Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pinhole Cameras

David Macaulay

David Macaulay is an author, artist, and educator. These cartoons are based on his books, and they show how buildings were made back in the day, from the perspective of the builders. The stories are pretty good, but especially relevant to our project are the segments concerned with the actual construction of the architecture.


Roman City

From Wikipedia:

Microhistory is the intensive historical investigation of a well defined smaller unit of research (most often a single event, the community of a village, a family or a person). In its ambition, however, microhistory can be distinguished from a simple case study insofar microhistory aspires to "search for answers to large questions in small places", to use the definition given by Charles Joyner.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


This has the feel I'm thinking of a far as our puppets in the Printing episode. Love it.


Not only should our Imaginauts be smartly dressed, but as their support team, we need a unifying insignia that declares us as part of the most important force in the universe!

Episode Line-Up

Episode: Architecture
Problem: A kid in a family that has just divorced has had to move to a smaller house (apartment?). After they move in, (s)he is left with all these empty moving boxes. What a metaphor!
Worlds: Architecture, yurt --> igloo --> evolution of cathedral --> Bauhaus --> skyscraper

Episode: Literature
Problem: A kid is having trouble writing a fictional story for his class.
Worlds/People: Don Quixote --> City of Lit --> Edgar Allan Poe --> Greek myths (and drama?)

Episode: Photography
Problem: "camera -- D:"is what it says on the poster lawl. A kid who specializes in photography in his art class is shunned by other kids in the class who think his photography isn't real art.
Worlds/People: Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Great Depression portraiture, The PORCHtrait, ??

Episode: Sculpture
Problem: A kid is playing in the snow and is frustrated at his deranged mutant killer monster snow goons.
Worlds/People: Human form via sculpture, Women of Willendorf, Riace Bronzes (Greek sculpture), Ana Mandieta silueta, ImagiClub dance party

Episode: TV/Video/Animation
Problem: A kid suffers underneath anti-TV parents and has unfortunately adopted the militant policy himself.
Worlds/People: Eadward Muybride and the first motion picture, Life of an American Fireman (showing more than one view), Nam Jun Pak, Charlie Chaplin black and white, 3D land

Episode: Design
Problem: Kid needs to clean his room, thinks these chores are boring and pointless
Worlds/People: Bicycle pants, ??

Episode: Music
Problem: A kid from a musical family is forced to have music lessons
Worlds/People: Baroque, The Doors, Jazz, Pop, Blues

Episode: Printing
Problem: A kid is misrepresented in a newspaper (something he made?)
Worlds/People: Jost Amman and Standebuch, Johannes Gutenburg, Hokusai: Mount Fuji, Hogarth: Gin Lane

Episode: Color & Light
Problem: There's a problem within the art world! In the COLOR FIELDS, the citizenry of the ImagiNATION have run amok! The reds, blues, and yellows have formed separate camps and are refusing to commingle.
Worlds/People: The Color Fields, Red world, Blue world, Yellow world

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Color/Light Episode

This is great!


Hey guuuuuys. Watch Little Audrey. And pay attention to the music.
Loooooove :)

The Deal

I talked to Nancy (with invaluable assistance from emily), and this is how our budget is going to be handled.

We'll be getting our money through the Communication Arts Dept, more specifically from Deborah van Buren in the Comm Arts Office, and even more specifically from the credit card they will be giving Deborah van Buren in the Comm Arts office.

We will get the money as needed during the project. If we want to buy some lumber , we can A) have Deborah phone in her credit card number at the register or B) buy it online and send Deborah the order with the credit card bit empty or C) use our own money and save the receipts to be reimbursed in the future.

If we have Deborah phone in the card, we'll need to phone her before we go shopping, just to say, "Hey Deb, we're going to head to Lowes in a bit, be ready for the call around 3:30 thanks super muchly you know."

Unfortunately, we cannot just take the credit card. Oh well.

The good news is that they will be pretty flexible about how we spend the money. Nancy said that if our materials cost ends up cutting into our travel costs that would be a-ok. They'll be watching the amount of money we spend, not really what we spend it on.

So let's figure out what materials we need and get shopping!

Monday, January 24, 2011

This is Important

Also Relevant!

Image Sources

The Communication Arts Department apparently gives its students access to a couple of huge artwork imaging databases: This is the VCU page explaining the different sites. I'm not linking to the actual sites because I think there's some hoops you have to jump through to make sure you're allowed in - just check them out via that ^^^^ link. 

There's ARTstor, which is something the school (as a non-profit?) gets access to, and the VCU Digital Image Databank. There's also the Cabell Library stockpile of art books and book art.  The VCU DID appears to be not just an image source but also a program for presenting images as well... idk. 

Anyway, these are probably super-handy things that we have access to - getting images from a legit website/database is a reassuring option compared to google searching things and hoping we're allowed to use them and that they haven't been tampered with. Plus, maybe whoever's in charge of these two things would be able to help us wade through any copyright issues?

yay school resources!