ADVANCED NEW MEDIA SPRING/FALL 2018
2018 Spring Senior Show
Matt McQueeney. Depth & Decay. HD Video 1920X1080. 2018
In his installation piece entitled Depth and Decay, Matt explored his interests in both contemporary art and traditional, old-world craftsmanship by combining film, glass, and metal work. He tied each medium together by the overarching theme of water. This piece is a reflection on lost histories and contemporary culture’s media influences. It consists of pre-recorded footage manipulated by analog synthesizers and projected immersively in the space. The centerpiece is a representation of a World War II era dive helmet, through the medium of glass and bronze.
Kelly Hamm. Foresight. HD Video 1920X1080. 2018
Kelly Hamm. Coffee Break. HD Video 1920X1080. 2018
Kelly: "Psychology and creativity are deeply intertwined with one another, and that’s the core on how I created Foresight. It’s a self-observational piece that turned into a short 3D-animated film telling the story of an eyeball on its journey through various surrealist landscapes.
The viewer watches our protagonist, the green eye, on a journey of birth, childhood, and eventual adulthood. Although uncomfortable to watch, it is a journey that defines the core of who we are as people in part because of how we react to discovery and struggle. The viewer is left to wonder if the green eye will be able to project its warnings to our new character, the violet eye, and help it avoid the same fate.
In my piece, the viewer will quickly discover the variety of eyes, normal and disembodied, throughout the short. To me, these eyes are characters that become important to the viewer because they all represent parts of ourselves. Like the green eye, we will always be asking, “How can we discover the world around us? What are we trying to look for? What exactly are we trying to do with our lives?” Meanwhile the distorted eyes offer the opposite, yet equally important, perspective: “What could I have done differently? How can I utilize my knowledge? How can I teach others to take a better path?”
To me, the eyes are embodiments of phases we encounter throughout our lives. Regardless of whether those times are joyous or full of hardship, they’re all equally important. Although my medium requires computers and software, it’s still crucial for me to add those humanitarian questions within my pieces. The core of Foresight, and my identity as an artist, is to bring attention to questions that challenge our function and beliefs as individual human beings."
Andrew about his piece Therianthropy: "A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) has the potential to become humanity’s greatest threat. Recent developments with A.I. technology have shown that computers are superior to their human counterparts at learning and problem-solving. In advanced games, A.I. can learn better techniques faster, repeating actions perfectly every time. A.I. can outperform any human attempting to beat them at any game. The misuse of A.I. is a serious problem that humans will need to address now, and not in the future. Currently, our electoral process is under attack by foreign governments trying to find the most effective way to manipulate public opinion. A.I. is already being used to form and maintain bot accounts to spread misinformation. There is a very real possibility that A.I. may take the place of humans in all jobs, including creative ones. This is a huge issue, because as it stands now, only those who own the technology will benefit from its work. As more jobs that we, as humans, never thought could be automated become automated, there is a risk that a very small percent of the population will receive all of the benefits. This technology is truly a double edged sword, as it could benefit us greatly, but also has the potential to be terrible for humanity. My project will focus on this tension.
My plan is to use similar A.I.’s that use the same “deep learning” to understand the world around them, and to visually show their understanding of the world based on what they were taught with. Using this A.I. I will show A.I.’s somewhat new ability to perceive reality and hopefully raise questions in the viewer’s mind about what this A.I. could accomplish in even a few years within creative fields, when it has already started dominating in fields of less creative labor without A.I..
My project will combine images of man and machine, showing a visual representation of a machines perception, and create a small narrative of growth from organic to inorganic, focusing on the important differences between man and machine, as well as the overlap. The purpose of this project is not to convince the viewer, but to get the viewer to develop a curiosity about these technologies."