The Digital Media Artist

Installation Floor Plan

Posted in MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on April 28, 2010

Sketch of the floor space requirements, mat for viewing

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Pyramid Plan

Posted in MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on April 26, 2010

Here is the current spec for the physical build of my final project. The central square represents the LCD monitor which will have a series of animations playing on it.

Wireframe model

Roughly what the finished thing will look like

How to Build a Pyramid

Posted in MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on February 10, 2010

Here are some photos documenting the construction of my piece for Beyond The Screen.

The plastic merchant, who was supposed to be building the pyramid for me, called to say he couldn’t get his machine repaired in time, so I decided to try and do it myself. The broken machine was going to be used to chamfer the edges so that they fit together neatly. I used a file to take the point off the edge I was working on and then used a metal ruler to shave a 45deg bevel.

It hasn’t turned out to be the neatest job, but I have tried it out with my Empire Détournement video and I am reasonably pleased with the result .

Motion Graphics

Posted in Edutainment/Infocation, MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on February 7, 2010

Here are some great examples of artwork produced by designers and artists using a variety of software and interfaces. The smashingmagazine article this is from also has some fantastic tutorials included.

Original article

Lights on by thesystemis

Interpol – Rest My Chemistry Video by Aaron Koblin

Amoeba Dance

Beyond the Empire

Posted in MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on January 13, 2010

With the concept of my pyramid changing (possible title Aurum Obelisk) I have opened it up to new possibilities.

One of these is to incorporate a reiteration of Warhol’s Empire into the piece. My idea was to record footage of my mini-pyramid displaying the price of gold, then edit this to closely resemble Warhol’s iconic film (of the iconic monument to capitalism) and to exhibit this by playing it on the iPhone inside my mini-pyramid. A little bit confusing, but I like this idea, not only would it be a bit more challenging, but it also opens up the meaning and symbolism of the concept, hopefully without watering it down.

Beyond the Screen

Posted in MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on January 13, 2010

With the deadline looming for this semester I have been putting more effort into my practical work.

In keeping with my growing interests of global capitalism and the corruption of the institutions of power, this project is about all about money, gold, speculation, hoarding and empire.

My initial concept was basically a big black pyramid housing an electronic readout which would display the live price of gold. This was all about questioning the authority of gold as an index of value, and revealing the significance of the pyramid as a symbol of corrupt capitalism, or more specifically the unfair distribution of wealth and power that still surrounds us.

For a few reasons I abandoned this plan – one being the cost of constructing this pyramid. Sooo.. I decided to scale the whole thing down to make it more feasible. This lead me in an interesting direction, as rather than using a hacked electronic readout I realised I could use an iPhone, hidden inside a mini-pyramid, to display the gold price.

I commissioned a local plastic merchant to make this for me out of black and smoke perspex, but before Christmas I received a call to say the machine used to make this was broken! This leaves me in a slight jam, as he assures me it can still be done in time, but I would much prefer to not leave things to fate and to have something looking finished for the deadline.

2010

Posted in MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on January 13, 2010

Ooooook.. I think ‘inactive’ would be an understatement – a year between posts! Nearly.

Anyway, no point in attempting to cover up or explain this, onwards and upwards! But rest assured I have been doing things, and tbh I feel I have more to share with the world now.

So without further ado..

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Mon£yMan

Posted in Edutainment/Infocation, MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on December 16, 2008
Illustration by Ben Crossman

Illustration by Ben Crossman

Fireworks – After Effects CS4 test

Posted in MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on November 26, 2008

Fireworks – After Effects CS4 test, originally uploaded by ScannerMobs.

I made my first little test video using After Effects. I’m quite happy with the reults and really liking how the software works. Also trying out Flickr’s video hosting service for the first time.. fingers crossed.. Seems ok and I got a pro account so it makes sense to use. Plus it has a cool blogging tool so this message infact was written inside Flickr, not WordPress. Only thing is the video quality isn’t perfect, not as good as Vimeo, but maybe that is just my output settings – something to look into.

Cool music video, interesting use of cardiograph

Posted in MA Digital Media Arts by scannermobgravatar on October 23, 2008

I found this video on digg and found it very interesting, especially after our sessions with Ollie Glass this week, as it appears to be using some sort of algorithmic conversion of sound into the readout of a cardiograph machine. After seeing the whole thing you will realise that it is all CGI and one can only assume that no cardiograph was used during the making of the video. However, it is a really great idea, particularly the suspense of waiting for the vocals to kick in to effect the needle in the bottom-right seemed to work very well, and it had made me think about the application of doing this using real hardware. Either way, an excelent video and a great idea.

Visit http://www.korb.lt for more info on the creators.