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I had a weekly topic that was open for interpretation where I had to conduct internet research, gain inspiration, write why I chose it, how it fulfilled the requirement, and what most appealed to me.

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Digital Arts Internet Research Blog

  1. 1. Blog Writing Krystal Aguilar
  2. 2. Topic: TypeFace Art Mestizo Font by Johannes Konig
  3. 3. Topic: TypeFace Art The "Mestizo" font illustrated by Johannes Konig particularly appealed to me due to its representation of culture through typographic elements. I was curious how artists could portray culture through typeface and if it was done successfully. Overall, his use of white space within and around the letters makes the form legible, aesthetically pleasing, and incorporates enough balance of the Spaniard and Latin influences. I searched for Mexican typefaces and Konig's work was executed the most, what I felt, truthfully. "Mestizo" is a term used to categorize people of mixed race from Latin American and Spanish parents. I chose Konig's typeface because I recognize myself as Mestiza. I have both Mexican-Native and Spanish ancestors. CONTINUED ONTO NEXT SLIDE
  4. 4. Topic: TypeFace Art In my findings, I observed how other artists used Native-American patterns and colors. I felt their interpretation was a poor representation of the Mexican culture. On the other hand, Konig's typeface, both in caps lock and lower case, shows exactly what the concept of Mestizo is. If one really thinks about it, it can be offensive, being lumped into an inferior category due to the blood in one's veins. The Spanish were and are, whether subconsciously or deliberately, thought to have finer blood and superior physical features. This can be seen with the bold white lines, forming the letter, just as the Spanish tried forming the government and conquering Mexico. The more flavorful, artistic, wild-yet- ordered shapes that make the other half of the letter are supposed to represent the Latin American blood. Konig chose to use English words of things or ideas that have been infused into the American culture like "Tequila". In his other pieces, he also chose to use the font he created with a backdrop of classic photographs. Those photographs are what he perceived to be ideal-looking Mestizos - his reality.
  5. 5. Topic: An image that challenges the idea of truth and photography.
  6. 6. Topic: An image that challenges the idea of truth and photography. “Instagram Girlfriend Hand” I chose the Instagram-catered images of Keisuke Jinushi because “every joke has some truth to it.” This image perfectly aligns with challenging the idea of truth and photography because in these images it looks like his girlfriend is being playful and affectionate with him, but in actuality there is no girlfriend. We are inclined to think vision and photographs always tell the truth; hence, the phrase, “seeing is believing.” This is a false. Although the images themselves are not manipulates, Jinushi does use a sleight of hand. He appropriated the usual snapshots we see in our Instagram feed of lovey-dovey couples spending time together, all, in order to represent exactly that. His other half … of his body, specifically his arm, is supposed to represent a girlfriend. If I were first to look at the photographs and not pay attention to the article’s pretense; the image would communicate to me that this gentlemen is happily in love with his sweet girlfriend. That is visual cyber communication for you, not really reality. The ways we use technology to communicate and live in an online community has it’s positives but also, its downsides. We share our photographs and updates our “friends” on our live’s but this does not always reflect the truth or reality. We are a brand whether we realize it or not. We manage our digital persona with shaping perceptions.There is an extreme people can go to however. This can be in part to a combination of societal pressures and the newer “needs” of the youthful generations.
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