Phonar Evaluation

Phonar was certainly a great experience! Before we started the class I wasn’t very confident on storytelling. Throughout the class I experimented with a wide variety of digital media, delivery methods, and content platforms. We heavily discussed on topics such as the future of photography in new media, the role of the photographer in the current media landscape and the impact of new technologies in storytelling. The fact that every week we had different people delivering lectures with new material, was very helpful as you get a great understanding of how the environment outside the university is.

I developed critical skills with sound recordings and using sound clips in my videos or photo-films. I used several different recorders and audio equipment to capture appropriately ambient sounds and interviews. Nearing the end of the module I had an induction in both analog and digital based radio studios, were I successfully used to record voice and foley sounds.

Although I have been a supporter of Creative Commons and use their license agreements for a while, I hadn’t experimented with using other peoples content to tell a story. I used this method on creating narratives in Uphotographable Phiction (sic), For The Remix and Post-Photographic Portrait tasks. It was actually one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish, as in order to make appropriate use of the license agreements, I had to archive in detail every image, video or sound I would use, with links to original works, the license it was shared under the creators names.

I experimented further with creating photo films using photographic archives and archival footage. Due to the nature of some of my projects I worked a lot with programming. I built several webpages from scratch to use as an exhibition space and spent most time figuring out design aspects and creative use of code. Speaking about design I made several covers (representing visuals) utilizing typography in combination with photography for my videos or projects.

For the last task, For The Remix, I experimented with a programming language/developing environment called Processing. I used Processing in combination with open sourced codes that manipulated digital images or animations in substantially different aesthetics than usual photo/graphics editing tools. I worked mostly with animated GIFs while extensively researched the formats use for artistic purposes.

In the Phonar Pitch presentation I decided to write an piece of text that speaks about human evolution and the means to evolve within a society. I think that creative work uses the same ways to produce new work. According to my feedback I should have demonstrated and structured better my arguments (more clear) and make a better connection with the initial part (evolution) with the issue of copyright (second part). I am certain I need to rehearse the speech better and I agree that my arguments were not very clear. I followed the suggestion to change order of the arguments to achieve greater impact with the audience. I have already made a new version that takes into account the issues raised during the peer review and critique.

Phonar Pitch

version 2.0

Imagine if all the information accumulated within you, which forms the image of yourself, your existence, was copyrighted.

Every part that makes up your character, your thoughts, knowledge and skills is being borrowed by the people surrounding you.

Since the moment you are born you observe and imitate. We are designed by nature to evolve and in order to achieve this we copy and remix.

version 1.0
Since the moment we are born we observe and imitate.
You are a mix of two humans, who are mixes of other humans.
Imagine yourself in the place of a newborn.
You are sitting on the floor looking upwards.
Everything around is new, waiting for you to explore.
You make your first steps in an attempt to imitate the other
humans surrounding you.
You learn how to speak because others speak to you.
Most of these activities so far happened inside your family circle.
You grow older and get to interact with different groups of people.
Each person you meet gives you a new piece of information.
Eventually you are situated in a space like this one, feeling confident
of yourself, your thoughts, your knowledge, your skills.
All of them wouldn’t have been with you if not for other humans.
Imagine if all the information accumulated within you,
that gives shape to your image of your self, your existence
was copyrighted.

Imagine if all the means of communication and expression were restricted.Our copyright laws are not made in consideration of all these arguments.
Our nature dictates the mix of different elements for the new to be created.

For this module I have been very creative. I have barely touched a camera.
I have though used other people’s cameras and microphones, their eyes and ears.
It wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for our mutual understanding of our nature.

The work I will be presenting you is made used Jonathan’s photographs shot on film.
I used the digitized version. I have taken a whole 120 roll and cropped it in individual frames,
stacked them, and change the colours. I created then a frame animation and exported in GIF.
I have used the Processing programming language with code from other creators to manipulate
these files in unexpected ways. Finally I built an html/css page for them to be exhibited.

Post-Photographic Portrait

The culmination of this module will be the production of a “post-photographic portrait”.

You should source and develop a subject whose story you tell through the production and broadcast of a “A Post-Photographic Portrait”; a phrase that we will investigate and clarify over the course of the module. Your decisions throughout  this process should build upon and further develop the work we’ve begun in creative workshop and throughout the lecture series. This process should be evidenced explicitly and succinctly on your blog as well

I have created 7 animated gifs for the remix task of Jonathan Worth’s photographs of author Cory Doctorow.

Also, as a concept of post-photographic representation I though using timeline.js from knightlab. This is a script in javascript which utilizes Google Spreadsheets for holding the data that will show on the timeline. The timeline allows all kinds of content to be embedded (text, audio, video, maps, tweet, photographs, links) and thus can become a successful transmedia story.