Week3: Project proposal

Overall idea :

build website where my past works are shown.

Other purposes might be achieved:

A self-exploration about my own knowledge system

Futher projects proposals

A general direction of further researches and studies, in what area will I continue study

Possible tools to build up the website:

1. WordPress: WordPress is well-known as a blogging platform, but it can also easily be used to build a regular website using static pages. It’s likely the most customizable option short of a custom-built site, with hundreds of different themes, and many options for beautiful galleries and slideshows of your work. There’s both a free option, WordPress.com, and the self-hosted software WordPress.org, which is free to use but will require you to pay for hosting (probably around $10/month). This article explains the pros and cons of each service.
As seen on: This blog, Art League member Wendy Sittner’s website, Adam Wilder’s website, and MICA’s photo department.
2. Heavybubble: Unlike WordPress, heavybubble is designed specifically for artists, with easy-to-set up templates for galleries, artist bios, links, and contact form. Options start at $20/month.

As seen on: Gallery Director Rose O’Donnell’s website. Rose: “I liked the ease of setting it up but now find that I need more from them, and they don’t provide things like a link to my Facebook and Twitter pages.”
3. Other People’s Pixels: Another service geared toward artists, OPP promises “the best shameless-self-promotion that money can buy.” Like heavybubble and Fine Art Studio Online (below), it offers a free trial. Plans start at $16/month. OPP’s blog has a Tips & Tricks section with tutorials on things like search engine optimization, protecting images of your artwork, and setting up a “virtual business card” with a mobile site.

As seen on: The microWave project site. Co-founder Allison Nance shared that she loves the service, but the sites don’t work as well on mobile devices.
4. Fine Art Studio Online: FASO includes easy-to-change image collections, events, and built-in visitor statistics. Two features that may make it more attractive are the option to sell artwork through the website, and a way to manage and send email newsletters. The cheapest option, $8/month, allows you up to 25 images; the next step up is $28/month.

As seen on: Art League members Web Bryant‘s and Jill Banks’s new websites. Jill said that while she doesn’t like the idea of using templates and looking too similar to other websites, the service’s ease of use makes it “fantastic.” She said the email newsletters were the main factor in her decision. Web writes that FASO is great for displaying art and for the integrated blogging, but “you need to play with it to not look like all the other templates.”
5. Weebly: Weebly features free hosting as well as an easy drag-and-drop way to build your website.

As seen on: Grayson Heck’s website and Art League instructor Nancy Freeman’s new website. Nancy posts videos, demos, and blog entries there and reports that building it was easy.
6. Others: There are lots more ways to make a website! We sent out a call for feedback on Facebook, and our fans suggested, in addition to the sites above, Sitewelder (seen here), Behance (seen here), JimdoPro (seen here), Yahoo! Small Business (seen here), the artist-focused Big Black Bag (seen here), and more.

For photographers, there are a number of options, like SmugMug and PhotoShelter (used by Art Leaguer Carol Simons Huddleston), both of which offer built-in ways to sell prints. You can see what everyone had to say on Facebook here.

(From http://www.theartleague.org/blog/2013/03/21/how-to-create-an-artist-website/)

From the above mentioned tools, I have some experience with weekly, and some with WordPress. However I don’t think WordPress is that easy to use, in contrast, I’d better like to write some simple codes in Dreamweaver and try to upload…. So, maybe the option 2 or option 5 since I’m not going to sell projects, but maybe it is useful for other students especially in curator stream.

Things to be done

1. Collecting projects, and revise some of them which I am not quite satisfied when I created them

2. Write artistic statements for them if I haven’t done so.

3. Edit a demo reel to give others an overall idea about what I’ve done and what I am interested in.

4. Try to find a way to link up each single work, make categories

5. Try the tools and stick to one, begin building up the website

6. Think about the user experience, try to be user-friendly

7. Aesthetic: simplism

8. Publish the website

Avalanche: Libraries

We live in an age of excess. Information flow increases exponentially. Art output, population, online activity, scientific research, theories, cults, climate change etc… increase.

Keeping up is impossible: each must find a niche, navigate the torrent. click on image to read more. [There is always more.]
Keeping up is impossible: each must find a niche, navigate the torrent. click on image to read more. [There is always more.]
Sifting and curating this excess, archives sprout across the internet. Below is the screenshot of a page sent to me today by a friend: it seems to hold many interesting items. Will I remember it if my social feeds erupt?

Open page of the servinglibrary.org circa January 2016
Open page of the servinglibrary.org circa January 2016

But is this excess anything more than surface chatter? Biosemiotics is a field that applies information theory to biological organisms. If that model is correct then measurements of internet information are human-centric, they obscure the immensity of the networks our bodies are already embedded in. Theoreticians of Information and Living Systems, note that the interpreter in Peircean semiotics is defined as a quasi-mind active within biology.

In this
In CityU Library in both book and ebook


Open Syllabus Explorer [beta]

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“Open Syllabus Explorer [beta] The top ~10,000 texts. Texts assigned on the same syllabi are clustered together.” – Zoom in!
Books assigned on university syllabi : visualized as nodes, size mapped to popularity, position based on number of times books were assigned on same syllabus.

This chart reveals reading habits across masses of students. It also represents an opportunity for a motivated self-learner to read across diverse disciplines in an organized fashion.

Monoskop & International Art English

Monoskop is an open distribution hub for academic-art-media-discourse.
Monoskop is an open distribution hub for academic-art-media-discourse.

Among the top search results for “Kittler discourse networks pdf”, Monoskop regularly releases online open-sourced pdfs of contemporary art-academic discourse. It is an exemplary loop: a discourse network which contains sections of Friedrich A. Kittler’s  Discourse Networks 1800 / 1900.

Many of these intellectual art repositories operate as self-reinforcing ideological feedback loops amplifying the dispersion of variants of aesthetic experience along with the terms and types of speech appropriate to discuss them.

An article which satirizes the complex system of discourse.

Language is a network composed of many discrete spaces. Also intriguing: Martha Rosler’s response to Rule & Levine’s International Art English

Guy Ben-Ary: Cellf

CellF started with what could be seen as a “new materialist” question underpinned by the belief that artistic practice can act as a vector for thought: What is the potential for artworks using biological and robotic technologies to evoke or elicit responses in regards to shifting perceptions surrounding understandings of “life” and the materiality of the human body?

Gy Ben-Ary, Cellf (2105) : this visualization of the artwork’s process reveals that is a feedback system and a network including human, molecular and technological agents

Guy Ben-Ary’s art-research project Cellf (2015) involves harvesting skin cells from himself and reprogramming them to be stem cells that are used to grow a ‘living’ bio-art neural network. The electric signals from this neural network are then transferred to an anolog synth and converted into audio signals. During concerts, sounds from human musicians are fed back into the ‘brain’ to perturb its growth and signal. In short, an external ‘brain’ makes music in collaboration with human ‘brains’. The artwork involves process, devices, people, ideas, living tissue and sounds. In essence, Cellf is a complex feedback system.

With cellF there is no programming, no computers, no zeros or ones; just biological matter and analogue circuits – a “wet-alogue instrument

Contrary to many contemporary digital installations, Cellf does not rely on computation. It draws inspiration from biological recursion. The instruments used on the surface resemble old telephone switchboards, but underneath are circuits: no midi, no software, no microprocessors.

Gephi (visualization software)

If you want to really understand network visualizations or see if some data you have contains patterns (and don’t want to code!), use Gephi:

“Gephi is the leading visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks. Gephi is open-source and free.”

Gephi is a network analysis tool, one of the easiest to use: which means you can give it data, and it will create a visualizations of patterns in that data. The data does not necessarily need to be anything that would conventionally be called a network: load a database of spreadsheets about movies, or give it the text of every essay you ever wrote.

Digital humanities scholar, Martin Grandjean’s introductory tutorial to Gephi is very helpful. It contains many definitions of terminology (with images) and many examples: archives, twitter, social networks, books.

Betweenness Centrality (made by Martin Grandjean with Gephi)
Betweenness Centrality (made by Martin Grandjean with Gephi): letters sent between groups

Franco Moretti: Stanford Literary Lab

Fig. 3 from Stanford Literary Lab pamphlet: Network Theory, Plot Analysis
Fig. 3 from Stanford Literary Lab pamphlet #2: Network Theory, Plot Analysis

In the above diagram (created by Franco Moretti) characters are nodes/vertices, communications are lines/edges. Moretti uses the techniques of statistical analysis — in this case simple binary counting: do they communicate? Yes/No — to measure interaction between characters. This simple technique permits an understanding of plots as networks of relationships clustered around central hub characters. It is a mode of computational interpretation that both confirms and refutes many of the accepted theories about famous plays.

In other “distant reading” analytic works, Moretti’s team converts entire archives of literature into data in order to reveal patterns that emerge at the macro-scale.

For more info see the complete set of pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab.