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Listening to: Ten New Songs, Leonard Cohen
Telekon, Gary Numan

Reading: Gentlemen of the Road, Michael Chabon
Watching: Arrested Development, Season 2

December 16, 2009

I am going to work up a longer post on the artist Rafael Rozendaal soon, but for now I am putting up an image from my "archives." This is a character from a manga called "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure." I have not had the chance to read the manga yet, but the various characters from it certainly have interesting designs.

December 6, 2009

To follow up on yesterday's post, I thought I'd put up an animated GIF from a site/artist I recently discovered, mathwrath. There are various intriguing projects on the site taking advantage of Web-based technologies in some pretty interesting ways, such as using scrolling frames to create a user-animated work. Other projects use more video and vr-based technologies to create singularly strange visions.

I do find the navigation a bit strange, though. On the initial screen, you click on the icon next to "Work" to see the portfolio, but on the following screen you don't click on the icon, you click on the text. Great work, anyway!


December 5, 2009

I took a detour from one project I have been furiously working on to hop over to another quick project and put together a fun animated GIF. Normally, I don't move around from project to project too much in my studio - I am apparently a bit weird in that I seem to charge through a particular piece and then start the next one (often something related in a series). Sometimes, of course, you see an opportunity to take advantage of and you can make an exception.

Weird Fiction, an online collective of new media theorists and practitioners, created a call for a slightly "retro" mode of image making : the animated GIF. GIFs were once extremely commonplace on the Internet as designers and artists sought ways to add life and interactivity to the fairly dry digital presentation of early HTML. Now HTML has become considerably more interactive, even animated, through CSS and javascript add-ons that are fairly ubiquitous. What commercial site doesn't have a touchy rollover submenu system, for instance? Flash, of course, has also considerably expanded the possibilities for interactivity online.

But art often finds inspiration in restrictions, so the idea of returning to the retrograde animated GIF to try out some animation ideas was interesting. The Weird Fiction call read in part as follows :

"As 2009 expires, Weird Fiction exhumes a curious collection of GIF animation, curating items conjured up from a year's worth of trolling in the deep dark dungeons of the internets.

This alongside an emergent compendium of collateral texts, GIF speciation theories and other missives propagated by the (((WFT))) policy institute; who, in an effort to advance their own 'ficto-quizzical' mythologies, will facilitate the hoarding of materials on a dedicated electronic storehouse (weird-fiction.net/gifeconomy).

At once an instantiation of the 'gift economy' and a call to action within the economy of expression roused by the humble parameters of the Graphic Interchange Format. (in)Appropriated material, both solicited and scavenged, will be intermingled within this labyrinthine technocultural milieu."

The resulting exhibit, "GIF Economy", appears online at the link below as well as at Tractor Gallery in Portland, Oregon. My contribution is shown to the right. Each entry was placed in various fanciful categories created by the Weird Fiction crew. Mine was analyzed as a "Lorkurer."

(From Weird Fiction) "Lorkurers - cool hunting zombies sift through the foul stench of info-detritus seeking fresh brain matter for their Voodoo Economic masters."

GIF Economy

Waterfalls

November 22, 2009

I seem to have some sort of late-80s / early-90s reality-distortion field operating around me the last few days. After a long day of working on projects, I turn on the television to "The Goonies," "Total Recall," and "Demolition Man" being on the various channels. This morning, I am checking out some different comics blogs and I find this AWESOME cat from "Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham." Not only does it have some truly rad shades and 80s by way of 50s checker shirt, but it is also a (cartoon) ringer for my little black cat, Tiny Terror. I guess I'll add "Peter Porker" to my list of "comics that I might pick up if I find them in a quarter bin."

In other news, yesterday I launched not one but two new domain names : recombii.com and bobbycampbellartdesign.com. Amazingly enough, they seemed to be propagating within about an hour. Maybe network propagation is just getting faster now.

"Peter Porker" artwork is by Steve Mellor.

November 21, 2009

Robotman! Cyborg! I'm bringing the blog back with two of DC's better-known tortured half-robot, half-human characters. I partly chose to start here as I have been revisiting my more technology-oriented work lately both in the classroom and in my studio. I hope to have some new domains soon and expand the work I have on the Web a bit.

If you go way back in my notes here, you can see that I once received a paper action figure of Robotman, along with fellow Doom Patrol member Elasti-Girl.

The comic cover of Cyborg is from art by George Perez, while the Robotman drawing is likely John Byrne. The action figures are copyright DC and Mattel, and come from the Web sites actionfigureinsider.com and dcuc.info.

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