all throughout class when we initially learned how to create Gifs. There are two versions, this one, (which I suppose is the original and plays during the end of The Darjeeling Limited) and this cooler remake by NoFx.

Elephant Zentangle Gifs and Animations

I explored creating a lot of gifs with my elephant zentangle.  I started by creating a graphic asset of my elephant zentangle in Adobe Photoshop which I was then able to incorporate with color backgrounds. other images.

Then, I started experimenting with different background images and putting my elephant zentangle head on an actual elephant. I played around with Color Balance and Hue and Saturation in Photoshop.

After exploring in Photoshop. I searched Giphy.com for images of elephants. Being a huge Disney fan, I came across this Dumbo gif, and decided to create my own animation with it. I created this gif in Adobe Premiere. I fit my elephant zentangle over dumbo’s face and animated it moving with the motion of dumbo’s face. After rendering the animation in Premiere, I then uploaded it to Giphy.com to create a continuous loop of it.


I created my animation in Adobe After Effects.  The radial design was created with different shapes and rotating them in a circular motion.  I then put the elephant zentangle on top of the radial design and experimented rotating it around to complete my animation.  Lastly, I added sound and rendered the composition.  The animation was published through Vimeo and posted to NewHive.

Elephant Radial Design from Stephanie Buscemi on Vimeo.

After creating gifs and animations of my image, I wanted to take the doodle one step further.  In Photoshop, I used the puppet warp tool to make the trunk of the elephant move.  I then created gifs of the trunk moving.

Lastly, I searched for images of baby elephants. I then put the images of the moving trunk head on top of the baby elephant image to create the feel that the elephant was alive and moving. I experimented with the backgrounds in Photoshop as well.

Our Statement

“God is love, and love is God.”
– Jude Law, The Young Pope, Episode 8
Is it a coincidence that the word “dog” is “God” spelled backwards? I incorporated color; both versions of my elephant zentangle (full as well as zoomed in pieces of the detail in the doodles) creates a complete composition. This zine is the shit. I do comics and cartoony sort of graphics on the computer, so whenever I do personal work, I like to add a bit of that into it. Starting with an idea based on food, health and function in my 2D piece that transformed into a 3D piece, I was able to create graphic assets to build upon my digital work.
art makes me happy
and i like to create it
whenever i can
(its a haiku lol)
A Boston Terrier who happened to be my best friend for 8.5 years showed me unconditional love and happiness even while he was rapidly deteriorating from prostate cancer. My goal was to explore themes of unsettling environments and the feeling of being watched or a general lack of comfortability. I really just love aliens and the universe… Everything happens for a reason and we should all trust in that. As somebody who has their sun sign in Leo (ruled by Sirius, the dog star), I constantly go through cycles of death and rebirth. We are sort of like the Breakfast Club. With the projects I’ve created in the New Media class, I’ve been experimenting with animations focusing around eyes in Photoshop. These works are not just representative of a dog I called my best friend, but are images of an inner transformation that has led me towards a greater sense of happiness, peace, forgiveness and leadership. In these moving and still works I experimented with movement, color and balance. I’m spiritual like it or not! I’m fascinated on how I can continue to expand my fine art into digital works of art in the future.

With Love,