Why are you an artist?


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These visuals were used to support / start the conversation with SOTA's high school students in Singapore. The focus was to look at various forms of art that encompassed the NML skills, collective intelligence, visualization and play.

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  • Start with activity ...this will be aggregated real time for end Wordle visualization / discussion
  • This shift changes the focus of literacy from individual expression to community involvement where creativity and active participation are the hallmark. And it makes it increasingly important to understand and be competent in the skills of citizenship, art, and expression of social connectivity. These are the skills identified in our white paper as the New Media Literacies and ones we need to foster as we think about education.

  • As artists …we often use the new media literacies. Even though you might not have the vocabulary yet to recognize them in your learning, as artists -- they are innate within us. These are the NMLs, want to show how they relate to you. Let’s look at these 3: play, collective intelligence and visualization
  • Show Jonathan Harris section of video
  • 1.Show We Feel Fine
    Harvest human feelings from a large number of blogs.
    Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling".
    Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written.
    This information is visualized in six “movements,” or visualizations. The visualizations can be viewed as:
    •a random gathering of color-coded dots and squares;
    •a scrolling list of the aggregated sentences;
    •a photo montage (using photos associated with the sentences);
    •a categorized cluster (these clustered can be sorted by feeling, gender, age, location, and weather);
    •a comparative graph comparing the gathered feeling to the “normal” level; and
    •as a graph clustered by feeling.

    All of these visualizations are presented as flexible—the dots and squares cluster around the cursor, and the mounded feelings curve around the cursor as it passes through.

    This is meant to illustrate the influence we can have on others’ emotions.
  • 1.Jonathan talked about the NML skill – play
    a.How do you define play?
    b.Even though Jonathan’s work is interactive …its still a consumer model. We can’t add our own ideas to it but we can tinker with what he offers
  • We talked about Jonathan Harris’ as an artist ….so do you think this is this Art ? – Step through Chris Jordan’s piece
  • or this?
  • or this?
  • or this?
  • Chris Jordan Gyre, 2009
    8x11 feet, in three vertical panels

    Depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean. This is Chris Jordan’s individual expression of real-world problems. He’s making us think of our footprint on the world and how we impact it.

  • Introduce Visualization in relation to Chris Jordan’s work and bounce back to Jonathan Harris and the NML skill, play -- discuss how NMLs overlap and build upon each other

  • Through a photograph Chris Jordan took thousands of pieces of trash to combine them into one image …but what happens if your not a visual artist? Musicians also collaboratively work across the web using digital media to create virtual jam sessions.
    a.Show music
    b.These musicians span the globe from LA to NY to Singapore to London
  • This is also known as Collective Intelligence -- define it ...how do you see this skill in your own lives?
  • Looking back at these 3 examples …do you see all three skills at play? Even though I took an example to define each skill – the 3 skills are represented in each art form.
    a.Each of these are tempting to make a positive impact on the world. But they’re doing it through a solo means. What if as an artist you wanted to not only make an impact on the world through your art but also involve others in your art as well. We can move from the gallery walls into the community.

  • Show World without Oil (2:34 – 5:30 (Jane talking about making change])
  • 1.Whether its Alternative Reality Games or using characteristics of something like World without Oil, this type of art extends your own individual expression to community involvement. Here are some new tools to tag the world and consider incorporating into your art to encourage community involvement.
    a.Yellow Arrow Project – uses stickers and text messages to layer information over the physical world… Create a deep map and expose the inner life of the community
    b.Grafedia – hyperlinked text written by hand onto a physical surface which links them to multimedia
    c.StickyBits …This is taking it further… Not only does it link you to already existing media but it encourages the audience to add their own layer.
    If there’s time, talk a little bit about Sk8-66
  • So as an artist, how can you impact Singapore and the rest of the world? Wordle is a toy generator …can take any site or copy and paste text and stick it into this generator. I took the wiki page for Singapore and generated this worlde – key words that represent Singapore
    Show the groups collective wordle to wrap the session -- discuss the key words that emerged, why and how they can extend their current place as an artist. a.We’ve done that today with your answers to Why are you an Artist?
    This visualization represents key words that represent you all as a collective artist. Looking at the major themes that have emerged – how can you extend your own individual expression to community involvement?
  • Why are you an artist?

    1. 1. Why are you an Artist? In 140 characters, email your response to sotart123@yahoo.com Erin Reilly Research Director Project New Media Literacies USC Annenberg School for Communication
    2. 2. performance collective intelligence multitasking appropriation networking play transmedia navigation negotiation simulation judgment distributed cognition visualization projectNML connectcommunicatecreatecollaborate
    3. 3. collective intelligence play visualization projectNML connectcommunicatecreatecollaborate
    4. 4. Experiment, Tinker, Fail
    5. 5. www.wefeelfine.org
    6. 6. Play -- the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving
    7. 7. www.chrisjordan.com
    8. 8. Visualization -- the ability to interpret and create data representations for the purposes of expressing ideas, finding patterns, and identifying trends
    9. 9. Collective Intelligence -- the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
    10. 10. collective intelligence play visualization projectNML connectcommunicatecreatecollaborate
    11. 11. www.worldwithoutoil.org
    12. 12. Tag your World
    13. 13. Why are you an Artist? In 140 characters, email your response to sotart123@yahoo.com Erin Reilly Research Director Project New Media Literacies USC Annenberg School for Communication
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