One of the things that I like about using Postmodern Principles is the ability to appreciate contemporary art without having to rely on the traditional elements & principles of design (for analysis). Even movements like Dada can be viewed in a new light -- fewer restrictions, more understanding.
Photomontage was a technique that Dada artists used, providing opportunities to create new meaning from a combination of different materials used together.
|The Art Critic, Raoul Hausmann|
After taking a look at a few photomontages, I came across this video:
The beginning of the video seemed like a photomontage, but made out of video instead. I started to wonder how I could use this technique to make my own 'videomontage', and began looking for technology that could help a bit. I remembered some of the short videos that my students made using Vine, so I downloaded the app & started to create. Here is my first attempt (showing some footage of preliminary work for this project):
The video doesn't show any sort of recontextualization, but I had to start somewhere. I've played with the app through the day today, and love having the ability to stop & start taking video so easily. I just wish the videos could be longer than 6 seconds!
*Bonus: I found out the videos were saved to my phone, so if I want to make a longer video, I can transfer the files to my computer & use editing software to do whatever I like. Awesome!
For art teachers who are interested in multiple intelligences & TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behaviour): by focusing on the concept of recontextualization rather than the material, I can imagine much more freedom in my classroom. If students wanted to create photomontages with paper, that's possible, but so are sculptures & videos.