HERBIVOROUS – Sarah M’s Written Statement

The intent of my piece was to illustrate the finer side of vegan cooking because the majority of resources concerning it exhibit the cuisine in a poor light and encourage its own bad reputation. It may not seem like matter or great import, but to myself it is something that needs to be handled with haste. If people considering veganism, a lifestyle based on what one refuses to consume (that being animal products), see that their culinary options will be limited to substandard fare they will be much less likely to change lifestyles. They will also continue to support the general belief that vegan food is lackluster.

As a four-year vegan myself, I find it unacceptable that the appearance of my community’s cuisine impedes our growth. The visual presentation of our food by unaccommodating chefs and unskilled cooks has made it much more difficult to convince others that the vegan lifestyle does not sacrifice the pleasures of an omnivorous lifestyle, and as such we cannot spread our message of compassion successfully. Many people will be averse to the switch to a herbivorous diet even if they do share some of the morals quintessential to this way of life simply because they do not want to submit themselves to poor eating.

Why is this? Food is both fine art and high fashion. As people do not want ugly clothes, furniture, housing, or anything else for that matter, they do not want food that tastes or looks inadequate. This is why people will flock to luxurious restaurants and happily pay exorbitant amounts to savour master chef’s dishes; what can be experienced by the tongue is as important as what can be experienced by any of the other sensory organs, and this explains my devotion to the culinary arts.

With the plate as my canvas, my goal is to aid the vegan community in the adequate representation of a critical aspect of our lifestyle. This project has inspired me to do online cooking demos as my method of changing the common misconception that our fare leaves much to be desired. Simply by making vegan food attractive my endeavours could potentially save thousands of animal lives, and that is what motivates me to continue producing HERBIVOROUS.

…Maybe with just a bit of help from a real camera. Cooking in front of my laptop’s webcam and getting flour in the keys isn’t probably such a good thing.


cornish pasties – vegetable

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup vegetable shortening
a few tablespoons of cold water

+ salt and pepper

prepare shortcrust; mix flour, salt and shortening ’til sandy. add water to form a dough. chill for half an hour.
prepare filling; clean and chop veggies, mix with salt and pepper.
prepare pasties; make rounds out of rolled dough, put mound of filling inside, fold into half-moons, crimp edges.
use oil and corn starch mixture for a wash.
bake at 420 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes, or until the pasties are browned and crunchy.

Here’s my link again. pasties

Video Study of Color and Texture, by Michael Abraham

Here is a link to my video on youtube, as well my written statement. thanks

– michael

Video Study of Color and Texture, By Michael Abraham Orfus
Conducted between 10:24 pm on December 1st, and 1:12 pm on December 3, 2009

We experience color and texture all the time. Are senses are constantly bombarded by an array of tactile and visual information, however our conscious experience represents only a small slice of sensory possibilities (take for example different types of light or radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum outside of direct human perception; infrared, ultraviolet, etc). Due to the sheer volume of what we can still perceive, we cannot give most of this information our direct attention, and it goes unnoticed . . . what I propose is that we do absorb a considerable amount of these stimuli and their effects on a sub-conscious level, and that the feelings and sensations associated with these encounters are imprinted in our sub-conscious memory. As a result, even the most minute or passing tactile or visual experience has the potential to trigger a feeling, sensation, or even evoke an emotional response based on ones own past experiences of similar phenomenon and the events surrounding them. My film aims to provide the raw materials (color and texture) to stimulate the subconscious memory/experience in the individual viewer. The film also records a selection of my own visual and tactile experiences from 10:24 pm on Tuesday December 1st to 1:12 pm on Thursday December 3rd; a period of approximately 39 hours. The information is mediated through the camera, which when used freely can reveal to us what we can’t see on our own.

Produced with a combination of stop motion and frame by frame digital photography, the film is composed of approximately 865 individually shot digital photos, shown at 1/10th of a second each; hours of visual information are condensed into in just over 2 minutes. Shot with a Canon Powershot SD780 IS Digital Elph, the subject is a selection of my everyday, or chance visual and tactile encounters mixed with more deliberate, generalized imagery intended to produce an emotional or cerebral response in the viewer. My notes record and list all materials in the order they appear, as well as by the time the photographs were taken.

I have always been interest in the psychological effects of color – the idea that certain warm or cool colors or shades are associated with specific emotional or psychological states. My only conscious film influence is Stan Brakhage (1933 – 2003), who I was introduced to in this class. I love the abstract quality of his films and seeing his work has somehow affected the way I want my films to look. Mostly I am interested in his idea of revealing the universal in the particular. I sort of relate it to my interest in the way the camera can mediate our experience of the world and also reveal aspects of nature that we cannot directly perceive with our own eyes.

Challenges  / Successes:
The biggest challenge probably was taking the number of photographs needed to achieve the desired effect. As mentioned, the film is composed of 865 individual frames, which is maybe 1/4th of what I shot attempting to capture the correct compositions. At first deciding what to shoot and what not to was somewhat challenging, but as i got more involved in the process this became more intuitive. For documentary purposes I wanted the film to have a level of real-time continuity so I decided to shoot it straight through, in order, and with for lack of a better term, a sense of urgency. Needless to say the production consumed me completely for several days. Due to time constraints and the necessity to work on other assignments, I did not get to experiment with an audio track to supplement the visual aspect of the film. This may have helped to create an atmosphere of free association for the viewer. I do feel however, that the piece has a strong enough visual element to work in silence, and in the end I don’t think the lack of audio hurts the film, which is based primarily on retinal evocations of subconscious sensory-memories and their psychological and emotional associations.

Heather’s Final Project

For my final Project I made a video called Prelude, it is the name of the song I chose to use. I initially intended to make a stop motion video of apples going bad over the course of 7 days. I thought it would be interesting to play with process of time and the effects over a curtain time period. Also, I made 2 other process videos; tea and ice, although I decided not to include the tea because it looked unpleasant. I did however include the ice dissolving in water at the beginning of my short film.

I uploaded all my pictures onto iMovie, and after speeding the clips up to an interesting pace it was a little less than 30 seconds long. I then decided that I would include my ice melting to make up for more time.

When I watched it on its own I was honestly bored, so I took some of the footage I had of my friend from a previous idea I had along with some other videos I had taken in the past and included them as well.

My final piece turned out to be more abstract than I originally planned, but I liked it. I increasingly duplicated more clips and distributed them throughout to keep interest in the decaying fruit. To me, when I watched it, if the fruit went on too long by itself, then I would get bored and I didn’t like that.

In the end, my movie made me feel like I was lost in memory and I also felt, at moments, time was passing by slower, and others faster.

I hope it was enjoyable.

denise’s final project

For my final time-based media project, I have decided to create an installation piece. I thought of creating a spinning light source that projects images, or rather shadows of birds on walls. I also plan to accompany this with bird sound effects. I originally wanted the sound effects to be frightening but now I wouldn’t mind having a variety of bird sounds. For example: having peaceful sounds as well as creepy and terrifying. This will ultimately cause the observer to feel overwhelmed with different emotions and will allow the observer to escape into a different setting. This piece was influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds.”

For the actual light, I have used two pieces of wood to create the base, a momentary switch, a motor, a piece of wooden stick to hold up the plastic container that is used as the shade that will evidently have the bird cut-outs (to create shadows). I also found these really large cheap Christmas lights that I will be using as the light source because LED’s wouldn’t help show the shadows. I would imagine placing this particular piece in a room with only white walls for a better contrast. If I had more money and time I would make the piece to be hung. Instead of it being on a stand I would want it to take as less space as possible, so that observers would not be distracted by the device.

Revisiting electronics was kind of a suicide mission from the beginning. I just wanted to challenge myself a little and make use of the left over materials I didn’t use for the electronics project. I thought that problem solving skills would work well here. As for judging the finish product as a piece of installation art, it really depends on whether the shadows are well shown and the combination of light, shadow and sound are effective for my presentation. There were definitely a lot of errors through the process of getting this assignment done. I did learn a lot and I will probably revisit electronics again, just not for school purposes. I think that there’s too much pressure, due to time restraints. Overall, I think that I did an okay job on the finished piece. I tried my best to make the idea in my head happen. I would change having the momentary switch to a dial switch so that I could control the speed of the motor and also I wouldn’t have to constantly push the button for the piece to work. I would’ve also experimented with different paper so that the shadows would show up sharper.
So I completely forgot to take pictures of my project and left it in my locker after class. I’m a complete idiot. And i’m most likely gonna pay for being so forgetful.


Rosemary’s final project

My video, entitled From Cradle to Curtains, A Chronology, is a long, prosper life condensed into eighty seven seconds of abstract reinterpretations. Should I e-mail the powerpoint in addition to my written statement though? I’m not sure if I should. Let me know.

So even though I know what each scene means in this video I felt leaving it up for interpretation would be beneficial. At the same time however, I feel like people can’t link these to moments in life whatsoever. I guess to cause less confusion and yet not give it all away, I’ll use the pomegranate seeds as an example. These seeds are supposed to be seen as cells in the human body that could one day potentially turn cancerous. The unsettling and somewhat chaotic movement of the camera imply this tense uneasiness, realizing that things which make our bodies prosper and function could turn life-threatening at any moment, like those superheroes we read about in fables, suddenly falling transitioning over to the dark side. The individual I represented in this video actually loses their life to cancer, which can be understood by successfully interpreting the scene that follows, but before I get too ahead of myself I’ll just post the link to the video and leave it up to the viewer to understand. The video doth lay here.

Glad to be part of this class though, and thanks for all of it. 🙂

“Deaf Like Me” By Brooke

To see DEAF LIKE ME, follow this.

The idea behind the film “Deaf Like Me” came from my personal life experiences as a hybrid of both deaf and hearing cultures and my salient belief in the concept of “trying on other people’s shoes”. In essence, Deaf Like Me is not just about what it’s like to be me, but about seeing what kind of obstacles disabled people face every day, down to the most basic necessities like communication. By leaving the audience wanting more with only a trailer, I hope to encourage people to expand their horizons and explore each other’s lives – which is ultimately the “main movie” I am trying to create in their minds.

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. Hope you all enjoyed the movie trailer!

Brooke Wayne

Final Project – My Underwear

For my final Time-based media assignment, I planned to create some form of an art piece that functioned in two ways. I planned to create something that crossed a personal boundary of mine in one way or another and to create something that could be seen as a gallery piece. Initially, my intentions were to make a video documenting the way light reflected off the curves of the body and how light can silhouette the body, however I decided after learning about several projects to change the direction of the project and work on a project that documented the relationship between the choices we make about our undergarments and our moods, day of the week, etc. Underwear is an incredibly personal aspect in most of our lives and I felt that by focusing on that rather than footwear or actual clothing choices, I was zeroing in on a more intimate part of my life (as well as baring it all). In terms of format, I was inspired by Lorna Simpson’s Stereo Styles done in 1988 in polaroids illustrating different hairstyles and another piece of her work called Five Day Forecast also done in 1988. Both pieces make a commentary on the relationship between self and either style or day of the week. My final choice to execute the idea through photography was based around the simplicity of the way I wanted it to look in the end. I took seven photographs, edited them to black and white, had them printed at Blacks and mounted them on black and white boards. Each photograph is labelled with a day of the week and each can be related back to the way most of us feel on certain days of the week (ie.  Wednesday – the middle of the week and the choice to wear one’s least attractive, yet most comfortable pair of underwear or the choice to simply stay in pajamas on Sunday so as to not need to get dressed.) I really enjoy the end result of my photos and feel that they represent an aspect of time-based media, perhaps solely by presentation but the concept in combination with the subject matter and presentation definitely come together to make the viewer think about time and our relationships with the days of the week.

brianna’s final project :)

alright. so i have successfully completed my final project! it was a long process of editing, but i think it was worth it! i created a stop-motion video to the song “starstruck” by santogold. its made up of over 300 still images and 3 video clips.

heres the link to go see it;

hope you enjoy it! i had some difficulties and challenges while making it, but in the end it was all worth it.

i emailed my written statement, i hope it attached properly!

Jessica’s Final Project

For my final project I decided to make a video that focuses on color and movement, but also something that is visually pleasing to the eye. I was inspired by a Thomas Ruff piece, “substratum”, along with the swirling colors on my screen saver. These effects were obviously created by a computer, and I wanted to discover a way to physically create this effect of swirling colours. My solution was using food colouring and water. I tried to get a variety of shots, along with playing around with different lighting. I actually had a lot of fun with this project. Basically I filled a few different glass vases with water, along with my bathtub, dropped in the color, and film it’s movement and transition from one shape to the next, or one color to the next. Sometimes I would let the water be still, other times i shook the vase to see more drastic movement.

In the end I put all the clips together edited the speed. Sometimes the transition is fast, sometimes slow, simply because I edited the video to go insync with the song I have chosen “She’s a Rainbow”, which I thought was pretty appropriate considering the subject matter. I really enjoyed this project, and with probably continue with some photography of the movement of color. Enjoy the video.

My video wouldn’t load for some reason, and was timing out every time. Here is the link to my video:

The Movement of Colour