Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Project 01

My idea is to create a 3D model from paper that spells the word “FONT”. The cursive letter will be created by folding the paper into the letter forms. The drawing part will be done by the CNC and I will be cutting the shapes out. My main concern is designing the letters on a flat surface for drawing. I need to design the flat shapes correctly so when they can form the letters when I fold it.

My second idea is to build block letters out of paper and put them together to spell the word “FONT”. I will be making each letter out of small squares, so they will be much easier to cut and fold. I will also be adding texture by cutting out small triangles. They would have the same kind of style as the Eiffel tower. The negative spaces will add texture and depth to the letters.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Final Project Idea 1

A type-1 phaser was the smallest, most basic weapon carried by Starfleet and other Federation personnel. Type 1 phasers were typically carried when it would be inappropriate to carry a larger weapon, such as on diplomatic missions, or "undercover" work.

The type 1 had eight adjustable settings, ranging from stun to heat through disruption to disintegration. The 23rd century type 1 in use in the 2260s incorporated a small flip-up sight. Several versions of the type 2 phaser incorporated a type 1 phaser into their design.

A 23rd century type 1 phaser did not possess sufficient power to harm a silicon-based lifeform such as a Horta.

I will be designing a second and better version of the Type 1 Phaser. This version will be smaller and easier to carry around when on undercover missions. This version will also be easier to use, which allows the character to draw the weapon much faster. I will turn this ordinary and simple weapon, into something that seems ordinary but that has tremendous potential and power.

In order for this weapon to be easy to carry and quick to draw, it has to be designed for a specific body part that is always exposed. My first idea was a Ring Phaser. This ring will always be on the character’s fingers for quick access in cases of emergency. This will not look like a ordinary ring, but it will look more like a weapon than a ring.

The original idea was to use some sort of metal or steel. However, this weapon would much lighter if it is made of carbon fiber. The material for this weapon is still under consideration.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shareable Readymades Read and Response

Shareable Readymades.

The concept readymade art was introduced by Marcel Duchamp when he took a wheel, flipped it upside down, attached it to a stool, and called it Bicycle Wheel. Duchamp defines the concept of ready made art as “an ordinary object elevated to the dignity of a work of art by the mere choice of an artist.” In other words, nominating or recreating a piece of object as art.
In order for us to understand this concept, we need to look at what can be considered as art.
Elbert Hubbard once stated that art is not a thing, “it is a way.” His description classifies art as a way of doing something, rather something that you can hold onto. I also agree with what Duchamp said about the “choice of the artist.” Whatever object an artist created was meant for his understanding. In other words, the artist has a personal experience with the object and is the only one who can truly understand the value of what he created. The choice of the artist to share his work with others, and this should be appreciated and respected.
Shareable readymades create a separation between potential representation of the object and the artist’s take on the object. The viewer may or may not have a different interpretation of the object than the artist who made it. The object obtains different representation and different meanings. For example, a 3D print of Duchamp’s Fountain will have a different meaning for me than someone who actually observed and studied the piece in person. However, it can also create an opportunity for someone to appreciate the work without having to be near the actual work. It creates an expansion of the object and has the ability to reach much further than the actual object that is stored in one place. Shareable readymades can also lead to a variety of the actual work. It allows for multiple versions of the same object to be made. For example, if you have a 3D file of Duchamp’s Fountain, you can edit by adding different texture, and different material. Everyone can have their own Urinal printed, with a downloadable, free licensed 3D model.
One can argue that this affects the authenticity of the artwork because originality and the artist’s hand are vital when it comes to value an artwork. However, I would argue that art does not need to be authentic if the authenticity of the experience is impossible to achieve. Someone who sees a work of art in the museum would never understand the experience the artist had with the same artwork. Not only will the viewer see the object in a different context, but also have a different understanding of it than the artist who made it. If the experience is not authentic, why should the artwork be authentic?
I do not totally agree with Bucchianeri when he said “Art is in the eyes of the beholder.” If I could, I would change the quote to “Art is in the eyes of the artist.” It is the artist’s choice to consider his work as art. Others who view the artwork may have different interpretations and different experience with the work, even if they have a 3D model of the artwork printed.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The New Aesthetic Read and Response

The New Aesthetic.

What is the new aesthetic? According to wikipedia, the New Aesthetic is a term used to refer to the increasing appearance of the visual language of digital technology and the internet in the physical world, and the blending of virtual and physical. In other words, it is an art movement that combines a variety of digital and physical artworks into one artwork. Pieces of art that are considered part of the new aesthetic include, pixelated images, Photoshop glitches, gradients, render ghosts, animated GIFs, data visualization and graphic information. Even though the term New Aesthetic was first used several years ago, it has been building for the last two decades under a variety of names, such as, glitch art, post-internet, etc. The movement is gaining momentum since a group of British designers, led by James Bridle, have put together tons of  essays and images on the subject.
You can argue that the New Aesthetic creates a relationship between both worlds. The digital world, which we cannot touch, or feel, and the physical world. The physical art world, is something that has been around since the first humans drew animal and human figures of cave walls. However, the digital world is something that is rather new to us, even though the first digital computer is almost a 100 years now. Let us think about it. A 100 years is not so much for human development, compared to the first cave paintings dated 65,000 years ago. My point being, The New Aesthetic bridges the gap between the old way of making art and the new way of making art. It is sort of a time machine that we should appreciate, while it lasts.
You can also argue that this new style is an extension of the physical world and goes beyond what we, as human beings, can see or feel, while creating a whole new dimension. The following question comes to mind: What is art?. According to the dictionary, art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.” In other words, the mammoth that was drawn on the cave walls, was an expression of the caveman’s reality. He put his creative ability to use and released it into the physical world. The New Aesthetic uses parts of the digital world and brings it into the physical world, which extends it and allows for greater possibilities.

There is still fixed feelings about the New Aesthetic, which is understandable since the new movement is not really something that is new. It mixes too much from what already exists, which is collecting images and putting them together. This movement is also really broad and allows for ideas from all different directions.Whatever it is called today, the New Aesthetic will not be going away anytime soon, even it is significant or not. The way that the digital world is evolving nowadays just acts as a catalyst for this new movement since it is one of the fundamentals for visual design.

Sunday, January 21, 2018