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“Well, If I Don’t See You…” {Self-Assessment Narrative}

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Reflecting and Observing. So long, for now, Alchemist World! It’s been a pleasure! (Photo: Kandid Shots Productions)

As I look back over the semester, I am proud of myself. Back in January, I walked into a class that I had no knowledge of and frankly, had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was like I listening to another language. In the beginning, I didn’t think I would live up to the expectations I put on myself since I chose an A grade contract. There was a lot at stake. Towards the middle of February, I thought I was going to have to change my grade to a B. There was no way I could keep up with the class. But, I kept pushing through and trying my best. I was worried that my knowledge of online art and life would be lost with the other people in the class who seemed like experts at Digital Alchemy. What I did appreciate is the amount of information I learned from this class. Surveillance, GIFs origins, Meme Art, Digital Art, Algorithms, and much more. Although I did learn a lot, I was looking for more of a balance by looking at “darkness” and “lightness” on the internet. For a long time, we looked at mostly “darkness,” which is educational and something that we all should be aware of. However, it would’ve been great if half of the semester we did “darkness” and the other half, “lightness.” Although those are my opinions, I must admit that my perspective has changed when it comes to life on the internet in 2019. I’m more careful of cookies and what I put out there on the internet. For example, should my nieces and nephews be posted online? Even if I put my safety locks on the posts, is there someone still watching?

Actually, I’ll share what I really took away from this class is how much online life has taken over my real life. Growing up, I didn’t have social media. I grew up having to memorize my friends and cousins’ telephone numbers, no television allowed during the week, and a flip phone that I could call my parents and my cousin. I didn’t have a smartphone until my junior year of high school. I didn’t have any social media until Facebook in my sophomore year of high school. Of course, like the rest of the world, we fell into the life of smartphones and social media without being able to stop. We didn’t know the effects it would have on us in the future. My 14-year-old self was self-conscious as all teenagers are. But I didn’t have social media to add on to it. I talked on the phone more. I was more present mentally with my family. Post-college, I realized that something has changed. I scroll through my phone without an agenda. I pick up my phone and open it even when I don’t receive a notification. My family could be around me, but I’m scrolling on Instagram.

Over the past couple of months, I started to think, “What did I do with my life before social media?” This class made me realize that I read more, listened to music, talked on the phone, I was more creative with my writing and so many other things. I realized that life was escaping me in a way that I didn’t expect. Am I addicted to social media? Yes but we all are. We can’t go long without it. This includes YouTube and Netflix; Not just Facebook and Instagram. At 24 years old, I have decided to delete my personal social media accounts. I am head of social media for other things so I will be keeping those accounts for business use only, but something needs to be done. Little by little I have been deactivating my accounts. Just not deleting the apps. So far, I no longer have my personal Twitter account or my Snapchat. Next will be Instagram and lastly, Facebook. I want to start carrying books with me again instead of scrolling on my phone or maybe some colored pencils and a sketchbook.

Now, this isn’t to guilt trip anyone or to look down upon people who do use social media. I am sharing a personal revelation that social media is kinda sorta, but really literally, consuming my life. Having the pressures of not posting someone on social media for their birthday even though you called them already. Why someone would leave a comment on someone else’s photo and not mine. Working out and eating right but I still don’t look like girl number 3,445 that I saw on my newsfeed instead of being happy with my own results. Seeing something on social media you wish you didn’t see. Finding out information you should’ve found out from that person instead of them posting it for everyone to see. The list goes on. I receive almost 150 notifications a day. I pick up my phone nearly 80 times a day. That time and mental use could be put towards so much other stuff. Like I said, business use, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. But for me, I realized I have a habit that I did not use to have, and I want to change it. I communicate with my family and friends a lot through social media, which is the beautiful part. However, I say all of that to say that this class has opened my eyes to realize that there is more than the online life.

Telling my story here for my self-assessment narrative shows that this class can truly teach you and show you things about the 2019 Internet. There is “good” and “bad” on the internet, but if anything, I loved that this class gives the logical and explainable parts to the unknown online life. I have already been sharing with my family the things I’ve learned. Jumping to my Fieldguide topic, I was not expecting this class to allow me to produce something of an article about something that I’m passionate about. I didn’t know that something like Blackfishing would be considered to be part of this course because it wasn’t anything “academic” per se. It was definitely a critical issue. But I didn’t think I was going to have the opportunity to discuss it at such great length and depth.

I believe students in the future who take this course will see that they will finally have a place to talk about an essential online issue, about anything, and it’s considered a series part of the online life. I don’t really have to explain, but the Fieldguide project was my favorite part of the class. I produced something beyond what I thought the capacity I thought I could do. Also, I loved being part of an international online space. An example will be connecting with the students from Cario. I wish we were able to have more response and reactions from them but being part of something much greater beyond our class is really special.

For future classes, I would love to see more workshop classes that will help students with their Fieldguide projects. I think by having a more step-by-step process leading up the final project, there will be better productivity from the students who seem to have a difficult time grasping it. It can be overwhelming if you are someone who is not used to using platforms like Twitter. Also, if they are not used to using social media or the computer as a whole, a project as big as the Fieldguide can become a lot. When that happens, I don’t think the students produce their best work.

  • Link to Blog and Syndicated Posts: I think by looking at these two links, I see a theme for sure. I notice that I am interested in what’s beyond the self that is shown online. What’s underneath the Instagram self or the Twitter self? Who are we really without our social media platforms? I think what started that theme up is the Selfie-Unselfie Project that we looked at and became apart of. I wish we actually did more of that because I thought it was so refreshing!
  • Twitter: Being part of the Twitter online world and learning about the “darkness” that’s out there was a rollercoaster ride. (In a good way!). Being able to connect with scholars and my fellow classmates made the class different than other “traditional” classes. Unfortunately, my Twitter visualization does not match the work and effort I put into my Twitter activity throughout the semester. I think by looking at my Twitter gives a good sense of my contributions. Also, the Twitter of my Digital Alchemist plays a significant contribution as well.
  • Hypothes.is: Most of my contributions to Hypothesi.is was because of my Fieldguide project. However, other articles have my voice in it that I have annotated throughout the semester. By looking at this, it really shows the work that I have put into this semester. Adding my blog and Twitter activity into it, an outside person would be able to see a well-rounded (official) alchemist who succeeded this course! (Sidebar: My Digital Alchemist did an excellent job with her annotations in Hypothesi.is!)

All in all, I am so happy with the knowledge I gained from this class and I really believe it’s going to carry with me for years to come! I’m excited to use my new knowledge and connections to dive deeper into Digital Alchemy. With that being said, excluding the “checklist” of my grade contract, I believe I did a job well-done in the course despite my lack of knowledge at the beginning of the semester.

With that being said, see you later Alchemy World. (For now 😉).

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“Work Work Work Work”

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When I look at my work and realize I’m almost done! (Movie Gif from Coming to America)

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. Mine was filled with laughs, fun at church, reflection, and a lot of food! Now that my Easter weekend is officially over, I am ready to get back in the swing of things. So we are in the final stages of the semester, which means it’s crunch time! I am happy to say that I have been writing nonstop over the past week about my topic. What I decided to do is write out all my thoughts, opinions along with the research and notes that I collected from various sources. Now that I have multiple viewpoints and ideas, I am ready to write out the dialogue between myself and Xnirran. I originally had 18 pages of notes but I decided to comb through them and only keep the most important pieces of information. Now I am down to eight pages! (Definitely easier to work with.)

Since my topic is deep and complex, sometimes I found myself drifting off into other subtopics of Blackfishing. For me to stay organized, I put my topic into four categories, that way I can stay on track.

  1. What is Blackfishing? (Minstrel shows, blackface, Halloween controversies turning into online blackface, internet blackfishing, and social media pressures)
  2. What’s the problem? (Two sides of the spectrum: One is for fun. One is wrong) Hurtful or harmless?
  3. Culture Appropriation vs. Culture Appreciation
  4. Beyond Skin Color: Why do it? Benefits? Gain?

I’ll wrap up final thoughts and ideas on part five. Also, acknowledgments and other last words. After last week’s meeting, I felt more confident to tackle this issue. I was worried that because this is not only a new issue that is surfacing but it’s something that I really don’t have a solution to it. However, I was given the task to more allow people to become aware of this “phenomenon” instead of trying to find a solution to the problem. I have a lot of great content, ideas, and information that I will use in my presentation. Here is the link to my notes that I made from various articles. Unforantely, my hypothes.is was not working so I was only able to make comments on one or two of them.

In the final stretch! Until next time!

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‘Blackfishing’: To the AUC Students

For my final project, I will be discussing and “investigating” the new phenomenon of ‘Blackfishing’. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, ‘Blackfishing’ is when a person on Instagram or Twitter (specifically a woman) who is not of color, changes her physical appearance (e.g. hair, skin color, etc.), in order to be perceived as a specific person of color (e.g. African-American, Mixed, Afro-Latina, etc.) Example images:

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This seems to be a branch of the ‘Catfishing’ tree. (Catfishing is when someone poses as someone else online by faking their name, appearance, online identity, and so on).

Speaking about the importance of identity and self on the Internet of 2019, I have a couple of questions for you when it comes to this topic.

  1. There are two sides to ‘Blackfishing’. One is that some people don’t see the big deal. It is merely just someone appreciating the culture. On the other end spectrum, people are uncomfortable with this because of its almost identical connection to the history of ‘Blackface”, which is when someone who is not African-American, applies very dark/brown makeup and performs racial stereotypes of slaves. This would happen in the 1900s. My question is, Is there a difference between appreciation and appropriation when it comes to another person’s culture? 
  2. My second question is, online identity has become almost, if not for sure, as important to us as our real identity. When someone fakes who they are and deceives other people, how does that affect online identity?
  3. Does online identity affect how people see those online personas in real life?
  4. Who is harmed during this? (And by “this” I mean ‘Blackfishing’) or is this just makeup and fun, just like people believed ‘Blackface’ performances and caricatures were?

I can’t wait to hear your responses! Any other questions or ideas that come to mind to help me dive deeper into my project, please let me know! Here is my Twitter: @ColorfulWriter02

Thank you!

What’s Next? Oh Right…My Project!🥴

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Just like Whitley, I need to “Relax, Relate, Release!”. It’s harder than it seems for sure. I was feeling “all over the place” after last week’s class. Honestly, I felt more lost when it came to my topic for my final project instead of moving in the right direction. So far, my topic is “Blackfishing,” which is the modern day “Blackface” in an online setting (specifically Instagram) where women who are not of color manipulate their physical features to appear to be a person of color. As compelling and disturbing this topic is, it’s still too broad. I need to be specific and figure out why a person would do this, what’s the purpose of it, and is there a solution to it? There are a lot of questions to weave through before I get to the root of the problem. (Or the heart of the matter). On the positive side, I do, have a strict plan for structuring the final project. Which is this:

  1. April 9: Gather articles and resources for a basis for finding information about Blackfishing.
  2. By the following week (April 16): Have a collection of notes and information from the articles and resources I have gathered. Also, figure out my specific question and concern about Blackfishing.
  3. April 23: Begin structuring how I’m going to present my final project.
  4. April 30th: Presentation and Showcase Day!

I don’t have much time before April 30th, but I am a hard worker! So I am signing off, and I will see you all next week!

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A Different World 

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The Burning Question? {Fieldguide}

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Hey everyone! So, last week I had the idea of Catfishing, which is using photographs to form a fake identity (persona) for their personal gain, fame, money, identity theft, etc. I wanted to be more specific on a type of Catfishing, which is Blackfishing. Recently, women on who are not of color are posing as women of color on Instagram. Example: Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 8.23.18 AM

In my last post, I called it “Catfishin with race.” There are a few concerns that come to mind such as the general cultural appropriation, inappropriate, and extremely offensive. After having my one on one meeting about how to be more specific about this topic, I have to get past the shock factor when looking at these images and getting down to the “why” and “purpose” behind Blackfishing. The thoughts I have about identity online in 2019 comes down to how looking at images can cause various forms of identity concerns, misconceptions, and misguidedness. In my last post, I also talked about how you can’t switch off and on your skin color or facial features. Being born black is something deeper than skin color and big hips. Another concern I had about Blackfishing is when a young girl of color scrolls through their Instagram feed, what would they think or how would they feel when they discover that who they saw on Instagram is fake.

There is still a lot I have to think about for next week and to narrow down exactly what I want to say. (The internet in 2019, truth versus fake, identity and online, specific argumentation, problem and solution, the modern “Blackface” and how does that play a part, consequences of Blackfishing, racist myths, technology, come up with a specific question and concern, risks, what’s the endgame?, mainstreaming racist culture, etc.) So as you can see, I dipped into a deep pool with this topic, and I am hoping I did not get too ahead of myself.

I think what I need to do to find what my question, concern, and solution will be; I have to do my homework. By researching this topic and finding out more about what others have to say about it, then I’ll be able to focus on a more specific concern. I have a lot of articles to grab research from, and I’m hoping to find more on this topic. That is where I am going to start my research. As far as how I’m going to represent it as a conversation between my alchemist mentor and me but I will figure out that part too!

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It’s Crunch Time! {Fieldguide}

 

A Month of Making!

Hello once again! Another week, another blog!

It’s safe to say that after last class I had some major anxiety once I saw what the rest of the semester will look like. Last class started the “beginning” point of creating our own Alchemist, what to do with the Field Guide, and trying to figure out what to for the final project. A lot is going on, but I had to take a step back and just:

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A Different World 

With that being said, let’s get started! Xnirran S. has become my beautifully created Digital Alchemist. As per my previous, she is, “Very happy-go-lucky person and always seeing the positive side to everything. Not into social media except Pinterest where she shares images with me here and there. That is how we communicate.” However, she has informed me that she would like to join the Twitter community so she could share more than DIY and workout schedules but to share ideas, thoughts, memes, gifs, images, and more! So with the use of Twitter and Pinterest, we have agreed that that is how we will communicate. (Also, here is my Response to the Make Assignment). She also finished her first Hypothes.is assignment with the article Intentional Cognitive Friction by Mariana.

We looked at a YouTube video called “This Panda is Dancing-Time Well Spent.” I’ll be honest, I felt guilty watching this video because I saw my “bad” habits all throughout the video. I put bad in quotation marks because I feel like most people in today’s society has the same habits. Whether you are on social media or not, you still may spend a lot of time on Netflix and YouTube when you really should be sleeping. (Not judging because I do it too). While watching this video, I thought to myself, wow. 80% of my time has gone to things like scrolling through Facebook or Instagram and not writing as much or listening to music. What happened? When something is put in front of you that’s going to soak up your attention, it’s not your fault. There is certainly an ongoing challenge of what to do with our time. We have the same amount of time that our parents did, but I feel like we have less time when it comes to the simple living because of things like social media and the never-ending Netflix episodes. I do make sure that when I am out with my family that I use my phone as little as possible. (Except when it comes to silly Snapchat filters with my nieces and nephew).

Reflecting on these thoughts, I think this video showed that it’s okay to use your phone in moderation. I think we have to come to a conclusion and reality that these issues of lack of attention or the “attention economy” will grow instead of diminishing. At the end of the video, it said, “Imagine where technology is built on our values and not our screen time.” I don’t want my screen time to determine who I am or what I do with my life. Definitely an eye-opener and a great video to watch! (Spoil alert: His potential wife walked right by him while he was swiping for his wife on a match dating app and it made me scream in my head saying LOOK UP FROM YOUR PHONE! But you’ll see what I’m talking about in the video, which you watch below!

Field Guide…How do ya feel? 

We brainstormed in groups about potential topics for our Field Guide final project. That was a great way to really unfold everything we’ve been looking at in class. After narrowing down my topics I decided to pick: Women who are not of color posing as women of color on Instagram. An example would be a Caucasian woman posing as an African American woman by changing her outer appearance. (Hair, facial features, skin tone, etc.) I feel as if not many people are aware that this is going on. This was recent as well so it’s very relevant. I call this Catfishing with race. I am excited to get started.

For next week, be on the lookout for more about Xnirran S.!

Until next time! ✌🏾

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Gotta Love the GIF

 

 

It’s Crunch Time! {Fieldguide}

Warning: You will see nothing but 80s and 90s Sitcom GIFS on my blogs for the rest of the semester, and I am not sorry.😊  Let’s get started!

I officially have a topic!

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During our last week’s brainstorming class, I was trying to figure out something that I wanted to look more into that applies to the Field Guide parameters, educational, and something that genuinely concerns me. At first, I started thinking about GIFS. The way GIFS are embedded in our culture and taking the internet by storm I think is innovative and creative. The main question I had was:

  1. Eventually, are GIFS going to dehumanize our senses and emotional reactions in the real world? (Laughing, crying, being happy or sad, etc.) or is it simple fun across the internet and among friends and people will know what fake and real reactions are?

Then I started to think about Catfishing, which is using photographs to form a fake identity (persona) for their own gain, fame, money, identity theft, etc. We had a Studio Visit with Alec Couros about the dangers of Catfishing in today’s society. Anyone can take a photo of you from Facebook and can create a fake identity. It’s the new wave of stealing credit cards. (Which still happens). But for the new generations and the current generation of using social media, they would rather steal identity for more followers on Instagram. So then I thought of this question:

2. I wonder how many people know about what’s happening on Instagram where women who are not of color are posing as women of color? For those who may not have heard because it’s been swept under the rug or you’re not familiar with Instagram, this is actually happening. If you’re not sure what I mean, here are a few examples:

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This is Catfishing with race, and it needs to be discussed. This cultural appropriation and extremely offensive. As a woman of color when I see these images, I am disturbed, but I also feel bad (a little) for them because these girls don’t understand that being a person of color goes beyond changing your looks. It’s something deeper and something you are born with that you can’t switch off and on whenever you want. Furthermore, when a young girl of color who scrolls through their Instagram feed, what would they think or how would they feel when they discover that who they saw on Instagram is fake. As far as my Digital Alchemist goes, she feels the same way. That’s why she decided to create a Twitter account to discuss important issues such as these.

I could go in-depth more on this blog post about this topic, but I will save it for next week!

See ya later!

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Going In Full Speed (GIFS) {Fieldguide}

 

 

Gotta Love the GIF

 

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Me when I successfully inserted the GIF into my blog. Thanks, Kelli! 

Learning about GIFS, sharing, making, I can’t get enough! This was probably my favorite topic so far in the semester. For those who may not know, GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. So the looping video clip you see above, that is an example of a GIF. Just a few seconds of a video repeating over and over has taken the world by storm. Two weeks ago, we discussed Memes. (Which you can read more by Clicking Here).

We started off the class a little different than usual by having our fifth Studio Visit with Brian Lamb! We had a great conversation and good laughs concerning GIFS, the internet, and how technology is growing. The “dark” part of the conversation began with Lamb talking about how the scariest part of the internet for him are bots and even AI. (Artifical Intelligence). During the conversation, I thought, Everything (almost or mostly) starts off being for something good and then eventually turns into something else. Something that goes into the “darkness” on the internet. What I appreciated about Lamb is that he was realistic. He understood the “darkness” side of the internet and the world we live in but admits to using sources like Google Maps. Yes, there is “darkness,” but we all still use Google applications, Waze, social media, and other things that could be considered “darkness” or something we should be staying clear of.

I thoroughly enjoyed Brian Lamb, along with the rest of the class. My favorite part was when Lamb was telling us how Google is collecting our data and then all of a sudden, his camera goes out, and we lose signal with him. I said, “Welp, Google got him.” (Of course as a joke and then we got him back). But it was a nice comic relief from all the talk about “darkness.” It was a great Studio Visit so be sure to check it out!

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Yes, I do create GIFS myself. Thank you for asking! 

During the second half of class, we had to tweet out our favorite GIFS and also make a few of our own! These were a few of mine:

 

 

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I like gifs better than memes. Memes:

 

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The new “The Tea is Hot.”

 

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April is really next week??? ALREADY??

Conjure Your Digital Alchemist Mentor

Name: Xnirran S.

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Attributes: Very happy-go-lucky person and always seeing the positive side to everything. Not into social media except Pinterest where she shares images with me here and there. That is how we communicate.

I love the name that the generator made me for me. Having a name that starts with the letter “X” is awesome enough! I wanted her to have a different personality than me. She knows more about Digital Alchemy and the internet than I do. That’s why she’s not really on social media. But I did want her to have the representation of a person of color. I thought that was very important. I can’t wait to start using Xnirran S.! (Also, I added the S. just because the name looked even cooler with it. Hope that’s okay!)

GIF a Scene in the Digital Alchemists Coffee Shop

This was another fun activity we had to finish but unfortunately, my GIFS are not only not downloading, but they are also not uploading as a GIF into my blog. Only this gif worked:

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Instead, I will write out the concept I had for the coffee shop story. I had Marty Mcfly writing a letter to Doc in 1955 saying that he needed to go to the back to the future to 2015 to save his son from becoming the laughing stock of the internet from his “friend” Biff, sharing an embarrassing meme of Marty’s son to the entire world! I had the GIFS made and everything. Hopefully, the description is clear of what I was trying to accomplish until I’m able to upload the GIFS into the blog.

To wrap up this blog, I will simply have a GIF do it for me.

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Going In Full Speed (GIFS) {Fieldguide}

 

A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relic: How an image format changed the way we communicate by Lorraine Boissoneault (2017)

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From the article by Lorraine Boissonneault

I think this article would be a great addition to the fieldguide because it shines a light on the more positive parts to the internet and GIFS. Not everyone knows what a GIF is. They may have seen them, but they don’t know the name of it. This article starts off with the history of how the GIF came to be. Learning new knowledge about something you are not familiar with can give you a different perspective of something. In this case, some people may think Memes and GIFS are “pointless” and they just “don’t get them.” However, the history that is broken down by Boissoneault gives great insight for others who are not used to this new form of digital art.

Not only does this article break down the history of the GIF, it evens tells us the correct pronunciation, which we even discussed in class. “For the record, Wilhite pronounces his creation with a soft G, using a play on the peanut butter ad as a demonstration: “Choosy developers choose GIF.” He reiterated the point when he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Webby Awards. But that has hardly settled the debate, as many others insist on the hard “g” as in the word “gift” but without the “t.” Even dictionaries like Oxford English have unhelpfully declared both pronunciations valid.” (Boissoneault)

I would rate this a ten on the light to darkness scale. I think it’s important for people to understand the GIF before forming their own opinions on it. It was a fascinating read!

 

Scadoo Into Net Art!

“Art is in various forms. Take your pick.” -Lilly S. ✨

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Charles Cscuri: Garden Lovers

We are halfway through the semester, and I am glad to say that I have learned about art and digital alchemy more than I expected to. I never thought I would take a class like this since I am unfamiliar with a topic as unique as this, but I am satisfied with the results so far. We started off the class wanting to talk about more of the “lighter” side to the internet, which I appreciated. Yes, we all must be aware of the “darkness” side, but at the same time, we want to appreciate what artists and other people are doing as far as the adding “light” to the internet.

Looking into digital art and how it goes into Net Narr, the art of production and reproduction and transience (which means the state or fact of lasting on for a short time, transitory nature). What was said in class was, “The image in the context of the digital revolution: The photograph becomes digitalized.” I had two reactions to this conversation. The fact that photographs have become digitalized allows me to share. I like the sharing aspect amongst family and friends. When I travel, I am able to send my photos to my family either through text or share them on social media for other family members and friends could see. Before, my close ones would probably not have seen them. If they did, I would have to mail it to them after paying to print them out. The sharing of digital photos are not only accessible and easy, but it’s free!

On the other side of the spectrum, I think about the platform of digital photos. A couple of months ago, I made a decision to start putting my pictures into photo albums because I know that digital photographs will not be around forever. My family has photographs of my great-great-grandparents and other family members because we have the physical copy. I believe there will always be something special about the feel of holding a photograph in your hand. Quick Story: We found a picture of my father when he was younger, and he is the spitting image of my nephew (his grandson). They look identical. My niece takes the photo, downloads it onto her phone, matched my father’s hair to look like my nephew’s, put them side by side, and that’s how they used digital art! There are so many branches to digital art when it comes to photographs and photography that’s fascinating to me!

Moving on to Net Art, we learned about the Paradigm Shift. This was, “due to the digitalization of the photograph: Recontextualization through appropriation and collage. Also, questioning the relationship between the original versus a copy,” (Dr. Zamora). Dr. Zamora also pointed out other parts of digital art and internet art that I had not thought about before. Here were some of the main points:

  • Digital art has redefined the identity of cinema.
  • Digital art has meant the erasure of moving images understood as “recording reality.”
  • Does giving up control over the image sequence mean the “end of cinema.”
  • Internet art is characterized by the tension between a free information space versus the proximity of commercial context.
  • Code as a form of creative writing. Code as the paint and canvas of the digital artist.

We dove into this topic, even more, was when we had our fourth Studio Visit with Alex Saum. Her articulation of digital art and incorporating her own art and opinions into the discussion was truly refreshing.

These were some of the points that she made that I thought was important:

  • YouTube has the best and worst platform…negative and positive.
  • The relation of the private and the public tracking the confessionals into the influencers (poetry into the essay/essay reflection), trying and retrying.
  • Creating not only a platform but a voice through sadness and despair. Creating spaces: sharing personal experiences and including personal and cultural language.
  • Representing yourself in digital art.
  • Darkness/light: How do you position yourself as an artist within that? Her answer: going based on her personal experiences. Participating in structures that are totally out of our control. I try to make my pieces look like they’re going to break any moment (glitches and stuff). Nothing is ever really actually outs. If you can’t access it, then you can’t access it.

Watch the Studio Visit!

Last week’s class gave me a lot to reflect on as far art goes in the digital world. There are positive and lighter images on the internet, and I think it should be talked about more.

Next week, we’ll be talking about Gifs! I’m excited about that! Stay tuned for next week’s blog about what we discussed in class.

Bye for now! And of course, don’t forget to check out the DDAs that I did for this week!

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