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