Category Archives: performance art

Are going to the party?

Whenever i choose to go out in public with friends (mostly just to keep myself from becoming a goblin) i always end up having a great time because of them. However, the whole process of meeting people that will probably never share anything besides a few blurred sentences; dressing a certain way to complement the caged arena; head-bobbing/bouncing to a song that loops the off-key voice of a lady that may/may not be under the spell of an auto-tune; all the while im trying to consume as much alcohol as possible to ease awkward eye-contact sequences with my bartender…yeaa, that process just doesn’t appeal to me.
Lindsay Scoggins has actually simplified this whole process through a range of edited/juxtaposed mammals in her video “party animals”; which serves as the promo for the contemporary art show curated by her as well. This girl is a pro at beat-editing, and quite the master of contemporary satirical content. Check out her YouTube channel if you haven’t done so already.

***Also, many thanxs to Jay for introducing me to the term “goblin”; which i will shamelessly abuse in future posts***

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Unpretended


“There are two things that don’t have to mean anything, one is music, and the other is laughter”

Last time i visited NYC, i startled up a conversation with a friend who’s a musician about creating a visual project based on the layered sounds of the city. We stayed still for about five minutes, and just tuned in to the sounds of NY. Not conversations, like the typical nosy New Yorker, but the actual sounds of the city; the background noise of real life, melting/welding together into what we call “the familiar”

This is not a new concept, although it might be if you’ve never heard of John Cage’s 4:33. I find myself quoting, and often using John Cage as a theme of conversation, simply because he breaks down complex ideas in realistic/modern terms. Music and visuals for example, don’t have to be decipherable to human senses, or even appealing to be interesting and meaningful. In fact, iconic art filled with clear statements and loud/bright colors can often dull down a piece to a level which can no longer be considered genuine. This concept can be connected to anything, not just limited to music and visuals; human relationships also apply, by using fewer words and more gestures to perfect the art of communication.

Lost Things

One of the main reasons i praise stop-motion animation is because of it’s endless possibilities. Stop-motion has a way of getting away with fluid movement and minimal cuts/frames that never ceases to impress me. In the old days, animation studios like soyszmultfilm would accomplish stop motion by putting together a model, taking a shot with a film camera, moving it a bit, taking another shot, and another shot and so on. When i look at how stop-motion has changed, i realize that the procedure still remains intact, but it has advanced incredibly in terms of storyline and the tools used to execute it.

Similar to Oren Lavies “Morning Elegance”, Alison Sudol wrote the piece of music specifically for this short film written and directed by Angela Kohler.

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In the deep, the shallow and the rest, we walk.

This poem and short film is based on a runaway thought. A girl wakes up, tired from always experiencing life in her dreams and decides to walk. Walking away from her everyday life in search of her dreams in full-color. It is in fact the act of walking that is hardest, for we often come to the conclusion that life will in fact live for us. We believe that things will just “fall into place”, that our problems will eventually “poof!” and disappear. We forget how big this universe is and how many people,places, and miles we’ve yet to walk about. I too, sometimes, forget to simply walk.

“The room grew quiet and empty this morning.

Drifted past traffic signals,
turned in places with no road.

The noise and air and city fell from your shoulders,
the sun now breathing, look.

There’s the roaring ship of being,
the light broke out against the shore.

Eyes like roses beaten petal red with seeing,
the demolition of the moon.

Past the buildings stripped to only gold
and the hanging romance novels of the dead,
hearing breaths unspoken
in fields of silent telegraph poles.

In the deep, the shallow and the rest,
we walk.”

A film collaboration with the incredible Christopher Hewitt. We Walk was shot in LA and is based on a new poem written by Brett Darling. The soundtrack is by Max Richter.

WE OWN THE SKY

This year has been an incredible source of inspiration for myself, and i believe also my surroundings. Living life in the present moment, not worrying about things that can be solved through intangible purchases or monetary exchange. The personal bonds we’ve built along the lines of this fickle life will be what is carried on to the next. In 2011, i plan on making these already built foundations into the tall and solid skyscrapers they are. I will remember this year as the wind that changed my path; a path that has proven to be/will be, nothing short of incredible. With that conclusion, I leave you all with my warmest regards and wishes for paving/changing your very own path in 2011, make it a memorable one.

“We Own The Sky” By M83. Directed by Alex Takacs and Joe Nankin of Young Replicant. D.Photog. Adam Kauper. A perfect blend of imaginative cinematography and special effects portraying life as we know it; full of emotions, ups and downs, climaxes and tribulations.

INCOMING.

Finally, got around to uploading my personal statement online. It’s definitely a work in progress. It needs sound and kinetic imaging. I leave to New York after my graduation this Friday for about a week, so when i get back to the sunny isles i will upload the final product. For now, it works as a placeholder site, in which i blend some of the work i’ve produced in the past years into a minimal intermedia experience. With that said, click past the ” X “, and explore.

Ultra Mega Nano Meta

Well put together/created by one of the most talented instructors/mentors i’ve had the pleasure of working with; this work was the first performance art piece i’ve ever participated in, created by artist and FAU professor Joey Bargsten. A classmate and myself shared the responsibilities of AV: audio/visual mixing, which had all the incorporated stages/feel of a true performance. This show opened up a world of possibilities for me in the field of art. I truly enjoyed performing as if i was part of the actual piece.

Generally, people tend to attach the definition of “art” to solely traditional means (e.g. painting, sculpture, photography), when in all actuality the term is so ambiguous by nature in our modern-age, that it is almost impossible to impose a right/wrong definition. Below i posted a more detailed description of the piece from the main website. Click on the link below to see more photographs and learn a bit more about the performance and the pieces included.

Joey Bargsten: “The digital – conceptual artist has a number of challenges, primary among them are the frustrating and ever-present questions of “What, exactly, do you do?’ and “Does what you do even constitute a body of work?”. ULTRA MEGA NANO META™ forced me to give physical form and space over to these questions. Here is the documentation video and details:”

ULTRA MEGA NANO META (or shortened to ULTRA METATM ) is an exhibition of unstable visual, textual, and sonic work curated by Joey Bargsten, Assistant Professor in FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. The exhibition will include a number of vector-based images printed through crowd-sourcing, several poetic texts altered through translation software, and a series of short digital films which explore new expressive dimensions of digital audio and visual manipulation.
The highlight of the exhibition will be an open- rehearsal/performance of memeTM, media experimental ensembleTM, FAU’s premiere experimental media ensemble, directed by Joey Bargsten. This will occur on October 26, between 4pm until 7pm, and will feature new audio and visual software developed specifically for the ensemble.
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-Joey Bargsten’s music has been played at Symphony Space (New York), and on International Concert Hall (NPR). His website BAD MIND TIMETM (http://www.badmindtime.com) won awards from Print Magazine and Stuttgart Filmwinter, and his fi lm Sticky NotesTM recently premiered at Zero Film Festival (Los Angeles). He teaches at Florida Atlantic University.