Belle Arts

Thoughts on Digi-arts/artists

Final Project for DigiArts

December 13th, 2012

Final DigiArts Project.

December 13th, 2012

15 hours of progress

December 13th, 2012

my documentation of my progress for my digital arts class.

Pipilotti Rist

December 3rd, 2012

Pipilotti Rist is a female artist who was born in 1962.  She attended the  University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she studied commercial art, illustration, and photography. Afterwards she studied video at School of Design in Basel. Rist works with many mediums but is very famous for her film works.

Rist is famed for her insistence on happiness and bliss as recurring themes in her works.



Stephen Vitiello

November 26th, 2012

Stephen Vitiello is both a visual and sound artist with more of a focus on sound. He has worked with influential artists such as Nam June Paik and Tony Ousley. Many of his previous works have involved composing music for various different dance groups and group projects with for museums such as the MoMA. Currently Vitiello is an Associate Professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Vitiello has done many installation works that range from small to large scale.

Something Like Fireworks 


Much of his sound work is available on his soundcloud at:



Time Rose Dance

November 20th, 2012

John Blatter

November 20th, 2012

John Blatter is a sculptor who uses sound as his medium. It is a very unusual choice given that when one thinks sculpture, one does not think of an aural experience. Generally one thinks of a more visual or tactile experience, but that is what makes Blatter so interesting. His work is made up of giant installations of sound that immerse the viewer/listener.

One of his works that is particularly interesting is his Moments series. He has mounted several speakers on a wall and each of the speakers plays their own story about “a moment in which the story teller felt a moment of pause and singularity brought about from an intense experience, emotion or thought.” 

It is both a video and sound exhibit. The viewer/listener goes in and listens to the story.

Blatters work interests me because he challenges the idea of the viewer. unlike most work which is meant to simply be viewed and perused with the eyes, Blatter provides an aural experience that stimulates the audience. The audience has to pay attention to what they are experiencing instead of just granting the work a casual look. Simply by being there, the audiences is already experiencing the work whether they intend to or not. They cannot ignore the work because they are already listening to it. Blatter does the work for them. However, this does not make the audience simply passive observers. Instead, they are active participants in the piece and interact with it.


November 20th, 2012


November 13th, 2012

Nam June Paik

November 13th, 2012

b. June 20,1932 d. January 9, 2008

Nam June Paik is the man who is credited with being the first video artist. Originally from Korea, his family fled from the Korean war from Hong Kong to Japan. Paik received his education at the University of Tokyo. He studied both art and music, and as is evident in his career, he managed to combine these two interests. Much of his early work combines the use of video and music. He has often collaborated with the professional cellist Charlotte Moorman in order to create many of his sound and video works.

However, Paik was a very inventive man. He went from the traditional idea of just showing video on a screen to making the screen and the TV into art. Much of his work is sculptural. He took tv’s and used them as building blocks for many of his works. Paiks work is so centered on these pieces of technology that I had concerns when it comes to the preservation of his work.

1. When the tv’s die what happens? Do the museums keep collecting old tvs? What happens when all those tvs die? Are those things shown on those tvs able to be shown on newer tvs? Does it affect the integrity of the art? What is it after wards?

With many artists that are switching to technology as their mediums, how do artists like Paik preserve their work? Is there a back up plan? Or is the statement of the dead technology art/part of the art? Is the artists work that is “dead” a statement? How does one go about thinking through these problems.

Since Paik’s work is largely based upon this, is the impermanence of technology part of what he was going for? Paik’s work is very interesting because it combines sculpture and  video. Without the video, the work is still sculptural, does that mean that it still holds up as a completed and independent piece without functioning video? I am not sure because much of his work, seems much like performance art. Once must experience it in order to fully comprehend what one is supposed to be seeing. It is very experiential. On the note of performance art, Paik has also worked with human models with videos going at once. Is the photographic evidence of his work considered art or is it merely a recording or a piece of evidence that this work actually took place. Is that what is on display as his work now?

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