What I love most about art is the way it can move people. Your expression through art creates a certain vibe simultaneously spreading a message about something you are feeling. After learning about our midterm project, I was inspired to use my art to bring awareness to a proliferating circumstance of homelessness in our society. I was inspired by a bio-artist introduced to our class during week 1. Kathy High is the artist who created her inventive art project called “Blood Wars” in 2010.
My midterm project is a perfect combination of many techniques and concepts that I have learned throughout my science classes, some of my favorite things about bioart, and my favorite color. I wanted to make a living piece because some of my favorite bioart pieces have been, in one way or another, alive, such as Pancreas and The Great Work of the Metal Lover. I also wanted to have a project that is useful. Many bioart projects that we have seen, such as Plantas Nómadas, have been useful in addressing environmental issues.
Music has existed since before the advent of language and it is an integral part of our experienced humanity. Though experienced every day, our musical perceptions are confined and limited.
The circuitry of our brains allows for easy sensory manipulation of our incoming auditory and visual information. While sensory distortions are largely the byproducts of drug use, they can naturally occur in people who have synesthesia, or “the blending of senses.”
Last week’s visit to Toni Dove’s interactive virtual reality workshop was very rewarding. Virtual reality is also known as computer-simulated reality. These days, this technology has already been used in many video game settings or 4D rides in the theme parks.
Since our last blog post, we have had two class field trips, the first, to see an exhibition of the work of New York-based artist Toni Dove, and to UC Irvine to see Wetware: art, agency, animation featuring a tour with curator David Familian. Both of these experiences were incredible because it brought the concept of the integration of biology, technology, and art to our minds in a very tangible way. Toni’s presentation of her virtual reality technology was incredibly fascinating on two levels.
I really appreciated the chance to not only view Toni Dove’s work, but to experience it. Granted, we weren’t able to see the entire show, but we were still able to get a taste of Dove’s interactive movies. What I found really interesting in Dove’s works was a running theme of possession and control. The three projects that Dove showed to us involved a motion detector interface that allowed the user to control the speed and direction of particular movie elements such as the soundtrack and the visual scenes.
I think I saw more innovation and advances in science and technology in this class more than any other class. I went to a high school specialized in mathematics and science, and now I am a life science major in UCLA, but futuristic innovations are always discussed only at the end of the lectures, and they remain as “the future”.
Week four of our journey in BioTech Art class took a turn into the interactive realm. It was my first time visiting the California NanoSystems Institute, which is a beautiful building with M.C. Escher-esque architecture.
Photo taken by Lili Raygoza
This past week has been filled with so much adventure for our honors class! Again, our class went beyond the typical class setting and… actually left the class setting! Collectively, we walked on over to the UCLA ArtSci Gallery to dive head first into Toni Dove’s realm of interactive virtual reality. According to her website, Toni Dove live and works in New York. She began her work in the 1990s, producing “unique and highly imaginative embodied hybrids of film, installation art and experimental theater”. Her work is extraordinary.
Finally interacting with bioart in a hands-on way this week was an amazing experience! One thing that really stood out to me was the fact that bioart makes science accessible to those who do not necessarily come from that field. By interacting with each piece, I found that the scientific ideas incorporated into each piece were presented in a more creative and easy to understand manner. To understand many scientific ideas, some background in science is required.
This week, we had the pleasure of attending two very different BioArt exhibits, each inspiring and thought provoking in its own way. The first presentation was made by artist Toni Dove, well known for her work with interactive media. Speaking honestly, I was somewhat confused when I first entered the room and saw a recorded video playing on the screen. The first words I said to myself were, “how can I appreciate this piece of art?” Unfortunately, Dove’s demonstration only perpetuated my unsettling feelings.
As Toni Dove began Spectropia, the uncanny, eerie feeling reminded me of my first encounter with videography as art. It was over the summer at MOCA on Grand. As I walked through the exhibit, I already felt nervous. Modern art museums tend to have this effect on me. Then I stumbled upon Sturtevant’s Elastic Tango. The nerves amplified with a wave of confusion. Images of cartoon bears on hillside, Betty Boop in bed, a blank-stared Chihuahua, and waving American flag flashed along 9 television screens. What did any of this mean?