Saturday, September 12, 2009
Rule one: Don't explain to others what the motive is (if there is any). In your mind, this is just a party and everyone's invited, so you would have to explanation to give to viewers.
Rule two: Music has to be upbeat and loud, and everyone has to keep moving, keep dancing, keep active, or else it just seems like a mob is forming.
Rule three: Respect others and others' property because, again, it may be viewed as a mob (the bad kind).
I'd keep everything the same with the addition of the "potlatch" system in place. Everyone can bring something that they feel will help in bring individuals together and unifying everyone. For example, I'd bring those "Chinese finger traps" with the intention of linking pairs (or groups) together.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Barbie Liberation Organization took talking Barbie and GI Joe figures and switched their voice boxes, repackaged them and put them back into stores. A commentary on gender as a social construct from a feminist perspective, the uproar it caused is rather interesting.
Girl Talk is a remix artist who uses other artist's work and remixes into something wholly original. It really brings to light the issues of appropriation and copyright laws as he's never been sued by the artists he samples but is always in anticipation of such actions.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
1. What is art?
2. What isn't art?
3. Is art simply self expression?
4. Can everyone be an artist?
5. What is the role of politics in art?
6. What is the role of technology in art?
We then discussed Marxist theory. Marxist theory was created during the industrial revolution as workers were being grouped into the assembly line style of doing jobs. Rather than being masters at a craft, workers skills were fragmented and they did just a single piece of a larger job. Workers thus became alienated.
During this period art began to distance itself from naturalism and realism because those sectors were being taken care of by film and photography. Artist during this period began to experiment with the nature of art and used new mediums to make it, such as collages.
During WW1 dadaists responded to the issues of war that made the war machine more powerful than ever before, such as high speed communication through radio and aircraft. They refused to participate in the war and embraced the idea of cultural trauma which shocked the bourgeoisie.
Comprised of Italian artists such as Marinetti, futurists were more fascist. They worshiped technology's speed and destructiveness. They also made art out of everyday life. We listened to a Luigi Roussolo song (ubuweb) made from the sounds of various modes of transportation.
We then looked breifly at the 1960's.
Everyday life was once again a common theme. Happenings started, well...happening, as an alternative to theatre. Happenings had no obvious plot or philosophy, were improvisational, and relied heavily on the element of chance to create art and make a commentary on culture and society.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
When one thinks of art, they think of a painting or drawing done solely by one artist and this image is to be admired and celebrated for it harmony with many of the principles of art. However, this definition of art is becoming dated due the changing nature of what people actually see as art. In Participation, Claire Bishop is talking about how the arts began to develop into being participatory, but what makes an art participatory? Well, the main differences is that art is becoming more of a “lean forward” medium. As viewers of art, we are now being forced to not only act with the art occurring, but we are also asked to think about the implications of what we are seeing. Bishop talks about the Parisian mock trial of an author, and of the reenactment of the Bolshevik Revolution. These exemplify the idea of viewers taking place in the art. She also mentions a play that was designed to make the viewers not necessarily sympathize with the protagonist, but to more or less make the audience think about what the protagonist is doing. This is only the beginning of man’s participation with the fine arts. In our current era, there is a massive upheaval in participation in media. Video games are a medium defined by participation, and this is probably the reason why this is a billion dollar industry. Participation is an integral part of the gaming experience, for the developers simply make a sandbox for the gamer to enjoy. The gamer chooses how he decides to play and this is one way in which participation is differing from the older mediums. Games allow the player to truly engross himself in what he is doing, and he makes key decision that affect how the story unravels. He is in control of everything. This is contrary to conventional storytelling, where the listener didn’t have a say in what was happening. But it’s not only video games that are maximizing participation, even television is capitalizing on it with shows like “American Idol”. Viewers are actively engaging in the storytelling format. While participatory mediums allow for viewer interaction, they also make the viewers collaborators with the creators themselves. It takes both to truly the medium an art.
One thing in particular that struck me about this article is when the author discusses how participatory art divides its audience in a way it could not have before; a section of the audience that has the ability to respond, and a section that cannot. This idea is less likely to arise in the advent of Youtube and, arguably, cheaper video capture technology, but what I find interesting is what compells different individuals to engage in the participatory aspect (i.e., posting a comment on a blog or photo) rather than absorbing the material and moving on.
......i don't really know how to end so i guess thats it
With the advent of technologies such as YouTube, Twitter, and such, the ability to see and receive feedback for a work has leapt exponentially. Indeed such an interaction means that the audience can even present during the creation and guide it towards a shared idea.
What hasn't changed however is that whether or not a work of art is with one vision and purpose or a collaboration, the interpretation of the audience can always be radically different, regardless of what time period and what available communication technology. In that sense, participation is somewhat similar.
Modern technologies have made participatory art a far easier task to accomplish, as projects can be worked on by many peoples from anywhere in the world who all have a different creative style. In addition, many young artists who don't necessarily have the means to travel around the world to find collaborators can simply go online and post to a forum to find many people with similar interests. Modern participatory art (such as MadV's YouTube project) would have been possible twenty years ago, yet there would have been far fewer contributors, and that type of art's venue was not around at that point in time. The age of the internet is a far more collaborative era than any other before as it has opened new avenues for art to be worked on and interpreted by anyone with access to a computer.
The meaning of art as it stands in the present day is very different from what was considered art say 40 years ago. Participatory art requires a two way communication between the artist and its subjects. In MadV’s case, it was those who responded to his original One World video post. In the past art has been a reflection of an individual’s creativity whereas today, people are able to draw from others creativity and have the chance to partake in an art form they may have never been previously exposed to. Whether this makes present day art any less art then in the past is something that is often left up to the individual to decide. The difference between the two however is obvious in many instances. Art in the past was always left up to one creative being, rather than a mass group of people. After one grasps the concept of participatory art it is easy to understand that it has been around much longer than most people realize, the only difference now are the channels to which this art can be distributed. YouTube has created a phenomenon among internet users that allows most individual’s to create what they feel to be art, not what society deems art. Participation goes on to discuss how this trend will only become more prevalent as more and more spectators become contributors.
Toward the end of class, we watched a video about Web 2.0 and how it is re-defining not only the growing ease of use and way we interact the internet, but how we can express ourselves, learn, share information, and communicate. The end of the video stated that we will need to re-evaluate almost everything in terms of what is capable with Web 2.0, which is the truth
Participatory art relies on the collaboration between the artist and the viewer. The viewer acts as producer, for without an audience a participatory piece could never exist. In contrast, individually produced art relies solely on the artists views and experiences to bring forth the work, and then a viewer can give his or her interpretation.
Historically, art has been individual in production. The reading states that during the 1920's there was a rise in participatory art, and again during the 1960's. This form seeks to draw feedback from the audience, which in turn changes the piece itself and allows the audience direct influence over the art. This is significantly different than viewing a painting or sculpture in a gallery, where a person may draw their own interpretation of the piece but it will never change the essence of the piece itself.
Art always seeks to achieve new levels of expression, and by engaging the audience in a way that actually allows them to participate in artistic creation we can open what was once considered a private experience shared with the world into a collaborative experience. This participation is something that I can see playing a part in the area of new media as well as filmmaking in the 21st century.
Historically, most art has been individual. The artist would sit down and slave over a piece of work that would be admired upon completion. There was no focus on involving the audience in the art process or the piece itself. This wasn't the aim of art. It was extremely personal.
Nowadays, audience participation is extremely important. Especially with the advent of the internet and user-generated content on websites, participation has been a very important thing to consider. There are very few forms of art these days that are individually produced. Usually, it is a group effort. Music, books, installation art, and different forms of art can have many collaborators working in unison to produce a particular piece.
I believe that Bishop's most important concept is that of community. We're all experiencing this collective humanity and its more valuable to a piece if that is addressed and that everyone can feel a certain commanality among the art. For this reason, participation art has boatloads of intrinsic value especially when it comes to bringing people together.
Participatory art tends to have a larger affect on society because more than one person can participate. It allows the audience to participate, to have a say. One can say that democracy is an art. Participatory art has greater meaning to the participants so the end result will have a greater impact on the audience as a whole, such as a political demonstration or a play. But a smaller work of art such as a painting or a song, can be collaborated on by several artists, but the mass public tends to only credit only one person or artist.
It is much easier in today's world to engage in participatory art than it was even 15 years ago. What we are doing here on this website is participatory art. Individual produced art is increasingly disappearing in my opinion because of the advent of the Internet. Even if we write an essay, we are still collaborating with others to get it done--utilizing secondary research and having someone or several people proofread the work. This is also seen elsewhere on the Internet in social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.
Individual art is open to so many interpretations...like a painting or a photograph...making the audience wonder what the artist and subjects were thinking and/or doing when the piece was created. A photograph is individual art when it is taken and even when the artist manipulates it in Photo Shop, but doesn't the art become participatory when the photographer orders prints? Someone else is creating the final product. What about when the photographer asks the subject to pose a certain way? Or is just taking a candid photo? The subjects are creating the art when the photographer is only capturing it.
All art is interconnected and is decreasingly individualistic. This post is my own work of art, but it wouldn't have been possible if this blog hadn't already been created by someone else, or if Claire Bishop hadn't written the article on Participation.
Individually produced art is a artist's message to the audience, coming from his/her mind, his/her ideology, his/her intent, and is meant to be interpreted by the audience. However, despite how many people view and comment on an individually produced art work, the subject doesn't change, the meaning doesn't change, the ideas behind it doesn't change.
Participatory art includes the audience, and in fact depends on the participation of the public to exist. Participatory art is a social experiment of sorts, a way to include everyone and observe how different people react in a certain environment to create a working art show. The 60s had many instances of participatory art through music, dancing, and even a shopping experience with garage sales. Today, participation art includes youtube videos, such as the MadV video we viewed in class. While that was one artist's creation, it depended on the participation of many youtubers. Another example, however low brow this art could be seen, is reality tv. Certain shows, like Big Brother or American Idol, not only depend on contestants, but also audience members to participate, effecting the outcome.
While Walter Benjamin is quoted as saying that thinking about a work of art in relation to its historical production can allow the audience to participate, I don't believe this could possibly be a sound argument that all art is participatory. The time and events surrounding the individually produced art will never change, and the artists' intent behind the art will never change, no matter how many interpretations there are.
The differences that have come about between our current mediums for participatory art and previous ones is the sense of togetherness we get from technology. In this day and age we are never alone. Along with that, we are always in an opportune place to communicate and express ourselves artistically with people all over the world, just so long as we have an Internet connection. In past, participatory art was more orderly, face to face, and planned. People had to travel to meet one another, and upon reaching the common destination, they were face to face with their partners. Modern technology makes it easier to participate with others because it can be done from the safety of our own homes and anonymously. With that convenience, participatory art takes on a new form in its unexpectedness, and significantly larger community.
Participatory Art allows the audience to be included in the piece that is being created. While individual art is created by one creator and is open only for his or her interpretation. These both found within the introduction, but isn’t art in general open to interpretation from the viewer as well as the author or creator? When you visit a gallery or an art show purchasing individually made works the artist doesn’t necessarily tell you what he is trying to say. It is left open for the consumer to interpret, see what they see, and feel how they feel. This is what may swing a person to purchases apiece of artwork not how the individual artist feels about it. In a way the two types are similar to each other in which really all art is open to interpretation by anyone person. That is what makes art so special.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
In regards to the past and present each category has come a long way. Participatory art has become milder than in the past, and also it was more organized, having a distinguished leader and obvious followers. Individually produced art has become more acceptable and is no longer guarded by an abundance of rules. Both forms of art in reality have both moved in the same direction, where they are in more nonchalant stages, and have become more asseciable outlets for people to express themselves.
Individual art is produced either with an intensely personal meaning (perhaps never intended for display or critique), or for the intention of raising awareness, invoking controversy, disseminating a message, or sparking conversation. Participatory art, on the other hand, takes the meaning of the message to an entirely new level compared to its socially passive predecessor. By allowing for and incorporating the efforts of more than one or two people in its creation, participatory art becomes a group effort that is created, justified, and supported by a community.
The more people that believe in a cause or belief, the greater the spread of the message. Just like a grassroots organization, this artwork can take new shapes dynamically, by receiving input from members of the community in response to what's happening in the world and their local environments.
In the past, participatory art was more aligned with what is known today as a "flash mob," which is a planned gathering of people doing unusual activities, usually for the sake of comedy. A well-known ontemporary group who performs like this is Improv Everywhere, who broadcast their videos on YouTube. Modern and future participatory art takes more the shape of remixing and responding to media, instead of simply collaborating on one "set" project or event. In a world where the technology provides interconnectedness, we will see this type of participation become more prevalent.
Participatory art differs from individually produced art in many ways. It always has an it always will. The things they have in common are that they both involve art being done in some way. They also both have an author. However, this is where the main difference comes in. Participatory art has many authors, while individually produced art has only one. Take for example the Hooter Symphony which consisted of a "celebration of mechanic noise (factory sirens, motors, turbines, hooters, ect) performed by hundreds of participants, directed by conductors signaling from the rooftops." This is an example of participatory art from the 1920's. The music they made was not composed by one single author it was put together by hundreds of creative people. This is similar to today's community based art project Post Secret. Hundreds of people make artistic post cards that reveal an anonymous secret of theirs. They mail the post cards to one person, who then compiles them into a book. The book does not have just one single author it was put ogether by hundreds of creative people, just like the Hooter Symphony.
I thought this article was extremely complicated. I think I got the main idea of it, so I will attempt to answer the question.
If you look at the present examples of participatory art like with Youtube and other online community websites, you notice that everyone has an opinion that may be heard. People are encouraged to add to the art, share their thoughts, or feelings and become “collaborators”. On Youtube it’s through text or video responses. On Facebook it could be through a quick comment, or status update, or even simply by “liking” someone else’s post or idea. The idea of making art something others can actively participate, has not only begun with these outlets though. The article explains of a mock trial of anarchist author turned nationalist Maurice Barres, where the public could sit in as a jury. Another example of the participatory arts in the past is the Storming of the Winter Palace, somewhat of a historical reenactment involved 8,000 performers and artists. People are no longer just an audience who interprets something and moves onto the next outlet. People can now participate, collaborate and interact with the art, and now more than ever it seems to be becoming more and more popular.
In the past
Next take a look at participation. Very simply, Participation as said in the text, is activation, authorship, and community.
So, connecting the two, “participatory art” must contain activation, authorship, community, and a sense of satisfaction. Take YouTube for example. Each individual post on YouTube may not necessarily be “participatory art” the whole; like “What, What, In the Butt,” it may only be participation, but when you collect each individual post into a community, as in YouTube, that is when it becomes art. It is the satisfaction of the whole, every individual helping to create a medium in which individuals can express themselves. Sort of like this blog.