Archive for the ‘Student Post’ Category

Wade’s Basement Media Film Festival Entry

December 2, 2013

This experimental music video was part of my creative portfolio for applying to graduate school.  Besides admissions, I have never shown it to anyone except my co-creator Sean. I would appreciate it if you could look through my video description and let me know of any edits that you think I should make. I’m not going to change the video at all at this point but feel free to critique it.  I may come back to it someday.


How you feel is a music video that takes a cliché Rock heroin overdose and remixes it with Dante’s Purgatory to create a new enlightened perspective.


Inspired by and timed to the music of Sean Morceau, How You Feel is a homage to Dante’s Purgatory.  This homage is seen in both the content and the making of How You Feel. In terms of content, the cliché Rock heroin overdose is remixed with the journey through Purgatory. In terms of the making, the process was akin to how Dante wrote the Divine Comedy in Italian and not Latin. At the time of publication, Italian was seen as a “vulgar” language of the masses- it was consumer grade.  How You Feel was made with cheap consumer grade cameras. Including one that was built out of a scanner bought from a thrift store.


Felipe Castelblanco (Asher’s Pre-presentation Pt3!)

November 6, 2013

“Re-Tratos (Portraying || Dealing With) is an interactive work that establishes a temporary connection between audiences in two contexts, which are divided but also interdependent: Cubans living on the island and Cubans living in Miami.

The interface is a two-way mirror that not only reflects images but also emits light, transforming the spectator into another mirroring surface for video projection. Thus, the faces of two people living in two different places are combined in real-time, creating a third image that is reflected back to the viewer in the mirror.”

Read more about the project on his website 

Notes on the Psychology of Horror (Asher’s Pre-Presentation Pt2!)

November 5, 2013


Here’s a few links to some light reading on the topic of psychology and the horror film

Understanding the Popular Appeal of Horror Cinema – An Integrated-Interactive Model 

The Psychology of Scary Movies – a Filmmaker IQ lesson

Fear Makes Art More Engaging – Thanks to Loudon for this one!

How Fear Works – Conditioning and Instinct

Mental Illness following “The Exorcist” – Notes on the 1975 article by psychiatrist James Bozzuto “Cinematic Neurosis Following The Exorcist”



The Shining Backwards and Forwards (Asher’s Pre-presentation Pt1!)

November 5, 2013

“Dark Side of the Rainbow for the 21st century, THE SHINING BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS is a hallucinatory palindromic mindfuck, an accidental profundity resulting from a literal reading of MSTRMD’s comment that “The Shining is a film meant to be watched both forwards and backwards.”

Conceived by John Fell Ryan and executed with Spectacle’s Akiva Saunders behind the controls, it became one of the most successful events in the sprouting days of the theater, and it returned October 2011, when it was performed live with Saunders mixing multiple additional layers of superimposition with realtime audio manipulation by Tony Lowe and Jason McMahon.”

Read more and watch clips about the Spectacle experiment here 

Here is a clip from the documentary “Room 237” describing the experience here


Green Street Cyberarts Gallery

October 29, 2013

IMG_8394So it turns out that I use the orange line Green Street T station everyday and never noticed the Boston Cyberarts gallery. Finally I realized it was there and saw the Bálint Bolygó exhibit, the other which we saw in class last week. I highly recommend checking out his other works at the Cyberarts gallery. Many of the pieces featured were shown on the video played in the Tufte gallery. My personal favorite is his animation machine, which makes scratches on film and projects them in real time. It’s LITERALLY part of the T station so you can’t miss it.


Quartz Composer Absolute Basics

September 30, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 9.36.56 PMQuartz Composer(QC) is a graphical(patching) programming language for processing and rendering images, movies, and 3D spaces. Because of the tight integration with Quick Time, Apple’s operating system, and OpenGL(Apple’s 3D rendering system) Quartz Composer compositions are efficient and playback smoother than some other graphical patching programming languages. (more…)

ZiZi the affectionate couch

September 25, 2013

ZiZi is an affectionate couch. A fun shaped furry couch inspired by the set of Barbarella. When she gets attention she is happy and purrs. When bored she tweets to get attention. Fun and interactive. A toy. A study of human nature.


Steve Reich and a direct impact of technological/artistic innovation on acoustic musical performance.

September 22, 2013
Earlier, Craig posted about Dawn of MIDI, a wonderful Jazz trio that performs music based on generative digital compositions. The comments in class about this group focused on the ability for computer based art to make people realize what humans are actually capable of, thus advancing analog arts. I think a shining example of this type of influence happened in the work of american minimalist composer Steve Reich.

Emily’s Video

September 16, 2013

Here is a link to Emily’s previous work, which she wants to discuss on Monday.