Art in the digital age

The computer is simply a tool, one that offers artists new
resources and opportunities for reaching the public; it is
human creativity that makes art. Still, one can only
imagine how the critics would have responded to the idea
that something as playful, unpretentious and widely
popular as a computer game might be considered art.

http://web.stanford.edu/class/sts145/Library/jenkins_artform.pdf

Art is a great format to examine the way the world is changing. Digital art and internet art are now driving forces within culture that weren’t there not too long back. My interest in digital art and internet art stems from my interest in looking forward at what can be created next. An ezine is the perfect format for this. It’s easy to access with a single link, meaning that anyone with basic computer knowledge is able to view it. It’s also downloadable, this means people are able to view it from multiple platforms including laptops, tablets and smart phones. Due to the availability it’s easy for the work to get to many different audiences. This ease of access also means it’s incredible easy to share the media between different social media platforms, an option that most brands advertise today.

Due to this, I have decided to create social media platforms for the zine.

Facebook for larger updates, such as teasers for the new volumes and links to the zine. Facebook is great due to the number of people using it.

https://www.facebook.com/WeMustRemainzine

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Instagram is for posting pictures. A downside is that you can’t reblog, repost or share. Another downside is that you can’t post links. Two positives however are the ability to use hashtags and the community of artists that use it. #WeMustRemain

https://instagram.com/wemustremainzine/

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Tumblr is a good media platform for artists. You can like, repost and share links. The thumbnails are also good previews. It’s also very easy to navigate, even with very little internet knowledge.

http://wemustremainzine.tumblr.com/

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Finally, twitter is used to post shorter updates and to interact with people. It’s great for the amount of people using it and the use of hashtags.

https://twitter.com/WeMustRemainz

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I have also decided to upload PDF versions onto Dropbox so they can be easily downloaded and I can share the link with people as well as being able to post direct links onto the social media

https://www.dropbox.com/home/We%20Must%20Remain


Further ezine developements

Although this ezine originally began as a way to display my work for this project, I have since decided to continue it as a bimonthly affair.
 The ezine, originally entitled The Holy Bible, will now be entitled We Must Remain which is a reference to the digital footprint that stays on the internet forever whenever content is uploaded and shared. The first issue of the ezine shall be titled The Holy Bible in order to keep with the original content of the ezine. The title change was mostly down the the fact that in order for it to be easily searched the ezine needed a title that was more obscure. I have checked online and there isn’t a book or ezine entitled We Must Remain.I have changed the front cover accordingly. As I wasn’t completely happy with the way the handwriting looked, I chose a font with more impact.
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I chose the colour and layout for the cover as it stands out and makes an impact. The duochrome colour scheme is relevant to the content of the zine.
As well, as the zine was originally created to be presented 2D on a wall, as I still like the idea of the poetry and scanography to be physical prints, I have decided to add an introduction to the ezine.
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I have also created the second and third volumes of the zine. I shall be uploading the second one soon as it is a parody of Kim Kardashian’s Selfie book and needs to be out there whilst the timing is still right.

Subject 2: Poetry

The writing in The Holy Bible was a personal choice, but highly inspired by traditional zines rather than art zines. I really wanted to add my own poetry into some art work sometime after a friend had been pushing me towards it for a few years. Both poems were written for the purposes of this work.

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This poem looks at the Virgin Mary as a symbol of the ‘unattainable woman’ which is something which has been talked about to the point of parody recently online. However, it is very easy to say that Mary is an unattainable character, because she was one-dimensional. She was able to be so innocent and pure because she was written into the Bible that way.

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The second poem is more complex in it’s theme and explores gendered God’s. In Christianity, God is worldly recognised as being male despite being written as genderless (perhaps God is above gender issues). The poem looks at how women could be seen as God-like as they have the ability to bare children. The poem’s central theme is the way in which feminism is seen as such a strong concept however women are not see as so strong. It was also partially inspired by a Courtney Love quote: ‘I’m not a woman, I’m a force Of fucking nature.’


Subject 2: Zine layout

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This is the preliminary layout for the blog. This was done to see how the colours and words would look alongside one another when thought about as something you’d be able to read through. This isn’t the printable version, as the colours are still present. I’m very happy with the minimalist way in which the scans and poetry compliment one another. I’ve been looking through art books such as ‘Pink: The Exposed Color in Contemporary Art and Culture’ for inspiration on the layout. My main problem currently is the front cover. I want it to look as minimalist as possible and using my own handwriting, however i’m afraid that it doesn’t create enough of an impact.


Subject 2: Pink

I live my life through rose coloured spectacles. I would tint all my art work pink at a moments notice if I could. Because of this I have decided to add it to my own work as the original Sunderland Lustre ceramic pieces (the artifact I was originally inspired by) were usually found in the colour pink:

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After some further reading I found out that pink was used to represent the body of Christ in paintings:

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Virgin and Child Enthroned with Two Angels, by Cimabue.

I know that I still want to carry on with the idea of scanography and use the scans I have been doing to create something. Although I like the idea of presenting them as photograph/scans I don’t feel like it’s pushing my work far enough. I do still enjoy the use of the distorted body, but I want to still have it relate back to the idea of religion. In order to help me think about the work further, I started adding pink filters to my work an overlay using the Gimp software.

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I then began toying with the use of typography and using my own handwriting with the phrase ‘Prepare to Meet Thy God’ as another layer.

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After I created this I realised that it looked like it could be a cover/page in a zine. I therefore began to look back on similar work I have enjoyed in the past that is similar in style:

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‘Pink’ by Sheila Debretteville

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This has lead me to the idea of possible making a zine out of my work. This way it would be interactive and I could use the software to link to voice recorded ‘sermon’s and have the zine like a bible. The pictures and words inside could be my art and my poetry. I could even make an online Zine.nouthd


Subject 2: Scanography

As I discussed in my last post, I have been beginning to explore scanography as a way of documentation as well as an art form. It helps to keep the visceral feeling I tend to enjoy in my art work. Here was the original scan that promoted me to want to explore it further.

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After this I began to think how I could distort the image as I scan it, as I noticed the distortion at the top of the original scan.

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I tried using things such as moving as the image was being taken, sheer fabrics and clingfilm to create different effects. Because I had been looking at symbolism I thought that maybe I could take the scans of body parts and arrange them into a crucafix shape. To do this I would have to scan body parts and arrange them into a cross. I could print them square shaped and affix them into square frames. I would need 2 hands, a head, a chest, feet and possibly genitals or legs. Here is an idea of what the head could look like.

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This would create a cool abstract look. I could use the aurora software to have the pictures scanable so they could relate to a video image? This is all stuff to look further into.

As I accidentally fell into create scanography I decided to look into some artists that also work in this format for inspiration.

One of the artists work who I immediately fell in love with was Mattus. He uses scans of body parts to create full forms. Their disjointed nature is appealing to me and reminds me of some of Slava Mogutin. This has however pulled me away from wanting to create crucifix style scanography as it feels like it’s already been done.

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http://www.scannography.org/artists/Matus.html


Subject 2: Returning to Ideas

During the time off which I have had due to mitigating circumstances, I’ve had a lot of time to look into and explore the key things I wish to put across/explore within my Subject 2 project. I have narrowed it down to the following list:

  • Crucifixion
  • Scanography
  • Interactivity

I definately want to look further into crucifixion as the focus of my religious symbolism within my work. I feel like it has the most to offer me creatively and is a good way of combining the religious aspects as well as being able to look at the theme of visceral and viscus liquids that seems to have run through my work during the previous 3 years. Crucifixion also has a lot to offer in that it can be represented in so many different formats including the blood, the body or the cross.

Scanography is an art technique I have been beginning to explore within the past 6 months. During the time in which I was diagnosed as having a second breast tumour I was looking into a way I could document the bruising caused by testing in a way other than just photographing it, as it would’ve been an interesting way to turn it into art work. It is also a great way of creating visceral images of the body and creating abstracts within the body, something I have been interested in since looking at the works of Francis Bacon.

The idea of interactivity came about from my Field 2 project ‘The Internet and the Reality of Things’. During this field project I have been subjected to new ways of thinking when it comes to the way in which interactivity can be combined with fine art in order to add an extra dimension to the work. As I find out more from the course, I’ll be able to be more creative with my interactive work.