Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Last post

ok its been a good year i hope to do quadruple what i did this year, next year. My back is killing me because i lifted up some heafty amplifier, but all is cool.

see you on the flip side XD.

Rhys Fagan

Monday, 19 April 2010

Dancing project

i am yet to embark on my dancing project. So far i am tinkering with video's of myself dancing. I am editing and manipulating the movies in final cut pro, which looks pretty good actually although i have not had a great deal of time to tinker fully to my harts content, but i am working on it.

Other plans involve a documentary about why dance is so important and what makes dance look effective. So stay tuned until i explore these deep depths of dance philosophy.

Performing in Glossop

Myself and Chuman performed a popping/locking/breaking routine for our classmates, it was extremely tiring and no one else did anything after that, but overall it was very fun. To be honest we had no idea what we were doing, but no one needs to know that XD


on the second talk with Michael Howard he touched on something that i remembered; he was describing music or sound, he basically was saying without the spaces in between the notes we would not have music or something of that nature. This got me thinking, what if i was to repeat a phrase or a sound so much that it almost becomes silence. Its a bit of a strange idea, but when you think about it everything is supposed to vibrate, so either it is too small a vibration, or the fact that the vibration is so monotonous that our minds do not acknowledge it and therefore can no longer hear it.

The second thing that intrigued me was the techniques a poet used to acheive interesting sentences through newspaper cut outs. These words are read out at random, as if they made sense with a sencire voice. Some of it was random but sometimes you got things that kind of make sense. I found it an interesting technique in finding lyrics when you are having a hard time making up your own. This reminded me of Hazels creative practice lectures. so i decided to make note of it.

Proof that my kite did actually leave the ground (kind of fell dangerously milliseconds afterwards though)

Glossop Trip 25th March

A trip to commemorate the famous Ludwig Wittgenstein. We flew kits on the Moors, which was very fun although my kite had no dream of flying. It was a great day though, as it was incredibly windy and it was good seeing the entire year enjoying themselves. Michael Howard ran most of the trip and it was very fascinating to hear his knowledge on Wittgenstein. Me a and a few other friends were there till about 9 to listen to his more in depth lecture on him. Michael Howard has become one of my favorite lecturer, because for some reason i can just concentrate far easier when he is giving the lecture. Me and a few others even got to see his private art gallery, which was very nice. It was situated in a refurbished old building, it had all different kinds of furniture and was deadly cosy.

Wittgenstein himself was an interesting subject, a am yet to read the book that he wrote but the pictures of him supposedly sitting next to Hitler are very freaky.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

U is the unbelievable, believing the believer

The second video to the John Hegly poem


just sent off my application to go to East Carolina University hopefully all should go well so fingers crossed and i will be there in Jan XD.

Other random note i might be teaching salsa twice a week XD so lets hope that goes well too

John Hegly Poem Animation

i have been asked to create an animation for a poet called John Hegly. The poem is based on the Alphabet and has sentences involving each letter, each person chose a line, so i chose two:
A is for your axe which is choppy like the ocean
U is for the unbelievable believing the believer

I really enjoyed getting to grips with 2D animation and i can only help to delve further into this fascinating art XD

London trip

London trip was really good, i really enjoyed the V and A, as it had huge artifacts in unexpected places. All the artworks were well crafted and made, as well as the V and A building itself, it was nice just being in there. One of the artifacts i remember is this really old bible that was really cool. There was also an exhibition called "Decode," which was fun to be in, as it had many interactive artworks such as sound responsive images and works that reacted to motion, we spent most of our time at one artwork, which recorded what you did for three seconds then repeated it very fast alongside other recorded images.

We later ventured to another gallery and some of my classmates said they bumped into Leonardo Di Caprio, which was pretty cool.

We also had some good times in the Generator hostel, Arnold not coming back on one of the nights made things a lot more interesting anyway.

Essay Analysis

i decided to do a quick review of my relatively recently completed essay on iconic images.
Although i do go through immense stress completing the essays i do find them very interesting. The essay i have chosen to write about is the "burning monk." Its basically a picture of a Vietnamese monk throwing gasoline over himself and setting himself on fire, in a peaceful sacrificial protest against the Diem government, who have been said to be mistreating Buddhist monks. The image that was taken by Malcolm Browne circulated through the American media, which ultimately resulted in the withdrawal of America from Vietnam and eventually brought down the Diem Government.

When starting the essay i believed the first thing to address was, what is an iconic image? an iconic image is an image(or object) that has a universal meaning and understanding to a mass of people, although through my research i came to understand that this was not entirely true.

I found that John Berger's "Ways of seeing," provided valuable research to essay, Berger states that due to reproduction an image can take on an infinite amount of representations and meaning, for example, the "original" often has a historical bond within a building or represents a certain place or time, When we remove this image and place it somewhere else, we can not think of it as the same, even the quality of the reproduction changes the images intended representation. To explain further why this is true, you have to imagine the picture of the "Mona Lisa" stuck on a boys room wall, right next to it is a topless picture of a girl. The images meaning has completely changed and since iconic images rely upon universal representation it becomes impossible to say that everyone is interpreting the same exact iconic image.

I really enjoyed this essay, and can only hope to get more wisdomful XD

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Expose 8 Image

i refined one of my digital art pieces for a competition for the newest 'Expose 8" book, which houses all the best digital artist images. Lets hope I get in lol

Monday, 11 January 2010

Water girl

Girl floating in water in response to the water theme

Bill Viola

I first got introduced by this work when we did the crazy party thing at the start of the year. At first i did not really understand his work that much, but it has gradually grown on me. He is an artist that studies the boundaries of life and death. The reason for this is that when he was young he almost drowned. Viola Aims to recreate this feeling through his art, which i find looks eerie and beautiful.

Portishead- There was a song that i found by the band Portishead it is called 'Only you.' The video is amazingly hypnotic it appears as if someone is floating in water but there is no water around. I am really intrigued on how this effect was achieved.


aqua muscle

some ideas that i have been trying n photoshop, its not finished yet but its in motion. Inspired by Bob Violas underwater art, as well as the character 'Guyver.' I aim to explore the use of colour and background in this image.

During this image i have discovered a very simple but interesting thing, i found that to colour the background in first allows you to base the subjects colour and shade to reflect the surroundings making a far greater realistic look.
From this I realize that the colours you use are actually far darker then you would expect; this makes the highlights even more prominant.

My error in not discovering this sooner was my reluctance to paint in colour, i usually just use blacks and whites to draw my images. Now that i am getting the hang of this, my images are even more rewarding.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Relief for the primative essay Beast

Finally essay has been completed, the amount of stress it created and it was only 1500 words, all i can hope for is a good grade XD. for the next essay i aim to start it even earlier and get help from Helen bowman sooner rather than later XD

My scultpture

getting on with my Clay model took ages but i finally got it glazed. It was an interesting procedure, i found it cool how the glaze drys instantly when you did your sculpture in, the clay literally soaks up all the moisture into itself. To be honest i wanted the copper oxide to bleed more but you can never predict how it is going to run. Overall it was a good experience

Cbeebies Stuff

came up with an idea for CBeeBies, well to be honest i had thought up of it ages ago. It is the grand and amazing characters Bristle Boy and Pastey Dude. Its a short animation about two cleaning heros that teach children about health. They set out to clean all the rotten teeth and restore peace to tooth town XD. If this idea is accepted i will get to have it made while working with the BBC. GOOD OPPORTUNITY

Talking to Thom

Bit random but a little while ago i remember talking to Thom about doing an animation. It was inspired by the animations that Hazel showed us. It was called 'Your Face' by Bill Plymton (i think) a jist of the animation was using one subject such as 'Your Face' and applying many random attributes to it, such as shrinking, twisting and squashing. There was a second animation about two men and a square but i forgot the name of it. Anyway the idea was about realtime motion of someone throwing a paperball at the screen this then initiates the 2D animation section. The idea is quite brief but i thought the mixing of 2D and 3D would be cool. XD