Project 2: Animated GIF Animations Schedule

DUE OCTOBER 9TH

  • Read the Fisher article on Blackboard in the folder Content>Readings 9-25, AND:Find 2 animated GIFs, one that you consider “high” culture and one that you consider “low” culture. Explain why you would classify them as such in at least 200 words. Include your images in your blog post.

DUE OCTOBER 16TH

  • Complete Step One (downloading video) Instructions Here: Animated GIF part 1
  • Complete tutorials for Chapters 5 and 6 in Digital Foundations. Upload finished images to your blog.
  • We will be going over Step 2 (link below) in class.

DUE OCTOBER 21ST

  • Search the links in the Project 2 description and find one animated GIF to write a post about. Write 250 words describing the technical, formal (content), and conceptual qualities of this gif. Include a link/uploaded copy of the gif on your blog.
  • Complete Step 2 by the beginning of class. You may want to review using Final Cut X: FCX10 AVT Step two is here:Animated GIF Part 2
  • Come to class prepared to work.
  • We will be going over the various tools that can be used in Illustrator, as well as the process for saving images. Step 3: GIF Step 3

OCTOBER 23RD

DUE OCTOBER 28TH

  • Have a copy of your final GIF uploaded to your blog along with a project description, following the Project Description guidelines on this site.

Project Two: Animated GIF Animations

PROJECT THREE: GIF Animations

(SEE SCHEDULE FOR DUE DATES)

TERMINOLOGY

GIF- The Graphics Interchange Format is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 as a way to compress images so that they could load over slow, dial-up connections.

RESOURCES

READ

GIFs in the Art world – http://mashable.com/2012/05/23/gif-art/

http://www.artfagcity.com/2011/02/15/graphics-interchange-format-denison-universitys-mulberry-gallery/

http://hyperallergic.com/19769/how-do-you-sell-an-animated-gif/

WATCH

A short history of the GIF – https://vimeo.com/54791694

L@@K

ani-gif.com

http://www.gifart.org/

http://joyofgif.tumblr.com/#!/

http://rhizome.org/search/?q=gif&models=artbase.artworkstub

http://joyofgif.tumblr.com/tagged/gif

http://jasonirla.com/category/animated-gifs/

OVERVIEW

Animated GIFs serve a special function in the way that we communicate on the internet, and can sometimes be more effective than text in order to make a point. For artists, GIFs also have some formal qualities that can make them appealing: they can only exist on the internet, they are ephemeral and non-material, and they offer the opportunity to use animation in an image file (GIFs are not video). This project will explore the form of the GIF, high and low culture, and your artistic interests through making an animated GIF.

For the most successful project, you will be expected to research animated GIFs through the links above, or through your own research.

You have two options for this assignment:

You will be creating an animated GIF sequence from a found short video sequence. Students will attain already existing found footage, and use Photoshop to add/subtract content from the original footage. This option will follow through several processes from exporting video to an image sequence, tracing images and animating sequences in Photoshop, and finally creating animated GIFs using Photoshop.

OR

You can create an animated GIF of your own choosing that is not based on original video footage. It could be a geometric GIF, an animated image, etc…

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Technical- Projects must be at least 3 seconds long, with at least 12 frames (images) per second. This means you will need to create at least 36 images altogether.

Projects should use the formal qualities discussed at the beginning of the semester- harmony (harmony= repetition + variety) in the composition through use of the rule of thirds, value, color, shape, texture, line and balance. In addition, your GIF must create the illusion of depth.

*Pixelated images, work that is simply repeated to meet the time requirement and other evidence of not actually completing the assignment will result in a failing grade. There will be tutorials posted to the blog to help you in the process.

Content- For this project, you will be tracing each frame of a short clip of video and transforming it into an animated GIF.  Consider:

  • Consider where your animation will begin and end. Choose carefully and do not include extra frames.
  • How the areas that you choose to add to/subtract from create meaning. (if applicable)
  • his meaning can be emotional, political, humorous, beautiful, grotesque, violent, etc…What ever it is, it must be able to carry meaning.
  • The way that WHAT you are portraying (the content), interacts with HOW you are portraying it.

Conceptual- The conceptual is the overall idea and how it is communicated in the project. All technical and content based observations help to inform the overall concept of your work.

THE HOW

Video-based GIFs: You will be choosing video, downloading it, then exporting your video using Final Cut or iMovie into an image sequence, then editing your images in Photoshop using shapes, line, color and texture to add/subtract from the footage. There will be tutorials to help you through this process.

Other GIFs: You will be using Photoshop to create an animated GIF sequence, using your own process and methods.

PROJECT ONE: IDENTITY/MONTAGE

FINAL PROJECT  DUE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD

DUE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH: DIGITAL FILES FOR PEER REVIEW (JPG FORMAT)

  • ONE MONTAGE, AT LEAST 19″ x 22″, 300 DPI PRINTED AT THE PRINT SHOP IN THE VISUAL ARTS BUILDING
  • PROJECT TITLE, STATEMENT AND MONTAGES MUST BE POSTED TO BLOG BY 8AM

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TERMINOLOGY:

identity | noun | the fact of being who or what a person or thing

marker | noun | an object (or image) used to indicate a position, place, or route

culture | noun | the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group

semiotics | noun | the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior; the analysis of systems of communication, as language, gestures, or clothing.

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PROJECT OVERVIEW: For this project, you will use Photoshop to compile images and create one digital montage that visually explores identity markers. What shapes your identity? Who do you identify with? These questions can be answered on a local and/or global level. How do you define yourself? How do others define you? The image you make for this project will be a form of recombinant art that you create by using the strategies of juxtaposition, metaphor, cultural critique and/or personal narrative.

As we will discover in class, identity is always fluid; in other words, we are not ever exactly the same identity from one moment to the next. Taking this into consideration, you must also include an element of time in your work. Think of this as visually describing a moment with a clear definition of a situation and a place (imaginary or realistic).

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “CREATING A MOMENT”?

Many pictorial representations are an attempt to create a moment, to describe a feeling, to define a space (whether impossible or imagined), to define shape or light, qualities of relationships between things that are represented…..

Think of a still life- a bowl of fruit. How does the light hit the fruit? Is it in a bowl? Is there a window nearby? What would the choice of items in the still life, combined with the qualities of light and texture say about the person making it?

Another example- imagine your favorite photograph that includes people in it. Why do you like it? What is described by this image that makes you remember it? How is a moment described?

This assignment gives you the opportunity to use Photoshop to create a custom made world from scanned images, images found on google (with images you have the right to use, of course) and other materials gathered from the web. Your composition will take into consideration the rule of thirds, color theory, and other basic rules of composition that we will discuss in class.

This work should be in the spirit of montage. Montage, of course, is not just a “collage” but uses collage techniques to tell a story, shows the passage of time or advocates for a particular idea or cause. Montage and collage are indeed quite similar, but montage work is considered to be more about the concepts represented by the visual elements than about the material qualities that motivate collage compositions.

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TIMELINE:
DUE SEPTEMBER 9TH
Bring your images you want to use for this project to class. Complete Chapters 10 + 11 in Digital Foundations. For Freeware users: GIMP Layering and Collage + Repitition and Cloning.

SEPTEMBER 11TH:
Come to class prepared to work.

Write a 250 word blog post reviewing an artist of your choice from Furtherfield or Rhizome.org (links are on the right sidebar-reviews from other sites will not be accepted). Your post should be in the following format:

Describe the FORMAL aspects of the work (what technology does it use, where is the work exhibited, composition, color, value, medium)

Describe the CONTENT of the work (what images are used- try to objectively describe them in a matter of fact way).

Describe the CONCEPT of the work (based on your observations of the formal aspects and the content, what do you think it means? How do you “read” this work?)

 

DUE SEPTEMBER 16TH

Your work in progress for peer review before you print. Images must be 19×22″ and 300 dpi in Photoshop. No exceptions.

DUE SEPTEMBER 23RD
• 300 DPI
• 19″ X 22″
• avoid glossy prints – they’re hard to see. Semimatte is best.
This project will cost approximately $30 to print at the GMU SOA Print Lab.

Make sure to write a project statement (guidlines just below the header on this site) and upload a jpg of your image to your blog.

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ABOUT USING PHOTOSHOP
Youtube and other websites are great resources for technical questions about using almost any software. The odds are that if you are having a problem in Photoshop, someone else has had the same problem before you. It’s worth it to search forums like creativecow.net to find solutions when you get stuck.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS
I have made a short playlist of basic Photoshop tutorials on YouTube. Some of these might be slightly older editions of the software than the version you will be using, but the basic structure of the program will be the same.
YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8505EB61AF327EC

Impossible in Another Form

In addition to the previously mentioned homework for Tuesday September 2, please write a 250 word response to the show in the School of Art Gallery “Impossible in Another Form” by Jeff Thompson.

Your writing should introduce the work (either one or two pieces, or the whole show) in an objective way, describing what you see and experience. Next, consider what Thompson might be trying to communicate with this work. Lastly, write 1-2 sentences about what you think of the work.

 

Welcome to AVT 180!

This website will be your primary source for getting information about our class this semester. Please take some time to review the syllabus, Visual Voices schedule, project statement and critique pages on this website.

We will be going over the syllabus in more detail next week. Please feel free to email me with any questions at jmayhew2@gmu.edu. I can usually get back to students in a few hours.

ASSIGNMENTS DUE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND

1. CREATE A WORDPRESS BLOG AND REVIEW TERMINOLOGY

You will be using a blog to post assignments, reactions to readings and other assignments throughout the semester.

1. Set up a blog at http://www.wordpress.com (or any other blogging platform that you want), and email your blog’s address to jmayhew2@gmu.edu. You can use the tutorials at http://www.learn.wordpress.com to help get you started. Please make sure you are familiar with the following terms for class next week:

Post

Page

Theme

Widget

Header

We will also be discussing these in class next week.

2. We will be using the online textbook Digital Foundations by xtine burrough and Michael Mandiberg throughout the semester. All tutorials and chapters can be found at http://wiki.digital-foundations.net. Please complete or read through Chapters 1 + 2 (or Firefox Searching + Inkscape The Metaphor…).  If you need access to a computer lab, there is a lab on the second floor of the Visual Arts building. Information about lab hours is on the syllabus page.