Visual Brain Dump Sketch

Visual Braind Dump Sketch is a method used by Luba Lukova a graphic designer who used small sketches to create posters. In my opinion this can be a method to move my illustrations further.

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visual sketch dump

Based on these I developed several posters using the phrase “Have Fun Make History” often used to inside the warehouse as a motivation.

Exhibition Pick Me Up

24 April – 5 May 2014
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (Last admission 17.15)
Late night Thursdays and Fridays until 22.00 (Last admission 21.15)
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Participants: Various

Pick Me Up is a graphic arts festival held annually boasting an informal atmosphere with display by talents selected by a special panel. The Exhibition consisted of two floors; the first floor consisted of display by rising new talents selected artist from all over the world

The second floor consisted of Illustration houses and their booths where visitors can interact and even create their own posters or even painting cut out shapes or joining a card battle (puckcollectives.com). Some booths also show case manual small scales printing machines. Each day there is a special event going at one of the rooms at the second floor, including plasticine animation workshop and events for children.
Some highlights of the event was In my Opinion was Handsome Frank and the Puck Collective. Handsome

Franks displayed amazing illustrations using different kind of medium. And the way they promoted their work through instagram and twitter plus a laid back ambience with the music playing added a plus for work displayed all though most of the studio spots were crammed with works.

Puck Collective interested me, because they are inviting people to create their own battle cards and hold a tournament each week. Puck Collective is one of the largest UK illustration collective consisting of 40 members.
Jack Hudson an Illustrator from Birmingham also interested me by his illustrations combining big and small. I particularly liked the face picture.

In all I think the idea of involving the visitors in creating something could be a way to interest the visitor to know more about the studio or the process. . It also gives me more exposure to the illustration world outside the popular media.

Documenting

There are some artist that I know documenting in difficult areas and or where documenting photos would be difficulti. One is Joe Sacco with his Book “Palestine” and “Footnotes in Gaza” or  “Save are Gorazde” (a documentation about the Bosnian War first hand from the conflict area)

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Another example is Guy Delisle with “Shenzen – a Travelogue from China” where the author went to China document his experience there or “Pyongyang: a journey in North Korea” where Guy Delisle went behind the most closed country and work and documented his journey

27152644535Although not purely relying on memory  they still use themselves as a tool to record events or experience to let the world, Although in a situation where cencorship is harsh or condition are extreme (war).

Memories

Much of restrictions these days with the easyness of digital cameras. We are not allowed to take pictures in lots of places. But how was it in the days where cameras were invinted? People rely on memories and sribble them down on rocks, paper, leaves.

In this photography age, the court room in certain countries were sterile from photographers because they were considered disruptive with their flash cameras , so sketch artist are employed by the media to document scenes from the court. The artist sketched outside the court room based on memories.

There are no ‘thought police’ as in george Orwell’s 1984, Our memory are still ours, our skills our still ours we can’t be dictated on what to remember or what stays in our memory despite constant propaganda and restriction either by government or corporate. and our only freedom might be that we can.

an example is the cartoons from survivors of the north Korean Gulak. The  north Korean government might succumb his body, but not his memories.

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Reading:

http://justinmuir.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Do-Courts-Use-Courtroom-Sketch-Artists

http://www.crimelibrary.com/photogallery/courtroom-sketches.html

Gruesome Sketches of Torture Inside North Korea Gulag

CCTV snapshots

Following up for my final major project, I decided to create a new ‘CCTV’ footage. This time I emulate the videos/cctv that are put on cars to record travels for insurance and also copying what the google map cars are doing. The footage was taken in the afternoon on the way to work and consisted of two parts because I stopped the camerra because of traffic jam.

I started with the second part of the footage by capturing frame every 5 or 8 seconds using VLC media player. All Images were PNG. On further reflection on what to do with this capture footages, I remembered  Gerard Richter with his artwork 4900 colours. Gerard Richter used a computer program to randomize colours in a 5x 5 grid. I also reflected on works by Stanza called “Urban Rhytms”.

Urban Rhytm - Madrid grid Poster by Stanza
Urban Rhytm – Madrid grid Poster by Stanza
4900 colours by Gerard Richter - http://www.gerhard-richter.com/art/
4900 colours by Gerard Richter – http://www.gerhard-richter.com/art/

 

So I decided to collage all the pictures, consisting of about 100 pictures that are converted to JPEG. To make the collage I used Picasa 3 that is free. So I saved every combination that was  made by Picasa in total I made about 25 combination.

These 25 combination were then collaged again using Picasa, where I made about 9 combination which I also collaged again

The final Collage is this:

experiment 02The second footage was taken near / around dusk which is why the ambience is more blue-ish. The next experiment involves the first part where the day was more bright.

The second degree collage is this:

experiment 04While Stanza used a live feed of cctv through sniffing, this is a more controlled works since I decided the footage. In my opinion this more closer to Gerard Richter’s work that was using a computer to decide the combination.

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[Artist Talk] Rekha Sameer – Conceptual Artist

Notes frome lecture:

There are choices and limitatation we have to stick and try to push and make it work.

 

Rekha used CCTV projection on the to create an artwork.

Make art accesible

People are accepting that we are being recorded.

It’s hard to convince people

THe aim of an art work (particularly hers) is to transfer simple feelings or concept it doesn’t have to be something life changing or bombastic. (noted)

You can learn from somebody who disagrees

Reading suggestion/influences

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Random Reflection on the Research

Surveillance is it important?

 

In live we are always under surveillance, or at least we feel like it. As a child we are afraid that our parents might see what we are doing, or become surprised when our parents found out that we did something after we tried to cover it up. at school we are under surveillance by our teachers or authorities either through grades, test, reports. We are under surveillance constantly , but now we are more and more being watched. With the CCTvs everywhere, our on line behavior, forms that we have to fill in giving away our identities our details our lives.

 

Surveillance at work is it important?

One characterstic of these post modern age society is the dissapearance of trust. We question everything that is

 

The company is in constant  competition, and become thrifty with money, they want to make sure that their money are used and returned properly. The company wants to make sure they profit because without profit the company will die.

 

While the employees want to make sure they work on their own pace but gain money. With the media projecting consumerism its easy to fall for easy money. But what if the employees don’t watch TV? They just don’t have any choice but to work, to continue another day.

 

Is surveillance a must in that case?

 

When it comes to protecting assets surveillance become a must. When it comes to money well there is no mercy. I’ve worked as an HR and we constantly monitor the employees, what time do they clock in and out, my Manager even breakdown their salary in minutes so that he can explain to employees who are late what they cost to the company. Monitring is done not by CCtv but performance report for sales people, managers report based on lower level reports. surveillance is going on. In an informal way employees are watching other employees , surveillance again.

 

Employee records are only accesible by HR, privacy is maintained, employees are not allowed to discuss pay slips , that’s privacy. But in the end we all know who got paid how much. Surveillance is done in counting overtime hours, employee performance etc. Sometimes we have to know what is going on in the employees house , surveillance again.

 

But how much should be under surveillance? A farmer uses a scarecrow to keep birds from stealing its crops. But things will be missing even a grain.

 

Sharing on the web are we trying to project something.

I’ve been an internet user for quite sometime. I had several blogs. I tried to be honest to whoever is reading my blog that they see me. I’m not using strange avatars or picture profile. After I got married I limit my thoughts and pictures that I share .

 

There is this quote from the Godfather saying that don’t let anybody know what you are thinking.and there is this digital permanence. What goes on the Internet stays on the Internet

When i started working at Amazon as a temporary associate three years ago I was told that there should be secrets kept to Amazon and that employees are subject to prosecution of leaking Amazon’s secret. I was already keeping a blog just to keep in touch with my family and friends.  I want to tell them what was going on with my life but not jeopardizing my job. I got fired by the end of christmas and later compiled my experience in a series of comic strips with no mentioning of where I work and i searched the internet of already available information to use.

 

Later i found more blogging platforms such as deviantart, wordpress, and so on. Still I select what I post. On Deviantart I want to show my skills, or my creativity. I was using multiply for mor personal matters but i got closed down and I switched to WOrdpress. Still on wordpress I kept control on what I’m saying or sharing because I can not control who can see what and what going to happen with that information.

 

Before wordpress there was Multiply.com. On multiply I had more control on who seeing what and who came by to  my site. Although who are behind each avatar visiting could be fake.

 

I’m also using Linkedin with a more serious purposes of finding a job, consciously putting my skills to be found by search engines and later to be recommended to a job. Same thing with online job websites, where I upload my CV with my phone number including address. Its scary now to think that i’ve exposed myself that much. But is it something avoidable, if you don’t put your address does it make you a fake? While the address itself could be fake.

 

“Stop. Think. Click.”

 

I’m using Facebook one as my comic studio and Two as my self. When it comes to my personal facebook I limit my contacts to the one I know. And set the post to friends only. Still I know that Facebook knows more than what I share. Facebook is constantly monitoring my online behavior and what I click.

 

The same when it comes to online shopping such as Amazon or Ebay, where there show my recent buying and recent showing and later making suggestion on things that I should buy. In my opinion this kind of surveillance is nifty and handy  because we are recommended things that the program thinks is suitable for us, in an effort to boost sales. A really cost saving techniques.

 

Am I bothered by that? Well, lets say you like to go to a shop regularly and someday the store keeper recommended you some stuff that you were looking for. Would I be offended that the storekeeper has been surveilling me? I don’t think i should be.

 

As a web designer i’m consciously putting in codes into web pages in order to be find by google bots, or search engine bots. I also consciously try to arrange a web page so it becomes search engine friendly. In a way I want to be monitored, the more the better. On facebook as a comic studio I tried to be found, accept friends , like pages, be social.

 

So far I’ve researched into the dark part of surveillance, where our identity is exposed openly.

If it is socialmedia then we are building a hyperreality, we are playing roles according to  what our avatar is or what we want to be, a bully, a troll, a handyman, a loving person, somebody with lots of ‘friends’, we try to build a virtual relationship. with the progress of technology people are more accustomed to touching glass than feeling paper. Will people cease to use organic materials, will books die? In accordance to surveillance will we be measured by barcodes that are scannable? how will the social media  be in the next 10 years. WIll we be just downloading what the data said about a person instead of talks and meetings and building trust and likeness? Will everything be on click of button because we gave all our data stored somewhere and a program just decide for you?

 

as  a designer where do i stand? Will i be able to do commision just by seeing somebody’s profile on facebook? I think I already use social media to learn about person with the convenience of the internet that bring people virtually closer. But not necessarily being who we are, scanning blogs, instagrams, twitters, for patterns of humanity so that i can execute my commision without clients needing to tell me. But is that the real person? It could be somebody else’s picture (a scamming technique pretty popular these days).

 

Are we becoming less less personal, more mechanical. Back to the surveillance culture, in a article about privacy 25% of people doesn’t care about their privacy. (http://blog.bufferapp.com/10-surprising-social-media-statistics-that-will-make-you-rethink-your-strategy)

 

so is privacy dead? We still close our doors, close our curtains, lock the car, keep password hidden, keep keys safe. But i’ve listen to this campaign becyberstreetwise.com where it implies that people are becoming more and more careless or not ignorant about their privacy. SHould we warn them?

Trace Recordings Exhibition

Surveillance and identity in the 21st century
22 October–29 November 2013
UTS Gallery, Sydney

This exhibition which can be acccesed online at tracerecordings.net is a collective of artists and their responce to surveillance.

Turning an eye to 21st century surveillance, Trace Recordings examines the mechanisms of these increasingly pervasive systems, explores how they are altering our behaviours and shifting our ideas of public/private selves.

From the DNA left on chewed gum to top-secret NSA listening stations, this exhibition casts an artistic light on the scale and sophistication of surveillance technologies, question their lack of transparency and asks what power we have as individuals within them. From data tracking to drones, Trace Recordings presents work by eleven artists who use a wide variety of media and ideas to critically and at times playfully address these issues.

Curated by Chris Gaul and Holly Williams, Trace Recordings features works by Denis Beaubois, James Bridle, Mahwish Chishty, Paolo Cirio, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Benjamin Gaulon, Adam Harvey, Trevor Paglen, Shinseungback Kimyonghun and Matt Richardson.