John Baldessari: “The Godfather of Conceptual Art”

A Master of Appropriation

A Surrealist for the Digital Age

This is a great little video about this art world icon, narrated by Tom Waits.  Enjoy!

“Digital Disruption Performance” @ WVC

© 2012 Maki Oshiro, All Rights Reserved

"Digital Disturbance" Performance - West Valley College © 2012 Maki Oshiro, All Rights Reserved

These photographs document the “Digital Disruption Performance” executed by the Photo 10 “New Media & Social Change” Course at West Valley College.  The performance took place on April 4th at West Valley College in Saratoga, CA.  Inspired by the Situationist Artists of the late 1950’s and new Situationists such as the Surveillance Camera Players, the Institute for Infinitely Small Things, and the Billboard Liberation Front (see how these groups all creatively re-claim public space here), our class also decided to re-claim public space, for just 1 minute.  We confronted how technology/cell phones disrupt daily life (with citizen journalists staged to document it).

How does technology disrupt your daily life?

"Digital Disturbance" Performance Audience © 2012 Maki Oshiro, All Rights Reserved

"Digital Disturbance" Performance Audience © 2012 Maki Oshiro, All Rights Reserved

This is the reaction of some very curious onlookers as we froze for one minute with all of our cellphones ringing.

How does technology disrupt your daily life?

New Media for Social Change: Is Awareness Enough?

This question above is the question that is raised in this article from the Washington Post:

“KONY 2012: Bringing Joseph Kony to justice”

In our first project we each wrote a blog post that was aimed at causing positive social change. The topic that each of us chose was our choice. We presented the main points on why this area needed to see change and then many of us gave links and ways to contribute to making change. The aim of many of our posts was to raise awareness about the issue. This campaign, “Kony 2012” questions the power of awareness alone.

  • 20 Million views of this Documentary occurred on FB and vimeo in the first two days this documentary was released

According the author, “Many think that the documentary does a great job of emotionalizing the situation and connecting with people, but the aims and goals of the Invisible Children organization are skewed (http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/conserving-freedom/2012/mar/7/kony-2012-bringing-joseph-kony-justice/).” 

These points below are points brought to focus by this article:

  • Dissenting voices raise objections.
  • Don’t make KONY famous.
  • Awareness is not the solution.
  • Will only 100 American soldiers really be able to find Kony?
  • What does the Invisible Children organization do with donations?

To view the documentary click here.

What do you think? Is awareness enough? What about awareness as spread by social media?

NY Times Adds Their Take:

Online, a Distant Conflict Soars to Topic No. 1

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/world/africa/online-joseph-kony-and-a-ugandan-conflict-soar-to-topic-no-1.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

  • Slacktivism, a pejorative term for armchair activism by a younger generation, often online was mentioned in this article.  What do you think about this?

Large Format & Digital Manipulation: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

Image by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

Image by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

Read about this series of urban panoramas where  Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao has combined the precision and color of large-format film with the manipulations of digital processing.

See more of his work.

Photographic Artist, Cindy Sherman at NYC MOMA

by Richard Perry/The New York Times - Cindy Sherman  “Untitled #470” (2008) in a gallery of Ms. Sherman's society and clown portraits in the Museum of Modern Art's career survey.

by Richard Perry/The New York Times - Cindy Sherman “Untitled #470” (2008) in a gallery of Ms. Sherman's society and clown portraits in the Museum of Modern Art's career survey.

Survey of Cindy Sherman’s brilliant career at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC is currently on view.

If you don’t know Cindy Sherman’s work it is epic and she has become one of the most famous living artists of our time.

Read the Review here.

Queen of the Self Portrait Slideshow