Video Art course Spring 2013

Video as Fine Art

Prereqs: Digital Media 1
Time/location: Friday 9:05-11:35a, 12:50-3:20p / FAB 320b
Instructor: Robert Flowers

This class will emphasize video as a fine art medium, rather than merely a vehicle for narrative storytelling. Instead of characters simply acting out a script geared toward conflict and resolution, we will focus on creating works primarily concerned with the formal aspects of digital video. They include such things as the camera and lens, the edit, and the use of light. At the more basic level, these aspects are comprised of such things as the pixel, compression, and frame rate. Students will implement techniques and concepts learned through lectures, screenings, and readings to produce moving works of art. These completed videos may include animation, live-action, graphics, and found footage.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course students will achieve:
1. Understanding. Through lectures, screenings, and readings students will be able to comprehend and implement the basic fundamental principles of digital video.
2. Technical Competencies. Students will have the ability to: Apply appropriate compression schemes for various output. Integrate still graphics and animation into a production. Apply basic principles of digital video. Identify the components of a digital video editing system. Ability to integrate sound with image.
3. Critical Thinking. Students will be able to grasp the following questions: How did someone arrive at their particular aesthetic? Why should you come to this conclusion instead of this one or that one?
4. Art-making. Students will be able to produce a video that reflects their artistic concerns using the toolsets available to them.


FSU Art Department Visiting Lecture Series videos on youtube

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Alec Soth

David Packer

Bret Victor – Inventing on Principle

Bio: Bret Victor invents tools that enable people to understand and create. He has designed experimental UI concepts at Apple, interactive data graphics for Al Gore, and musical instruments at Alesis.

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Stallman: Facebook IS Mass Surveillance

“Free software literally gives you freedom in the area of computing. It means that you can control your computing. It means that the users individually and collectively have control over their computing. And in particular it means they can protect themselves from the malicious features that are likely to be in proprietary software,”

“Facebook does massive surveillance. If there is a ‘like’ button in a page, Facebook knows who visited that page. And it can get IP address of the computer visiting the page even if the person is not a Facebook user. So you visit several pages that have ‘like’ button and Facebook knows that you visited all of those, even if it doesn’t really know who you are.”

—Richard Stallman

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redTV by Brad Todd

redTV is an installation incorporating a live TV signal, a small Television, custom software and a projected circular video image. The TV signal is fed into a laptop using a analog to digital video converter and is then accessed via the redTV application, using the OpenFrameWorks library for C++. The image is analyzed and any areas of red are then isolated and tracked in real-time, leaving behind a trail of image outlines which gradually, over the course of several minutes, fade away. In this manner a complex and dense environment of filigreed lines emerges and dies out, tracing and mapping an evolving history of the underlying visual mechanics and sight lines the cameraman/editor/producer consciously or unconsciously constructs. 

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