Connecting the dots: final project in the making

Hours 1-2 

I made my collage only to realize that what I wanted was not going to take the full 15 hours required, so I scrapped that idea and re-looked at Bilal’s work. Since I was doing the tattoo idea I decided to mimic his idea even further and looked into something that I could do a dot to represent an important issue in my life. My uncle just recently got deployed again and my great grandfather suffered from PTSD so this was my inspiration. I found a statistic during my research that said last year 6,552 soldiers committed suicide from PTSD and this is what I decide to represent in my final project. I also ordered the temporary tattoo paper during this time and found the image I was going to use.

Hours 3-5

My first couple hours spent dotting it took me quite some time because I was trying to figure out what size and color I wanted the dots to be. At first I wanted a point 2 size dot but after looking at it I didn’t want the dots to clump together because it needed to be representative of every single individual so I settled for point 1. I was also going to a do a red dot instead of black but I liked how the black looked better because black is a symbol for mourning and the point of this theme is to recognize and mourn their deaths. During this time I also did about 1,000 dots.

Hours 6-12

These hours, while not all clumped together, were spent doing the dots. And gosh were these dots scary at first, never thought I would finish.People suggested that I just click around but I wanted to pick where each dot went, not just randomly clicking (plus I had to count each dot individually and my brain does not work that fast. I did about 100 and then added them to my count which was kept on a sticky note on my computer. This finished out my dots with the remaining 5,552 dots. During this time I suffered from 1 computer shut down (heart drop included) and too many hand cramps to count. While my eyes for so tired from just staring so hard at the screen and my hand hurting I realized that Bilal’s pain from the real tattoo and the minor “pain” that I felt was nothing compared to the people we were trying to represent’s pain, making me even more grateful.

Hour 13-14

After finishing my project I started on a practice tattoo. The tattoo direction were not very clear so I think I wasted half the ink in my printer just trying to figure out if the dull or shiny side need to be up before I printed on the temporary tattoo paper! After printing I had to let the ink dry and then I put the adhesive on the print. I put my practice tattoo on my boyfriend and realized that I needed to mirror the image when I printed it because the numbers in particular were backwards.

Hour 15

I mirrored my image before I printed it so that the numbers would be facing the right way. Then I printed my tattoo and made it much larger than the practice tattoo, that way the dots would be more prevalent and did the same steps as before for applying the temporary tattoo.I also wanted it to take up as much space so it was big like Bilal’s. Then I thought about placement and decided the best place would be on my back, because thats where I would most likely be able to show it in class. I then applied the tattoo and made this post. I really liked this project and I am very proud of the work I did!

Update: moving around with these on your entire back is quite hard and my roommate had to put my socks on. Also the adhesive side ripped a little when I attempted to put to get dressed.

Chris Milk

Chris Milk was born and grew up in Glen Cove NY, and lives in Los Angeles. Milk uses interactive technology in his works, as he was based in music videos and photography. He is the Founder and CEO of Within which is a virtual reality media company and Founder and Creative Director of Here Be Dragons, which is a virtual reality production company. He is currently working with cross-media innovations to create an emotional human storytelling, in order to represent the beauty in the tangible and intangible things that connect us everything.

This picture Senator Barack Obama tells a story for America; based on all the work Obama has done as president, but also tells a story how people view him as a president. Being the first African American president he was a symbol for many people and the viewpoint of the camera looking up at him is very representative of that. The Treachery of Sanctuary is an interactive installation that explores the transformation from life to death. This involves the cross media that allows him to tell the story. Beck/Hello Again also tells a story and is interactive; I like the point of view and how it represents culture by making connects on how important concerts and celebrities are.


Marco Brambilla

Brambilla is a visual and installation artist, who infuses technology into his work that requires a level of complexity. This complexity reimagines an items and the purpose into something new and unique. He has been noted as a “pioneer of 3D technology in video art.” Brambilla is currently based in New York and Berlin with renowned shows in New Museum, New York; Santa Monica Museum of Art (Retrospective); Seoul Biennial, Korea; Broad Art Museum, Lansing, Michigan; and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland.

I like the complexity of Brambilla’s work and I think comparing some of his works to Rashaad Newsome is fitting. My favorite piece is Power, not because of Kanye, but because of the inspiration for art history which I feel like many digital artist try to keep looking forward but this is a nod to the past while developing in new digital art. It shows how different society is from the past and now, as the prevalence of sex and celebrities are more present. Anthropocene makes a lot of comparisons between man made and nature, particularly in NYC and how this creates a unique ecosystem. I appreciate this because many times people focus on the mad made and hustle of NYC, not the surrounding beauty of nature. Materialization/ De-materialization was very tranquil and calming to watch, in my opinion. The rippling effect reminded me of rain drops on a puddle but the colorful bursts and human forms infuses the level of complexity normally present to tie in nature and the digital world.

Evan Roth

Evan Roth was born in the United States in 1978 but currently is working in Paris. His works are intended to preserve culture through unintended uses of technologies in the creation of prints, sculptures, videos and websites. The work investigates the relationship between empowering objects that are often underrated and underused.

I really liked Roth’s work but I must admit I did initially assume he would have work like Cory Arcangel and Jason Salavon because of the name of his website. However after looking at his work I was very interested. Dances for the Mobile Phone I immediately connected his idea of preserving culture because of the intense relationship people have with their phones in contemporary society. Internet Landscapes I liked because I felt like I was stepping outside of the technological enslavement and societal ills that I see in his other works, because of the swirls of the trees and the calming pink of the piece. However I also see this as symbolic of the nerves inside of a body and bloodstream, which makes me question if this is a testament to health. Memory and Flight Mode both have the same message which is trying to be analyzed in my opinion, which is the hoarding of memories and material goods.

Sara Ludy

Sara Ludy was born in 1980 in Orange County, CA. She received her BFA New Media, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2003. Ludy’s works include websites, animation, video, sculpture, and audio-visual performance. She also three-dimensionally concentrates architectural forms and sculptures, creating mysticism between spaces. She is both an artist and musician whose work explores the convergence of virtual and real environments.

I was skeptical of Sara Ludy’s work because I had trouble finding pieces I could connect to straight away. However there ended up being many pieces I was a fan of, my favorite being Body Scan because I liked the shadows of the body with the technology background because I was reminded of how women were at the center of statues with Renaissance art and such. This piece is colorful and dark at the same time with a feeling of mystery between the two forms. I also liked Dream House because of her play with architecture and how simple yet complex this piece is. I see the same thought process transferred over to Postcards with the choice of pictures and the spacing. I see juxtaposing concepts and ideas as a common theme in her work, as well as a narrative that is trying to develop which therefore has to be completed by the viewer.

Takeshi Murata

Murata is a digital artist that uses video and computer animation that come from simple forms. The works are hand drawn and then aided by computer to exacting manipulations in the errors of code in digital video technology. He says that his parent’s careers as architects made him more aware of the spaces around him and he was working with. Combining animations, studio art, sound, and illusions into his work excites him. I see this with the geometrical inspirations in his pieces combined with bright colors.

I appreciate the work he puts into his art, but I find some of the pieces slightly unsettling and creepy, as a majority of the pieces have an eerie feeling to them. This is probably because he cites horror movies as an influence. One of the pieces that I found very unsettling is Gumbone and Coke just because the supposed to be trumpet seems very grotesque to me because it reminds me of human flesh/insides. I like the color choices of the piece and the simplicity, however I cannot get past the uneasy feeling. Despite the slightly uncomfortable undertones there were pieces of Murata’s work that I did like, such as Deep Blue. I like Deep Blue because there are a lot of bright and enjoyable colors reminded me of the aftermath of a fun time. Melter 3D was very interesting to me because of the texture and the concept behind it. By the object spinning it creates kinetic energy that makes the object appear like it is melting. This piece made me happy because after reading about his influences and what he focuses on, I thought this installation was a perfect representation of what is infused in the art and the background behind it.

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Jodie Mack

Mack received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. She employs abstract/absolute animation with movies to make handmade films that use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling. In her works she is exploring “domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design.” This means that she wants the viewers to look at daily objects that are overlooked and she energy that is surrounding them once it has been unleashed from the object. She currently works as an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College.

I am very interested in her work and I am thankful that we looked at her work before the .gif project because I have been inspired by her work. I found it amazing that she can tell a story just from showing different angles or pieces of such simple objects, such as lace in Point de Gaze, when I thought they would have to be complex and require a lot of intense effort in order to be considered “art.” I liked how she focuses on the sounds being represented in the art in most of her pieces, instead of there being a main figure. The pieces selected in her works are only there to enhance the sound, like the different and fun fabrics in her I Want to Dance with Somebody video. I felt like the fabrics were very fitting of the sound incorporated her and to enhance the lyrics putting the paper also showed her use of simple objects. I really liked Mack’s piece The Future is Bright before I even watched the piece because of her description “’Tis a rhyme for your lip, And a song for your heart, To sing it whenever, The world falls apart” because all of her work seems darker before you watch it but afterwards I feel very happy. I like the color used in this pieces because they are the colors of the rainbow and I think that makes it so simple but so great.



Nothing man made; “Time for Fall”


Sound; “Hooray little”


Autobiographical; “Coffee bean”