It’s been an interesting day here at Matt’s PC… I’ve been messing about in Photoshop working on a New Media art piece. I could go into a really long and boring explanation about what “new media” art is but I’ll save you the headache. Basically it’s all those flash “experiments”, weird video pieces and other random art things that are mostly lumped together because of their use of technology. I don’t really like’em but for some reason I have to create one… so I did. Once Chip hops online and gives me a hand with some programming it’ll be a photo gallery of sorts. It’s based on a program/script/screen-saver for linux called VidWhacker. Basically it’s demonstrating a William Burroughs/George Orwell theory about non-linear work. They were talking about writing, I’m using it for images. For each image you click on, you view that image, altered, in a completely random fashion. The theory comes in as the debate over whether or not the pieces or manipulations are equal to the whole. Is the manipulated image better/worse/different/thought provoking/etc, more so than the original?
Like I said, this is usually applied to writing. William Burroughs used a “cut up” theory in his writing. He would write a normal page, cut in it sections, rearrange those sections and there you had it. This is a little simpler. It’s a “what you see isn’t always what you get” sort of thing.
Anyway, that’s nearly done. I’ll feed you guys a link tomorrow so you can check it out.
That’s it for the moment, I’m sure I’ll come up with something else later.