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My interactive media art installations generate various kinds of portraits from visitors (algorithmic, generative, combinatory) and I'm looking to frame that practice in a broader context. This means I'm interested in portraiture in general but also, more specifically, in portraiture as present in media and interactive arts.
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I haven't yet been able to get my hands on Face Politics but I did find an article by Edkins titled "Dismantling the face: landscape for another politics?" and it looks very promising. Thank you so much for pointing me in this direction!
I am also able to access Shearer West's book through my university portal. I guess I will have some reading to do during the holidays.
Thanks again!
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 Below are some examples of assessing research excellence in the arts. The addition of socially/community engaged scholarship are relatively new in our state-funded university. Does anyone have experience or know of publications that address 1. the analysis of excellence in the arts and 2. a frame work for assessment of community - based arts practices?
Criteria for research/artistic excellence:
The basis for review will be the nominee’s comprehensive record of original substantive and influential research or artistic accomplishments as measured by such factors as:
1. Quality and quantity of publications or creative works,
2. Innovation and creativity of research approach
3. Impact of research or creative output
4. Frequency of citations in scholarly literature and or artistic exhibits/performances,
5. Quality and quantity of graduate students mentored by the nominee,
6. Active membership in national and international organizations,
7. Participation in national and international scholarly or creative activities,
8. Peer selected awards and prizes,
9. Externally funded, peer-reviewed research or artistic awards,
10. Support of prominent scholars/artists in the field/discipline,
11. Demonstrable impact upon the way discipline views subject matter
12. Community engaged arts practiced judged successful and innovative based upon review of peers and members of the community collaboration
Identify areas of research excellence:
- Research about art (historical, socio-political, cultural/anthropological)
- Research through art (using the studio as a laboratory for the invention of new methods,
concepts and materials including but not limited to science applications ie: STEAM)
- Research about art pedagogy, creative practice, risk/reward, collaboration
- Research that results in public humanities/art scholarship
- Research that focuses on community/social engagement with art practices and concepts Specifically, research that is centered in community engagement intentionally involving diverse community members in collaborative, art-based (visual performing, literary and media arts) creative work and active participation
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Questioning social documentary photography
Depiction and reality
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I think the approach strategy should be based on application of informed consent from the people concerned. Thus, following the perspective of Foote White in their approach to the street corner society and operating strategies of the Italian mafia, there must be an integration of the researcher in the community and therefore a validation from the community of cast and filmed content. This is the only serious way to stipulate limits to the documentary. WHYTE, William Foote (2002) - Street Corner Society. La structure sociale d´un quartier italo-américain. Paris: La Découverte/Poche. ISSN 2105-3030.
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Mauricio Dupuis´ "Jerry Goldsmith - Music Scoring for American Movies" (2014) was greeted for being the first monograph on this particular subject, but provided rather basic informations. So are there attempts to conduct more in-depth research on Jerry Goldsmith and American film music in the 1970s and 1980s?
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Dear Stefan,
I just came across this from an Los Angeles bookseller no less:
Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
KORNGOLD, Erich Wolfgang
Publication Date: 1910
Used / No Binding / Quantity Available: 1
From Houle Rare Books/Autographs/ABAA/PADA (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)
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("Eric Wolfgang Korngold") 1 page, 8vo, London, July 18, 1910, written on the verso of a title cover of a program being the opening three bars of Der Schneemann, minor edgewear, else fine. A rare item from his early period with more legible early signature. Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a child prodigy who, before he reached 10 years, was called a "musical genius" by Gustav Mahler. His ballet Der Schneemann, which he wrote wen he was 11, was much lauded when it was played at the Vienna Court Opera in 1910. Korngold is most known for his work in Hollywood including the score for The Adventures of Robin Hood, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score, and which is considered one the greatest scores of all time. Korngold (1897-1957) enjoyed great success as one of the most respected and in-demand film composers of the 1930s and 1940s. Nominated for a total of four Academy Awards, Korngold won two, for Anthony Adverse (1936) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Thought you might be interested.
best,
Karl
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I am working on a research on adaptive systems in art practice and would like to know of any media art installations or other forms of artworks (apart from music) that make use of reinforcement learning. The only examples I have been able to find thus far are works that I have authored or co-authored.
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We used a very simple RL algo in order to add some adpatibility capability to the iCub playing DJ with a human partner which could give feeback about the music quality.
(see the video attached). We never really investigated the effect of this adaptation though...
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New media experiments as installation and performances with support of audio and video.
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Hello Scott
Thanks for your thought provoking and analytical insights.
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In which areas of contemporary art can we see the power of visual communication more than in others?
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I am not sure I understand your question Elaheh. My initial response is that visual communication is more present in visual contemporary art, but I think you may be looking for a different answer?
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Media Art and Contemporary Art? Or Media Art in Contemporary Art?
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Media art is a novel field of aesthetic expression exploring “media” or more precisely, digital media and all its multidisciplinary characteristics such are multi sensorial expressiveness, interactivity, volatility, virtuality or even, ephemeral nature of todays communicational / informational media. Media art can be seen as a branch or specialization of contemporary art. The raw material of media art or digital media art is the media itself.
Contemporary art explores all kinds of creative raw material for aesthetic expression and not only digital media.
Digital media art is defined as any form of art that explores digital media as raw material and as tool for aesthetic creation.
Hope the answer helps some how.
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Tactical media as political engagement
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I am not very happy with the term tactical media, althout the Leonardo Book Series for which I am executive editor published the book http://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Biopolitics-Activism-Technoscience-Leonardo/dp/0262042495 by Beatrice daCosta and Kavita Phillips.
One term I like at the moment is the 'hard humanities' to carry the idea that the arts and the humanities are now on the front line of the cultural change needed to develop
a sustainable society on our planet. We will not transform our society to be sustainable and control climate change without a profound change of culture= and the arts and humanities are key areas of expertise for this transformation.
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In what year should students be introduced to Adobe creative suite (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)?
Should it be taught separately or combined with traditional methodologies?
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Personally I think most digital aids will stultify the artist's actual creativity; I wouldn't introduce any of them to students in high school (or primary).
Call me hopelessly hidebound or whatever. A young person is overflowing with ideas and desires to explore the world. Whether in writing or visual art there is, in every computer program, a rigidity that is absent in the human mind. Because of its nature, any computer program will, sooner or later, prevent a person from doing certain things because it has been written to disallow them - whether because they are considered incorrect or will cause a glitch. Let students explore the depth and breadth of their creative abilities first.
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Research Project Zurich October 2013 - Looking for partners and advice
CAST/ Audiovisual Media at the Zurich University of the Arts currently develops a research project in the field of transmedia storytelling. We would like to analyze the levels and forms of audience participation around the Swiss transmedia and ARG project "Die Polder" (October 2013, Zurich) we observe and monitor the project and look how transmedia stories can activate and engage the audience. We are looking for partners to cooperate. You have experience in transmedia research and/or have knowledge in new transmedia audience measurement methods. We would be also thankful for references and examples of transmedia evaluation and research.
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I was hoping to get in on this research a few years ago, regarding Kinesthetic Empathy I am just fascinated. http://www.watchingdance.org/
There are so many ways to measure engagement.. basic heart and breath rates are always impressive. Neuroscience can look at what parts of brain are lighting up, or transmitters are activated, defining an intellectual, visceral or emotional response to content. There are endless possibilities.