Sunday, 4 August 2013

Playing with Vine

This is the first post on my new blog, which I've created for the sole purpose of playing with new ideas & media.  I've been completing my Honours Specialist course this summer, and I've been introduced to some pretty cool ideas... and now I want to play with them.  After learning about Olivia Gude and her Postmodern Principles, I created an assignment that focused on Recontextualization.  Then I started to complete the assignment as if I were one of my own students.

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.

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