PechaKucha 20×20 New Haven: Modern Myth Making

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PechaKucha 20×20 New Haven
Wed., January 29th, 2014
Bentera @ 6:30 PM [directions HERE]
[Facebook event page]

I will be going a group of talented artists and innovative minds at PechaKucha‘s event giving a presentation titled, Modern Myth Making: Process & selected works 

Here is a list of some of the other artists and innovative thinkers speaking:

Mitz Carr … Rowing Is Life Well Lived,
Patrick Foley on Flavor and Fragrance through Sustainable Chemistry,
Giada Crispiels on Residencies for Artists,
Craig Borkenhagen … Watercolors,
Lani Asuncion on Modern Myth Making,
Ray Zhou and Aicha Woods find Beauty in Ice for us,
Mark Williams talks about Caving’s Influence on his Art,
Eric Zeiberg … Giving a Voice to People Without One,
Daniel Eugene brings us Line Drawings and Spoken Word,
and Gale Zucker shows us the wonder of Nash Island Sheep.
Yeah, you really don’t want to miss this.
With trumpeter Timothy Kane,
Technical wizardry provided by Eli Whitney Museum,
Beautification by Design Monsters,
Persuasive writing and exhortation by George Kouros,
Remarkably effective wrangling by Aicha Woods.

Hope to see you there! If you cannot make it I will be posting the documentation of my presentation and the slides.

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STUDIO: FIRST

This weekend I worked for the first time in a professional video studio. There was not too much of a difference other then I did not have to wait for the sunlight and had total control of lighting and background in post. I still shot all the footage on my Canon T2i w/ 50mm 1.4f fixed lens but because everything was controllable the shoot time went very fast and everything came together nicely. The sequential order of the images make the process look easier than it was to edit all the elements together. It was nice to experience a new way of working with video and editing, and to work with someone who is just as excited about making the ideas come to life as you are.

I’m hoping in the next couple of weeks I can shoot and edit together the transitional shots for the end of this video sequence.

Video shoot was on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.

L x W x D

Slowly but surely I am learning  how to use Adobe After Effects so that the ideas about the next couple of videos I am thinking about can come to life. I am fortunate enough to have access to a full functioning HD production studio and equipment, in addition to having co-workers who love what they do and are good at doing it whom graciously share their skills with me.

It has bee liberating to be given the option to create without the demand for studio space. It would be nice to have a space that’s main use is to incubate art making. It is true that being innovative is a good skill to obtain as an artist, but not having a studio has be hard the up side to the situation is I am forced to find new ways to create work.

The possibilities are infinite when working digitally so being able to marry the ideas from my past projects that originate from performance and non-linier storytelling I am beginning to create narratives that point to ideas of home, disincentiveness, and the existance of multiple [places, memories, and experiences] existing simultaneously at one time. This can be possible in many forms but I am interested in showing this in the way I see and experience it.

Lani's Cube | Mike Schlief

Collaboration has always been something I’ve wanted to be able to do to but know it is not always easy to find the right match of people to connect with on art making, something that otherwise is an independent endeavor. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to meet many artist who I consider not just peers but genuine friends that I can trust to give me matter of the fact honest critical feedback on work, but also give encouragement through advice but even more so seeing their own hard work and dedication revitalizes my own practice. It is also so amazing to begin with one idea and when thrown into a collaborative mix it begins to grow into its own form rich with layers of perspective and experience. I am excited to see where what turns my work will take with the addition of this new technology and support.