Wednesday, March 6, 2013

shitfaced voyeurism

In response to Michael Lesy's "Wisconsin Death Trip," I decided to film one of the most integral components to Wisconsin culture: alcohol. The introductory text of the video is actually something I asked myself when I began this project - what do you most associate with Wisconsin? I asked this to other people as well, and the response was always along the lines of alcohol and/or cheese. I chose the first response, given that Appleton in among the top ten US cities known for having the highest bar per capita. I spent a weekend creeping in the corners of Appleton's numerous bars, filming people without their knowledge or consent (not unlike my earlier photo project).

Evan Baden

"Alice and Ryan" Evan Baden, 2008
Does this picture make you uncomfortable? If yes, you're not alone. The image is part of a greater body of work entitled "Technically Intimate" by photographer Evan Baden. This series explores the  the rise of sexual material's availability via technology, and today's obsession with "sexting."

"Technically Intimate" raises a highly relevant art world question: how do you distinguish art from pornography? In his visit to Lawrence University, Baden explained that his work is intended to convey much more than just sex. The images he created for this series are all based off of real photos posted online, but expanded. For instance, the image above's source photo was simply a pornographic shot of a couple gettin' intimate. Baden takes this source and mimics the posing, but makes it once removed by adding the separate entity of the camera. As Baden explains on his website, " the introduction of the camera to the relationship dramatically changed the way the couple interacted with each other...The couple knew very well that the camera was there and actually played to it."

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Art Game

Wait, guys, you seriously need to check this out. It's an 8-bit style game about artists and their work. Each artist features a different classic game. uhhhg this is so cool, I can't even.