Exercise 8: New Media Innovators

With Jesse Maxwell Perez, Jodie Quach, and Stanley Tsai.

Artists that are considered to work in the New Media genre are those who tie new technologies into their art. They use a combination of modern mediums as well as applications. The artists below share their own unique approach to media, where they were each considered a New Media artist by their own means. For example, music may not be considered a new media application today, because it has been around since humans could drum up a beat. However, genres of music change and develop with cultures. Such is the case with with Vivaldi, his style of music was quite “avant-guarde” for his time.

As far as Kutiman’s “Thru-You” goes, it is a video of several musicians producing music together. However, they are not working directly with one another. Compiling the talents of several musicians can produce a sound which can never be achieved alone. These videos taken from the internet have a certain fluidity to them, as if they are interacting with each other, even though they are of completely separate natures. This 21st century new media piece combines aspects of collaboration and taking someone’s work and applying it into something else.

Antonio Vivaldi is a well known musician, whose intricate classical music has been shared around the world. His piece, “Four Seasons”, is lead by a violin, and conveys extremely strong emotions and setting through the upbeat and beautiful melody. The video of this song uses masks as a metaphor of feelings and movements, as they can be hidden or revealed in a different matter. Vivaldi is considered an innovator because he takes his music to the next level of intensity as unseen before.

Eric Whitacre is a well known conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His most known piece is “Lux Aurumque” which is made up of 185 separate videos synced together to create a virtual choir. This video consists of 185 separate videos of different people in different countries. Eric Whitacre puts a spin on concerts and choirs as he is able to bring 185 strangers together to sing and make music together via the internet. “Lux Aurumque” is considered his ‘ground-breaking’ work.

At the age of 48, Evelyn Glennie has become one of the most influential virtuoso percussionists. What makes her so inspirational and influential at the same time comes from that fact that is she deaf. Glennie is able to create music just through feel, and sight, and demonstrates to everyone that music isn’t just sounds to your ears. This video demonstrates her ability to speak and also play various types of percussion instruments. Without the ability to hear the sounds she’s making, Glennie is still able to inspire her audience to take their other senses and feel the sound through different ways. She innovates new ways to experience love for music and sound.

The music produced by John Cage is mesmerizing  as the piece analyzed, Dream created in 1948. John Cage is one of the more influential media artists, because of the beauty and composition of his music. He was ahead of his time, his atmospherical music is gifted, technically and musically. He was a great influence for modern dance, as his affiliation with choreographer, and partner, Merce Cunningham, as they were able to work together to jump ideas off each other and improve the works of eachother.

 

Sources:

http://thru-you.com/#/videos/1/

http://ericwhitacre.com/biography

http://www.evelyn.co.uk/evelyn-glennie.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cage

Exercise 2: New Media Research?

Week 2

Section 011

Joelle Dell’Erede (Added information, edited the presentation)

Stanley Tsai (Added information, edited the presentation)

Jesse Maxwell Perez (Added information, provided citations)

Jodie Quach (Added information)

Myself (Added information, provided sources, edited presentation)

1. What is media 2.0 theory? How does it differ from media theory? Give us a few examples of the differences.

In Media 2.0, the internet has spread to all over the world which enables people from all over to share and connect through social media. Media may originate from one website but end up being shared across multiple networks. An example the use of short video clips that people have hyped up in the past year. These short amusing video clips get uploaded and people will make screenshots and GIFs to post on tumblr. These video clips are then uploaded onto Youtube, shared on Facebook, and sent through Twitter and the clip eventually goes viral. Media 2.0 enables us to participate and connects us as an online community. Web 2.0 is an evolutionary stage of the internet. It’s where the internet becomes more interactive and allows users to communicate with each other. Web 1.0 was text based, where site hosts did not allow for users to post, comment or subscribe. Good examples of Web 2.0 are YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia….

One of the first websites ever created:

Perfect example of Web 1.0. Consisting of text, where users cannot change anything about the website/content.

http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

Example of Web 2.0:

Developed, managed, and populated by users… Anyone can change the site, edit, comment, subscribe, create content for it…

www.youtube.com

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Works Cited

“What are the major differences among Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0?.” WittyCookie. N.p., 04 Jun 2012. Web. 18 Sep. 2013. <http://wittycookie.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/what-are-the-major-differences-among-web-1-0-2-0-and-3-0/>.

Cornelius, Chantal. “What is the difference between Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0?.” Appletree Blog. N.p., 02 Feb 2011. Web. 18 Sep. 2013. <http://appletreemarketing.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/what-is-the-difference-between-web-1-0-2-0-and-3-0/>.

Verma, Sharad. “Social Media 2.0: How to build and grow communities on the visual web?.”iMediaConnection. N.p., 16 Sep 2013. Web. 18 Sep. 2013. <http://blogs.imediaconnection.com/blog/2013/09/16/social-media-2-0-how-to-build-and-grow-communities-on-the-visual-web/>.

New Media Research

Collaboration research to produce something seems to be a hot topic among contemporary academia. As much as students are encouraged to be free thinkers, they must also look for help from their peers. One of the first thoughts that comes to mind when asking what skills should one possess in order to perform interdisciplinary research is to have an open mind. Having a one-way thinking process won’t get you too far in today’s world of never ending network systems. Research itself is a form of education. Self educating one’s mind through study as well as practise forms a perfect combination to learn a discipline.

I am a proud owner of a creative mind, which I feel plays a tremendous role in any sort of work or research I do. Creativity is a tool without limits, because imagination has no limits. However, just being creative on its own does not get you far. Having a solid background in academia, the better. In my case, I already have a high school and college diploma under my belt. All could be classified as a solid base for future production courses to take place. My preferred field of study is that of media arts, and my background consists of many production courses regarding film, television, digital media, and animation. My weakness would most likely be that of research and writing academic papers. Research can be a scary endeavour when the end results are unknown. I am anxious yet optimistic to partake in further research for subjects I am passionate about. For example, I am eager to learn and research Web 3.0 for my presentation. Thankfully, I am surrounded by many resources and tools which help my research studies.

Exercise 1: New Media?

My Definition: New media is a modern approach to communicate a purpose using various mediums, including but not limited to art or technology.

One example regards stem cells to reproduce organs. Scientists absolutely require a higher education to know and understand exactly how the human body works. They also need to apply their reason and understanding in order to be successful with their work. Science must be a difficult subject to work with because one must be linear with accurate and precise calculations, however they must also be able to adapt to any unpredicted change that may or may not occur.

On the other hand, creative works can also be a category of New Media. Any artist willing to combine several elements to produce a work of art must exhibit a certain amount of dexterity. Similar to science, artists must exhibit the ability to focus on a single goal, yet remain adaptable to change. This change may alter the goal any artist may begin with. That being said, the change could improve or destroy the piece that is produced. Lastly, being in this day and age, information is constantly changing, so can art ever be labeled as “finished”?

Joelle’s Definition: New Media is about seeing past still frame images and embracing art in other forms.

Jodie’s Definition: New media is a combination of creative and artistic innovations combined with our technology to create a new way of communicating and interacting with the world.

Combined Definition: New Media is a form of communication which combines elements from any field and applies it to contemporary life.

New Media?

After reviewing the class notes and listening to the podcast, I must say that my view for New Media really has changed tremendously. I originally thought that New Media focused on image media, such as television or computer generated images. However, with all this talk about science tying into the arts of New Media, it seems to change everything. Arts and science seem so tightly wound together that they are almost the same thing. The approach to either can be similar or completely opposite at times. I guess that is why we have such a troubling time defining what New Media is. It’s because it’s an ever changing concept which may reshape it’s form at any time.

What got to me was that everything at one point was considered New Media. Such as photography to painting. This made me think of today. Technology is advancing faster than we can fully understand it, and it’s amazing to even imagine where New Media will take us tomorrow. It’s almost scary to imagine how different the New Media program will be when it is my time to graduate. Will my skills developed in this class even relate to the technology and application in 2017?