Things feel like they’re starting to wind down this semester.
In Digital Imaging, we continue to work on our final projects.
In Critical Theory, we watched a little bit of a documentary about Derrida. We also checked out examples from past years of final projects. The project should be a computer-based (Dreamweaver, PowerPoint…) that explores an area of interest in the lens-based arts and hopefully explores some of the ideas we’ve considered during the semester. I then had 5 minutes at the end of class to provide an introduction for Jean-Francois Lyotard’s essay “Answering the Question: What is Postmodernism.” It’s a dense little essay, but I actually found it a pretty rewarding read that helped me understand a little more about the Modern/Postmodern shift. Other Pomo readings we were responsible for:
In Lighting, we used strobes to freeze action a la Edgerton. Stupid school rules forbid us from using live rounds so we couldn’t fire bullets through bananas and instead had to drop a dart on a balloon and freeze it popping.
In Crit this week, I showed some recent work I’ve been shooting around NYC:
Rolling right along to Past Tense, Present Tense…
We started off with a look at more daguerreotypes:
My general feelings are that given the unique properties of the daguerreotype, it’s hard to appreciate them on a computer screen. We didn’t get to see the physical objects either.
A fellow student in class gave a presentation about subjectivity/objectivity in photography. It was a very thorough survey which revolved around his appreciation of photographer Christopher Williams:
(An interview with Torbjorn HERE)
I guess things haven’t wound down all that much.
This week at school:
Crit & Theory is cancelled, I’ll be looking at French Porn and also switching some courses for the Spring.
Friday night, I’ll be hanging out at the SVA MFA Fall Salon. Please come by!