Light, Shadow, & Expanded Cinema led by David Webber.
From Plato’s Cave to Projection Mapping, the medium of light and shadow are integral to the world of art. Going beyond the psychedelic liquid light show techniques, contemporary artists have used the projected image to deal with a myriad of social political issues. We will investigate the projection strategies of artists such as Krzysztof Wodiczko, Paul Chan, Ken Jacobs and many others. In this hands on workshop we will explore analog techniques using readily accessible equipment and supplies. While the realm of possibilities is vast, we are going to keep it simple by using overhead and slide projectors.
About the Guest Artist: David Webber is an Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Central Oklahoma where he teaches video, sound, installation and interactive art. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Webber received a BFA from Tufts University in Medford, MA and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, MA. His MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts was received from New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. As an artist, Webber works primarily with time-based media and interactive installations. In his spare time he makes analog synthesizers and electro-acoustic music.
Suggested Materials to Bring From Home:
Current Studio will provide basic equipment and supplies, but you can bring in materials that you would like to work with, based on your interests. The dimensions of the overhead projector surface is about 10”x 10” and anything that can fit in that area is fair game. Any opaque, transparent or translucent object or material can be used. If you think it will look cool, then bring it in. You got some goldfish you would like to project? Great! You probably already have random things around the house that will be fun to try out. Old family slides, glass christmas ornaments, textured drinking glass, clear salad bowl, dried flowers, feathers, and doilies can produce interesting results. Below is a materials list for reference. You do not need to purchase these items but you might want to depending on your goals or interests. (Note these materials will also be ideal for the cyanotype workshop on Thursday or making contact prints or scan-o-grams.)
- Overhead or Slide Projector (Some will be provided, but if you have one please bring it. The more the better!)
- Camera & Tripod - bring whatever photo/video device you are comfortable with, such as DSLR, smartphone, tablet, point & shoot camera, etc.
- Safety Gear - rubber gloves, work clothes (this could get messy), and optional safety glasses
- Battery powered lantern or headlamp (we'll be working in a mostly dark room, a lantern will help illuminate your work space without using precious electrical outlets)
- Glass Panes & Containers - clear panes of glass (11"x11" with taped edges), round convex clock glass (3 pieces in varying sizes, coveted tool of the trade because they can spin), glass dinner plates (10" square or circular, without manufacturing marks on bottom), glass serving tray (without marks or logos), pyrex casserole dish (without marks), petri dishes (glass or non-treated plastic), clear presentation box (such as plexiglas, acrylic or lucite display boxes)
- Fluid containers - spray bottle, squeeze bottles, plastic buckets
- Water-based inks and dyes - food coloring (liquid, not gel), kool aid packets, india inks, etc
- Oils - mineral, baby, or vegetable
- Transparent materials - print-your-own transparencies, photographic negatives or slides, colored gels such as cellophane, acetate or mylar
- Reactive materials - isopropyl alchohol, alka seltzer tablets, baking soda, vinegar, mentos
- Other materials that look cool or create varied effects: various colors of soaps, long straws, marbles, glass stones, grenadine, bath bombs, Crayola Color Bath Dropz, Easter egg dying pellets, textured glassware, glass beads, doilies, cloth (such as cheesecloth or tulle), eggs, NyQuil, transparent light bulbs, Christmas ornaments, CDs, stencils, Magic Grow Capsules (toy sponges that grow from a pill when wet)