Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Student Works Symposium - From Every VoiceApril 14th at 5:00 pm
McCombs Campus Center
Oral Presentation 5:00-6:00 and 7-8:30 pm
Poster Presentations 6:00-7:00 pm
Exhibitions and Creative Works 6:00-7:00 pm
A few that caught my eye for being relevant to art or technology:
Zhao Mengfu's Handscroll Autumn Colors: Antiquity and Politics in Early Yuan Paintings. Elise Huff. Roy B. Shilling Jr. Room, 7:45PM.
Shen Zhou's Lofty Mount Lu: Revitalizing Antiquity. Derryn Jameson. Roy B. Shilling Jr. Room, 8:00PM.
Suspension of Disbelief: Baroque Fascination with the Fantastic and Fallacious. Andrea Loer. Marsha Shields Ballroom, 7:15PM.
Computers for Honduran Children. Natalie Sanders and Kim Garcia. Merzbach Room 7:30PM.
LOL Mom and Dad, Who's Txting Now? Remedying Middle-Aged Resistance to Text Messaging through Advertising. Lili McEntire. Merzbach Room, 8:00PM.
Paint the Light: A Series of Multimedia Artworks. Duncan Alexander. Bishops Lounge, 6:00PM.
Insect Macrophotography: Portraiture as a Presence. Carlos Barron. Bishops Lounge, 6:00PM.
Reconstructing High-Resolution Images from Multiple Blurry, Noisy Low-Resolution Images. Tommy Rogers. Poster presentation, Bishops Lounge.
There's a ton more, representing every possible field or interest that Southwestern's students are involved in. Should be interesting!
Image: Portrait of Nezahualcoyotl from Codex Ixtlilxochitl, page 106 recto. Texcoco, Mexico, ca. 1580
Here's the official blurb from campus notices:
Though Nezahualcoyotl’s sculpted portrait at Tetzcotzingo was destroyed by Mexico’s first bishop in the sixteenth century, it was constructed at the same time that itinerant Aztec sculptors were developing a common imperial style in the Valley of Mexico. This paper considers the limits and expectations of Aztec sculpted portraits from Texcoco and Tenochtitlan by studying their features and comparing them with ritual performance and Nahuatl categories of the body. Although many of the fragmented sculptures remain stripped of their original contexts, I suggest that Aztec portraits of rulers and warriors were distinguished not by the physical attributes of the body and face, but rather by positioning sculpture in the landscape and by verbalizing it in specific ritual contexts. Portraits exist in tension between the verbal recognition of an individual’s merit and the visual expression of aesthetic and social ideals, and this tension reveals Aztec notions of personhood as it coexisted with a public ritual structure.
Friday, April 9, 2010
I liked this shot of the Alamo. The photographer explains how it took a long time to line up and how he got lots of funny looks from tourists and Alamo guards. I actually had wedding party pictures taken in front of the Alamo so I can sympathize. This is a great shot and amazing that there aren't tons of people in the shot- the site, in downtown San Antonio, can be quite a zoo.
If you read through, it's interesting how and what many of the photographers discovered during their projects. Just another example of how images can be powerful learning tools!
Someone with spare time ought to do similar shots with historic photos of the Southwestern campus! For instance, the picture in the Cullen business office of the 1901 (or similar) women's tennis team perched on the steps of Mood Hall.
After ceasing production last year, Polaroid is relaunching itself with Lady Gaga as creative director. This article is a bit vague about how she will "blend the iconic history of Polaroid with the digital era", but it should definitely prove fascinating. Music aside, I personally am intrigued by her creative collective 'Haus of Gaga', ala Andy Warhol, and the fact she started out as a New York performance artist. And I was definitely sad about the discontinuation of Polaroid, so am thrilled that it will go on!