Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Electronic Artists

Wafaa Bilal

Wafaa Bilal's childhood in Iraq was inlfuenced by the rule of Saddam Hussein, two wars, a bloody uprising, and time spent living within chaotic refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Bilal eventually made it to the U.S. and become a professor of Photography and Imaging at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a artist that has exhibited his art worldwide. But when his brother was killed at a U.S. checkpoint in 2005, he decided to use his art to confront those in the comfort zone with the realities of life in a conflict zone.

All of Bilil's work is seen as breathtaking and sharply political. His work 'Domestic Tension' is an interective performance piece where he lived in a prison cell sized room for a month, in the line of fire of a remote-controlled paintball gun and a camera that connected him to internet viewers around the world where viewers could shoot at him 24/7. Video documentation of this work can be seen at mewafaa's Channel on YouTube.

Heres a couple of my photography images that i scanned in to prove i can use a scanner hehe

Line Photos

5 images I took for Project Drawing

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fenster - The Free Software Song

What is Free Software??
Saftware that can be used, modified and studied without restriction. and which can be copied and redistributed.

5 Free Software Programmes:
#iTunes - Digital Media Player, can store, play and buy music, videos etc
#Limewire - File sharing application for music, video, pictures, games and text.
#AVG Anti-Virus, Free Edition - An anti-virus protection tool
#WinRar - An archiver and archiver manager
#Photoscape - a photo editer, can edit, combine, animate, print, color and resize etc.

This is a funny vid I found on YouTube that has a catchy lesson in it about Free Software.

This is a Flickr image. It interested me because I am very interested in animals and it is a great photo with a very rare composition and subject. would be a huge oportunity to get a photo like this. This photo is guarded by the CC; Attribution, Non Commercial, Non Derivative, like by images.
I found it in Ucumari's Photostream at

Creative Commons

My CC means.. Attribution, Non Commercial, Non Derivative. You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work — and derivative works based upon it — but only if they give credit the way you request.You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work — and derivative works based upon it — but for noncommercial purposes only.You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.


Wow milestone ive finally just opened a Flickr account and uploaded my first image! A photo of a little animal that took my fancy at Orana Park when I visited there a couple months ago...not sure why I chose to upload this photo first, was just one of the first ones that caught my eye on my camera. I like it because it is a very clear photo, focused well and at an interesting composition with the animal. You can almost sense what the animal is thinking and as he gazes into the distance, we gaze straight back at him. I chose to create a flickr account because it has gained quite a reputation as being a good site but I have not had alot to do with it myself so I thought it would be interesting to play around with.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fair use?

Keir Smith's work shows on appropriation of alot of copied images that in the midst of the copyright laws it would be illegal. In my opinion a work like this should not fall under the illegal catagory as it is more on artwork inforcing ideas and making statements around the idea of fair use and copyright exceptions. In a country of democracy such an image should be accpetable because we are suppose to be able to inforce our opinion. There is also the case of what is art and what is drawing the line, this would not be considered as art because it is illegally using images but is it not merely using the old concept of photomontage, borrowing already made images and using them to create a whole new image of your own to voice your own idea. It is not like Smith has taking the images and labelled them as his own, or taken a single image and claimed it as his but he has instead taken highly recognisable images to socitey and used them in a way that voices a whole different meaning and a whole new aspect to the work. Crime or not? ..For me I call it art!

The Chair

Case Study 2:

This case is on the supposed use of Lebbeus Woods' drawing of a chair being appropriated into the "12 Monkeys" movie by Universal Studios. Viewing both the chair drawing and the scene in the movie where it is appropriated it is quite obvious that the chair in the movie is that of the one Lebbeus Woods drew. It not only has very similar features to that of Woods' like the vertical rail and the suspended sphere but the director, Terry Gilliam, admits himself of having reviewed a copy of the picture and discussing it with fellow crew members. This here is a dead give away that he has breached the copyright laws because he appropriated the image without the consent of the artist therefore the court finding Universal Studios guilty was correct and Woods demanding money for the usage of the chair completely reasonable as an artist should get paid for the usage of his/her work.

Harrison Vs Mack

Case Study 1:

So the case is that of ex-Beatle George Harrison being found guilty for copying the hit single of "My Sweet Lord" that was originally written by Ronald Mack and called "He's So Fine", performed by The Chiffons. After listening to both songs the question has been raised of has Harrison borrowed his musical ideas from Mack's song? In my opinion the songs are completely different! I have no idea how this court case could have found him guilty as his song is solidly based around the title of "My Sweet Lord" and follows a whole different rhythm and tune to that of Ronald Mack's. The feel of Harrisons song is completely different in the way you feel more compassion and it is put together in a more slow, romantic, feel good sense. Ronald Mack's is a lively bouncey song that you can feel yourself dancing along to or bobing down the street, completely unlike Harrisons! Not only are the structure of the songs recognisably different but the words barely relate at all other than the fact they are both focused on praising a sole character or guy. Fail of the copyright law here, Harrison is not guilty!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hello out there...

So its my first ever blog...excluding bebo n facebook haha...just messing round setting up shit for my digi lit class and adding my blog and flickr on to my blogline news reader. so far thats all ive added as i don't no many URLs i search very often.....its progress!!