The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making — Fall  2021

WEEK 5 | Material Culture & Time

Last week, we explored visual means to study physical environments: photography & collaging.
     This (and next) week, we will be looking into materiality and reading surfaces to create a visual response to the physical world.
     Material culture is the aspect of social reality grounded in the objects and architecture that surround people. It includes the usage, consumption, creation, and trade of objects as well as the behaviors, norms, and rituals that the objects create or take part in.
      Here is an introduction: What is Material Culture? by Sophie Woodward on YouTube — it is OPTIONAL, watch it if you have time and specific interest.

Experiment 3 — Material Culture: Rubbings
Before you do anything, make sure to study all links in the right column.
→ Step 1 — Observe 
Use pencil and paper to create rubbings of surfaces or things related to your research inquiry. Document your process.
→ Step 2 — Animate
Use these rubbings to create an animated gif in Photoshop.
Frames: at least 10
Color: black and white
Dimensions: free, stay below 1000px
Tutorial: How-To-Make-An-Animated-Gif
→ Step 3 — Share 
Upload your animated surface investigation (the gif) & 5 images that documents your process to the folder “week 6” on google drive.

Next week (10/7): Individual Meetings VIA ZOOM
Bring to our meeting:
→ Experiment 2 (collages) & 3 (gif)
→ Based on the manifestos we explored in class last week, develop your own mini-manifesto with 5 declarations, intentions, or views to contextualize your research topic.

Atlas of Looking at Water
How to start a research inquiry with a simple everyday object: a glass of water.

Luca Grondin, 2019
Oskar Fischinger, Studie Nr. 8

Reading a surface: Rubbings
→ Rock Drawings by Richard Long
→ Texture Rubbing Collection Sheet by OLIVIA SUH
→ City Rubbings by Alexis Williams
→ Rubbings from Rose City by Christopher Gossett

Time & Visuals
→ Oskar Fischinger: Kreise (excerpt) 
→ Realized with GasparColorStudie Nr 8. 
→ Fischinger on CenterFor VisualMusic
→ Viking Eggeling: Symphonie Diagonale. Paper cut-outs and tin foil figures were photographed a frame at a time.
→ Eggeling on Monoskop

Animated Gifs
→ Examples: 1 2 3 4 5
→ Tutorial: How-To-Make-An-Animated-Gif

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