Hybrid Media: Something Abstract

Something Abstract: Water and Ink

Abstract art does not attempt to represent reality but it seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colour and texture. The video is a focus on the relationship between the ink and it’s interaction when it hits the water. The shape and form of the ink does have an effect on it’s viewer which will vary dependent on the person. By using a monochromatic colour scheme, it makes the piece much more moving as well as keep everything unified. The texture through the movement of the ink adds another sense of feeling that viewers may see. The outcome of each reaction of the ink and water varies and differs greatly even when the clips are played backwards to symbolize that sometimes art is about not having control over everything and being free to do what one wants. This video not only plays with the sense of sight but with the auditory sense as well, as each drop of ink is in tune with the beat of the music which makes it relevant.

Music Credits:

BurzyBeats, perf. The Weeknd -Wicked Games (Instrumental Remix). N.d.SoundCloud. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.


Exercise 3b pt. 2


  • Hyper-real
  • Pictorial Space
  • Symbolism in contemporary narrative
  • Subjectivity
  • Give an example of a social narrative

Hyperreal is an exaggeration in comparison to reality. There is no distinction as to where reality ends and where fiction begins because the two seamlessly blend together. The reason why hyper-reality exists is because there is a co-mingling between physical reality and virtual reality, hence the inability of consciousness to distinguish the two. Hyper-reality often is found in virtual simulation games, movies, and even fictional books. A few famous theorists include Jean Baudrillard, Albert Borgmann, Daniel J. Boorstin, Neil Postman and Umberto Eco. For more information about hyper-real can be found here.

Pictorial space is an illusion of space that is most commonly found in a two-dimensional artwork, in which seems to recede backwards into depth of the picture plane that gives that illusion of depth and distance. For more information about pictorial space, it can be found here.

Symbolism in contemporary art is both an artistic and literary movement that suggested ideas through symbols and emphasized the meaning behind form, lines, shapes and colours. They often combined religious mysticism, the erotic, the perverse and the decadent. The subject matter in which symbolist artists’ are mostly interested in are often characterized by being of the dream world, a sense of melancholy, evil and death. For more information about symbolism, it can be found here.

Subjectivity refers to how someone’s judgement is shaped through personal opinions and feelings rather than outside influences. It is partially responsible for why one person loves an abstract painting while another hates it. It is dependent on the person and how they feel. For more information about subjectivity can be found here.

“Social narratives are interventions that describe social situations in some detail by highlighting relevant cues and offering examples of appropriate responding.” (1)

[1] http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/sites/autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/files/SocialNarratives_Overview_0.pdf



Exercise 3b pt. 1

A constructed narrative is simply creating and telling a story through various art mediums such as photography, film, visual art, animation, etc.

Narratives are not found objects that one would find and snap a photo of it. The content of the image needs to be constructed by participants and observers, background and props to create a narrative. When people refer to ‘staging’ a photograph, they are creating a scene by ‘staging’ where people and actors, props and materials are located in the scene to create a tableau that will tell a story in a single image.

All narratives require the following moments:

  • exposition
  • conflict
  • climax
  • resolution

By following these narrative moments, the key stages in structuring a narrative would include:

  • introducing a location
  • giving the story a ‘face’
  • letting people tell their own story
  • contextualizing those stories
  • following a dramatic form

Though these aren’t the rules, they are elements of traditional narrative structures. For more information about photography and narratives, you can find it here.

Timelapse Sunset


This piece plays with the juxtaposition of contrasting colours of the two images that gives the viewer a bittersweet feeling of ending the perfect day. This image essentially is dependent on the viewer, and their take on how they feel when looking at the two images. On the left side of the image, there is a sense of happiness and excitement because of the vibrant colour of the blue that one could experience, and for the right side of the image, one could experience tranquility through the calming orange colour and even sadness because of the darker tones in this image. The colours will help evoke emotions that will play with the contradiction of day and night. The gradation is a visual representation the progression of time increments within the image. This helps with the transition between the two images as it goes from light to dark to light again.

Exercise 3a

Alterity is a term that means “otherness”. It is the state of being other or different, especially in respect to one’s perception of one’s identity within a culture. In media, it can be used to describe something that is other than an imitation. However, this term alone is rather complex because it contains terms such as otherness and difference. To be other and different, one must understand that these two terms emphasizes on qualities of separateness, dissimilarity, and distinction. For more information, you can find it here.

Indexical in relation to the digital photograph – indexical is relating to, or denoting a word/expression whose meaning is dependent on the context in which it is used. In relation to the digital photograph, it refers to the physical relationship between the object photographed and the resulting image. There is a process in which light passes through the camera lens and the diaphragm of the camera to produce an image of the object. For more information it can be found here.

Tableaux are most commonly known as a still-visual narrative where groups of models or motionless figures portraying a scene, particularly from a story or history. In relations to photography, tableau-vivant photography, is the aspect of catching this motionless scene in a single image to capture its narrative. Tableaux often resemble a ‘cinematic’ vibe, however they differ from one another due to the lack of motion in tableaux compared to a film. For more information, you can find it here and from the text ‘The Photography as Contemporary Art’ on pages 49-53.

Artifice is a term that means “ingenuity”, a clever or cunning device used to trick or deceive others. Though the word artifice is a derivative from of “artificial”, can also mean “not existing naturally”. In relation to art, it is an artful skill that one needs in producing art to trick the audience depending on what the context they choose. For more information on artifice, it can be found here.

Re-enactment is the action of performing a new version of an old event, usually in a theatrical performance. Most commonly, when one thinks of reenactments they think about the war reenactments where men dress up in costumes that reflect soldiers depending on the countries and war they want to reenact. For more information it can be found here.

This image is a Civil War reenactment of the “Battle of Central” in a small town beside Clemson, South Carolina and was found on here.

Glitch Project: Street Light


Final results of my glitch project.

So after playing around with as much as I could with the code, I decided that I was happy with the results it gave me. I really like how the original image is visible along with the glitch. The image distortion in this particular image, that I thought, was the most fascinating one compared to the other ones I got.

Artist Statement:

The image I chose was a photo that I took a couple years back when I was in Italy. The reason why I chose this image was because I was visually attracted to it. I really liked the focal point of the streetlight and its weight in contrast to the negative space around it. The lines and perspective of the image were also a contributing factor as to why I chose this image for my glitch project. The aftermath of the glitch gave me horizontal distortion in the image that reflects the line work of the streetlight itself and the buildings in the background. The paper I chose was the photo-paper. I want the paper to mimic what the surface of the streetlight would be to portray that industrial element that the other papers, such as canvas and a textured paper, won’t give me. By choosing the photo-paper, it gave a shine to the picture that illuminates the subtle shine on the street light and gives the image a high quality look.

Glitch: Experiment 2


Original image that I have taken.


First attempt


Second attempt

Again, I used another image that I have taken. I found that it is a difficult process to get more colour and image distortion. Maybe it’s because I lack in coding knowledge. Though it seems that at a certain amount of damage to the code, the file won’t open in preview (Mac user) or Photoshop for viewing. This problem caused me to delete the file and redo it. The two images above are similar in the way the image distorted, though the colours are different and I like it very much. It seems that this was as far as I could go without the files being corrupted to a point that I wasn’t able to view the images. I still like how both images turned out.

Glitch: Experimentation


Original Image that I have taken myself.


First attempt.


Second attempt.


Third attempt

I’m really enjoying the glitch project. I like seeing the results of the images after playing around with the code and the different outcomes makes it enjoyable. The original image is of the red flowers that I have taken myself. I played around with the code and at first I got a complete opposite of colours (red to green) and I thought it was very neat. The second attempt altered the colour again and it went from green to the blue/purple. Next my attempt brought me back to the first attempt though it also brought back the image’s original colour, as well as an image distortion.

Glitch Project: Take 2


My third attempt.


My fourth attempt.

On my my ‘second’ take, I was able to produced two types of glitch that I like. The first one distorted the image and showed the two colours (pink with green and green with purple) from the first attempt I made when the image changed colours. The second photo when I played with the code gave me one with the original image (I’m not sure how that happened) but I really like the look of the image with all three colours on it as well as the image distortion.

Glitch Project: First Attempt


This is the original image.


First results.


Second edit.

The image I have chosen is a street light I have taken in Italy back on one of my trips. I began with messing around with the coding and the first two results I got was that the colours changed to vibrant hues. I really like the look of the three together. In my next attempt I am hoping to distort the image in some way. I actually like the trial and error process of this glitch project because I like seeing the results after playing around with the image’s code.