Tag: video art

Week #11 – VIDEO ART

MFA Show Content Remix Video Art Works (Example Above)

Part 1 – Google Drive Folder for uploading & obtaining Graphic Assets from the MFA show- https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NP87t0q2JMmX7ItuKUHTyTJ3A5i1_d9E

** ADD your assets to the folder, download a few and hack/remix them into new works.

1. Hack the work of one of your classmates using one or more mobile apps and or pixlr or photoshop. Place the outcomes in the shared folder.

2. The example above was generated purely from my iPhone using various mobile apps to create different effects. The clips were then spliced together using the “Clips app” for iPhone.

3. Post your work to the art642 website with a little detail about your process.


Part 2 – Google Drive Folder for the ART642 GIF the Portrait collaboration / remixes –  


  1. Hack / remix the GIF collaboration piece by obtaining the files. The Remix can be done via the mobile apps we have discussed in class.

2. Post your work to the art642 website with a little detail about your process



Part 3 – Pulling it all together – Splicing clips, fragments, images & more to communicate a specific idea 

  1. Class Video Art collaboration – Site on scene work in class tonight!

Week #8

Welcome back Everyone!

Lets re-cap week #7 – https://art642.com/gifs/week-7-animation-gifs-net-art/

The GIF the portrait project is currently being worked on by 4 different colleges in NY/NYC at the moment, we will be contributing the larger whole.

Did you submit your Single Frame? Need a re-cap? Read on below, but first this:



This is my current roster (below) of go-to mobile apps for digital art making. Mobile apps have come a long way. Many of them have the ability to cross synchronize with popular desktop applications as well as produce high resolution and large file output (both static and video).

Most of these apps are not free, but, they are well worth the small investment (all of which are under $5.00)

Our Class Resources page hosts a list of apps that can be explored, lets download one or two and apply some of the works that we have generated thus far in our class. Lets talk about mobile file formats and how to output GIF files to Video files, and Video files to GIF files. Lets apply a “screen recording” process and cross synthesize our works to create various new textures, filters and visual effects.

Tutorial time.


Did you submit your Single Frame? Need a re-cap? Read on below, but first:

A few weeks ago we began the collaborative GIF the Portrait Project. Working with the digital version of the project, students continue learning the basics of adobe photoshop and generated their individual portrait animations. Students that were present in class left our class session with their first GIF created from scratch using photoshop.

Lets review the first part of the project as I will need for you to submit a single frame to me via email – ryan@ryanseslow.com (or my LIU e-mail) – to get our collaboration underway.

  1. Use your own portrait! (OK, if not then..) Use an Internet search to find a Portrait of someone who inspires, motivates or has an impact on your life. Be sure to find a head shot that clearly captures your subject without chopping off a part of their head, hair, ear or face. Selecting a large or medium image will work best!

*Pro Tip – Find an image that looks similar to this one below. The image size that you will be submitting for the group collaboration will be sized at 8.5″ inches wide X  11″ inches high.

2. If you cant find an image of your preferred subject that looks similar to this example, then you may be able to “crop” the image in photoshop. You can then copy and paste the image back into the photoshop (.psd) document. (See video Below).

3. Open Adobe Photoshop and select FILE -> New – Set up your document to be 8.5 inches Wide X 11 inches High – Make sure the background Contents is set to “Transparent”. Click OK.

Your blank 8.5 inch X 11 inch document will look like this below.

Watch the short video below on how to open and place your Image into the photoshop document, scale it smaller and save it.

You can now alter and manipulate the image using some of the Filters (play with them, there are many ways to alter the original image)

**Send only 1 frame to me as a .JPEG file via e-mail here – Ryan@ryanseslow.com


ALSO – *Homework: What new media Artists, new media websites or individual new media based art works are inspiring you? These can also be blogs or online platforms – which ones do you resonate with? Why are these sites / blogs important? Explore and prepare to share a list of at least 2-3 URLS to bring into class on 3/28. We will be viewing and sharing a series of these in class.


Cindy Sherman “Doll Clothes” 1975

Screen Cindy Sherman’s short film: “Doll Clothes” from 1975. Click here.


Via the Ubu.Web Film & Video Archive – (An Amazing Resource!)

“When I was in college, I made this book of doll clothes for my photography course. I was documenting a piece that I had already made for a film course, but I wanted to bring the doll to life so I shot myself doing all the poses, and it became this goofy little film. It completely ties in to everything I’m doing now because I decided that I liked the cut-out figures more than the film.” -Cindy Sherman

“One of the First Cindy Sherman’s super-8 film,”Doll Clothes” has not been viewed since 1975, the year it was made. It comically crosses Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase with animated paper dolls in a sly, funny and clever precursor to the concerns that became signature elements in Sherman’s remarkable body of photographic work.” – UBU.com

“Sherman’s 1975 animated short Doll Clothes, is among the pieces that bring Sherman’s early exploration of gender and identity into focus.” – Paul Ha and Catherine Morris

React & Respond in the comments sections below.

Questions to consider:

  1. After screening the film (is it really a film?) share your first impressions in contrast to the artist’s current work on the popular platform Instagram <– go here.
  2. What similarities do you see? What contrasts are obvious and why?
  3. How did you experience the works shared in this post? Your mobile device? Tablet? Laptop? I would like to know. How did you make this choice?
  4. What other artists do know of that share a connection with the genre of Identity exploration?


Pierre Huyghe, Les Grands Ensembles (1994–2001)

Please screen the video above and respond in the comments section below.

What do you think about Huyghe’s Video? What have you discovered?

Does the video art work induce personal reflection in anyway? If so please share.

(I was lucky enough to screen this piece in full scale at the Guggenheim in 2002).


Pierre Huyghe, Les Grands Ensembles (1994–2001)

Source Via – https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/hugo-boss-prize-2002-pierre-huyghe

“On October 16, 2002, Pierre Huyghe was awarded the fourth biennial Hugo Boss Prize. Inaugurated in 1996, the prize was conceived to recognize and support contemporary artists making profound contributions to the cultural landscape. Huyghe has gained international prominence for works that explore the convergence of reality and fiction, memory and history. Incorporating film, video, sound, animation, sculpture, and architecture in his diverse works, the artist intervenes in familiar narrative structures to investigate the construction of collective and individual identities in relationship to various forms of cultural production. Huyghe is interested in both reading and making possible multiple, subjective reinterpretations of incidents and images that shape our realities. Through such retranslations, Huyghe offers a way for his characters and his viewers to take back control of their own images, their own stories.”

“At the Guggenheim, Huyghe presents a film installation, Les Grands Ensembles (1994–2001) that address alternative modes of representation and communication (the work has been compared to the attempts at contact in Close Encounters of the Third Kind). In Les Grands Ensembles a pair of bleak buildings, models based on 1970s French housing projects, enacts a subtle inanimate drama. Enveloped in fog, the uninhabited scene is both romantic and alienating. “These subsidized public projects ended up being an architectural and social failure,” explains Huyghe. “They were a corruption of Le Corbusier’s social and architectural Modernist theory.” Though meant to be temporary, these structures are still here, much as we may try to ignore them. Huyghe brings the buildings into view and gives them agency. “Without beginning or ending,” he says, “the two low-income towers dialogue in a strange Morse code given by the light of their respective windows, a blinking existence.”

“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.