GIFs by Nicole

When I first started this class I was strictly a still image creator.  I had been introduced to video and motion graphics in the past but had been resistant.  This class really helped me expand my skill set and my love for making gifs. Each of these gifs is an example of my photography with a moving twist.

Collage to Digital to Zine

For this project we worked on was a collage that turned into a digital file that was then used  into a class collaboration zine. The first day of this class, we had run out of paper and had decided to create piece on photoshop just so I was not creating something and contributing to the class time. I went into the google drive and had created an collage with everyones assets and images within the drive. I edited most of these one my phone and then transferred them to photoshop to treat this composition. The app I used was imaegine. Here is my outcome:

I find this was a successful attempt. I do wish I made the figures more abstract to where you couldn’t tell what they were but overall I am happy with this piece.

These are my examples and submissions for the Zine project. Each one of these are a collage that I made with images and scraps from everyones photos that they had printed and assembled in what you see below. Then I went and took images of these collages and used the app imaegine to edit them.

Jessica Hart


Week #14 – ZINE Output & More

Dear Class, OK, technically, classes ended on Tuesday the 30th.. but I would like to meet this Thursday May 2nd for a few hours. (if you can not make it, I totally understand, and it is not a mandatory class, but please come if you can :))))

Thursday May 9th will be our final meeting time during the final exams week. We will use 2 hours of this time (during our normal class meeting time) to present a series of completed works from each student and the class as a whole.

**Please contact me with any questions.

Did you miss week #12 or #13? Please refresh your memory HERE

We have access to a good printer in our classroom that allows for 11″x17″ print out-put. We will explore this and crop our images into the Zine size of 8.5″ X 11″ – I gave a tabloid layout demo in class on 4/25 but lets review it again using adobe illustrator.

**Be sure to add your ZINE collage works to the ZINE COLLAB folder in our class Google drive folder here below:

I will be bringing the saddle stapler for us to bind our collaboration ZINE together on 5/2 & 5/9.

The Video Projection Experiments of 4/25 – Students can view the recorded works produced during class on 4/25 – Using a data projector and a still life arrangement of pedestals and other objects, we tested the previous weeks works and then-some –


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Also – I posted the projection examples on my Instagram last week:

“Had fun doing some #video projection experimentations with my #art642 students at #liupost last night – I started thinking about final presentation options of our collective completed work (outside of what already exists on our class website – Finals are approaching.. Perhaps rather than individual presentations, the class will present a collaborative, modular, large scale video projection? Thoughts? (Projecting onto #3D objects like a pedestal or a box can create another dimension of visual presentation potential, is there a context?”

Notice that the post itself embeds into this blog post and functions the same way it would via the app. This is a nice way to share some of your New Media works in another format as you continue to publish blog posts about your work (If you wish to). Below are the two video tutorials that you can follow to easily replicate what you see above using your own work via Instagram.

All you need to do in the new blog post editor is change “visual” to “text” and then paste the copied code into the editor field. After you do this, you can switch back to the “visual” editor and add your verbiage.


BY THE WAY –> ART550 & ART642 students will Rock the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo, Brasil this June 2019 – check out the info here <–

See you soon!


ART550 Collab at the F.I.L.E Festival, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 5/26-8/11 2019

(Many of you are in this show!)

I am happy to announce that “WE” will be included in the Animation & GIF exhibition during the F.I.L.E – Electronic Language International Festival 2019 –

The exhibition will be held from June 26 to August 11 2019 at The Fiesp Cultural Center – Ruth Cardoso Center, at the Galeria de Arte do Sesi – SP (Art Gallery of SESI-SP) located at Paulista Avenue, 1313, São Paulo, downtown, Brazil.

F.I.L.E is a non-profit cultural organization founded in 2000 with a main goal of promoting and motivating artistic research and production on electronic language, as a way to set a meeting point for discussing art & technology in Latin America.

Artist’s: ART550 / Collaboration of Artists:

Sijia Xie, Danielle Savarese, Yutong Ren, Christopher Pidoto, Yiru Ni, Jeana Hockenjos, Jessica Hart, Kelsey Lee Franciosa, Wilmer Cuba, Kathleen Celestin-Parks, Lauren Bourguet, Nicole Blach, Farina Bayat & Ryan Seslow

Country: USA

Work’s name:  “ WE”

Year of creation: October 2018

Short abstract about the work: “WE”, is an animated video art work / GIF.
Statement – “We” Our ART550 class of fourteen people came together to create the project we call “We”. That is what is important. That is all that matters. The separations we perceive between ourselves are artificial. We are more than just our looks and the skin on our bodies. We all share the same basic human characteristics. This concept is a worldview that is incredibly common, but this piece proposes another idea entirely. The skin is not a wall separating and ostracizing individuals, but rather a bridge, connecting pieces of a whole. When we are near each other we can feel how we permeate togetherness. We act like an ocean and each so-called self is a singular drop of a shade of color needed to cascade into the intense spectrum that is We. We, as work of digital art represents the preservation of our class energy throughout time and the way we view our experience as a whole. Through technology and art we are preserving ourselves in unity and our interconnectivity forever.

*Photos for the animation were taken by: @nicoleblachphotography

Short bio: “WE” is a collaborative animation project created specifically for the F.I.L.E festival by the ART550 MFA/MA Graduate students and professor of LIU Post (Long Island University, Post Campus) in New York.

Many thanks and Congrats to everyone involved!

More information about F.I.L.E – Electronic Language International Festival can be found on their website –

Kelsey Franciosa Movie Remake

Below are the links to my two movie remakes. The second link is for the class collaboration video. I used a combination of apps to create these two videos: Glithe, ImgPlay and Clips. Using these apps has allowed me make artwork that is even more creative then my previous work. I have always been an artist that advocated strongly for the fine arts but, now I feel like I can relate to digital art on a more personal level. I have been able to make my own artwork that uses my love of flowers and nature by using these apps. I would love to use these apps in my own classroom now that I have experienced them my self!

Kelsey’s movie remake Kelsey video 2


Kelsey Franciosa Hacked Artwork

Below are some of my classmates artwork form their MFA art show. I have used their artwork and combined them together using the Glitche app and the Imaengine app on my phone. Creating the below images and using these apps has opened up a whole new world for me, because of how easy they are to use. When I started this class I thought that using the new computer technology available to make graphic design artwork would be difficult. Now my view has changed. I find it fun and easy to make artwork. It is also so much faster and convenient to make artwork this way just for fun.

Weeks #12 &13- Print-ables, Cut N’ Paste & ZINE Making

Thursday 4/18 & 4/25 class will be a ZINE-making Workshop!

Lets gather some of our work and discover how we can re-compose, transform and re-apply the digital works we have been creating this semester. Lets explore converting digital files into print media and applied collage works.

Lets make a collaborative ZINE! Of course you can make your own, but the class will collaborate on one as well. Both a printed version and a digital one for our class website. (Check out what students did last year and over the summer here)

At this point of the semester we have created a series of images and various works both static, moving and animated.

I would like for you extract a series of still frames from the animated works that have been created.

An example of this would be the gif that you see below. Its a collage that I made using Newhive. It consists of several graphic assets. I took a screen shot of the image (on the mac keyboard you can press the Command Key, the Shift Key and the #3 key (in that order) to take a screen shot of your entire work space on screen) this will produce a still frame of the entire screen. (see below this gif)

The screen shot will look like this above at first. Open the file in photoshop and crop away what is not needed. See the example below to follow along.

We have access to good printer in our classroom that allows for 11″x17″ print out-put. We will explore this and crop our images into the Zine size of 8.5″ X 11″

***Be sure to add your ZINE collage works to the ZINE COLLAB folder in our class Google drive folder here below:


The Tools of the cut N’ paste trade are below: Please bring these items to class this coming week! You will need them for sure.

(I also have extra to share if you don’t have them)

Animated Layers









A very useful application for creating a new visual vocabulary with numerous possibilities. The combination of animated layers brought a different meaning to photos. I made these by collecting some images from my archive but the result I got was very different that the photos even were not recognizable. An entertaining way of sketching ideas which helped me to feel less serious about the outcome and see what can I get from the filters. I think the image making applications have their own language that need to be understood.