Talky Tina Headswap

Original Assignment (2 stars)



This is the first I have heard of Talky Tina. Either way, This little girl is creepy looking. The goal for this assignment was to find an image of her, chop her head off, and place it somewhere (monument, object, etc). Pretty simple task, nothing fancy.

So I stumbled upon a bunch of creepy images on Tina on Google and just snagged one. When I was working on this assignment, I was pretty out of it, but had the image of her head on a dinner platter in my head. So boom, I searched for a waiter or a servant carrying a platter or tray. It took me a while to find one that wasn’t tagged up by companies trying to sell the images. By the fourth or fifth page on google images, I finally found one that seemed to work.

As usual, I opened them up in Photoshop and began editing. The waiter with the tray image didn’t need much work. I just had to erase some text at the bottom of the image. Chopping Tina’s head from the rest of her body was a breeze. The image I found of her was huge, so I resized the head to my liking and placed it on the tray. I think i placed it just right, making it look as real as I possibly could. Easiest two stars all semester, but I had fun making this creepy image.

Consumer Mashup

Original Assignment (3 stars)



For this assignment, the objective was to pick a store that we frequent visit, and edit their original logo (using text, images. etc). Although I dislike the Macy’s here in Fredericksburg (kind of limited than other locations), I still visit from time to time to purchase garments. I usually browse through their Ralph Lauren Polo collection and see what they have to offer. I never pay full price, because frankly, their prices are ridiculously high. In the fall/winter seasons, I like to scoop up some Champion hoodies/sweatshirts that they carry. So those are mainly the two reasons why I shop there.

For the logo, I grabbed the original one off google images in high quality. I did not want to add any additional text, just a couple images. Next, I grabbed the Polo and Champion logos and it was a wrap as far as what I needed for my logo makeover. All 3 images were opened in Photoshop. For the Macy’s logo, I grabbed the eraser tool and got rid of the letter c. I used the Champion “C”. resized it, and put it in it’s place. Lastly, I cut out the Ralph Lauren pony logo and placed it in the red star after resizing (it just felt and looked right). It was a pretty simple task and straightforward, probably the easiest assignment this week. To sum it up, I guess this logo states that I shop at Macy’s because I am a Ralph Lauren and Champion addict.

Sound Effects Story [Remixed]: Pollack Style

Remix Assignment

For this assignment, I will be telling a short story, using only sound effects. In addition, the remix assignment suggests to use elements from a Jackson Pollack painting. We must also use some elements from another students assignment and incorporate them into our story somehow. 

The art piece I chose contains mostly black splatter effects on a white canvas. There were some red splatter effects here and there, and it reminded me of blood splatter. I also viewed a post from Jeremy, where he used sound effects to depict a break-in/murder scene. That’s when I got the idea to compile sound effects that would involve a hitman, heading to his targets residence and ending his life. I wanted it to sound as real as possible, so I gathered up at least ten clips from FreeSound to tell my story.

All of my sound effects were loaded into Logic, and were put in the correct order, followed by a final mix. I already ran through the order of each sound effect in my head, so it was a breeze to arrange each one. The total run time was  a minute and ten seconds, just under the 90 seconds preference. Next step was to export this audio file in mp3 format.

Tracks in Logic

Tracks in Logic

Now it was time to launch iMovie, so I could combine the audio and the image of the painting. I added two title clips to introduce a story feel, followed by the still image  (continuing) of the art piece. Finally, I exported the file into mp4 format and uploaded it to my youtube account.

iMovie project window

iMovie project window

I found this remix assignment rather interesting and fun to create. Taking elements from other sources, and then using your imagination to create something original can be challenging. But in my case, the ideas arose quite quickly, and I had everything mapped out in my head before I even started gathering/editing the media. Check out the final version of “The Life Of A Hitman” below.

Marco Brambillia

Marco Brambilla, born on Milan and now based in New York City, primarily creates video collages and installations. He is best well known for his complex recontextualizations of popular imagery. Brambillia has had exhibits  in The Guggenheim, San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, and New Museum of Contemporary Art. His videos have been featured in the Sundance Film Festival, and he made a collaged video for one of Kanye West’s songs. One of his famous collections, Transit, are photographs he took at airports. Shown below, is a shot from one of his videos called Evolution. This piece is a history of humankind depicted through conflict, and displays countless moving figures.

I find Brambillia’s work very impressive. His videos from the series that Evolution is from is complex, intriguing, and captivating. So much is happening at once, which works for the piece because it is trying to capture and display a huge phenomenon. Of all the artists we have studied this semester, Brambillia has caught my attention the most.



Privacy in the Digital Age

The article “The Web Means the End of Forgetting” by Jeffrey Rosen disturbs me. I’m not that bothered by the lack of privacy on social media accounts -don’t share things if you mind the public knowing about it. What really concerns me is the potential for people’s private reputations to be ranked and made available on the internet. Maybe I’m old-school, but I think that you should primarily judge a person’s private reputation by getting to know them. I’m afraid of how subjective these ranking systems would be. So often we misjudge each other first based on a friend’s comments instead of  our own interactions. I think taking what is a normal social defense mechanism and applying it broadly to people through the internet could be detrimental to our formation of relationships. I honestly don’t want my social desirability ranked. I’m an intense, introverted person, so I would probably receive poor ratings because it takes a while for people to get to know me -something that my social media profiles do not reflect.

Art in the Digital Age

Last week Carla posed several interesting discussion questions about what will happen to art in the Digital Age. She wondered if the quality of art would decrease because people have broader access to programs to create and spread their work. Ultimately, I don’t think the quality of high art will decrease. Throughout the Information Age, people have spent the time and money to develop the skill necessary to become an artist. Frequently this involves studying with masters in the field. I highly doubt this will change during the Digital Age since it is almost impossible to learn how to do art well without the help of a master who must be paid for their time and expertise, even if they teach long distance lessons over Skype.

However, I do believe that the Digital Age has made the creation of art more accessible to the general population. The people who don’t have the time or money to extensively study an art form now have ways to creatively express themselves, inundating the internet with art. Despite the increasing amounts of art, I don’t think our society will be overrun with poor art. Our society has aesthetic standards that help us judge the masterwork from the work of a talented amateur from a hack.

Short But Sweet, Presenting Progress

While writing and presenting my short 4-minute presentation on my progress thus far in the literature review final project I have learned many important things, from peers  both in class and out of class. Writing down my progress and seeing where I am really allowed me to see the bigger picture and grasp what I have and what I am lacking for this final project. I feel that although it was a short presentation it was great help to realize our individual pace for the literature review paper. The sort 4-minute presentation also mentally helped me, when I went to the Speaking Center I had my presentation finished and presented what I thought was the final edit. The peer advisor I had that the Speaking Center brought up small yet crucially important information and practices in presenting anything to anyone. She asked me why? Did I choose what I had chosen, and that made me think. Of all the books that I could have read or topics I could have studied, I ended up choosing this particular one. I then came up with the answer that although it was “A Limited Freedom” of choice it was freedom none the less. This has changed my outlook towards the entire project, as a personal project opposed to a school assignment. Another important thing that I learned while in class was that if there is a gap in the study, for me that is good, that is the part of the study that I can say is lacking and could be looked into further.

Take a look at the HD Big Screen of History

Alongside the different methods of learning and teaching the subject of History, explained in the article below, there are also sub-categories. Some of the sub-categories include Political history, Diplomatic history, Economic history, and Military history. These sub-categories all pay tribute in their own way to the furtherance of knowledge to our History. They help explore a more in-depth and comprehensive viewpoint to certain topics throughout history, and provide historians more important context to better understand the why? And the how? And look beyond the who and the what.

As a student whom is studying history it is my goal to not be biased to these different sub-categories although I may be interested in one more than another, I understand that these sub-categories work as gears to further my education as a historian. For example an Economic Historian my know all there is to know about his field but he/she could better their knowledge by understanding how their field is impacted by the Political history field to gain context knowledge and  look towards the why or how something works.

I personal y find the sub-category of Political history to be most appealing, it seems to have a more humanistic feel to it than the more technical Military, or even Economic histories. The Political history field often begins with topics like the ‘Social Contract’ and looks into time periods like ‘The Enlightenment’. This gives a backbone and a reason for political powers, governments, and even social change throughout history. Looking at philosophes like Jean Jacques Rousseau, and John Locke to understand documents and changes in the political history of the world.  Recent political historians look at topics like the United Nations for a more global example, also topics like political administration i.e governments and control.

The topics of History are all interconnected and that is what makes it whole. Without one piece, the clockwork of our history would not tick the same. The more information and context that is used, offers historians a better and bigger picture. I genuinely believe this, and know I will need to work on taking a look from multiple vantage points in history to further my understanding of it no matter what sub-category I favor. To a bigger and better picture.

Complex Past

A simple definition for the word “History” is the study of the past. History has and will always be a part in every individuals learning career, whether small or big. This subject never stops expanding and never stops complicating itself, the more you know the more you seem to question so on and so forth. So how do we learn about history?

At the moment, there are two fundamental ways to look at the learning of our past; Academic History, and Popular History.  Breaking such a broad and open subject into two methodologies of learning helps simplify the all-encompassing scope of history and the way we see it today. It is clear to see that at first thought one method of learning comes from a more ‘academic’ stand then the other, hence .Academic History’.

Academic History a method of teaching and learning that utilizes a more scholarly approach then Popular History. Academic History often produces work through a meticulous set of guidelines and procedures. These guidelines include aspects like scholarly sources and the use of accredited or certified facts from professors, professionals etc. Academic History also goes through rigorous editing, and re-editing all for a ‘well-polished’ complete historically ‘true’ product. This would include textbooks, scholarly journal articles and more. The goal of Academic History is to find the closest truth to history possible utilizing all the context and information they have, to conclude a final product of understanding.  The importance that this has on the subject of history is that it keeps the field alive and always looking for more information to further the understanding or ‘our’ history.

On the other hand, Popular History is a less formal and more inherited form of history. It is what it sounds like history known, sadly unknown as well, by the people. It is the information you know, not from learning at school or by a teacher, but from; stories, from family. This type of history although it may not be credible by sources, it is just as important as Academic History. It keeps people interested; it speaks to a ‘popular’ audience. It is the phrase “History is His-Story”, passed down from one to another.

These two ways of understanding history are both important to the furtherance of our understanding of our past and our futures understanding. I do understand the large divide in the two academia’s but would like for there to be a more understanding middle ground. Too much of anything is not good, so I believe these two methods should be equally prevalent in education to enable for a larger (popular), and a smart (academic) audience.