Due Dates

Final Images (Project) Due June 11, 8am
Written Response Due June 11, 8am with images

Exercises Due, June 6th
Discussion Questions from reading or research, Due Thurs, June 7
Critique June 11


Brief

Using Photoshop and/or Painter, create images that incorporate your choice of sources, including digital camera or video, scanned images or objects, web images and other forms of acquired imagery and digital painting or sketches. Make 5 images using these sources that comment on altered reality (see assignment)
(see below)


Objectives

1.1 - Further understand and use the tools in Photoshop (PS)
AND/OR
1.2 - Further understand and use the tools in Painter.
1.3 - Understand the idea of manipulating reality in images.
1.4 - Understand the idea of photographic truth and how it relates to digital imaging.
1.5 - Further understand how to express yourself through imagery.
1.6 - To continue to learn how to present and talk about art.
1.7 - To continue to learn how to critique the art of others.


Reading, Response, Exercise and Examples

READING
The Reconfigured Eye, Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era,
William J. Mitchell, MIT Press, 1992.
Chapter 3 - Intention and Artifice
pages 1-10 on the PDF document - read up to "Coherence" (Note, this does not correspond to the pages printed on the page, but to the page number in your PDF reader)
You do not have to read the whole chapter, but it is an interesting and thought provoking read if you are so inclined, now, or in the future.

Phantasm: Digital Imaging and the Death of Photography, "Metamorphoses,
Photography in the Electronic Age, Geoffrey Batchen, Aperture, 1994.

EXERCISE
Instead of new technology, this week I want you to spend time perfecting what I have already given you. I have new lectures posted for you to view and practice, but you do not have to turn anything in connected to these lectures.

Instead of doing exercises using new tools, I would like you to spend more energy on the readings. The "exercise" due on Wednesday will be a mental exercise after doing the reading.

What do you think the main thing is that Batchen is claiming in (link is above under "readings") "Phantasm: Digital Imaging and the Death of Photography?" This was written in 1994, has it come true? Do you agree with Batchen?


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
See the Module 4 Forum under the discussion questions tab in the class shell to post your answers. These two questions come from WIlliam Mitchell's portion of Chapter 3 that I asked you to read.

DQ #1
In Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes states that the camera and a photograph is analogous to a windowpane and a landscape and that the "referent adheres." What is a "referent" and how is it "adhering?"

DQ #2
In reference to Sontag, Barthes and others, William Mitchell states that "The referent has come unstuck." What does this mean and do you agree?

WRITTEN RESPONSE
Turn this in with your final images using the submission link in the course shell.

Susan Sontang states, "A photograph stands for incontrovertible truth that a given thing happened." She went on to say that "A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stenciled off the real, like a footprint or a deathmask."

After reading both articles:

1) What are your views on "truth" in photographs or any image, for that matter.
2) Do you think what we know intellectually about photographs is the same as how we react to them? Why or why not?

In your response, consider Susan Sontag's quote above (do you agree?) and the ideas about "referent" that Mitchell puts forth in his chapter.

EXAMPLES:

Dreams Exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography
Barry Frydlender
Catherine Chalmers
Matt Siber
Sebastian Lemm
Tim Davis
Ellen Jantzen
Oliver Wasow
Nancy Burson, especially her early composites
Keith Cottingham
Viktor Koen



Methodology

ALTERED REALITY
Recall your reading assignment and consider how you you believe imagery to be the (a) truth or not. Especially think about the truth (or the lack thereof) that the camera portrays and make a seamless image that forces us to confront the truth of images (any kind; painting, photo, digital montage, etc). You may use any source or sources that you want, including digital camera or video, scanned images or objects, web images and other forms of acquired imagery and digital painting or sketches to construct images that challenge what we think is real.

The content can be very broad, so long as you are fabricating the truth and that the images work together as a cohesive whole. By this I meant that there is some kind of connection from one image to the next so they appear as if they belong together. This can be an aesthetic or formal coherence or something based on content or idea.

YOUR TASK:
To create 5 images that alter our reality. Use any source or sources that you want, including digital cameras or video, scanned images or objects, web images and other forms of acquired imagery and digital painting.



Constraints

5 IMAGES
Use Painter, Photoshop, or a combination along with photo manipulation and digital painting techniques to make five images that alter reality. As you work, remember to save the images in the native format of the program. When you are done, you may flatten the image and save them as JPEG. At this point, you can save the work as a smaller version to turn in.
Do keep a larger version in case you choose to print the work some day.

As you are working, your image (open) may range from 5-50 MB. As you add layers, it will get even bigger. In Painter, check the Resize dialog box and in Photoshop, check the Image Size dialog box to check the image size. You can change the image size by altering the pixel dimmensions or by changing the inches and PPI (the physical size).


Submission Requirements

Final Images

Create a folder called "project3" in your individual class folder. Put all 5 images in that folder.

All images must be 5MB or smaller, flattened and saved in the jpeg (.jpg) format



Grading

You will be graded on your ability to complete the assignment.

You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery.

This project will be averaged equally with the other projects and count towards your final grade in the following way: Average of exercises (X 1)
Average of discussion questions (X 1)
Average of projects (X 2)
Participation in critiques (X 1)
Final (X 2)

Your attendance at the critique is mandatory. If you do not attend, then your project grade is lowered by one.

Please note

Ask any questions during the project in class or contact me by email or stop by office hours to clarify any questions you have about the project.