Throughout my experience in MEDA 101, I have allowed my Remoscope project (talked about in previous posts) to become more and more distorted. Playing with the idea of reminiscing over childhood has brought me to a deeper understanding of the corruption we face as we age. It is such a slow process, we almost don’t even notice it is happening, until one day we realize our lives aren’t pink and blue balloons anymore. Now, things have glitches and are messed up. In this final project, I have used George Lyon’s Poem “Where I’m From” as well as “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. I chose to use the words of this book to be spoken over my video because it was one of my favorite childhood books and I am intrigued by it’s subtle eerie undertones. I also gathered inspiration from remix culture, and glitch artists such as Nick Briz. The videos I chose to project are taken from an assortment of different places. The heart monitor is actual footage of my fetal monitor when my mother was pregnant with me. This video also contains the first footage of my parents and I after I was born. In here, some of the other more abstract projected videos are taken from my previous remoscope project. Others are simply pictures from my hometown in Texas.
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Being a yoga instructor has become a large part of my online persona, which is one of the reasons that led me to choosing this to be my DA. The appeal of an online persona is so gravitating that people actually spend hundreds of dollars buying themselves likes, followers, and other items that boost their online image. It seems so strange to me to spend money on the online version of yourself, instead of the physical version of yourself. Why not instead of buying yourself followers, you bought yourself coffee? Or instead of buying yourself likes, you bought yourself a new yoga class?
Treat yo’ self.
Multimedia is a term we hear used a lot in the digital age. It generally refers to anything that is a mixture of text, photographs, videos, or music. It is the use of many types of media to tell one message, through one channel. For example, this blog would be multimedia, for it has used gifs, photos, videos, soundcloud, and other media forms all in one website, or ‘channel’.
Transmedia, however, is slightly more complicated, mostly because it is a term that is not often used. In transmedia, the story is seemingly, ‘broken up’ and distributed throughout various media platforms, to be put together, to form one story. Transmedia takes many channels, and uses many types of medias.
Stories were just stories.. passed down from generation to generation. No one owned them, they did not belong to anyone. They were just stories. Now, everything is owned by someone. Even the sound of birds chirping, and cats purring is copyrighted. The things that they do by nature is owned by someone else. What if one day someone gains the control to do that to us? To do something as crazy as copyright our DNA? the very thing that creates us… If our existence was owned by someone else.
Living in our current media content situation is hard enough as a user-produser, and would be even harder if it was taken a step farther and directed towards our nature, instead of our ideas. Having someone own our creativity is one issue, having someone own us, is something even more terrifying.
In response to “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon, I’ve created this sound project as a reflection on the distortion and complexity that follows the seemingly ‘simplistic’ life of a child. I found this project very interesting, as I focused on noises rather than music. Growing up, my father was in a rock band, and spent most of my childhood touring. Surrounded by music, I’ve created it my whole life. It wasn’t until recently that I began toying with the idea of noise versus music… how the combination of a coffee grinder and an elevator is not a song, and yet it conveys a feeling. So then, what is the difference between noise and music? Does all music have to have a melody? Or instruments? Or is it enough to just have sounds found in everyday life? If the definition of music is “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion”, could that not include sound projects similar to mine? Similar to our development after childhood, the lines become blurry, in many ways, around many things. It is terrifying but also freeing, because we are the ones who get to define what we see in the world around us.
Lessons for old people… As of today, our world runs on memes. It happens without us even knowing or participating in it. It is how the mass public passes along short bits of information or ideas. They go viral in seconds, and some stick around for years like a nasty virus you just can’t get rid of. Many people, such as myself, would like to believe these memes serve no purpose, and are only small jokes to entertain certain cultures, but the truth is, memes are used to spread news. For example, the death of Harambe, a gorilla that attacked a child who crawled into its cage at a zoo. The memes of this event became some of the most popular of 2016. (read more here)
This is only one of so many examples of how memes shape our understanding and sharing of news and culture today. It is important that we pay attention to and participate in the meme warfare that is happening around us.
In 1960 A. J. Liebling, a famous media critic wrote in The New Yorker,
“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” (read more here)
Today, this idea takes on a whole new meaning. When Liebling originally said this, access to a press was not common, meaning not everyone had a voice. Now, blogging means everyone has access to a press.
So, how does this change media? What are the effects of having a population of journalists, instead of just a few? How does citizen journalism change how we are able to see and interpret the information around us?
Citizen journalism, and the distribution of the press, has turned media from being a product, to being a conversation. We are getting voices from every angle, drone footage, iPhone videos from crime scenes, and web articles being posted in mass amounts. There is an overload of content, and no content manager. There is 300 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every day because there is no quality control.
This ability to share content has benefitted us, as a population, by presenting unregulated perspectives. But it has also harmed us, by giving us a super-saturated network of resources, with no quality standards.
In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons in this situation… I mean, I am here posting about it… right?
The original poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon, was written to describe not necessarily the physical place Lyon lived, but the essence of her experience growing up. This video is a response to her work. Where I’m from, birthdays are a big deal. My family has always thrown extravagant parties with bright colors and decorations. Right now I’m living in Wollongong, NSW.. about 8,000 miles from my home in Texas. So, when my birthday came around last week, it reminded me again that this is not where I’m from. Luckily, my family will never stop making birthdays colorful, so they sent me these balloons. This is ‘Where I’m From’.
Welcome to the post-industrial age. I’m not going to lie, life was probably a lot easier when things were simply produced through an assembly line. Back then, there was a person, or group of people, who created an item or idea, which was sold to the public. There was a clear line between the producer and the consumer… But like I said, those days are behind us. Digitalization has dissolved the boundaries between producers and consumers.
This creates a mass amount of producers… which leads ideas about art, fashion, and technology to evolve exponentially. 30 years ago, the world wide web didn’t even exist , and now it’s the ultimate search engine, it’s used to send mail, it’s used for online shopping, banking, applying for jobs, paying bills, watching tv, listening to radio, it even gives us access to information on how to create anything, be anything, find anything (view article).
Internet has given us the means to create. Now, anyone who wants to be an artist, is an artist (even if you have no talent). Between wikihow and YouTube, you can pretty much learn to do anything. But don’t forget we’re not on the conveyer belt anymore. This isn’t the age of artisanal production. This is digital aesthetics. This is rapid prototyping, experimentation, error discovery, modifications leading to unexpected outcomes. Art isn’t supposed to be pretty anymore.
“Some feel the rain, others just get wet.” Bob Marley
Banksy, a masked street artist, has painted two signifiers in this piece; the man with the umbrella and the child. By painting the man with black and the child with bright colors, it makes us feel as if the man is lacking joy or life. This makes us relate to the child, who’s taking in the rain with arms up and mouth open, yearning for even a taste.
This is very interesting though.. When is the last time you played in the rain? We look at this image and tell ourselves we identify with the child and yet when it rains we reach for our umbrellas and try to not get wet. We go through life trying not to feel it, instead of taking it all in. Accepting the best and worst parts.. and then finding that what we thought were going to be the worst parts, were actually pretty great.
The social connotations Banksy makes in this piece are that there are two types of people in the world, those who hide under umbrellas and those who taste the rain.
Which are you?